Top 5 skin-loving benefits of Aloe Vera

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When it comes to pure skin health, the secret is often simplicity.

The humble Aloe Vera plant, potent in its power to soothe and detoxify, is one of the very best friends your skin will ever have. And while Aloe Vera loves all skin types, it’s particularly good for nurturing sensitive skin.

A little-known fact about Aloe is that there are more than 300 different species of it – most of which are loaded with a healthy variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes… all super powerful-healing properties.

In a nutshell, Aloe Vera is sensitive-skin magic.

That’s why, when we formulated our new sensitive skin regimen, we chose Aloe Vera as a key ingredient – and processed it through ColdPress  Technology® to retain its incredible wealth of nutrients. Direct from the fruit to your skin.

If you aren’t already convinced by the power on Aloe Vera in protecting your skin, here are the 5 top skin-loving benefits of Aloe Vera. You’re welcome.

1. Calming moisturizer

Aloe vera packs a whole bunch of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E – all of which collaborate and work together harmoniously to restore your skin’s barrier. With a wonderful ability to moisturize without being overpowering, Aloe Vera is equipped with polyphenols – which help ward off free radicals and signs of waging.

2. Super soother

Much like avocado, Aloe Vera is full of healthy fats – and these fatty acids, together with an enzyme called bradykinin, help calm, soothe and tranquillize skin. So it can breathe easy.

3. Kind regeneration

With its wonderful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, Aloe Vera protects sensitive skin against anything that won’t serve it. It help to regenerate skin and works to heal any red spots or marks.

4. Gentle exfoliation

Well-exfoliated skin usually equals glowing skin, which is why Aloe Vera works so well in both cleansers and moisturizers. It softens dead skin cells, making them easy to gently rinse away – giving skin a naturally healthy, bright appearance.

5. Soft toner

A natural astringent that works to perk up, tighten and firm your complexion skin – Aloe Vera is a gentle toner. It has the power to even out skin pigmentation, smooth out the appearance of blotchiness, and works to calm red spots.

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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.

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.

Get the scoop: all the latest in beauty tips + trends

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

Top 5 benefits of Raw Coconut + Mango

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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!

The BEST ways to relax your mind over the holidays

Silly season. Party season. Feasting with family and friends season. Whatever you call the holidays – there’s no denying it’s a big time of the year. From the endless parties to the relentless gift shopping, the holidays take up a lot of energy. During such a busy period, it can be easy to just forget to… rest.

But, with intentional and mindful activities planned during the holiday season – it can be the most effective time you have to rejuvenate, re-energize and recuperate.

Here are 5 great ways to relax and recharge… as the champagne pours somewhere off in the distance.

A little solitude goes a long way.

If you’re an introvert, you’ll need your dedicated “me” time. To avoid running on empty, start your day with a morning ritual that involves no other people… just you. This way, you’ll be able to mentally prepare yourself for the socializing and stimulation the day will bring.

Balance out the big social gathering with more intimate ones.

In a sea of big, boisterous parties – it can be difficult to have meaningful conversations and bond with people you care about. Plan smaller, more intimate events with your partner, your two best friends, your mother, or your favorite colleague. These sort of parties leave you feeling energized rather than drained.

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Make time to move your body.

It’s so easy to forget exercise over the holidays. But with its incredible ability to reduces stress, exercise is one of the most important things to keep up as part of your holiday routine. And, it doesn’t have to be a killer gym workout or hours on the treadmill – a nice hike, a spot of backyard yoga, or just a long walk will do the trick.

Get outside among nature.

Your body will not enjoy being cooped up inside all winter long. Spending time outside will help clear your mind, assist with prioritizing, and give your body a good dose of Vitamin D – which is super useful for dealing with stress.

Put work on pause… completely and entirely.

It can be tough to switch off. It really can. But if you have a job that allows you to take some time off, then actually take that time OFF. That means no work emails. No research. No talking to clients. Just chill and enjoy yourself so that you can go into the New Year well rested and ready to take on the world!

5 useful tips for easing into veganism

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.

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Educate yourself.

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.

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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.

Going on vacay? Keep your skin glowing in the tropics!

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Ahhh, a tropical vacation.

Nothing makes us feel as connected to Mother Nature as a swim beneath the sea, peeking glimpses at little schools of fish and navigating our way through the coral.

While swimsuits, sunglasses, and sandals are obvious must-packs – there’s a little more to think about in terms of your off-duty beauty regimen. Salt water can be beautifully rejuvenating for your skin – but coupled with sunshine, it can also dry you out. With a tiny bit of extra effort, you can keep your skin looking nourished and glowing in any kind of weather.

 

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Don’t be a scrooge on the SPF

Most tropical vacays involve a little bit of sun worshipping – so you’re going to need a pack a little ammunition. A powerful SPF will help see you through all your outdoor activities, no matter the temperature. A strong 50+ is necessary, and try to look for one that’s non-greasy to avoid any potential breakouts.

Nourishing lip balm

Something all beauty gurus will tell you about your week beneath the palms? Do not neglect your lips. Your lips can burn just as easily as your cheeks, so make sure you have a moisturizing, SPF lip balm on hand at all times. Re-apply after every meal, swim, and cocktail. No compromise.

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Butter me up!

Just like your sun-care regimen, you will need to keep on top of your daily body moisture routine. The salt, sun and fun will inevitably dry out your skin, so make sure you lather on a rich, vitamin-packed body butter after every shower or bath (See Raw Sugar’s range of body butters here). This is your number one tool in keeping skin looking lovely and dewy.

Healing aloe vera gel

If, somehow, you do end up with a little bit of sunburn – don’t be alarmed. You don’t have to suffer through a series of painful, sleepless nights and even more painful showers – aloe vera is here to help. An aloe vera gel will help cool and soothe the skin so you don’t have that burning sensation hanging over your head like a dark could on your sunny holiday. 

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Don’t forget about H2o!

But, wait, isn’t it humid on tropical islands? Yes it is, but because you’ll be out in the sun all day and most likely enjoying a few cocktails – your body will get dehydrated… fast. And we know that dehydration is the fastest way to harm your skin. Keep hydrated by always having a big bottle of water handy – and remember, drink a big glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.

Now that you’re good to go… enjoy your trip!

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!

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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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