Our picks of sulfate-free body wash for happy, healthy skin

Melrose Castile SoapOur skin is a delicate beast and needs to maintain a slightly acidic balance to thrive and keep its healthy glow. So when we use the wrong products on our skin (and by wrong we mean products containing harsh chemical additives, preservatives like parabens, surfactants like SLS), our skin becomes unbalanced. Repeated sustained daily use can lead to irritation or even premature ageing, as our skin has to work double-time to right its own pH again.

Lucky for you, we’ve got a nice selection of sulfate-free body washes and soaps that wash the skin very gently without any offending ingredients. Read on to find out what our top picks are!

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Skin tantrums

Woman ScreamingWe’ve all been there – our skin can be an unpredictable beast, and just when everything seemed to be going well, bam! It hits us with: the mother of all pimple(s) / a breakout of epic proportion / redness and its cousin splotchy / uneven texture and feel / an oil production in overdrive / dry skin that feels tighter than a tambourine,…

While you’re scratching your head thinking a) What have I done to deserve this? and b) How did this happen?, it’s always helpful to remember that your skin isn’t an island: if you’ve been eating less than well, not getting enough sleep, feeling stressed out, it’s going to show inside and out – and out means on your face and body.

The more products you use as part of your skin care routine, the harder it will be to pinpoint the culprit when things go bad – and it may in fact not be a single product that your skin disagrees with, but a combination of ingredients from different products. Bah! What to do?

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Beat the heat with a face mist!

Echolife Tea-tree Facial MistThe number one thing we couldn’t be without in summer has to be a bottle of cool face mist. Now that Melbourne is no longer dithering about what season it is and the heat is back in full force, we’re misting our faces throughout the day to keep our skin hydrated and happy. At home for an extra treat said face mist is even kept in the fridge…

No matter your skin type, you should be misting your face – it’s refreshing for one, and very good for your skin. Think of what it has to endure in the hot months… a confusing yo-yo of alternating air conditioning and sweltering heat! A natural face mist contains one or more plant extracts blended to look after your skin by giving it nutrients and keeping it balanced. So beat the summer heat and pick from our favourite mists below!

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New in store: Kosmea natural skincare

Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip OilIn the festive season you can usually find the Echolife worker bees buzzing away to add to our ever expanding catalogue – and so, we’re pleased to announce Kosmea products are now in stock at the Echolife webstore. Happy dance!

Kosmea is natural, simple skincare at its best and that’s why we love it. The range offers products for different skin types and caters to every step of your routine.

From cleansing to moisturising, your skin will be gently nurtured and nourished with antioxidant-rich Australian native botanical extracts, essential oils, and plant waxes and butters. Want to see? Continue reading

Product review: Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Masque

Two almonds in a heart shapeRemember our love for sweet almond oil? How we called it your best friend and tried to match-make it with your sensitive and irritated skin? Well, here we go again.

This time of year sweet almond is especially helpful – seasons are changing and your skin may or may not be too impressed by spring’s arrival. Cue Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Masque – and we are very lucky that Jessica agreed to try it and share her thoughts below.

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