1. Veggie Garden
Gardening increases physical activity. It is a great way to engage with the whole family and lets them help take responsibility for the garden. The fruits and vegetables grown in your
garden promotes a healthy lifestyle, because they are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. Not only will you save more dollars, it also gives you a new appreciation for nature, when you can have the opportunity to see how things grow.
2. Say Goodbye to Processed Foods
Did you know that 60% of the calories in an average American’s daily diet come from “ultra- processed” foods? Food is what nourishes your body on the inside; so the old saying “You are what you eat” does have some truth to it! Cross out everything that is processed on your grocery list. In fact, go to your kitchen right now and throw all processed foods out. Out of sight, out of mind means you have no choice but to eat the healthy alternatives.
3. Hello Vegan Products
Vegan beauty products have a whole list of benefits as they tend to be gentler on the skin, making them better for sensitive skin. Since Vegan products are packed with so many nutrients, your skin will absolutely love it!
4. Get Active
Benefits of practicing physical activity regularly reduces your risks of a heart attack, manages your weight better, lowers your blood cholesterol level, lowers your blood pressure, gives you stronger bones, muscles and joints, lowers the risk osteoporosis, and the list goes on! This will help you feel good naturally, so set a aside 30 mins each day to go for a walk. It’s worth it!
5. Gratitude is The Best Attitude
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness. It also has many benefits in terms of our health, satisfaction with life, and the way we relate to others. Being grateful helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and build strong relationships.
Take a little time out of each day to show some gratitude.
6. Cook Fresh Food
Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is so much more healthier, which means you and your family will be consuming the right foods to benefit your health. Eating at home allows you to cut out what you may deem unnecessary in your diet. You’re in control of the food you cook and the food you consume, which allows you to build healthier habits and encourages the whole family to be healthy with you.
7. Get Organized
Who would have a thought that such a simple thing like getting organized can bring you so many health benefits? Here are a few things that being organized will do for you: improves your sleeping habits, reduce stress (which makes us happier), can lead to better eating habits and can boost your energy! Go on, get organized.
Breathe in, chill out and do some meditation. It encourages a healthy lifestyle, increases happiness and some study’s show it actually slows aging! Where do we sign up?
You may laugh at this (pun intended) but, it’s true! Laughing releases natural endorphins in the brain which are your feel good/happy chemicals. Don’t forget, laughing is contagious – spread it. Who doesn’t feel happy laughing? Try it, we dare you.
Scheduling downtime every single day (even if it’s 15 mins) increases your energy, mood, and enhances your creativity!
There you have it. 10 easy ways you can start living a more natural and healthy life right now!
Lemons have amazing natural healing properties that offer great health and beauty benefits inside and out. Here are 5 fun facts you need to know about lemons.
1. Daily dose of Vitamin C
The mighty Lemon offers 88% of your daily dose of Vitamin C. Renowned for fighting colds and flu bugs, it also contains a good amount of Potassium and Magnesium; both of which help promote healthy skin.
2. Glow on the outside
Lemons are used in a number of beauty treatments to cleanse, refresh and add a youthful glow. Skin looks more radiant, hair looks shinier, nails look whiter!
3. Glow on the inside
Lemons are actually alkaline (even though they taste acidic) which means they help to regulate the body to an ideal pH level of 7.30-7.45. Lemon juice also aids digestion and helps cleanse the liver. This all adds up to a healthier body, which means clearer skin and shinier hair!
4. The thinner the better
Did you know? The highest quality and juiciest
lemons have thinner skin. (Should this be peels?)
5. Goodbye Anxiety
Who would have thought? The smell of lemons helps increase focus!
There you have it, lemons are cool! Shop our
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Because a healthy outside starts with a healthy inside.
For healthy, glowing skin, the old saying, “you are what you eat” still remains
true. Choosing the right thing to eat can help you nourish your skin from the
Our bodies are truly magnificent. Old cells are always being shed and replenished by younger ones. To support this constant change, we need to feed our bodies with nutrients. If we eat a good balance of nutrient-rich foods, our skin will receive the vital nutrients it needs to be healthy and beautiful.
It’s important to treat your skin with kindness and optimize your nutrition by enjoying antioxidant-rich fruits that provide the optimum levels of nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 fruits that will help you eat your way to healthy skin.
Did you know that Vitamin C is a super antioxidant? It works to effectively support the
immune system and encourage radiant, smooth skin. One of the best sources of
Vitamin C is blueberries. They’re also rich in anti-oxidants, which helps to keep skin healthy and produces collagen that strengthens the skin’s capillaries.
Don’t throw away the peel! Researchers from the University of Arizona studied a group of people who consumed citrus fruits, juices, and peels every week. The people who ate orange peels instead of discarding them had a 33% increase in skin health. Orange peels also offer protective UV-benefits to keep your skin strong and well.
Small but packs a big nutritional value. Kiwis are packed with a lot of vitamin C (it has almost 120% of your daily needs in one little fruit). They work to keep the skin smooth, taught, and young looking, while also adding hydration and glow.
Mangos work to perk up and brighten your complexion, leaving your skin feeling and
looking younger, bouncier and more alive. It’s jam-packed with antioxidants,
and works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also helps with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
It’s often argued whether coconut is a fruit or nut, one thing almost
everyone can agree on is that coconut is magical for the skin. Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties your sensitive skin dreams of and needs. Coconuts have a natural antibact power that is super effective for relieving inflammation and helps sensitive skin look and feel, calmer and brighter.
When it comes to loving your skin, it’s important to pay attention to your body.
Nutrient-rich butters and exfoliators are essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. We know that everyone’s skin is unique, the foundations for care and nourishment are the same for all of us.
With that in mind, here’s our guide to building your own effective, body-loving beauty regimen that you’ll actually look forward to doing every day. We promise you’ll love it.
P.s. remember, all Raw Sugar products are processed through ColdPress Technology to keep all the good stuff in!
Raw Sugar Cube Bath Fizzers
Soak your body in these 12 nourishing and healing essential oils and extracts. Your skin will definitely radiate with love after this. With the choice of Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut AND our classic combo of Raw Coconut + Mango, using these bath fizzers 2-3 times a week will relax the body and mind, giving your skin a little extra love and attention it craves. Raw Sugar Cube Bath Fizzers are small sugar cubes of love + fizz. They release oils, aromas and nutrients when you drop them into your bath. The beauty of a fizzer lies within the fact that your body not only gets a wonderful cleanse, but fizzers are also powerful for unwinding the mind and allowing your senses to indulge in a wondrous state of bath time relaxation and pleasure.
Raw Sugar Sugar Scrub
Adding a sugar scrub to your routine while in the shower, is a small extra step that will go a long way. Regular exfoliation works to smooth, polish and remove debris from the skin – leaving it glowing, and more receptive to nourishing moisturizers and butters. The scrubbing action itself boosts circulation and helps to drain your lymph nodes by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Available in a range of different varieties, keep your Sugar Scrub in the shower and use it 2-3 times a week for super glowy, dewy, and well-hydrated skin.
Raw Sugar Body Butter
Raw Sugar’s range of lush, rich, and nutrient-packed body butters are best used after your shower & Sugar Scrub routine. Your post-bath skin will
be well-equipped to properly absorb all the vitamins, goodies and delicious scents from our body butter that are gentle enough that you can use them every day. Hot tip: carry one around in your handbag to quickly hydrate dry elbows, heels and knees when you’re on the go.
A diet rich in fruit is essential for optimum health – but try telling a kid that.
If you have a nagging feeling that your children aren’t getting
sufficient amounts of fruits into their tummies, you’re probably right. According to recent research, an astounding 60% of children are eating
less than the recommended daily intake of fruits.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and high in fiber, fruits are a necessity for healthy growth and development.
The reasons why are countless!
To start, fruits are an instant energy supplier. It’s a natural source of vitality and will help kids stay alert and active longer. Fruits are also
naturally low in calories, and its powerful combinations of flavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and the countless micro and macronutrients this makes fruits wonderfully easy way to keep kids healthy and reduce the risk of colds and flus.
All of this begs the question: how do you actually get a child to eat more fruits? Here are 7 easy ways you can guide them to a more balanced, fruit-rich diet. Trust us, not only will they be eating fruits, they’ll be loving it, too.
Lead By Example
Why not make eating fruits a fun family activity after dinner? If you make it a habit to snack on fruit when your kids are around, they’re more likely to pick up an apple when they’re feeling peckish.
Familiarize them with fruits
A lot of children say “no” to fruits because they’re afraid of its unfamiliarity. This is not because they dislike the taste. You can get them used to certain fruits by keeping them on display in a fruit bowl in your home, talking to your kids about it, and subtly sneaking them into meals that they enjoy so they can slowly get familiar with the flavor.
Slice it up
Children are curious little creatures, and may take more kindly to fruits that have been sliced into bite-sized pieces than whole fruits.
In fact, a study of 14 elementary and middle school cafeterias showed schools that sold sliced apples received 71% more apple sales than schools that sold their apples whole.
Make fruits fun
Get children more excited about fruits by making it fun. Stickers of their
favorite cartoon characters will work great. Research has shown that
kids are twice as likely to pick up the piece of fruit in their lunch box if it has a picture of a cartoon character on it. A simple yet effective method.
Prepare fruit together
Making fun no-cook creations with the kiddies will make them proud and eager to taste their fruity culinary delights. This can be as simple as fruit salads or as cool as real-
fruit popsicles. Either way, kids will love eating what they helped make.
Give them picking power
Get kids involved in the grocery shopping process and they’ll be more likely to eat what they’ve chosen at home. Giving children the chance to explore and discover different colors, textures and shapes will get them more interested in tasting the fruit.
Mix it up
Allow kids to learn that fruits comes in different forms. They can eat the same fruit whole or they can drink it in a juice. Teach kids that fruit can be frozen, canned, and dried to take on different tastes and textures.
It’ll be like a mini science experiment – they’ll love participating in it!
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.
Because nothing is sweeter than a good night’s rest.
We devote a large chunk of our lives to sleep. Around 200,000 hours of it in the first 60 years of our lifespan, in fact. So we’d better hope it’s of quality.
If you often feel grumpy or exhausted after a night of tossing and turning, here are 14 easy things you can do to help you get a solid sleep – every night.
1. Aromatherapy oils
A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow can increase your sleep quality by 20%. Lavender is a natural relaxant, and will help lull you into a blissful state of sleep.
2. Power off
The blue light on your phone or tablet can hinder your ability to fall asleep. Many phones come with a blue light filter you can switch on in the your before bed, or you could simply just refrain from scrolling before you plan to nod off.
Many people swear by meditation as a means of getting to sleep. Try it.
4. Watch your nap time
Naps can be really beneficial to your health, but try to keep them at 20 minutes or less if you’d like a restful night.
5. A leg pillow
Is back pain stopping you from getting 8 hours of shut-eye? Try a leg pillow. A pillow between your legs aligns your hips and relieved stress from your lower back.
6. Make your bed a sleep-only sanctuary
Reserve your bed for sleep (and cuddles) only. Watching tv, eating, surfing the net or worst of all – working – in bed takes away from its aura of relaxation and rest.
7. Get a routine going
Setting your body clock is the way to go. Hitting the sheets at the same time every night and waking up at around the same hour every morning will help you fall asleep with ease.
8. Avoid caffeine after noon
Coffee in the morning is fine, but not so much in the afternoon. Look for hidden caffeine too – chocolate before bed can keep you up longer than you’d like.
9. Smart exercising
Working out is wonderful at helping you fall asleep – as long it’s not 3 hours or less before you hit the sack.
10. The alcohol myth
A lot of people think wine makes them sleepy. And it may help you fall asleep initially, but it’s not a good idea for a sound night’s rest. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so you’ll be waking up parched at various times throughout the night.
11. Eat wise
Eating rich and heavy foods before going to bed can hinder the quality of your sleep. Keep snacks light – and try not to eat an hour before going to bed.
12. Dim the lights
Start lowering the lights in the hours before bed. Dark lighting signals to your body to make melatonin, the hormone that sends your body to sleep.
13. Unwind the mind
Let go of work or daily stresses before going to bed. If you struggle to switch off, try a warm bath or relaxing music.
14. Temperature control
The perfect sleep temperature for most people is between 68 and 72 degrees. Being too hot or too cold has a major effect on our sleep quality – so it’s best to keep it in check.
We answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about this delicate skin type.
Love it or hate it, if you have sensitive skin – you have to take care of it. It requires a little extra attention and a tad bit more patience. But if you play your cards right, youe sensitive skin will become a total non-issue. In fact, you can even use it to your favor!
Here, we answer the 7 most frequently asked questions about sensitive skin.
1. What exactly constitutes ‘sensitive skin’?
There are a variety of factors at play to making up what people call sensitive skin. But put simply, sensitive skin reacts unpleasantly to skincare products and chemicals. When diagnosing sensitive skin, dermatologists look for: skin reactions such as redness, bumps or erosion, very dry texture, or a tendency towards heavy blushing.
2. How do I know if I have it?
If it’s common for your skin to get irritate or feel uncomfortable after using over-the-counter skincare, you probably have sensitive skin.
The best way to find out, of course, is to check in with a dermatologist.
3. What should I look for in skincare products to ensure they don’t irritate my sensitive skin?
Products designed specifically for sensitive skin are usually your friends. Also look for products that contain no parabens or sulfates – and that are made up of mostly natural ingredients.
Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals and way too many ingredients on their lists.
4. When using a new product, how should I test for skin reactions?
Patch testing is the way to go – after all, it’s better to be safe than sorry! When you get a new product, place a small amount behind your war for a few days. If your skin reacts well, try the same thing along your temple. If you don’t get irritated skin, the product should be safe to use.
5. How can I protect my sensitive skin against harsh weather conditions?
We hate to sound lime your mother, but you MUST wear suncream all year round. It’s a non negotiable. And make sure it’s one thats at least SPF 30+.
In the summer, you should generally try to avoid sunbathing and spending long periods of time in the hot sun – even if you have applied your SPF. UV rays are highly damaging and particularly so on your sensitive skin.
In the winter, try not to overheat your home. Have a good moisturizer on hand for skin and body to keep it hydrated, and always wash with paraben and sulfate free cleansers.
6. Is sensitive skin genetic?
It would appear that yes, sensitive skin and its associated conditions (includong rosacea and eczema) are inherited.
7. What are the best tips for caring for my sensitive skin?
Use skincare that has been specifically designed for your skin type. These products should be soap-free and light on harsh chemicals to avoid overworkinf your skin. When cleansing, be gentle – and avoid using chunky scrubs and exfoliators.
Also, hydration is key. Stay on top of your moisturizing schedule and your skin will thank you for it.
PS – DID YOU KNOW that Raw Sugar is launching a BRAND NEW line of skincare created especially for SENSITIVE SKIN? Yup! It’s made with natural, soothing, nourishing ingredients made to love and care for sensitive skin! More info coming soon… WATCH THIS SPACE, sensitive-skinned sisters!
Sugar, we know you love looking (and feeling) good.
So, we’ve hunted, searched and scoured every small corner of the internet to bring you the best beauty tips and trends for 2018 we could find.
From hair to hydration, and brows to blending – find out what’s hot and happening in the magical land of beauty.
Leaving filled-in brows in 2017
Filled-in brows can be great, and if you don’t want to retire your brow pencil just yet – more power to you. But the problem with overfilling our brows is that we can lose a little bit of our identity – the beautiful uniqueness and individual shape of our brows gets covered up and hidden. But it’s time to show off the raw beauty of your brows with pride. So instead of covering them up with a thick pencil, 2018 is all about highlighting their natural shape and neatening them up with a nice brow gel or brush. Give it a try – we know we will be.
Beauty from the inside out
The more time that goes on, the more we learn about the power of what we eat and drink. Beauty begins from the inside, and there’s nothing better for your skin and hair than drinking lots of water and eating lots of good fats. Think: salmon, avocado, and nuts – and at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Hey, and eating right can even help protect you from the sun! You’ll still need your suncream, though (sorry).
How to achieve the ultimate ‘no make up’ look
No makeup is the new makeup. But for those of us not quite brave enough to go bare-faced, there are a few little makeup tricks that can make us look as natural as possible. It’s all about a balance. So for every illuminating product you use, dab on a little matte product to even it out. For example, if you’re wearing glowy bronzer, try a matte foundation or BB cream to match it. It’s also about using minimal products to bring out your best features. A touch of mascara on the outer corner of your eyes. A dab of lip stain. A sweep of blush over the cheekbones for a natural flush.
Hydration and health
Here’s one that never goes out of style: moisture. With winter in full swing, we think your skin (and hair) might need a drink. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and a complexion whose thirst is regularly quenched is generally more plump, resilient and stronger at fighting off any bad guys floating around in the air. A good, vitamin-rich moisturizer is a must. And when it comes to your locks, a nutrient-heavy hair mask will help your hair get through tough winter days (Hint: Raw Sugar’s NEW hair masque nurtures and rehydrates hair like none other!).
Perk up your foundation with moisturizer
While the purpose of foundation exist to conceal imperfections and even out skin tone, mixing moisturizer into it adds another dimension and can dramatically improve the look of both your makeup and your skin. Adding a squeeze of moisturizer to your daily foundation routine will help to sheer it out, resulting in a more natural, dewy, glowy finish (and who doesn’t love that?). This little trick changes the texture of your foundation – and enhances it with the vitamins and nutrients of your facial moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for the change.