Summer is slowly coming to an end, and it’s no secret that getting back into study mode after a semester break can be one big rush and quite stressful. Here are 5 tips to get back-to-college ready and feel motivated and positive about it, too!
Whether you’re a hard working career woman, student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it – “me” time.
Being more conscious of what you are putting on your skin is not just a fad. This “trend” is here to stay and with so much accessible information out there, 2018 is definitely the year to start your healthy journey.
1.Vegan Friendly Products are Better Suited for Sensitive Skin
Our skin absorbs 60% of the products we apply to it, so it’s very important to know exactly what you are putting on your skin is safe. Naturally derived products are known to be good for you and is more gentle on your skin. They also promote feel good sensations leaving your skin more hydrated.
2. Healthier and Younger Skin
We all know healthy skin starts from the inside. Eating fruits and vegetables will definitely help your skin glow on the outside along with drinking plenty of water. However, it doesn’t stop there! The trick to anti-aging isn’t a fancy chemical; it’s moisture and Vitamins which are mostly found in vegan friendly products. Your literally packing extra benefits without even trying.
3. Not Tested on Animals
Vegan products are manufactured without animal by-products or animal-derived ingredients. This means you can enjoy your beauty regimen knowing it’s completely cruelty free.
4. Free of Harmful Chemicals
Vegan products are manufactured using only naturally derived ingredients that come from the earth, but without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetics. This means softer, more relaxed and soothed skin.
5. A More Even Skin Tone
Vegan friendly products contain plant-based ingredients that are high in Vitamins and moisture, which works to help even out your skin discoloration .
Shop Raw Sugar’s line of Vegan friendly products at your local Target or right here online. (***Please note we have 5 products that contain honey.)
Although it’s one of the lesser known berries, the maqui berry is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods.
With an intense and vibrant purple color, the maqui berry grows wild in Southern parts of Chile. You’ll find maqui bushes on hillsides, fields, and along the borders of forests. Since the bushes grow in such abundance, there’s no need for maqui berries to be farmed.
While that is an interesting tidbit about this miracle berry, here are 7 even more powerful things you didn’t know about maqui Berries.
Queen of Antioxidants
When it comes to antioxidants, the maqui Berry reigns supreme. Many scientists have noted that the maqui Berry has the highest quantity of antioxidants of any food or fruit or fruit in nature! It has incredibly high levels of anthocyanin – a compound which is celebrated for its abundance of antioxidant properties.
It Promotes Strength
It is understood that the Mapuche Tribe, who are the oldest existing civilization in South America, had their warriors drink the maqui berry juice for strength and vigor. This same drink is enjoyed in this part of the world today too – as it contributes to strength, stamina and endurance.
A Natural Medicine
The wonderfully powerful antioxidant properties of the maqui Berry means it has many healing benefits. It can help to control the level of cholesterol in the blood, treat sore throats, fevers, and aid kidneys.
It Boosts Metabolism
If you’re ever in need of something to uplift, the amazing maqui Berry can work to boost your metabolism and refresh your body with more stamina. The berry can help kick-start digestion, which contributes to a more controlled release of energy.
Enhances the Immune System
The maqui berry is a great friend for the immune system. They can aid in the prevention of colds and flus, and keep your body in optimum shape overall.
It’s Packed with Nutrients
Maqui berries are jam-packed with essential nutrients including potassium, Calcium, Vitamin C and Iron – all of which work collaboratively and harmoniously to keep the body healthy and fit.
It Keeps You Young
Another benefit of the maqui berry’s amazing antioxidant value is in its anti-aging properties. The antioxidants help to slow down signs of aging by warding off free radicals in the body. Maqui berry also has an incredible ability to nourish and care for the skin cells – resulting in glowing, youthful, healthy skin.
Did you know Raw Sugar Living uses Maqui Berry as a main ingredient in many of our products? Check out the product range here.
Nourish your skin to nurture yourself.
Hey, there, sugar. Did you know that one of the largest detoxification organs on our bodies is actually our skin? That means it’s just as important to show the same level of care to the skin on our bodies as we do to the skin on our faces.
Our philosophy has always been that simpler is better. That’s why we use pure, natural ingredients, organic extracts, and carefully-crafted products – and, we were even the first in the to introduce ColdPress Technology® into the beauty-sphere. So when it comes to nourishing complexions in a pure yet potent way – we’ve got you covered, top to toe.
In fact (*EXCITING NEWS ALERT*), we’re introducing a new member to the Raw Sugar family; and it’s called The Beauty Regimen. The Beauty Regimen is an uplifting, nutrient-rich, detoxifying, purifying and soothing set of skin-worshipping goodies that includes a Sugar Scrub (to brighten and rejuvenate), a Bath Fizzer (to feed, relax and comfort), and a Body Butter (for deep moisturization and hydration).
The Beauty Regimen was formulated by our fussy skincare creators in sunny California to make your everyday body-care routine that much more seamless (and to make you GLOW like the goddess you are!). It’s a one-stop-shop of wholesome, vitamin-packed goodness – designed to infuse your skin with everything it needs to be healthy, happy and radiant; naturally.
As well as a Raw Coconut + Mango variety (whose benefits you can read all about here), and a Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut variety – whose wonderful myriad of benefits you can learn all about below.
A natural exfoliator
Pineapples are abundant in AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that work to exfoliate and gently remove dead cells. This delicious-smelling tropical fruit helps to renew and refresh the skin – revealing a brighter, clearer, healthier complexion.
It’s soothing and calming
There’s a key active enzyme in pineapple called bromelain. Bromelain is an effective anti-inflammatory substance that works to soothe and calm the skin.
Vitamin C rich
Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C, which helps in cell and tissue repair and even boosts collagen production. This helps with skin elasticity and firmness. The antioxidants in pineapples work to keep free radicals away from happy, healthy skin cells.
Superfood for the skin
The Maqui berry (pronounced mah’ key) is a true superfood for the skin. Considered to be one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world — Maqui berries have up to 300% more Anthocyanins and nearly 150% more Polyphenols than any other fruit or vegetable. It’s these unmatched Anthocyanins and Polyphenols levels that make the Maqui berry powerful in healing and smoothing out the skin.
Pure, natural moisture
Dry skin, be gone – coconut oil is among the best moisturizing ingredients out there. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and seeps right into your pores – deeply and throughly hydrating it.
Vitamin E infused
Vitamin E is incredibly powerful at protecting skin cells from damage, and the Vitamin E in coconut oil works to soothe and calm the skin.
It’s full of protein, antiviral and anti-fungal benefits
The antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are directly attributed to the fatty acids in the oil, which include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This helps heal the skin and leave it feeling soft and refreshed. Coconut oil is also really abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy and rejuvenated – inside and out.
Did you know that one of the best ever sensitive-skin soothers is hiding in your pantry right now?
Many people don’t. But the truth is that oatmeal is a wholesome way to feed your skin, with a wide variety of amazing skin-nourishing benefits.
Oats have been part of regular skincare regimens for centuries, being documented as far back in history as 2000 BC – and, oatmeal is one of the very few natural ingredients to get the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To get a little more specific, oatmeal – which is a natural product that has been ground or milled from oat grains, is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, and lipids. It also brims with the natural goodness of antioxidant properties – so it’s the ideal healer for sensitive skin.
So while you may enjoy a decadent serving of warm oatmeal for breakfast in the mornings, you can also enjoy the potent benefits it offers your skin when applied topically. If you’re a sensitive-skinned sugar, oatmeal will help calm, clean and nurture your skin in a pure but powerful way.
Oatmeal is blessed with an impressive 18 different amino acids – vital to healthy, glowing skin. These magical little building blocks help to heal the skin and body – rebuilding tissue and renewing skin. Your skin is very good at absorbing amino acids from oatmeal, making it the perfect ingredient in moisturizers and cleansers.
Just like a warm bowl of oats makes you feel better when you’re down, it does the same for your skin when it’s feeling less than chipper. For sensitive skin that needs some tender love and relief, oatmeal has wonderful soothing properties that calm and relax the complexion.
Oatmeal is super-effective at cleaning your skin while remaining gentle. Due to its saponin content, oatmeal is a natural skin cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils or dry it out.
When combines with other hydrating ingredients, oatmeal is a natural and gentle moisturiser. Oatmeal is a humectant, which basically means that it assists your complexion in keeping moisture locked in. It’s one of Mother Nature’s best skin-loving ingredients for dewy, glowing, happy skin.
Oatmeal has a lovely texture – grainy and thick, which makes it a naturally effective exfoliant. It helps your skin shed dry and dead skin cells to make room for fresh, healthy, new ones. It helps renew and rejuvenate your complexion without being overly harsh or aggressive – perfect for treating sensitive skin with care.
When it comes to pure skin health, the secret is often simplicity.
The humble Aloe Vera plant, potent in its power to soothe and detoxify, is one of the very best friends your skin will ever have. And while Aloe Vera loves all skin types, it’s particularly good for nurturing sensitive skin.
A little-known fact about Aloe is that there are more than 300 different species of it – most of which are loaded with a healthy variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes… all super powerful-healing properties.
In a nutshell, Aloe Vera is sensitive-skin magic.
That’s why, when we formulated our new sensitive skin regimen, we chose Aloe Vera as a key ingredient – and processed it through ColdPress Technology® to retain its incredible wealth of nutrients. Direct from the fruit to your skin.
If you aren’t already convinced by the power on Aloe Vera in protecting your skin, here are the 5 top skin-loving benefits of Aloe Vera. You’re welcome.
1. Calming moisturizer
Aloe vera packs a whole bunch of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E – all of which collaborate and work together harmoniously to restore your skin’s barrier. With a wonderful ability to moisturize without being overpowering, Aloe Vera is equipped with polyphenols – which help ward off free radicals and signs of waging.
2. Super soother
Much like avocado, Aloe Vera is full of healthy fats – and these fatty acids, together with an enzyme called bradykinin, help calm, soothe and tranquillize skin. So it can breathe easy.
3. Kind regeneration
With its wonderful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, Aloe Vera protects sensitive skin against anything that won’t serve it. It help to regenerate skin and works to heal any red spots or marks.
4. Gentle exfoliation
Well-exfoliated skin usually equals glowing skin, which is why Aloe Vera works so well in both cleansers and moisturizers. It softens dead skin cells, making them easy to gently rinse away – giving skin a naturally healthy, bright appearance.
5. Soft toner
A natural astringent that works to perk up, tighten and firm your complexion skin – Aloe Vera is a gentle toner. It has the power to even out skin pigmentation, smooth out the appearance of blotchiness, and works to calm red spots.
Sensitive-skinned sugars, this one’s for you.
Hey sugar, we know that the beautiful sensitive-skinned souls among us need a little extra #Rawlovin – and we also know that winter winds and dropping temperatures can sometimes reduce our skin’s moisture levels and deplete its natural defenses. And when you have sensitive skin, your winter complexion might need just that much more love and care – just like your wardrobe might need a few extra layers.
When you have sensitive skin, it’s not always enough to avoid certain ingredients. Your pores need to be soothed and nurtured. Fortunately, we’re bringing the gentle Southern California sunshine to illuminate your days (and your sensitive skin) with our NEW Sensitive Skin line available at select Target stores or Target.com
We’ve created a brand new regimen of nourishing, nurturing, and soothing products consciously crafted specifically for sensitive skin. Formulated with natural ingredients specially selected to care for delicate complexions, this set of sensitive-skin-loving goodies will brighten your everyday. And your complexion – minus the irritation.
Say hello to your brand new skin heroes:
ColdPress Hand Wash Green Tea, Cucumber + Aloe Vera
ColdPress Body Wash Green Tea, Cucumber + Aloe Vera
ColdPress Natural Hand Wash Almond Milk, Manuka Honey + Oatmeal
ColdPress Body Wash Almond Milk, Manuka Honey + Oatmeal
So, what will these ingredients do for my sensitive skin?
Green Tea is an antioxidant by nature, working hard to reduce signs of ageing and soothe the skin in the most gentle way possible. The energizing scent of Green Tea will have an uplifting and joyous effect on you – making you radiate from the inside out.
Additionally, green tea acts as a gentle exfoliator and is also blessed with the power of tannins which help to perk up and lift your complexion.
It’s simple, it’s made up of 90% water, but it’s your sensitive skin’s very best friend. Super-soothing and ultra-cooling, cucumber can be used on even the most fragile of complexions and make it feel like heaven. It’s incredible at minimizing pores and evening out skin tone. The Vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumbers are also antioxidants that work towards slowing the appearance of wrinkles and creases.
A variety of vitamins. A medley of minerals. Spades of enzymes. A bunch of amino acids. One little plant: Aloe Vera. The ultimate healer for sensitive skin, Aloe vera is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial – meaning it’s powerful in protecting sensitive skin against infections and warding off germs. It helps with skin regeneration and even softens dead skin cells – making them easy to remove and rinse off in a gentle way.
Aloe vera also helps with pigmentation – it can minimize the appearance of freckles, brown spots and blotchiness.
Almond Milk allows you to make peace with your sensitive skin. Incredible in its ability to soothe the skin, Almond Milk is rich in Vitamin E – which deeply nourishes and keeps skin cells supple, while replenishing dehydrated complexions and locking moisture in through your pores.
Vitamin E is also incredibly effective in renewing skin cells – perfect if your skin’s had a bit too much sun.
FUN FACT TIME: Did you know that honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes? Extraordinary stuff, right?!
Manuka honey is one of nature’s purest ingredients – and boy does it LOVE skin! In fact, Manuka Honey loves ALL skin types – including that of the sensitive sort. Its healing powers work wonders in soothing skin – and its range of antioxidants is wonderful at smoothing it out. It provides skin with a natural moisture, so there’s no need for any harsh chemicals. It’s also naturally antibacterial, which means it helps fight acne and breakouts in the most natural, non-irritating way.
Oatmeal is a wonderful remedy for sensitive skin – and one that’s been used around the world historically to soothe itchiness and irritation.
Oat lipids and proteins help to rejuvenate the skin barrier and keep it strong, helping to combat dryness and itchiness. Oats are also enriched with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which work to ease sensitivity and even slow down aging.
Are you a bit puzzled as to why you might need a hair mask if you’re perfectly happy just using your shampoo and conditioner?
Please, allow us to guide you into the wonderful world of hair masks – and describe exactly why our new Healing Power Hair Masque is not just a haircare luxury, but a necessity.
And just a quick tidbit to remember, hair masks aren’t a new trend – people all over the world having massaging masks into the their locks for centuries!
We put our hair through a lot. There’s blowdrying and straightening, curling and gunky product. There’s coloring and bleaching, and let’s not dismiss the damage that can happen from bad hair elastics. But, our Healing Power Hair Masque has come to the rescue. One of its main ingredients is Banana Oil, which is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins – all working to help soften the hair and protect its hair natural elasticity, preventing it from breaking.
Did you know that your hair has it’s own personal breaking point? Everyone’s does. It’s the length your strands get to where they’d rather fall out than grow any longer. But the stronger your strands are, the longer your hair will grow before splitting. If you’re trying to get a few more inches out of your hair, our Hair Masque will help get you there. It goes straight into the roots for a deep, intense conditioning treatment – meaning your hair will gradually get stronger and grow longer.
If your hair’s been feeling a little flat (or weak, frizzy, unmanageable, etc…), a Hair Masque will help restore it back to its happy, healthy old self. Using nature’s most reparative natural ingredients and processing them through ColdPress Technology® – our Hair Masque is filled with natural oils that work super hard to heal your hair, and it gets right to the root of the problem, too. Your tresses will come out of the shower looking visibly stronger, healthier and glossier. Yes, please!
Hydration is key for healthy, shiny hair. The Avocado Oil in this Hair Masque is moisturization central – it helps hydrate and rejuvenate the scalp. A rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins – Avocado Oil works to soothe the scalp and promotes long, strong, healthy hair. It deeply penetrates, meaning your hair is healthy from the inside out.
Unlike just your ordinary conditioner, our Hair Masque works its way deep into the hair cuticle – rather than just working the surface. Its bucket-load of hair-saving vitamins and nutrients deeply nourish hair –and restore lustre and shine
Masks contain vital nutrients that will help bring your hair back to life. They help nourish dry locks and provide a serious dose of moisture. Eventually, you’ll notice that your hair becomes softer, silkier and more manageable. Use hair masks twice a week if you want hair that looks beautiful and fabulous.
Hard-to-manage hair can be hard to live it. It’s frustrating and time-consuming, and we can’t have a busy lady like you fussing and fretting with unruly locks every morning. That’s where Hair Masque comes in – because masks are the unsung heroes in the realm of hair manageability, and ours is particularly powerful with its secret weapon of Banana Oil – which creates order, shine, growth and even controls dandruff! It’s our little miracle formula is restoring balance and control to disorderly tresses.