A Mission To Find The Best Body WashBy Emily Chiang | Jun 18, 2021
What Is the Best Body Wash?
Finding the best body wash can feel like an impossible task. With so many different varieties, it can feel difficult to figure out which is the best fit for your body’s unique needs.
If you’re looking for a new body wash that will work for you, we’ve created this guide to help you with your search. There are several things that you should look for in a body wash product. We’re here to walk you through the whole process and help you find your perfect match.
To Find the Right Body Wash, You Need To Know Your Skin Type
In order to choose the right body wash, you need to identify your skin type first. Doing so will allow you to find a product that’s going to support your skin’s overall health
Skin is highly sensitive and it can be irritated off by even the slightest deviations in our routine. That’s why, regardless of your skin type, you should be intentional about the products that you’re putting on your body — including your body wash.
It’s hard to define what exactly qualifies as normal skin because “normal” looks different for everyone.
If you have “normal” skin, your skin is likely well-hydrated, supple, smooth, and even-toned. This can also refer to skin that’s able to tolerate most products without negative reactions. The term “normal skin” can also be a catch-all term for healthy skin that doesn’t routinely face oil, dryness, or other irritation.
The next type of skin is the sensitive skin type. Those who have this skin type are typically prone to inflammation and irritation, whether from their environment, ingredients in products, or even genetics. If this is you, we recommend taking preventative steps to support your skin.
People who have some skin conditions can also fall under the sensitive skin umbrella. This includes those with acne, rosacea, and contact dermatitis. In addition, those with sensitive skin can be prone to stinging or burning, so they should be cautious to ensure that their products are not too harsh.
Chances are if you’re a person with sensitive skin, you already have a list of ingredients that your skin doesn’t react favorably to. You should avoid those ingredients when searching for a body wash. This is just as important with skincare and body care products, such as body wash, as it is with makeup!
It’s fairly easy to figure out if you have dry skin. If your skin is flaky, feels tight, or looks dull, then this is likely your skin type. Don’t worry, though -- there are plenty of ways to rejuvenate dry skin.
The reason dry skin appears dull is usually because there’s a layer of dead skin cells on top. If you have dead, rough skin cells on your body, light will reflect off of these in different directions. When you have healthy, hydrated skin, it has a smooth surface that reflects light evenly. The result is skin that appears to be radiant.
There are plenty of culprits for dry skin. Some of the most common ones include hot showers, sun exposure and damage to the skin, and over-exfoliating with harsh products. Skin also changes as we age, and as you get older, you’ll notice your skin gets drier due to hormones.
For those with dry skin, the most important thing to do is keep it hydrated. There are several ways you can do this. The first is by ensuring you’re drinking enough water so your skin can soak up its many benefits. The second is by choosing products that support hydration — body wash included. If you have dry skin, it’s especially important that you don’t take extra hot showers to avoid drying your skin out even more.
Your skin naturally secretes oils to keep itself moisturized. For people with oily skin, this process is working in overdrive. If you have larger pores, you may find that you have oilier skin.
Larger pores have more active oil glands, which means more secretions. If you notice your skin has a shine to it and you need to blot frequently, you most likely have oily skin. You might also be prone to more frequent breakouts.
But, just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean that you can entirely skip hydration. Your skin still requires water to hydrate it. You do however need to be more selective about the products that you’re exposing it to — and that includes the body wash that you use.
Similar to “normal” skin, there’s a lot of debate between dermatologists on the definition of combination skin. For some, combination skin refers to skin that can change seasonally. For example, if you find that you’re oily during the summer and dry during the winter, you might have combination skin.
On the contrary, combination skin can also refer to varying amounts of oil production. The skin might be oilier in certain places, such as the forehead and nose, than others.
If you have combination skin, you might choose your different products for different areas of your face. Your T-Zone, for example, might have a different skincare regimen than your cheeks. You can even change what products you use on your body depending on your oil levels, or what time of year it is.
Finding the right regimen for combination skin takes some trial and error, but it’s certainly worth it.
As mentioned above, skin changes with age and it’s essential that your routine changes with it to ensure that you’re giving your skin the care it requires. Mature skin usually refers to individuals over the age of 50.
Hormonal changes are to blame for why people over the age of 50 might experience some dryness. This doesn’t mean that if you've always had oily skin that it will instantly turn dry when you turn 50.
Collagen can also be to blame for the way the skin changes over the age of 50. Collagen works to support the skin by providing structural integrity. When collagen production slows or declines, skin can begin to sag, form wrinkles, and lose elasticity. Thankfully, there are ways to boost collagen production — a daily facial massage is just one luxurious and relaxing example. Whatever you do, be sure you’re being gentle with your skin, and that you’re choosing a body wash that is, too.
Regardless of your skin type, choose a body wash that doesn't strip your skin and gently nourishes it.
Our Wander Beauty’s All Inclusive Shampoo and Body Wash transforms from a gel to foam. Lather it up to reinvigorate dull hair and skin. It’s just as important to be intentional about what you don’t include in formulas as what you do, and that’s why all of our multitaskers are cruelty-free and free of BPA, gluten, mineral oil, paraben, phthalate, synthetic fragrance, sulfate, silicone, and dye. All Inclusive is also safe for color-treated hair and is vegan-friendly!
No matter what type of skin you have, you’ll find that our body wash is the perfect fit. It’s equipped with coconut oil that moisturizes while adding luster, bamboo extract which improves the appearance of your hair, and crambe abyssinica seed oil, which will give your hair a lightweight feel. Talk about a body wash that does it all!