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Bathing is something we engage in regularly, and it is something we have been doing since we were babies. Yet, with a never-ending plethora of new bath and shower cleansers out there, it might be time for a refresher course on how to best use the basics. Versatile and lovely-smelling, a shower gel or body wash is a definite must for your everyday routine. Here are some pointers to consider before washing your way to clean and fresh skin with a luxe, bubbly lather full of fragrance.

Difference between body wash and shower gels

Body wash and shower gel are pretty similar. They’re both liquid cleansers that use mild surfactants to cleanse skin. The main difference lies in their texture. Body shower gel tends to have a thinner consistency, which makes it better for warmer climates.


Choosing a bar of soap over a body wash or a shower gel


Soap bars are harsh on the skin, as they can remove the essential lipids and proteins found on the skin surface that help maintain your moisture barrier. Not all bar soaps are made the same, though. In fact, there are a few different types of bar soaps, some of which are less drying than others. However it is always advisable to use a shower gel or body wash while bathing rather than go for a bar of soap.


Choosing your product


When it comes to choosing a bar soap, body wash and shower gel, you should be particularly picky if you have acne, rosacea, eczema or even sensitive skin, as cleansers that are too drying can cause further irritation. In those cases, look for mild body cleansers with moisturizing properties, since these won’t strip your skin of essential nutrients.


Selecting quality products


Pick up your favourite shower gel and take a look at the ingredients to have a bigger picture of what you are applying on your body. Essentially, shower gels are formulated with six key ingredients for cleansing, lathering, moisturizing and other actions.

• Water – This is where the product gets its consistency. It also functions as the liquid solvent for the other ingredients

• Emulsifiers – These are responsible for the foam, and also provide thickening for bath gels. This is where the gel-like consistency comes from

• Detergents – This is the soap that is used to clean the skin

• Surfactants – These ingredients work on the skin to create lather or foam

• Preservatives – Shower gels need a long shelf life, so preservatives help keep them safe and prevent microbial contamination

• Fragrance – This is what makes using a shower gel a pleasant experience. Choose a shower gel with a natural fragrance from essential oils or plant extracts


Using body wash as a shampoo


If you are using the two in one body wash, then you can use the body wash as a shampoo as well. If you don’t use a two in one, then no, you should not use it as a shampoo as well. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is that body wash isn’t designed to clean hair as well.


Defining bath salts


Bath salts are water-soluble, pulverized minerals that are added to water to be used for bathing. They are said to improve cleaning, enhance the enjoyment of bathing, and serve as a vehicle for cosmetic agents. Bath salts have been developed which mimic the properties of natural mineral baths or hot springs.


Products designed for sensitive skin


While most of us likely keep an eye on the ingredients we put on our faces, girls with sensitive skin will know the importance of choosing soothing, calming products for our bodies as well. When you’ve got itchy, red, or inflamed skin to contend with, avoiding chemical-laden lotions and heavily perfumed body scrubs isn’t just a preference but a necessity.

Ingredients included in such products are: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil or Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, ...

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana


Tips to follow when using a shower gel or body wash.

* Most people overuse body wash. They fill up their entire palm with liquid – much more than the quarter-sized squirt of body wash that they actually need.

* Using too much can dry your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. This is especially true if you’re using a traditional body wash that is not properly suited for your skin’s pH levels. Too much product can also create a sticky or greasy feeling if you don’t rinse it off completely. When it comes to body wash, remember: Less is more.


Post bath routine

1. Moisturizing. Hot water and steam can do a number on your skin, leaving it super dry after showering.

2. Patting (not rubbing) your skin dry.

3. Throw on your serums.

4. Apply leave-in conditioner or detangler.


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