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6 reasons why you need to try our new Hair Masque

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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!

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1. Protection

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.

2. Growth

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.

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3. Restoration

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!

4. Hydration

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.

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5. Shine

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.

6. Manageability

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.

Do you have sensitive skin?

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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. 

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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! 

5 stress-reducing activities every busy person needs

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Don’t you just LOVE feeling stressed? Said literally no one ever. Unfortunately, like traffic jams in LA, stress is kinda an unavoidable part of life. It’s part of the human condition to feel a bit anxious when we feel overwhelmed – or when we bite off a little more than we can chew.

While a bit of stress from time to time can be a positive thing to motivate you, too much is hardly beneficial. It can have a negative impact on our emotional, physical and mental wellbeing – and leave you feeling anxious and exhausted. 

That’s why, particularly as a busy person, you need to understand what techniques and activities will help you alleviate stress and shoot tension right in the foot. 

Here are 5 helpful stress-busting activities every busy person needs to try. 

1. Meditation

It may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people miss out on the benefits of meditation. The mental silence of meditation works very effectively to counter stress (especially of a work-related nature). If you find yourself struggling to get ‘in the zone’, then practicing some easy breathing exercises will work a treat too. Take repetitive deep breaths when you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed – it will reduce cortisol levels, which are related directly to stress and anxiety. 

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2. Hit the beach (or the pool)

Water – nature’s ultimate healer. A Swedish study on stress management found that the simple act of floating in water prompts the body’s relaxation response, which in turn decreases the levels of the stress hormone. And it really works. Approximate 80% of people who participated on the study said being in water helped them feel calmer a d less anxious. 

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3. Snack on something healthy 

When we’re feeling stressed, we tend to turn to comfort foods to give us a momentary satisfaction. Ice cream. Chocolate. French fries. You name it – if we’re feeling overwhelmed, we’re eating it. We overeat and binge on foods that just end up making us feel worse – not better. The key is convenience. Always keep some healthy snacks handy – so when you’re feeling under pressure, you can reach for the peanuts, dark chocolate, or carrot sticks and hummus instead. This will leave you feeling more positive and energetic – while also not feeling deprived.

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4. Light up a scent 

Aromatherapy has been proven to be a very effective stress reducer. Scents such as lavender have a particularly positive effect on our senses, and leave us feeling soothed. Make it a habit to light up a calming aroma before bed – it will help you sleep and keep your head clear.

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5. Yoga asanas 

Relieve the tension that builds up in your back with some simple yoga asanas. If you’re time poor, it can be as easy as doing a quick spinal twist in your pajamas. Simply sit on your bed with your legs crossed  and place your right hand down behind you, while your left hand sits on your right knee. Sit up as straight as you can and begin to twist around to your right hand. Repeat the same on the opposite side.

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