Body washes are essential personal care products that help transform our daily skin-care routine into a spa-like experience, but they are not one-size-fits-all. There are endless options on the store shelves, so how to find the right one that caters to your skin’s unique needs?
Finding the perfect body wash can be overwhelming with so many different scents, textures, and ingredients. The best place to start is to learn about different body wash types and to know what ingredients to look for and what ingredients to avoid.
Body Wash Types
The body wash is a liquid cleanser designed to be used on the body. Body washes work like traditional solid bar soap or liquid soap—cleanse the skin of dirt, impurities, and dead skin cells. They come in different formulations, including foams, creams, gels, and scrubs. The common body wash types are shower gels and moisturizing body washes.
Shower gels have gel-like consistency and look like shampoo. You can use some of them to wash your body and hair, depending on the specific formula. As to moisturizing body washes, they are similar to lotions and offer nourishment and cleansing. Body washes also contain different ingredients to target specific skin concerns, and there are body washes for particular skin types.
What Products Should You Choose?
When choosing skin-care products, it’s always important to read their labels carefully and only choose products made with the best safe, non-toxic, all-natural, and organic ingredients.
Most commercially manufactured body washes you can see on the store shelves use a mixture of synthetic surfactants to create foam and bubbles, synthetic preservatives, and artificial fragrances that can be harmful to your health and problematic for the environment.
Luckily, some brands make your health and safety their priority. At Botanie Soap, we use only natural ingredients in all our products, including body washes, and are committed to exceptional quality. That’s why many well-known skin-care brands outsource manufacturing to us. That means that you might have already bought our all-natural body washes. Our moisturizing body washes are suitable for all skin types and are gentle enough to be used daily.
Some of the best ingredients to look for in a body wash include shea butter, aloe vera extract, glycerin, coconut oil, argan oil, and avocado oil that help protect, nourish, and soften the skin, leaving it to feel refreshed, silky smooth, and hydrated.
Keep away from a body wash that contains harsh chemicals because they can strip away your skin’s natural moisture and oils and cause skin irritation and allergies. Some potentially harmful chemicals that are commonly used in commercially made body washes include foaming agents, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Cocamidopropyl betaine, an antimicrobial agent Triclosan, and artificial fragrances that may contain a variety of chemicals that are not disclosed on product labels. These ingredients can negatively affect your health and the environment, so it’s best to avoid personal care products that contain them.