Whether it’s after a run or before you go to bed, showers and baths are a necessary part of our daily routines. However, do you think about the products you use daily? With so many different bottles of body wash stacked in shopping aisles, it can be difficult to choose which is the best body wash for your skin. These are some ways you can make more informed choices the next time you buy your body wash!
Some body washes are strong disinfectants but can leave your skin dry and raw. This is because body washes take effect by removing as much as possible from the skin’s surface. This includes dirt, germs, and sweat. However, the essential natural oils on your skin are removed as well. In order to ensure that your skin does not dry out, choose a body wash that is hydrating and moisturizing. An alternative is to apply body oils after a shower.
Some body washes smell so good that you can’t help but want to try them out. While your favorite body wash may smell of jasmine or vanilla, these fragrances may not be good for your skin. Oftentimes, to achieve these smells, companies use a mix of cosmetic ingredients and chemicals. These substances are usually synthetic and the exact concoction of chemicals may not even be disclosed. To avoid these products, choose body washes that are naturally scented. Look for the words “naturally-scented” on the packaging. To be sure, check the ingredients list and make note of any weird-sounding or unfamiliar chemicals. You want to find body washes that contain fruit extracts and other similar natural ingredients.
Body washes that contain natural oils can help to hydrate the skin while killing bacteria. This makes it an especially good ingredient to look for in your next body wash. Since natural oils are similar to the skin’s natural lipids, they work well to strengthen your epidermis. This is complemented by their emollient properties. This means that the oils can soothe your skin without clogging your pores.
In essence, how soaps and body washes work is through their water-soluble and fat-soluble ingredients. These two combine to form a surfactant and it is this surfactant that keeps your skin clean. This means that you do not need chemicals in order to keep yourself clean. Oftentimes, people assume that weird-sounding chemicals are the most effective, but that is not the case. While they may disinfect your skin, they can also damage your skin barrier and your skin cells in the process. It is healthier and safer to opt for products with naturally sourced ingredients. An example of a chemical to avoid is lye. Instead, try and look for body washes with naturally sourced ingredients like lauryl glucoside or sodium coco-sulfate. These are extracted from coconut oil.
The next time you reach out to pick a bottle of body wash, think about the effects that it can have on your skin! With so many options available, it is better to invest some time into carefully researching what goes into your body wash. Your skin will thank you in the long run.