Ingredient Spotlight: Rosemary

Rosemary has been used since ancient times as a cure all for everything from digestive health and muscle soothing to promoting hair growth and boosting the immune system.  And now, this garden-favorite fragrant herb has made its way into skin care health and beauty products. It’s gorgeous scent and abundance of skin healing properties make it a powerful addition to your skin care routine. It’s abundant in vitamins A + C + B,  iron and calcium and is a natural clean label preservative. Here are a few ways that Rosemary extracts help rejuvenate and repair your precious skin.  

 

  • It is antioxidant rich which may help prevent wrinkles by stopping free radicals from breaking down the skin’s elasticity. 

 

  • It’s a natural anti-inflammatory so may help soothe and de-puff irritated skin. 

 

  • Vitamins A and C work to neutralize damage to the skin and aid in cellular repair.  

 

  • It’s rich in B vitamins which rejuvenates cellular activity and promotes deep cellular repair.  

 

  • Rosemary has moisturizing and collagen-boosting properties  that work to hydrate and plump skin. 

 

  • Rosemary extracts can help prevent skin from looking damaged by tightening skin, strengthening veins and help treat signs of aging.    

 

  • Rosemary oil is a natural antimicrobial so works to kill bacteria which is ideal to help dry, irritated skin conditions.  

 

  • Rosemary can also reduce blemishes due to cell regeneration properties that help eliminate the appearance of scars, spots and sun damage. 

Ingredient Spotlight: Pineapple

Pineapple is serving up big beauty benefits and has quickly become the go-to for skin brightening and generally perking up tired, dull skin. Not only does it add a gorgeous, tropical scent, but it’s full of a powerful enzyme called bromelain, which helps break down and sweep away dead skin cells.

 

Aside from the skin brightening and gently exfoliating bromelain, pineapple is rich in vitamin C and E… two vitamins that really pep up your skin tone. They help brighten and even out skin tone while the antioxidants help heal and protect from UV damage and premature aging. It also contains a healthy dose of vitamin A that reduces the risk of inflammation and is a known anti-bacterial.

 

Drink in all the delicious benefits of Pineapple and get on your way to transforming your skin with a brighter, more beautiful glow.

Shampoo for Dry Hair

Does your hair feel dull and dry?  The cooler weather, indoor heat and lack of moisture in the air are all reasons why hair can feel more brittle in the fall and winter.  To ramp up your hair’s moisture content and reclaim your bounce and shine, try shampoos and conditioners that are full of botanical extracts to deliver thirst-quenching, shine-enhancing hair nutrition.  

 

Raw Sugar’s The Moisture Smoothie Shampoo is like a smoothie for dehydrated hair with Cold Pressed Coconut + Agave + Sweet Almond Milk delivering the super hydrating nutrients and velvety soft feel your hair needs now.  

 

The Bounce Back Shampoo and Conditioner are infused with shine-enhancing Cold Pressed carrot oil plus Certified Organic mango butter and agave to give weightless bounce and soft, body.  

 

Feed your hair and see how a little love can go a long way to delivering your best looking, most hydrated hair yet.  

How Often Should You Change  Your Shower Loofah?

Do you know what’s lurking in your loofah?  The scary truth is that if you have a natural loofah and it’s been awhile since you’ve replaced it, there are likely loads of bacteria and possibly even some mold hiding in there.  Especially scary if you’re using it after you shave when there may be small cuts and pores are more open.  

 

Experts agree that you should replace your natural loofah roughly every 3-4 weeks.  If you want to try and extend that time, there are a few things you can do. First, don’t leave it in a wet, moist environment.  Instead, dry it between uses in a less humid area like an open window. You can also disinfect natural loofahs by soaking them in bleach once a week.  

 

The plastic loofah’s can be used for up to two months, but keep an eye out for signs of mold and toss it if you get a wiff of any musty or mildewy odor.

5 Benefits of Bamboo & Charcoal 

Charcoal and Bamboo don’t sound like the typical beauty product ingredients — even for men.  But when you get down to it, research is showing these ingredients are supercharged self-care enhancers and have recently shown up in everything from body washes to $100+ face creams.  

 

The potential health and beauty benefits of both Charcoal and Bamboo are lengthy so we’ve boiled it down to the top five biggest beauty-boosting benefits.  

 

  1. Charcoal is the ultimate deep cleanser. Charcoal penetrates the skin pulling out congestion that can cause enlarged pores, redness and contribute to dull, uneven skin tone.  It’s extremely effective at purifying the skin.  

 

  1. Charcoal is major detoxifier. Toxins actually bind to Charcoal drawing out bacteria, poisons, chemicals and other micro particles to the surface thus detoxifying skin, leaving you with a flawless complexion.  

 

  1. Bamboo is rich in natural silica, an ingredient that can help give your skin a radiant glow. Silica also aids in the production of collagen which firms your skin, giving it a more youthful bounce.  

 

  1. Bamboo extract also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which in turn helps keep your skin safe from damaging free radicals.

 

  1. Bamboo extract  is hydrating and has an anti-bacterial properties giving it the ability to heal skin.  

Want to give it a try? Our Raw Men Body Wash in Charcoal + Bamboo is detoxifying, deep cleansing and hydrating, made with plant-derived ingredients including Charcoal and Bamboo extracts.  Find it here.

Bye-Bye to Dry, Chapped Lips

Say Bye-Bye to Chapped Lips 

The air gets dry and suddenly you’re biting and licking your peeling, cracked lips.  Why are lips so much more vulnerable to the dry weather? For one, skin on the lips is much thinner than the rest of our skin.  But the biggie, is that lips lack oil glands so they actually can’t produce their own moisture. 

 

So how do you keep lips soft and supple without natural oils?  Hello, lip-loving Lip Balms. Natural Lip Balms full of essential oils can repair, hydrate and lock in moisture which is key to keeping lips soft, supple and protected.  

 

Raw Sugar has five delicious flavors of natural Lip Balms.  They’re 95% Organic and are full of ingredients like Cold Pressed fruit extracts, Macadamia Nut and Shea Butters,  plus Vitamin E. The nutritive formulas add moisture and lift spirits with the bright, fresh flavors; Lemon Sugar, Raw Coconut + Mango, Pineapple + Maqui Berry, Watermelon + Fresh Mint and Almond Milk + Agave.  

 

Say bye-bye to chapped lips now and forever.  A little Raw Sugar Lip Balm love is all you need.  

5 ways to boost your self confidence

Lets face it. Confidence is sexy.  We admire people that have it and we all want more of it.  We’re talking about the kind of confidence that is self-assured, self-aware, unintimidated, doesn’t try to impress and lives without fear and negative talk.  So how do we get more of it? How do you cultivate confidence and inner strength?   

 

Understand that no-one is perfect.  Even people that you think are perfect are not.   Everyone struggles with something. Start seeing yourself as equal to others and not less than.  It is what you do with what you have everyday that makes you who you are.  

 

Gain knowledge or get good at something.  

Challenging yourself by learning something new or committing to knowing more about a particular subject, or doing one thing really well.  Becoming good at something makes you interesting and being interesting boosts confidence.  

 

Silence your inner critic.  The first step toward self confidence is self love.  This is huge because it’s something most people don’t even realize they’re doing.  Even positive thinkers can walk around criticizing themselves all day long and it’s one of the most destructive barriers to self confidence. 

 

Pay attention to the thoughts you’re having. Just observe and listen to yourself.  Then question every thought. Is that true or is that a habitual reaction — then, reject the negative self talk. Truly reject it by saying I reject that thought — “I’m not stupid, I just wasn’t paying attention.”  Or “I’m not a loser, but I am overcommitting and neglecting to pay attention.” Or “I’m not fat, I have strong arms to carry my babies and legs that I can use everyday to take me places.“ Replacing negative talk with positive thoughts or solutions is key. 

 

Move.  When we are stagnant and unmoving, we don’t get the body confidence that comes from being strong and capable.  This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or become a body builder — just move. Whether its walking, dancing, running, yoga, stretching, taking the stairs, becoming stronger and allowing your body to perform increases confidence.  

 

Affirm yourself.  Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that we say to ourselves. We tend to believe what we tell ourselves constantly, whether positive or negative.  Make sure you’re affirming yourself and envisioning the confident person you want to become.  

 

Care for yourself.  This quote says it all; “Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” — Parker Palmer

 

Self-confidence depends on a combination of good physical care, emotional health and social fulfillment. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you are not taking care of yourself.   Make time to shower, spend an extra few minutes lovingly massaging a rich, beautiful smelling lotion in to your body, try new products that nurture you and uplift you, get sleep, dress in something you’re proud of and build your self-confidence by making the effort to look after your own needs.

 

Lastly, set yourself up to win.  Make small goals and keep track of your wins.  Your confidence will begin to creep in every day you are aware of what is derailing your confidence and every day you do something good for yourself or someone else.  You got this!

Determine your daily Fall skin routine now

We’ve waved goodbye to the good vibes of summer so your skin may start to feel a little drier and maybe even itchy and irritated. Skin reacts to the environment so as fall arrives, we need to look at our skincare routine and make adjustments now to keep skin and hair soft, supple and protected in the cooler, drier weather ahead.  Here are a few fall beauty hacks that may help.  

 

Consider a thicker moisturizer.  You need to pick the right products for the right time and weather.  Light hydration may be perfect for sweat-prone summer skin, but when fall arrives, a more luxurious body butter may be exactly what you need to hydrate, deeply nourish and form a layer of protection against dry air.   

 

Exfoliate, but do it gently.  You want to keep up an exfoliation regime in fall but using a product full of hydrating essential oils is key to reducing irritation.  The Raw Sugar Sugar Scrubs are full of Cold Pressed enzyme-rich fruit oils that gently exfoliate but leave a soft protective moisture veil so skin is left glowing and revived rather than exfoliated and dry.  

 

Add Vitamin C products to your routine.  Vitamin C not only helps protect skin from free radicals, it evens out skin pigmentation, which helps to boost collagen production resulting in a brighter, happier skin. 

 

Add a weekly hair masque.  Hair gets just as dry as skin in autumn and winter months so adding a restorative hair masque once a week will help repair damage that dry weather does to  keep your hair soft, shiny, bouncy and beautiful.  

 

Buy a humidifier.  Especially if you’re running a heater in the house or office, a humidifier will help keep skin from drying out while you work or sleep. Basically, the more moisture in the air, the more moisture in your skin. 

 

 How to Prep your skin for Fall 

Now that pumpkin-spice-everything season is here, it’s time to think about transitioning your skin from summer maintenance to fall care.  

 

The change in weather can have drastic effects on your skin, with the main culprit being the drier, cooler air.   The most important thing you can do now is start an exfoliation regime. And we mean exfoliate everything — body, lips, face, toes.  If you keep up with exfoliation, you have a better shot at keeping the dry, dead skin from appearing that causes instant dullness. And we know you’re not dull. In fact, you were meant to shine.  

 

Dry brushing is a technique you should take part in every morning if possible. It has amazing detox health benefits as well as helping to slough off dry, dead skin cells.   But be gentle. Extra bonus points if you do it while thinking loving, kind thoughts to yourself. 

 

In the shower be sure to use one of our gentle Sugar Scrubs to hydrate, nourish, exfoliate and leave skin with a supple, smooth, silky feel. 

 

In dryer months, our body butter is pure bliss for your skin.  It’s rich, luxurious texture sinks in to the skin beautifully, leaving dry, thirsty skin quenched and you feeling extra pampered.  

 

For hair care, add our Healing Power Hair Masque to your routine for some extra hydration and protection against that crisp fall air that can leave hair feeling dry and lifeless.  

 

Lips show signs of seasons change almost instantly so keep our natural Lip Balm in your purse, your car and your bath area so wherever you are you can swipe on the healing, hydrating and protective benefits of our 95% organic formulas.  

 

Your Fall just got more beautiful with a little extra Raw Lovin and thoughtful care.  

Your self-tan superhero. How our Sugar Scrub can help you master your Self-tan game!

Summer is gone and you’re glowing, tan is waving goodbye as well.

If you’re thinking of self-tanning to keep your summer shine through the fall and winter months, we’ve got your secret weapon to make whatever tanner you use the slide on smoothly and evenly.  

 

The key to any good self-tan is exfoliation!  Our gentle Sugar Scrub is just the ticket to help you smooth rough patches and give you a soft, silky, supple base for your self-tanner.  

 

Shave the day before you self tan, otherwise, self-tanner can get locked into hair follicles.  Then use our gentle Sugar Scrub in your favorite fresh scent from toes to neck paying special attention to the rougher skin patches like the tops of your toes, knees, ankles, and elbows.  

 

Use it regularly and your skin will feel soft, smooth, hydrated and prepped for your just back from the Bahamas glow.  Happy tanning!

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