5 Reasons People Are Obsessed With Raw Sugar Living

We bet that if you had a peek into your friends’ bathrooms, at least one of them would have a collection of Raw Sugar Living products in the shower. Chances are, if you asked them about it – they would not hesitate to tell you just how much they love Raw Sugar’s healthy, uplifting, nutrient-packed line of skin and hair care products.

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5 Fun Facts You Need to Know About Lemons

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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?)

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5. Goodbye Anxiety

Who would have thought? The smell of lemons helps increase focus!

There you have it, lemons are cool! Shop our

Lemon Sugar scented products from our

ColdPress Personal Care line for the ultimate #Rawlovin

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7 natural ingredients that keep acne-prone skin clear

Acne. Zits. Spots. Breakouts. Whatever you want to call them, it’s safe to say – those pesky little bumps are something we could all do without.

When you slide out of your teenage years and slip into adulthood, you expect to be completely acne-free. After all, we’ve been taught that zits only affect hormonal teenagers, right? Wrong. So, so very wrong.

Acne-prone skin can be hard to handle. It can deplete your self esteem and leave you feeling like you just don’t want to leave the house. It makes you feel out of control. And often helpless (especially when you feel like you’ve tried every product on the shelves and every trick in the book.)

But there are small things you can add to your diet and skincare routine to care for acne-prone skin – and they’re probably hiding in your pantry. In turn – you’ll reduce the amount of breakouts that pop up like unexpected visitors and overstay their welcome.

Banish blemishes with these 7 easy-to-follow, clear-skin tips.

Cucumber

You know the phrase ‘cool as a cucumber’? There’s a good reason for that. Cucumber has magical cooling and soothing properties – its astringent properties help to reduce inflammation caused by acne and speeds up the healing process. Plus, it’ll keep your complexion’s pH balance in tact.

How to use it?

Apply cooled cucumber juice onto skin with a cotton pad. Drinking the cucumber juice daily will help too!

 

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

We at Raw Sugar are OBSESSED with ACV. It’s great for your gut and one of the best pantry ingredients for winning the war against breakouts. It works as a toner with its antibacterial and antiseptic properties which clear the pores of bacteria and oil.

How to use it?

Drink a shot every morning! You can also dilute one part ACV to two parts water and apply to skin via a cotton pad after cleansing and before moisturizing.

 

 

Lemon

Lemon, aka nature’s skincare savior, is full of acne-fighting goodness. It contains L-ascorbic acid, a powerful astringent that works to dry out spots. What’s even better is that its antibacterial properties fight acne-producing bacteria – getting right to source.

How to use it?

Drink a glass of lemon water every day! You can also apply freshly-squeezed lemon juice to affected areas once a day.

Coconut oil

We’re nuts for coconuts. And why wouldn’t we be? It’s jam-packed with antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties that ward-off acne-triggering bacteria and microbes. All while keeping your skin hydrated and well-fed.

How to use it?

After cleansing, simply apply a small amount of extra-virgin coconut oil to your skin (trust us – a little goes a long way!).

Honey

With its potent antibiotic properties, honey is a delicious at-home anti-acne remedy. It works to eliminate the bacteria that causes breakouts, and has anti-inflammatory properties help heal and reduce redness, swelling and inflammation. Pretty sweet, huh?

How to use it?

Apply a small amount of organic honey to the skin – almost like a face mask. Allow it to absorb for 10-15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used as an effective yet gentle exfoliator for acne-prone skin. It deeply cleanses your pores and absorbs excess oil –and gets rid of dead skin cells which can lead to nasty scarring.

How to use it?

Form a paste with one tablespoon of oatmeal and a little bit of milk. Massage gently into your skin and rinse off with warm water.

Turmeric

In every way possible, turmeric is golden. It’s SO full of incredible body-worshipping goodness and has countless health benefits – one of which is its anti-acne properties. The compound curcumin found in turmeric has antimicrobial activity that stops acne-causing bacteria in its tracks. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal acne and scars.

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.

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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MAMA NATURE’S IMMUNITY BOOSTERS: Our favorite 3 flu-fighting ingredients

Give your immune system a boost, naturally.

No one enjoys getting sick. The runny nose, the sore throat, the achy muscles. It’s a chore. But, luckily, there are things you can do to equip your body with what it needs to stop a pesky flu or common cold in its tracks (especially during winter!).

You know, you don’t need to travel far to find the best immunity-boosting ingredients out there. In face, they’re probably in your pantry right now! Food is one of the most effective tools we have to help prevent sickness – over 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so what you consume builds up the foundation of your health.

Bolster your defensives and avoid getting sick with nature’s 3 miracle ingredients (psst… we also love using these ingredients in our ColdPress ® Raw Sugar products – they’re amazing for skin, too!).

1. GINGER

A super-strong antioxidant, ginger has microbial properties that kill bacteria (including salmonella) – both internally-consumed and when applied topically. This zesty little wonder has amazing anti-inflammatory agents (to help with that sore, runny nose) and it also helps to eliminate congestion.

It has strong fever-fighting agents, and if you sip on some ginger root tea – you can consider your sore throat dramatically relieved. Plus, ginger also encourages coughing to remove any mucus from the chest. It’s the chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger that give it that notorious spicy kick – they’re also what stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses (and helps remove toxins and viruses!).

2. TURMERIC

This golden-child of immune-boosting ingredients is only now coming to be recognised as a real superfood spice in Western culture. In the East, however, people have been reaping its wondrous benefits for centuries. Consumed either fresh and raw or in powdered form as a spice, turmeric will help your immune system in more ways than one. Firstly, it helps to increase the immunomodulating capacity of the body. It also boasts extremely powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.

Another benefit of turmeric is its anti-carcinogenic properties, and its ability to boost to the white blood cells that help your immune system fight off bacteria, viruses and other ailments.

3. LEMON

Lemons are a simple yet powerful fruit. Lemons have flavonoids which are called, you guessed it – citrus flavonoids. These appropriately-named flavonoids contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antiviral benefits – all major friends to your immune system.

Lemons are also incredibly rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to amp-up the white blood cell count in your system. These cells work to attack foreign bacteria, and viruses, for a stronger immune system. Vitamin C may also helps increase levels of antibodies which bind to foreign pathogens and neutralize them or mark them for destruction – powerful stuff, hey?

Winter is coming – give your immune system the tools Mother Nature gave it to keep strong and healthy, even through the cold.

7 reasons to kick-start your day with lemon water

Incredible things start to happen when you add a morning lemon water to your diet. Your skin starts to glow. You stop getting sick so often. And like magic, you feel more energised and uplifted than you did before. But that’s just the beginning.

Squeezing the juices of a fresh lemon into a glass of warm water in the AM helps jump-start your digestion, and with that come a multitude of benefits. Lemons are jam-packed with nutrients, from Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins to calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium (even more than apples!) and fiber.

To get the most of this sunshine-sprinkled fruit, your morning ritual should go a little something like this: wake up, squeeze a whole lemon into a warm glass of water, drink it before you consume anything else, then wait about 30 minutes before you have your breakfast, smoothie or coffee. This will help you fully receive the benefits of your morning citrus-fix – of which the best ones are listed below.

1. Detoxes your system.

There’s no need to resort to extreme fad detox diets to cleanse your system – a simple glass of lemon water will do the trick. It’ll help flush out any toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function and stimulating your liver. A fresh start to the day, indeed.

2. Jump-starts digestion.

By loosening up the toxins in your digestive tract, lemon water aids healthy digestion and gets your system working right for the day. It also helps to reduce those pesky and unpleasant side-effects of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating.

3. Boosts your immune system.

There’s no better friend to your immune system than Vitamin C. And because lemons are full of it, your morning ritual of lemon water will help stops colds and flus in their tracks by upping your body’s levels of Vitamin C.

4. Clears your skin.

Lemons, magical lemons. They’re brimming with antioxidants, which means they work to rescue your skin from blemishes – and wrinkles too! By detoxifying your blood, your complexion’s radiance gets a lift – giving you a glow from the inside out.

5. Freshens your breath.

Bid goodbye to nasty morning breath because an unexpected, but certainly pleasant, perk of lemon water is that it gives you fresher breath. It also relieves toothaches and gingivitis. A true all-rounder.

6. Lifts energy levels.

Your body gets an instant energy boost when lemons enter your digestive tract – and not only that, but they help decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression by having a calming effect on your nervous system.

7. Reduces inflammation.

When sipping lemon water becomes part of your morning ritual, it will help to reduce the acidity in your system and decrease uric acid in your joints – which is a major cause of inflammation.

So there you have it; lemon water is a simple and easy way to give your body a healthy start to the day. This one small practice can radically alter your experience of the day – try it, and tell us what you benefits you first notice!

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