RAW THOUGHTS

10 Signs it’s Time for a Skin Detox

The word ‘detox’ gets thrown around an awful lot lately. From detox teas to detox day-spas – it seems to have become a commonly-used buzzword that advertisers wield to get their products out the door. But ‘detox’ does not have to be a dirty word.

In fact, a detox can be incredibly beneficial to your health (and, in turn, your skin!). It’s a science. The science of how our bodies get rid of unnecessary waste – because if waste builds up, bad things happen.

A skin detox means devoting one whole week to making and effort to remove impurities, toxins, pollutants, and dead skin cells – and  to renew and revitalize your complexion back to optimum health and all-round glowy-ness. Or, if you detox really well, you can have it looking better, fresher, and more beautiful than ever.

But how do you know if your skin is in desperate need of a detox, you ask? Well, every now again, your body tries to talk to you. It tries to send you signals in the hopes that you’ll respond and take action. These signals are often what we like to refer to as symptoms. That means that right now, you body could be screaming at you with a loud and clear “DETOX ME! PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF AVOCADO ON TOAST, DETOX ME!” while you nonchalantly strut around without a care in the world, twiddling your thumbs and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls. But, fret not, that’s why we’re here!

So, without further ado, here are 10 signs your skin may be in need of a detox. If you’ve noticed any of the below recurring in the past 3 months, you’ll need to whip out the water, get onto a liver-friendly diet, and treat your skincare routine with respect.

1. Increased skin sensitivity

2. Breakouts that just. Won’t. End.

3. Skin dullness

4. Excessive sweating

5. White or yellow-coated tongue (this could also manifest as bad breath)

6. Itchy, irritable skin

7. Increased dryness or flakiness

8. Cravings (for sugar, in particular)

9. Tummy bloating

10. Sinus congestion

If you listen to your body, and treat it as well as you would a brand new pair of white sneakers, you’ll be absolutely fine.

Happy detoxing!

The top 7 healthiest breakfasts you can eat, according to nutritionists

Ah, breakfast. The most controversial meal of the day. Some argue it’s the most important, others will tell you to skip it altogether. The truth is, however, that it’s completely up to you and your body.

Some people feel nauseated after breakfast, while others use it as fuel for the day. Some have it first thing in the morning, while others wait until 10 or even 11am for their first feed. Then there are the people who LIVE for breakfast. The ones who think of sleep simply as a time machine to their scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. The ones who are first in line at the local café on a Saturday morning. The ones who think a world without breakfast is a world not worth living in.

So if you love breakie, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 healthiest you can eat to keep you running at your most efficient for the rest of the day. Because, let’s face it, a bagel and orange juice just won’t cut it.

1. Avocado on toast

Not all carbs are bad. Especially if they’re topped with a silky green slices of avocado. Opt for a rye, brown or multi-grain bread rather than white, and be generous with your avo. The healthy fats and fiber in this meal mean you’ll be full for a while, but your blood sugar levels won’t be compromised. Add some lime juice for extra flavor, and tahini or black sesame seeds for a little more protein.

2. Eggs

Whether you like ‘em boiled, poached, scrambled or baked – eggs are breakfast gold. Loaded with protein (6 grams a piece, to be exact, eggs are easy enough to prepare that even the most amateur of cooks can perfect them. Pair them leafy greens, tomatoes and mushrooms, or a slice of whole grain bread. And don’t skip the yolk – it’s full of good fats, vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.

3. Homemade smoothie

A morning smoothie is an awesome way to get your daily fruit and veggies in before the day even begins. To make a well-balanced smoothie, try whizzing together some leafy greens like spinach or kale, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a nut butter for some healthy fat, and a little bit of fruit like kiwi, banana or blueberries. Add some non-dairy milk (almond works a treat!) and there you have it – a quick, easy and filling smoothie. Add a handful of organic oats for extra satisfaction.

4. Bircher muesli

This one’s super easy because you can just throw all the ingredients together the night before, and it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the morning. Use rolled oats, top with your favorite fruits, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, and a drizzle or organic honey for a scrumptious and sweet breakfast that’ll keep your batteries charged for hours.

5. Chia pudding

Chia seeds are a superfood for a reason – they’re super nutritious, and super high in fiber. So high, in fact, that just one ounce equals an impressive 11 grams of finer per serving. They’re also high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for vegans. To make chia pudding, mix half a cup of berries, some coconut flakes, and a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to set in the fridge overnight. The next morning you’ll have a bright bowl of goodness waiting for you.

6. Oatmeal

Love cereal? Oatmeal is the healthy alternative. Made from ground oats, it contains a unique fiber called beta-glucan which helps to reduce cholesterol and keep you fuller, longer. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and has even proven to have anti-inflammatory effects!

7. Mexican breakfast bowl

This is one where yumminess is definitely on the menu. Think sliced, hard-boiled eggs, black or kidney beans, cubed tofu, lemon juice, tomato, red onion, jalapeños and avocado. It’s a scrumptious medley of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Delicious.

Top 5 Pantry Foods that Double as Natural Cleaners

If you often end the week with a froster full of vegetables that hasn’t been touched and bowl full of fruit you haven’t eaten – you’re not alone. In fact, around 25% of our total grocery shop ends up in the trash. That means that almost a quarter of all foodstuffs we buy go to waste.

But, alas, there is a solution. Why not turn uneaten foods into natural cleaning products? Aside from minimizing waste, this strategy has other benefits too. By using all-natural household products, you avoid exposing yourself and your family to unnecessarily harsh chemicals – particularly in the kitchen. It’s safe, it’s eco-friendly, and importantly – it works.

Without further ado, here are our top 5 most effective natural cleaners.

1. Lemon

With its medley of antiseptic and antibacterial properties, lemon has the natural strength to kill germs and even remove stains. Their high acidity levels mean they can also act as a bleaching agent – so they’re perfect for brightening up bathroom and kitchen tiles. Mix lemon juice with water to form mother nature’s ultimate cleanser and use it to wash dishes, surfaces and wipe off stains.

2. Vinegar

Much like lemon, vinegar is high in acidity – so it’s powerful in killing germs and warding off nasty bacteria. Simply mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a large spray bottle, and there you have it – a brand new, healthy and natural surface cleaner. For really tough cleaning, just use it straight outta the bottle.

3. Banana peel

Here’s one that might surprise you; banana peel! Instead of tossing your banana peel into the trash, make a beeline for the cutlery drawer. Simply blend the skins with a little bit of water to form a paste and use it to polish your silverware – we promise you it’ll be shinier than ever.

4. Tea bags

Tea is full of tannins, which means it’s super effective in polishing wooden surfaces like cabinets and floors. Just make sure you allow them to cool first. BONUS: If you want to keep your fridge smelling fresh and clean, keep some Green Tea leaves inside it to eliminate any nasty odors!

5. Salt

Got some scrubbing to do? Reach for the salt. Salt works really well as an abrasive cleaner – use it to remove gunk from pans, showers, and floors. When you mix salt with a little bit of water, however, you crate a saline solution that works really well to remove stains from the carpet and clothes.

Beauty on the road: how to take your Raw Sugar skincare routine travelling

Discovering a brand new place in the world is the one of the most wondrous experiences life has to offer. But, sadly, it’s so often is the case that when we arrive at our destination after hours of travel – our skin doesn’t quite match the level of excitement we feel. In fact it can appear dull, exhausted, and just downright unhappy. And it has good reason to – planes are depressurized so the air pulls the moisture right out of your face, leaving it dehydrated and desperately thirsty for some sweet TLC.

That begs the question – how do you avoid a travel skincare disaster and incorporate your usual Raw Sugar skincare routine into travel time? Follow our guide to beauty on the road and your skin won’t even know it has entered a new timezone. Promise.

1. The night before

The evening before a big trip plays a crucial role in how smoothly your vacay will go. Have you packed everything you need? Dropped the dog off at the sitter’s? Charged your laptop? It’s totally make or break. Same goes for your skin. Make sure your complexion is well-prepped ahead of travel by thoroughly cleansing with a Raw Sugar Facial Cleanser, sloughing away dead skin cells with our Facial Polish, and feeding it a big spoonful of moisture with our Complete Facial Moisturizer. This will allow your skin to build up its natural barrier and be equipped with the tools to fight that dreaded in-flight dryness.

2. Inside-out hydration

There’s no better way to feel good ahead your trip than to nourish and hydrate your body. Drink lots (and lots) of water, and fill up on antioxidant-rich foods such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, and berries. Yummy.

3. Beauty on-board

Make sure your on-board beauty kit is on-point. Stock up on some mini travel-friendly bottles or tubs (airplanes don’t allow anything over 3.4 ounces (100 ml) on board). Fill them up with Raw Sugar’s Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand Sanitizer (for keeping hands germ-free before meals and before-and-after bathroom breaks), and Body Butter. Place all your items in one clear bag for easy access.

Hot tip: it’s a good idea to buy travel bottles that come with ready-made labels – that way, you know you won’t confuse your facial moisturizer with your body butter.

4. Fresh-faced, baby!

Once you’re on-board and ready to get really comfy with a movie, novel, or some well-earned sleep – take the time to gently wash all traces of your makeup off with Raw Sugar’s Reviving Facial Cleanser. This is prevent your pores from clogging and give your skin some breathing space.

5. Moisturize… and then moisturize some more

This one goes for both face AND body, sugar. If you want to ward off skin dryness and dehydration – you’ll need to bring your moisturizing A-game with you. After you’ve carefully cleansed your face to wash off any makeup or oils, apply our Complete Facial Moisturizer liberally. Don’t be shy to re-apply throughout the duration of the flight – your skin needs all the moisture it can get in a depressurized cabin! You’ll also want to slather our Body Butter all over – paying extra careful attention to hands, elbows and knees.

6. Skip the junk… and the wine

When you’re on a long flight and you’ve exhausted your personal film-watching quota, it can be tempting to kill time (and boredom) with a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate. Alcohol will only dehydrate your body and sugar will make you crash – not in a good way, in a groggy and tired way. Stick to water and healthy snacks to keep your skin hydrated and yourself refreshed.

7. Start fresh

And then, when you’ve arrived where you were going – you get to do it all again! Yipee!

Raw Sugar’s top 10 most frequently asked questions

Buying skincare online can be a nerve-racking experience. What if it doesn’t work? What if it makes you break out? What about the company’s policies on animal-testing? There are so many questions that loom large – but don’t fret, because Raw Sugar won’t do any of those things. Instead, we’ll answer all your pressing questions – and be totally open about the answers.

We’ve been asked plenty of things in the time we’ve been around, and we definitely notice that there are certain questions that pop up time and time again – the things our customers seem to be really interested in. Well, here they are, all in one place, all answered, all honest. Let’s take it away.

Is your glycerin derived from animal fat or plant-based? And if animal, what animal?

You’ll be pleased to learn that NO, our glycerin is not derived from animal fat – we use a plant-based vegetable glycerin in our products. Raw Sugar is cruelty-free and proud of it.

Is Raw Sugar vegan?

Yes! All our products are vegan except for one – our Raw Sugar Facial Polish as it contains honey. That said, we have plenty of customers who lead vegan lifestyles and love Raw Sugar!

Are your products gluten free?

Yup! They sure are. You won’t find any traces of gluten in our products.

What exactly does the ingredient listed as ‘fragrance’ contain?

Good question. Our proprietary fragrances are made from a combination of naturally-derived essential oils along with synthetic ingredients, without the use of any nasty toxins such as: Parabens, Phthalates or Sulfates.

Are Raw Sugar products hypoallergenic?

Hmmm, as with any tricky skin concerns – we recommend having a discussion with your physician on what products are safe to use on your skin. We do not make any claims about our products being hypoallergenic.

Do you ship worldwide?

Not yet – but we’re working on it! We really want you to have some #rawlovin wherever you are in the world, so we are currently in discussions with several retailers internationally and will be announcing more information about this in the near future. Watch this space.

Can I purchase Raw Sugar in any shops?

Yes! Raw Sugar is available at Target – just look for the bamboo tops and white bottles in the skincare aisle.

5 EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE RAW SUGAR INTO YOUR EVERYDAY

At Raw Sugar, we believe skincare should be simple. Our philosophy is all about taking mother nature’s purest ingredients and making the very most of their nutrient-laden prowess.

That’s why Raw Sugar is committed to carefully crafting products that are:

1. Processed through ColdPress Technology® to lock in all their very useful skin-loving vitamins, minerals and enzymes and feed your skin until it glows.

2. Eco-friendly – they’re vegan and free of any nasty parabens and sulfates, plus our packaging is made with post-consumer recycled cardboard and sustainably-sourced bamboo.

3. Good for the planet – Our Raw Sugar initiative means we #livetogive and donate a bar of soap to people in need for every single purchase you make.

So if you want to get some #rawlovin into your everyday life, here’s how to slip it seamlessly and simply into your routine – no extra effort required

FACE IT!

Raw Sugar’s range of facial care is gentle on sensitive skin and gives your complexion a vitamin-rich boost that uplifts from the outside in. With cleansers, moisturizers and polishes in our range of face-lovin’ goodies – we’ve got all bases covered. Simply add a pump of cleanser in the shower in the mornings and carry around a moisturiser for when your face is in need of some mid-day hydration.

IF WE’RE TALKIN’ BODIES…

If you shower in the mornings, you’ll love starting the day fresh with our great range of body washes. If you’re an evening bather, however, our range of soaps have massaging nubs that your tired body will treat as a soothing, relaxing spa-like end to your day.

GETTING HANDSY

Keep a bottle of our nourishing hand wash in the bathroom and kitchen – they’ll keep hands soft, smooth and clean. For extra cleanliness, we also have a range of hand sanitizers you can conveniently carry around in your hand bag to kill germs when you’re on-the-go. Easy.

BUTTER ME UP

Raw Sugar’s range of lush, rich, nutrient-packed body butters are best taken after a shower with their besties, Raw Sugar’s body washes! Your post-bath skin will drink them right up and be well-equipped to properly absorb all their vitamins, goodies and delicious scents. Hot tip: carry one around in your handbag to quickly hydrate dry elbows, heels and knees.

SCRUBBING UP WELL

The last step in becoming a fully-fledged Raw Sugar babe is our yummy range of body scrubs. Keep one in the shower and use it to exfoliate 2-3 times a week – or before events where you want super glowy, dewy, hydrated skin.

7 incredible ways lemon can save your skin

You may love lemons, but lemons will always love you more.

Good for you inside AND out, lemons are the ultimate fruit-bowl beauty fix. This humble fruit that you can simply pluck from your pantry not only benefits your skin when you consume it – it’s super-effective when applied topically, too. A natural toner and cleanser, lemons will brighten your complexion, banish oily skin and rejuvenate texture.

Rich in Vitamin C, lemons are beneficial in reducing the appearance of age spots, healing blemishes and removing dead skin cells. Basically, lemons are skincare sunshine.

Here are the top 7 ways in which lemons are your ultimate skincare savior – we guarantee they’ll get you loading up on citrus!

1. They can heal acne and ward off blackheads.

Lemons have great antibacterial and antifungal properties, which mean they’re effective in treating acne. To apply lemon to your face gently, simply dilute fresh lemon juice with water and apply via a cotton pad. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can just rub an open lemon into your skin – focusing on areas where blackheads nest.

2. They lighten scars and dark spots.

Acne scars – the bane of many an acne-sufferers’ existence. They seem to stick around forever, long overstaying their welcome on our skin. Lemon juice can help. The citric acid found in lemon gradually fades spots and works to even out your skin tone. Voila!

3. They reduce oil.

Greasy skin, be gone! Lemons are great at keeping oil at bay. Simply use lemon water as a toner before applying your moisturizer at night and you’ll be sure to notice a difference in shine levels.

4. They brighten your complexion.

The abundant vitamin C content in lemon increases collagen production, which restores skin elasticity for a smoother, brighter, younger-looking complexion. It even works to protect skin from free-radical damage – and its powerful astringent properties tighten the skin and help fight wrinkles and fine lines.

5. Reduces stretch marks.

Stretch marks happen, and they’re nothing to be ashamed of! If they’re causing you concern, you can try lemon as a natural way to reduce their appearance. Its mild acidic properties help skin to sweep off dead skin cells and form new, fresh ones – removing the layers of stretch-marked skin, one at a time.

6. Treats dandruff.

Lemon is good for the skin on your scalp, too! Lemon juice can treat dandruff and control itchiness on the scalp. It works to balance out the pH level of the skin on your head and decreases excess oil secretion – two of the main causes of dandruff. While its at it, lemons’ antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight scalp infections. A multi-talented little fruit, indeed.

7. Restores moisture.

Hey, think twice before throwing away that lemon peel! Lemon peel help to enhance hydration and softness in skin. Use it to rub on dry or scaly skin – its citric and plant acids will shed dead skin, stimulate growth and restore moisture.

So, have you made your way to the citrus section of your local supermarket yet?

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6 simple ways to incorporate meditation into your everyday routine

Question: what are you doing right now? Are you on the train into work? Indulging in a snack on the couch? Sitting on a park bench waiting for a friend?

Well, here’s the good news – any of those seemingly mundane everyday moments can easily be transformed into meaningful meditation time.

With the gazillion things we have to do in our hectic modern-day lives, it may seem difficult (or in some cases, impossible) to find time for mindfulness. But, alas, never fear – we’ve done some digging and found six simple ways to sneak a spot of meditation into the everyday. Because a peaceful state of mind should never be too far away.

1. Make the most of your commute

Put your morning commute to good use and start the day with a clear mind by meditating while you travel. Whether you catch the bus or train, drive, or walk into work or school – there are a bunch of great mindfulness apps you can listen to that will help you switch off and get lost in mantras and affirmations.

2. Why wait when you can meditate?

We all have that one friend (or client… or husband… ) who just can’t seem to help but turn up 15 minutes after schedule… every time. Instead of wasting time scrolling through social media or texting, try meditation instead. Put in your ear buds, listen to some soothing music, and be transported to another, much more calm, horizon. Then, when your companion finally does arrive – you’ll give them a smile instead of an eye-roll.

3. Stay in bed

Who’d have thought snoozing your alarm and staying in bed longer in the mornings could be good for you? It can! Squeeze the most out of your morning glory and take a few moments to think about the day ahead, consider your thoughts and feelings, and envision your ideal 24 hours ahead. Observe these barely-conscious thoughts and we promise you’ll kick your day off to a sublime start.

4. Snack time for the senses

Here’s one your going to love! As if we needed another reason to snack, right?! Next time you catch yourself wandering over to the fridge to grab your coconut ice-cream, make a conscious effort to be mindful during your wee indulgence. Focus on the enjoyment and sensations you feel while eating it – how does it feel on your lips, tongue, throat? Mindful eating is a an ancient practice, as well as a great way to express gratitude for our food.

5. Shower power

Practicing presence in the shower can have great effects. Most people like to think in the shower – it’s often the one part of our day we feel we’re getting some ‘me-time’. Breathe, be present, and observe the sensations of hot water on your body. Bonus points if you add some essential oils into the mix.

6. Bring on the chores!

You can always add a little awareness into physical everyday activities like cooking, vacuuming or doing the dishes. Feel the warm water over your hands receive while you wash dishes. Focus on the smells of vegetables as you chop them. It’s that simple.

Top 5 secret ingredients for glowing skin

Sure, you could spend all your money on a ton of high-end creams and serums. You could try every product on the shelf at your local drugstore. You could even give into skincare trends and purchase that “revolutionary” new cleanser everyone’s talking about. Or, you could simply walk over to your fridge – because some of the most potent (yet gentle) ingredients for radiant, glowing skin are kitchen staples with uses you had no idea about.

Yes, these humble kitchen ingredients may have the advantage over way-too-pricey over-the-counter skincare. They’re natural, they’re not too pricey and – most pertinently – they work.

1. PAPAYA

Sweet, sweet papaya. Aside from being utterly fresh and delicious (and transporting us to the tropics) – papaya is skincare gold. It’s loaded with anti-oxidants and helps guard your skin cells from damage.

How to use it?

There are a variety of ways – the easiest being rubbing the insides of the fruit onto your face for an enzyme facial. Alternatively, you can mix it with pineapple, oil or honey for a nourishing mask.

2. SUGARCANE

Ah, the much underrated suagarcane. Sugarcane contains possibly one of the most powerful ingredients for youthful, supple, glowing skin – glycolic acid. A type of Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), glycol acid works cogently exfoliate the top layer of your skin – shedding it of unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the plump, fresh layer underneath – and stimulate new cell growth.

How to use it?

Mix equal parts lemon juice, sugarcane juice, apple juice and coconut milk and apply it to the face and neck. Let it sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes.

3. PINEAPPLE

Whether or not you like it on pizza is one thing, but there’s something about pineapple you can’t deny – it works wonders for skin. Pineapple all but eliminates congestion. It contains bromelain which is an enzyme that sweeps away dead skin cells – the major cause of tired-looking, congested skin.

How to use it?

Make a mask out a cup of pineapple, half a cup of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of are sugar – together, this combination with restore radiance and harmony to your skin.

4. MUSLIN

Muslin – an oldie but a goodie. You may have heard celebrities like Kate Moss and Kate Middleton applauding the modest muslin cloth for its skin-enriching benefits – so why is muslin such a well-kept, high-powered beauty secret? The finely woven texture of muslin is an excellent exfoliant for skin – but it’s also super gentle, and allows you to control the press and rhythm at which you circle. These eco-friendly cloths increase circulation to the face, getting rid of dead skin to reveal a younger, bouncier complexion.

How to use it?

Wet cloth under warm water and use to wipe away your cleanser using a circular massage motion. Rinse it thoroughly after use and allow to air dry.

5. MANUKA HONEY

Incorporating Manuka honey into your skincare regimen is like giving it a nourishing bowl of broth when it’s not feeling too well – it’s comforting, soothing and works a treat to make it feel (and look) better. Packed with vitamins B, C and live enzymes, Manuka honey works to heal acne through its anti-inflammatory properties, repairs cellular damage in skin to reduce scarring, hydrates and moisturizes to combat wrinkles and signs of ageing.

How to use it?

Simple. Just apply it to your face as a mask for about 15-20 minutes and voila! Healthy, happy glowing skin is yours.

GLOW: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Your state of mind affects your body in more ways than you know. A positive attitude, in particular, can work wonders for your sense of self – and your wellbeing. It helps you kick every day off to a fresh start. It gives you that extra little pep in your step. It can make you glow from within.

We believe the world ‘glow’ is one of the most beautiful in the English language. It rolls off the tongue and radiates warmth – and with the right kind of attitude, you will too.

Here’s how a little bit of positive thinking can make you radiate – from the inside out:

GOOD THOUGHTS

When you fill your mind with nice, positive thoughts – you’ll not only feel happier, but your positive energy will be visible and infectious to others.

MAGNETISM

People are drawn to positive thinkers. And why wouldn’t they be? Positive thinking is aspirational. A glass-half-full mentality is catchy – so your hopeful and happy disposition will have a domino effect on those around you.

WELLNESS & WELLBEING

Positive affirmations can have an impact on your health. The power of your mind over your body is pretty incredible – and affirming to yourself that you’re beautiful will help you feel better, more energized and more full-of-life.

ANTI-AGEING EFFECTS

Recent studies have shown that a seeing-life-through-rose-colored-glasses approach has physical benefits on your skin – and can even slow down the ageing process, keeping wrinkles and lines at bay a little bit longer.

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Crafted and produced in sunny SoCal, Raw Sugar Living is a natural lifestyle brand on a mission to promote clean and healthy living through products that are good for the body and nourish the soul.

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