Reasons to Avoid Alcohol in Your Skin Care Regimen

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Health and beauty products commonly include alcohol as a prominent ingredient in their formulas. Also sometimes referred to as ethanol, the detriments of using alcohol for skin care far outweigh the benefits.

Alcohol can alter a product in ways that from first glance appear to be favorable. Alcohol can give a product the feeling of weightlessness, which is preferable when compared to heavy, thick products. Alcohol also provides a fast-drying effect which can be especially desirable to those who tend to have oily skin. Alcohol has the effect of increasing the ability of the skin to absorb accompanying ingredients. Alcohol can also stabilize a formula, improving the texture and feel.

The Result?

Alcohol’s drying effect may sound appealing to those with oily skin, however the result ends up being the exact opposite. Skin that has lost hydration from alcohol begins to work overtime to produce more oil to compensate, meaning that oil gland production eventually increases past its normal level.

Alcohol does in fact increase the absorption ability of the skin, however that advantage comes with a price. Alcohol compromises the skin’s topmost protective layer, damaging the barrier that normally protects the skin from unwanted substances, ultimately reducing skin’s long-term health.

The skin becomes taxed by this back and forth, losing some of its ability to heal properly. Breakouts become worse and last longer than normal. Acne scars and blemishes linger instead of clearing up. Redness from the irritation of alcohol can appear, and inflammation is also common with routine use of alcohol-based beauty and health products.

Alcohol is a skin irritant, causing dryness and damage from free radicals. Alcohol can be described as a “pro-aging” substance, which is undesirable for the skin, especially the more sensitive areas on the face and around the eyes.

Consumers have come to expect these attributes in their health and beauty products, resulting in continued use on behalf of the product makers. The pervasiveness of alcohol as a prominent ingredient makes it increasingly difficult for consumers to not only recognize the long-term damage that frequent alcohol use can bestow on the skin, but also to easily find alcohol-free products to include within their skin care regimen.



Choosing skin care products that are alcohol-free and use only natural ingredients is the first step to healthy, glowing skin. Australian Natural Soap is proud to offer 100% all-natural organic alcohol-free soaps to their customers.



The Benefits of Sea Salt for the Skin

Australian Natural Soaps is excited to offer the new Wavertree and London d’Camargue Sea Salt luxury soap! This bar contains all-natural ingredients that have been infused with sea salt harvested from the Camargue region in the south of France.


The geographical location and climate from which sea salt is harvested plays a significant role in the composition and quality of the salt itself. The Camargue is Western Europe’s largest river delta, stretching along the French Mediterranean coast where the Rhone encounters the sea. The unique combination of sun, sea, and wind in the Camargue region creates a vast coastal landscape of bountiful red salt lagoons. Wild white horses and bright pink flamingoes bring color and life to this beautiful region. Camargue sea salt is harvested using traditional methods that preserve the minerality and therapeutic qualities of the salt.


Nutritional Value

Darker in color than refined salts, sea salt contains more essential minerals without any unnatural processing or bleaching. Camargue sea salt is produced by the process of salt water evaporation and is prepared with very little processing, helping it to retain precious moisture and minerals that are more readily absorbed by the skin.

Natural minerals found in sea salts such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc are essential for healthy body function. This assortment of minerals is similar to the natural salts found on the skin, making it a safe and effective ingredient for optimal skin health.

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Healing Properties

Moisturizes – Sea salt helps the skin to retain moisture, keeping the skin soft, smooth and lessening dry skin conditions such as itching and scaling.

Exfoliates – Exfoliation with sea salts is an effective method for removing dead skin, toning skin tissues, improving blood circulation, and renewing the skin cells.

Detoxifies – Sea salt helps to detoxify the body by flushing out the pores and expelling toxins.

Treats Acne – The sulphur content of sea salt helps to cleanse and treat skin conditions such as acne scars and dermatitis.

Relieves Pain – Relief from arthritis, muscle cramps, and psoriasis is provided by sea salt’s magnesium and potassium content, alleviating body aches and pains.

Improves Sleep – Sea salt creates a calming and tranquil effect, encouraging restful and satisfying sleep.


Wavertree and London d’Camargue Sea Salt luxury soap is available now at Australian Natural Soap!


An In-Depth Look at Exotic Scents

Most of the scents in Australian Natural Soaps are easily recognizable—however there are a few exotic and lesser-known fragrances that deserve a closer look.


Extracted by the steam distillation of the patchouli plant, patchouli is popular across many cultures due to its earthy, natural aroma and various health benefits. Patchouli is known for its use as an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, fungicide, and insecticide. Soap containing patchouli helps to soothe ailments of the skin such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and sores. Patchouli’s ability to function as an insect repellant makes it commonly used to protect clothes and skin from insects.

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Patchouli’s sweet and spicy aroma helps to eliminate or mask unpleasant odors, however this distinctive musky scent does not suit everyone, as some people can find it to be too strong for their taste. A great way to experience a moderate amount of patchouli without overdoing it is through the soft and delicate scent of Australian Natural’s mild Patchouli luxury soap.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon myrtle is a citrus-scented tree that is native to Australia. This plant is so versatile that its leaves and oil can be used in the kitchen for cooking or teas, can be applied topically on the skin, and can also be used as an effective aromatherapy. The clean, uplifting lemon fragrance is both soothing and pleasant, promoting restful sleep and relaxation. Lemon myrtle also offers a number of health benefits as a powerful antioxidant and antiseptic.

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Refreshing and flavorful,  lemon myrtle can be found in many personal care products like soaps, body lotions, and lip balms. Lemon myrtle significantly diminishes antimicrobial activity, making it a great soap ingredient with natural cleansing properties and lively, refreshing scent.


Used in many traditional medicine practices for at least 4,000 years, sandalwood is very calming to the mind and the body. The woody and sweet aroma is known for enhancing mental clarity and increasing alertness, making it a great choice for a morning cleansing routine.


In addition to the aromatic benefits, sandalwood is also known to reduce anxiety, promote wound healing, and fight bacteria. Sandalwood can help to clear nasal passages for improved breathing. When used topically, sandalwood promotes healthy skin cell regeneration.

Australian Natural Soap uses only high-quality ingredients in each of their soaps, creating products that are effective cleansers with additional healthful benefits.


Getting to Know Vegetable Glycerin

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People today are mostly interested in health and beauty products which contain only natural ingredients that nourish and moisturize the skin. Australian Natural Soap is happy to offer their customers soaps that use only 100% natural and vegan ingredients without any chemical additives or animal-based products.

One of the ingredients used in Australian Natural Soaps is vegetable glycerin, also known as glycerol. This substance is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils such as palm oil, coconut oil or soy oil. These types of vegetable oils contain natural triglycerides that offer noticeable benefits to the softness and overall health of skin.

Vegetable glycerin is produced through an extraction process called hydrolosis. Using the combined forces of pressure, temperature, and water, the glycerin splits off from the fatty acids of the natural oils to then be absorbed by water, resulting in a liquid with a texture similar to an oil or syrup.

Commonly used in health and beauty products due to its function as a humectant (a substance which attracts moisture to the skin), vegetable glycerin makes skin feel hydrated while simultaneously improving the solubility of the other active ingredients in the product. The nutrient-rich ingredients in Australian Natural Soaps such as soothing goat’s milk or cooling eucalyptus are made to be more soluble and able to impart their healing and refreshing qualities more effectively than other soaps. This solubility is why glycerin can be found in a number of cosmetics, skin care products and even foods.

Food grade vegetable glycerin is over 99% pure and is safe for ingestion. Products that are safe to eat are usually also safe for use on the skin. Skin absorbs the substances that it comes into contact with, meaning that when harmful chemicals and additives are in your beauty products, they can end up in your body via your skin.

Not only is vegetable glycerin is a safe, effective ingredient for skin care products, it is also useful as a treatment for burns and as a substitute for alcohol in herbal extracts and tinctures.

Australian Natural Soaps use only pure vegetable glycerin when producing their high quality soaps. No alcohol, animal products, or chemicals are ever used in any Australian Natural Soap bar. Read more about the other ingredients in our luxurious soaps!

The Best Soap Scents for Summer


Everyone has their own favorite way of appreciating the summer season-–relaxing poolside, working in the garden, or enjoying a quiet evening on the porch swing. Australian Natural Soap offers a wide range of beautiful fragrances and effective ingredients so that no matter what you do this summer, there is a natural and satisfying way keep your skin clean and refreshed.

Evening Jasmine



No scent evokes the deep warmth of a summer night more than Evening Jasmine. After the heat has subsided, the romantic and heady scent of dusk’s most potent flower is a fragrant and satisfying way to wash off the day.



Green Tea with Vitamin E

Although sun-filled days are one of the best aspects of the summer season, excessive sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin. The Green Tea with Vitamin E soap bar combines two very powerful ingredients that help to heal sun-damaged skin. Vitamin E helps to reduce wrinkles and keeps skin looking youthful while the antioxidants in green tea revitalize skin that has spent the day lathered in sunscreen.


goats milkGoat Milk

Hot to the touch, red, or burned skin can be soothed with the calming and hydrating power of goat milk. Rich and creamy, goat milk will moisturize and cool sun-soaked skin.


Gardener’s Soap

For the garden to flourish all summer long, you’ll have to get your hands dirty. Pulling weeds and pruning branches can sap the moisture from skin, making hands and arms feel dry and itchy. The Gardener’s Soap contains crushed leaf, bran and oats for a mild exfoliating cleanse that scrubs the dirt away to reveal fresh and clean skin.

Olive Oil with Cocoa Butter

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Thankfully these two heavyweights of moisture are combined into one glorious bar. To counter the dry heat of summer, cocoa butter hydrates and heals. Olive oil is nature’s own ready to use moisturizer–elegant, rich, and soft.



Spearmint with Bran

The bran in this bar exfoliates, removing dead skin that may have accumulated on the feet or other rough spots. Spearmint revitalizes the senses while comforting the skin with its natural cooling effects.

Country Milk and Oatmeal


Oatmeal is one of the best ingredients available for skin care. The proteins in oatmeal create a natural barrier between the skin and everything else, offering protection and leaving skin with a soft, moist glow. It is combined with fresh country milk for an extra rich and smooth experience.




Decided to head to the mountains this year? You don’t have to miss out on the salty fresh scent of a cool ocean breeze. Australian Natural Soaps offers multiple Beach and Ocean scented luxury soap bars to make the shore come alive even when you’re far away.


Australian Natural Soaps offer an extensive variety of scents—floral, sweet, earthy, fruity and more. Shop all of your favorite summer scents today!

Why You Should Avoid Microbeads


Microbeads have proven to be a popular addition to health and beauty products for the past decade. These plastic beads are marketed to consumers as providing a deeper clean or exfoliating the skin. Last year, the U.S. government banned the use of microbeads; however this law does not go into effect until July 2017. Here is why you should avoid them from now until then.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that are less than 1mm in size. These particles can be spherical or irregularly shaped and are produced in a wide range of colors. Many body washes, hand soaps, and toothpastes contain microbeads. Refer to this list to find out which products use these harmful particles.


Microbeads adversely affect our environment in many ways. Due to their extremely small size, the microbeads find their way through the filters of wastewater treatment plants. By passing through this filtering process, these plastic particles end up in our rivers, lakes and oceans. A study conducted in 2013 identified that one square kilometer of water in Lake Erie contained at least 1.7 million microbeads.

In addition to polluting waterways, the health and well-being of wildlife is also threatened. The Wildlife Conservation Society in New York State determined that as many as 19 tons of microbeads enter the water supply every year. The result is that wildlife ingests the beads, mistaking them for food. Not only can these beads harm the animal, but when those animals are consumed by humans, this unwanted plastic becomes integrated into the food chain. In a press release, the Wildlife Conservation Society concluded that “Microbeads are highly damaging to the natural environment and the wildlife that live there.”

Microbeads can also affect our personal health in other ways. The beads found in soaps and especially toothpastes can find their way into our bodies, becoming lodged in the gums or the digestive tract. These particles do not dissolve, not in the water supply or in the body.

There is good news for those people who like soaps that exfoliate, and it is that natural alternatives exist! Some Australian Natural Soaps include natural exfoliants that dissolve after use and do not adversely impact the environment. Australian Natural Soaps contain only natural ingredients in every bar–no microbeads or animal products are ever used to manufacture our luxury soaps. Visit our website to shop our wide selection of soaps available in an assortment of soft, pleasing fragrances.

The Truth About Palm Oil


Even if you haven’t ever heard of palm oil, chances are good that you have used it at one time or another. Palm oil is a commonly used ingredient in many health and beauty products as it is a naturally rich source of antioxidants, especially Vitamin E.

The production of palm oil is controversial due to the many problems created through the loose regulations on the palm oil industry. Vast areas of tropical forests and valuable ecosystems are cleared to make room for large monoculture oil palm plantations. Clearing this land destroys vital habitats for many endangered species such as rhinos, tigers, and elephants. Not only are the habitations of wildlife destroyed, but more importantly, the people who dwell in the forest are evicted from their homes, jeopardizing their communities and livelihoods. This displacement creates social conflicts with no clear solutions. Additional negative impacts of unregulated palm oil plantations are soil erosion, air/soil/water pollution, and climate change.

What is Certified Sustainable Palm Oil?

Certified sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil are only certified as such if the oil has been produced by plantations which have completed an independent audit to determine whether or not the plantation complies with the global environmental standards set forth by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The strict criteria that must be upheld to receive this certification relates to social, environmental and economic good practices employed by the plantation. The criteria includes–but is not limited to–ensuring traceability of the product, minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and establishing the plantation on land that did not contain significant biodiversity, wildlife habitat or other environmental values.

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Founded in 2004, the aim of the RSPO is to promote the sustainable production of palm oil to protect people, the planet, and the prosperity of each. The RSPO does this in two ways: by encouraging producers to be responsible for their practices and by educating buyers on the environmental and economic cost of their purchase.

When purchasing a product that contains palm oil, it is important to note if that product complies with the standards established by the RSPO. It is not always easy to tell from a product’s packaging if the palm oil used is sustainable or not. The only way to really know is to contact the company who makes the product and find out for yourself. In the case of Australian Natural Soaps, we are proud to share with our customers that all of our products use RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil.

Remember, purchasing your products responsibly helps to conserve the environment, protect people and communities, and save the habitats of endangered species.

Spring Cleaning Your Skin

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Spring may be right around the corner but your skin is still in the depths of winter. It is easy to neglect the skin throughout the winter season as it is hidden safely away under protective layers. Heavy clothes, boots, and gloves can cause rough patches on the skin that need to be smoothed and moisturized. Cold and dry weather also plays a role, creating dry, scaly spots on elbows, heels and knees. Hot air from heated spaces, low humidity and the lack of fresh air circulating through the home leaves skin undernourished and dull. Post-winter skin conditions can also include acne breakouts, clogged pores, allergies, irritation, inflammation, broken veins, dehydration, and wrinkled skin.

The good news is that the process of rejuvenating skin is something that can be done at home, without expensive spa treatments or high-priced products. These spring skin rejuvenation tips will get your ready to reveal your skin to the world so you can put your best (exfoliated) foot forward.

Step 1: Deep Clean

A gentle and thorough head-to-toe cleanse is the first step to removing the effects of winter from the skin. Rehydrating dead skin cells helps them to loosen, making it easier to exfoliate. Use a mild, hydrating cleanser to replenish lost moisture without drying or tightening the skin. Natural soaps with mild ingredients are the best option for a deep, gentle clean to bring the skin back to life.


Step 2: Exfoliate

Once you have thoroughly cleaned and hydrated, it is time to shed that old layer of skin. Use natural, gentle exfoliants 2-3 times per week to slough off old skin cells and reveal a radiant complexion.

exfoliate1Use only natural products in order to prevent reactions, inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Avoid using liquid soaps with scrubbing beads as they cause tiny scratches that can irritate the skin. Target the rough areas such as elbows, heels, knees, and feet especially. You can get away with flaky and dry feet when they are stuffed into boots and socks, but sandal-ready feet require more attention.

Step 3: Moisturize

Once skin has been exfoliated and new, bright skin has been brought to the surface, it is time to replenish the lost oils and rehydrate.


Moisturizing is one of the most important ways to repair the effects of winter and keep the skin in good condition throughout the spring and summer. It is recommended to moisturize twice per day with nourishing, natural products. The best time to moisturize is after a shower or bath, when pores are open and skin is still damp.

Step 4: Protect

When spring returns, so do the sun’s harmful UV rays. It is essential for the long term health of your skin to protect it from sun damage. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that also includes natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure and re-apply every 2 hours.

Step 5: Maintain

The more you care for and maintain the health of your skin, the longer it will continue to look fresh and beautiful. Consider a deep conditioning once a week to purify, hydrate, and nourish the skin.

There are many natural ingredients that are excellent for skin care, so utilize what nature has to offer by using organic, fresh ingredients that are known for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin.

Sensitive Skin

Spring is also the time when allergies return, affecting the body internally and externally. Skin may be more sensitive during this time, so be sure to avoid any chemicals or artificial ingredients that could further irritate and inflame the skin. Use only pH balanced skin care products that are mild and low in acidity. Natural ingredients are the best way to ensure your skin is happy and healthy.

Nourish from the Inside Out

Moisturizing your skin on the outside is only one way to get the hydration you need. Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to restore proper moisture to the skin. The dryness of the winter and the heat of the summer quickly deplete valuable moisture from the body. Remember that alcohol and coffee are dehydrating, so if you are drinking either you must drink more water to replenish what is lost.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables offers micronutrients and antioxidants that promote a bright, beautiful complexion. These nutritious foods also contain water for extra hydration. The arrival of fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, and flowers can be used internally and externally to rejuvenate skin and uplift the spirits. Your skin is sure to enjoy the sweet or floral springtime scents of cantaloupe, jasmine, currants, pineapples, strawberries.

Out with the Old

Spring cleaning is not only limited to restoring the shine to floors and windows–it is also a great opportunity to get rid of old skincare and makeup products that may have worn out their welcome.

Be sure to check expiration dates. Products past their prime are ineffective and may be hosting unwanted bacteria. Examine the appearance of your products. If they are dried out or have changed in consistency, color, or smell it is time to throw them away. Any SPF products that are older than one year are no longer effective. Throw out any brushes and sponges that you have been using for months as they contain dirt and germs.

Even if your winter products are still in good condition, they may be too heavy or dark to make the transition into spring. Try lighter moisturizers and lighter makeup colors to help put the bleak days of winter behind you.

Happy Spring!

Spring is the start of a new you. Embrace your bright and fresh future with a rejuvenating skin care regimen and the all-natural, mild and luxurious ingredients of Australian Natural Soaps!


The Best Bar Soap For Sensitive Skin


Finding a soap that cleanses and moisturizes your sensitive skin without irritation can be difficult. What should you look for in a soap before purchasing?

Natural ingredients. Australian Natural Soaps use only organic, natural ingredients in all of their soaps. No chemicals, sulfates or animal products are used, making these soaps a safe product for anyone with allergies or highly sensitive skin.

Moisturizing Qualities. Many soaps have a drying effect on skin. Australian Natural Soaps contain effective moisturizers that soften and hydrate skin.

Proven Ingredients. Sensitive skin needs an extra boost of naturally beneficial ingredients such as oatmeal, almond, olive oil and more. These safe and natural ingredients have been used over centuries to soothe and protect sensitive skin.

Gentle exfoliation. Some Australian Natural Soaps offer a light exfoliating effect to smooth out rough skin. Scrubbing away dead skin cells can soften the skin and promote circulation.

Glycerin. Acne and eczema are conditions that can be exacerbated by ingredients that are commonly found is most soaps. Australian Natural Soaps contain glycerin, a product that is known for cleansing skin without irritation.

Bar Instead of Liquid. Bar soap is gentler on sensitive skin than liquid soap. Many liquid soaps leave behind a film on the skin, resulting in clogged pores and breakouts.

Natural Ingredients That Benefit Sensitive Skin

Today, there are an abundance of soap options available to consumers. Instead of selecting a soap based on fragrance or cost, consider using soaps that contain natural proven remedies for soothing sensitive skin.

Oatmeal is a natural anti-itch remedy and can soothe skin when used in a warm bath. Long regarded as an extremely effective skin care ingredient, oatmeal contains anti-itch properties that ease dryness and redness.

Olive oil is a gentle and safe ingredient for people with allergies. Olive oil coats the skin and helps to retain moisture while protecting the skin from substances that may cause irritation.

Honey contains healing properties that can calm the skin and aid in faster recovery. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties help to avoid acne and infections, promoting soothing and hydrating effects.

Goat’s Milk is great for sensitive, dry or damaged skin. Containing powerful anti-bacterial properties, goat milk is a highly effective treatment of skin blemishes and conditions.

Shea butter is famous for its nourishing and moisturizing qualities, protecting skin’s natural oils and improving the condition of sensitive skin.

Almond is a nutrient-rich ingredient that offers a wealth of healing properties to boost skin’s resilience.

Check out Australian Natural Soap’s full line of luxury bars with all-natural ingredients that promote optimal skin health and are made with most sensitive skin in mind.

Identifying and Caring for Sensitive Skin

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Many people suffering from the effects of sensitive skin are eager to find gentle skin care products that cleanse without causing irritation. If you have sensitive skin or are not sure if you do, read on to learn more about the characteristics of sensitive skin and how to best treat your body’s largest organ.

What is Sensitive Skin?
Attributes of sensitive skin include acne, rosacea, eczema, sensations of burning and stinging, and contact dermatitis caused by allergies and irritants. Anyone who experiences these symptoms regularly can be considered to have sensitive skin.

An International Journal of Dermatology study published in 2011 surveyed the prevalence of sensitive skin in America. About 1,000 subjects answered questions about their skin, determining that those who were found to have sensitive skin had dry or mixed skin, were prone to reactions due to cosmetics and environmental factors, or had a dermatological disorder.

Do You Have Sensitive Skin?
There are ways to determine if your skin is the sensitive type. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may have sensitive skin:

  • Sensations of tingling, burning, or tightening, especially after applying products to your skin
  • Redness or rashes after contact or proximity to beauty or household products
  • Adverse reactions from shaving
  • Burning, redness, or dryness after experiencing cold or windy weather
  • Reactions to stress that present on the skin
  • Regular skin irritation, redness, dryness, and flaking for undetermined reasons
  • Various conditions of the skin such as dermatitis, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis

How to Be Kind to Your Sensitive Skin
There are many approaches you can take to reduce the effects of skin sensitivity.

Limit the use of hot water. High temperature water can reduce the natural oils in the skin, increasing dryness. Lukewarm water is less harsh and will help retain skin’s necessary oils.

Do not soak. Showering for a long period of time can also reduce skin’s natural oils. Take short showers or baths and wash your face last.

Use soap that is made for sensitive skin. Most soaps contain chemicals that can irritate or dry the skin. Only use soaps that contain natural, plant-based ingredients.

Protect your skin from the weather. Damage from the sun, cold and wind can prematurely age the skin or irritate an existing condition. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and gloves can reduce the effects of the environment.

Be gentle. Do not use harsh cleansers, loofahs, or brushes which may irritate the skin. When cleaning, do not over scrub or exfoliate.

Avoid chemicals. Check the labels on your skin and laundry detergent products to make sure there are no chemicals that may cause an adverse reaction.

Less is best. If you use many skin products, considering reducing the number. Not wearing makeup on some days or eliminating unnecessary products can help your skin to breathe and recover.

Australian Natural Soaps
Each Australian Natural Soap bar holds a mild pH balance that is non-drying and non-irritating, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Many Australian Natural Soap customers report that these soaps have really helped their skin conditions and do not consider using another product. People don’t expect a soap bar to give such relief from skin conditions. If you have sensitive skin, try any Australian Natural Soap today and see the difference.