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.
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.
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.
Some things in life just work better in pairs. Wine and cheese. Surf and sand. Ross and Rachel. Raw Coconut + Mango.
At Raw Sugar, we love thinking up magical concoctions from the divine ingredients given to us by the kind hands of Mother Nature. Our team of incredibly fussy skincare experts spend lots of time putting together different blends of wholesome fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to see what works best. And frankly, our Raw Coconut + Mango marriage was an instant hit – and is fast becoming a classic.
But, there’s way more to this scrumptious-smelling duo than meets the eye. It’s actually incredibly powerful and effective on skin. Here’s why.
1. The Mango brightens
Did you know mango is magic? It works to perk up and brighten your complexion – leaving your skin feeling and looking younger, bouncier and more alive. Since it’s jam-packed with anti-oxidants, mango works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also help with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
2. While the Raw Coconut soothes
Raw Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties that irritated or tired skin dream of. Coconut has natural antibacterial powers that have great effectiveness in relieving inflammation, eczema, dermatitis and any painful skin allergies.
3. Mango can assist with acne
Mango is rich in Vitamin A – which has been proven to reduce oil production on the skin. So, if regular acne keeps showing up on your face like an unwelcome visitor, mango can help. Pssst – it’s also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, too!
4. While Raw Coconut deeply moisturizes
Coconut is a brilliant natural skin moisturizer. It’s so easily and readily absorbed into skin’s pores – and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. Which means that even if you have naturally oily skin, coconut will work for you.
5. The best part? ColdPress® Technology!
When this magic duo is combined into our products, it’s processed through ColdPress® Technology which locks in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin instantly soaks up. So you know your skin will reap all the pure wholesome goodness of these incredible fruits.
Still not convinced about the prowess of Raw Coconut + Mango? Visit our online store and try it for yourself. WARNING: you’ll be hooked!
1. Find support
The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes – because many other
people around you will be doing the same thing. Talk to family and friends about
how your respective resolutions are going – they’ll offer positive reinforcement and
push you to keep going.
2. Set realistic goals
Set yourself up for success by setting realistic, step-by-step goals – rather than
just one great big one. That way, each small goal will be easier to achieve – and
every achievement will give you the encouragement and feeling of progress you
need to keep moving forward.
3. Anticipate obstacles
You’re going to have obstacles along your journey – that’s a given. Make a list of
what they could be so you have a plan on how to deal with them when they show
4. Failure is good!
If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again. Failing sometimes is
inevitable – but it’s the way we react to failure that matters. Giving things another
go after you fall will make you stronger, more resilient, and increase your chances
of success in the long-run.
5. Give yourself a pat on the back
Plan to reward yourself for your progress and you’ll have an even greater
incentive to stick to your goals. But don’t just limit rewards to achievements, and
make it about effort instead. Treat yourself every time you don’t give up when you
easily could have and your probability of success will be incredible.
So you want to go vegan. You’ve heard about the ethical, environmental and health benefits the vegan lifestyle delivers and you want in. You’ve been planning it all year, but just haven’t quite gotten around to it. You reason that after the holidays and into the new year is the best time to make the transition – when the slate is clean and motivations are high.
But… how do you make the change, and make it successfully? Here are some useful tips and guidelines to ensure your transition to veganism is one that sticks.
Before anything else, make the effort to learn everything there is to know about veganism. This will really help you feel prepared and get you excited to embark on a positive life change. Read all about the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. Learn how to optimally nourish yourself on this diet so you won’t have any deficiencies. Start understanding ingredients lists and which ingredients are off-limits. All the insights will help you ease into a plant-based lifestyle with confidence and ease.
Add before you subtract.
Rather than just going cold turkey and eliminating all meat, dairy and eggs from your diet straight off the bat – start incorporating more vegan-friendly foods before you take anything out. That way, the transition will be smoother and won’t shock your body. Start adding more legumes, seeds, nuts, vegetables, non-dairy milk (like almond, rice, or soy) and tofu into your diet. You can also start a collection of delicious vegan recipes you can get excited about making.
Leave the hardest till last.
What’s your favorite food ever? That one you think you’re gonna have a really, really hard time letting go? That one. Maybe it’s a creamy feta cheese, or your Sunday morning eggs on toast. Whatever it is, don’t cut it out straight away. Leave it until last. Phase it out in a slow, controlled manner – this could take weeks or even months. You’ll find that the less you have it, the less you’ll crave it.
Learn all the good substitutes.
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the good stuff. Did you know that nutritional yeast flakes make a great substitute for parmesan cheese? Or that coconut yogurt tastes just as good (if not better) than dairy yogurt? Experiment with all these substitutes to find which ones you like best. Soon enough, you’ll be creating your own new plant-based versions of traditional favorite recipes.
Don’t lose sight of why.
When the going gets tough, it’s easy to be tempted into giving in. But, when you know exactly why you decided to be vegan and remind yourself of that, you can quickly reign the temptations in. This is why it really helps to know all the benefits of a plant-based diet and the positive effects it has on our health, environment, and humanity.