Keeping Your Winter Skin Hydrated.

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If you are finding that the cooler seasons suck your skin dry of moisture, you are not alone! We all get the winter skin blues and experience the tight, flaky dryness that comes with the season. During winter the humidity levels drop, meaning the moisture from your skin evaporates for more quickly – especially when exposed to windy conditions! Indoor heating and long, hot showers may feel like blissful escapes from the cold, but they, too, are actually stripping your skin and mucous membranes of their good oils! So, while there is little chance at avoiding these conditions (unless you can afford a three month holiday every year… in which case, avoid away!), you can at least protect yourself from the worst of it by following these few simple steps.

  1. Scrub away the dead skin cells. When we go from heated rooms to freezing outdoors, our skin becomes dehydrated and flakey. Since we are usually covered from head to toe in clothing to stay warm, the dead skin cells build up and are trapped underneath. If you have oily skin you could scrub once or twice a week, if you have dry skin you might stretch it out to every fortnight. Our Pharmaoil scrub is made with sea salt and plant oils which work to really buff the skin smooth and hydrate it at the same time.
  2. Cleanse gently. Since winter tends to leave us dry, you don’t want to over clean your skin and make the problem worse by removing the good, natural oils and throwing out the balance. We highly recommend the Absolute Avocado soap, which has more oil than any of our other soaps, to softly pull away dirt, sweat and makeup. Avocado is also naturally antibacterial, so it’s a good choice for many skin conditions.
  3. Hydrate… immediately. Straight after you bathe your pores are open and your skin is supple. This is the prime time to moisturise because it will be absorbed far more deeply than if you applied it to dry skin. For this reason, it’s important to be wary of what ingredients you are applying to your skin in this time frame. Our Pharmaoil Skin Therapy is made of 100% pure plant oils and does not contain any preservatives or additives, so you can use as much as you like without a worry! Your skin will love you for the healthy serving of essential fatty acids and vitamin E.
  4. Drink up. Nothing will save you from the dryness more than drinking lots of water! We know it’s a lot harder to keep up with when it’s cold than when it’s hot and you’re actually thirsty, but this will be the key factor in bright, radiant skin all year round. Also aim to eat more foods that contain “good fats”, especially omega 3 fatty acids, to keep your skin cells soft and flexible!
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New Year Cleanse – Not just for your Liver!

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We’ve all heard the common New Year resolutions time and time again about eating cleaner, getting fitter and being healthier – especially after a festive season abundant in rich food and celebratory drinks! As great as these goals may be, they are often focused on cleansing our internal organs while forgetting the biggest and most absorbent organ of them all… our skin!

During our lives we experiment with so many health and beauty products in an attempt to find what works best for our skin, and also because clever marketing and media always have us wanting the next best thing in our ever growing collection. Now, I’d like to tell you that there’s no harm in trying them all but unfortunately most commercial products are filled with synthetic ingredients that are absorbed through your skin and are certainly not doing you any good!

Think about how many beauty products you expose yourself to every day. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, moisturizer, deodorant, makeup, hair products… Have you looked at their ingredient labels? Do you know what all of those things are? No? Me neither. And I’m not so sure that I want to know!

So, how does this sound for a New Year resolution: In 2016 I want to reduce the amount of chemicals I put on my skin.

Maybe you’re thinking that’s easier said than done, but you’re in for a nice surprise! There are more and more brands coming out now that offer all natural alternatives to commercial beauty products, including us! You will mostly find them stocked in health food stores and of course, that brilliant place, the World Wide Web. Start with looking for the products you use on large parts of your skin, like body wash and moisturizer. Gradually, you can replace everything in your bathroom with safer alternatives and start living chemical free!

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Always do your own research. Start reading articles and blogs about this topic and see what others have to say on the matter. There have been plenty of studies done and the results suggest strong cause to avoid the nasties and get back to nature! Also don’t forget to really understand the environmental impacts of the product you chose. Palm oil, for example, is something that is used in many natural products, but its environmental impact is immense.

Luckily, we have most of your skin care needs covered. We were so concerned about what we were putting on our own skin so we have come up with a natural alternative for pretty much all of your skin care needs.

Here’s some our favorite products to get your skin cleanse started:

Solid Soaps 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/soaps/all-soaps.html

Liquid Soaps 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=liquid

Skin Therapy Oil 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-skin-therapy-60ml.html

Natural Deodorant 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-deodorant-for-women.html

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/body-essentials/pharmaoil-deodorant-for-men.html

Natural Perfume 

http://www.theaustraliannaturalsoapcompany.com.au/extras/fragrance.html

Winter Warmers

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AK2Q2239Emma says….

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged. To be honest, I’ve been finding it difficult to write in this super cold weather that most of Australia is experiencing at the moment.

Winter can be some of the toughest months for our skin. Heating can be extremely drying and we generally don’t spend as much time outside. We often get asked in the shop about what are our best soaps and skincare for these colder months so I thought I’d share with you my top recommendations:

For the body:

Peppermint & Lavender Bath Salts:  For those lucky enough to have a bath, our bath salts are the perfect natural alternative to synthetic bubble bath. We combine West Australian sea salt with magnesium salt and pure peppermint and lavender oil. It will not only clean and moisturise your skin but will help soothe muscle aches.

Peppermint & Pumice Soap: For those without a bath, there’s a reason why this is our best selling soap in winter. The pumice (ground volcanic rock) is an exfoliator. The peppermint oil is invigorating and warming. And we use West Australian olive oil, which is moisturising and softening. It’s the perfect soap to use for that early morning shower when it looks way too cold to be stepping outside.

Pharmaoil Skin Therapy: Our sister company, Pharmaoil, produces an amazing body oil if I do say so myself. It makes a 100% natural moisturiser actually possible. It combines 12 plant oils including coconut, avocado, macadamia, rice bran and rose hip – oils that are similar to your own natural oils. It doesn’t sit on the skin, it absorbs. Use a small amount twice a day to combat the drying effects winter can bring for your skin.

For the Face:

Absolute Avocado Cleanser: What? I hear the sceptics say… use a soap on your face? Won’t that dry your skin? I’d agree with you if you were going to be putting a supermarket-bought soap on your face. But this is soap as you’ve never felt it before. This signature soap is made from 100% virgin avocado oil which we source from Queensland. Avocado oil is the richest plant oil that you can put on your skin. It gets deep into your skin and moisturises from within. And if that’s not enough, we put an extra 25% avocado oil in there to make it our most moisturising soap. It’s like velvet on the skin and it’s not going to feel oily like mineral oils do. Most even say you don’t have to moisturise afterwards!

Pharmaoil Daily Mist: Our Daily Mist is best used as a toner between cleansing and moisturising. It uses a range of floral waters such as sandalwood, rose, neroli and witch hazel extract. It doesn’t use the heavy alcohols like a lot of other toners so it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s also great as a make-up remover.

Pharmaoil Intensive Skin Drops for Dry Skin: Our Dry Skin Drops are all you need for moisturising your face this winter. We combine a range of plant oils, including some beautiful smelling essential oils, that will work with your natural oils to moisturise your skin. It won’t sit on the skin, it will absorb, so it’s not going to feel oily like the mineral oils. And as a bonus, you can use it instead of a hand cream. Just a drop in the morning and night, will help soften your hands.

I think I’m going to treat myself to a bath right now!

A completely natural skincare regime made possible.

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Did you know that The Australian Natural Soap Company has a sister company? Pharmaoil is our natural skincare range that is also certified cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free.

The philosophy is the same as our soaps – we use only natural plant oils, getting away from the creams and moisturisers that require the preservatives and chemicals. The plant oils we use are similar to your skin’s natural oils so they don’t sit on the skin, they absorb and are packed with minerals and vitamins

Pharmaoil’s moisturiser, for example, is actually a body oil. It combines 12 natural plant oils such as coconut, avocado, macadamia, rose hip, evening primrose and jojoba.

Having both Pharmaoil and The Australian Natural Soap Company means that we can offer a complete skincare regime that is also completely natural.

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So why do we believe that natural plant oils are the best things to use on the skin?

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Emma says….

I remember when I first started looking into natural plant oils for skin care thinking that surely putting just oils on your skin would make it feel oily and would cause pimples. However this is simply not the case.

Plant oils are very different to mineral oils, which are derived from petroleum. Mineral oils have been commonly used in skin care for a while now and act as a barrier for the skin, sitting on the skin rather than being absorbed – creating that oily feeling.

However, the plant oils that we use in our products mimic the skin’s own natural oils and are therefore absorbed. They are also packed with minerals and vitamins that are great for your skin’s health.

Fundamentally, our philosophy when it comes to skin is that it is alive and should be treated as such.

In an age where we are more conscious than ever before about eating healthy, unprocessed, natural foods, why are we happy to use skin care that often has an ingredients list that only a chemist can understand?

I know that ever since I got rid of using chemicals on my skin and pared it back to pretty much just natural plant oils, my skin has never looked more alive and the irritation that has plagued me since my teenage years has finally settled down.

I thought surely there must be something to this…