When was the last time you got a compliment about your skin? If you’re still wondering when that was, it could be a sign you need to try something different with your skin regimen.
One option is to begin using a body wash. Body wash (also known as a shower gel) is simply liquefied soap, though it isn’t technically soap. While soaps are made to get rid of germs, body wash is meant to clean and improve the skin, and smell good, of course.
The benefits of body wash are innumerable, but here are six that distinguish them from traditional bar soaps.
1. Ease of Use
The first thing that sets body wash apart from the ordinary soap is the ease of use. It comes in a bottle ready to be squirted out whenever you choose. This makes the bathing process quicker and of course, easier. Not to mention that it leaves your bathroom neater – no unsightly soap residue in the soap dish or the drain.
The problem with soap is it can be a bit slippery, okay maybe more than a bit. If you are tired of chasing your soap all over the bathroom, it might be time to switch to body wash.
A body wash can also exfoliate better. A small amount of body wash is all you need for a thorough cleanse. The same can’t be said of bar soap, which tends to become less effective as it shrinks. This means you always get a good clean up until the final squirt.
No cleanser can promise a spotless job, but a body wash comes close.
2. Makes Your Skin Healthier
Body washes come in different packages, but more than that, they serve different purposes. As it is liquid based, a body wash helps infuse moisture into your skin. But hydration is not the only benefit you enjoy.
Body washes are designed to improve the quality of your skin, which is why many come with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that can help combat free radicals, moisturize the skin or fight acne, etc.
Because it is less abrasive than bar soap, body wash is usually a better option for people with dry skin.
For extra protection, use a body wash that has antibacterial properties.
3. Good for Moisturizing
Whether you have dry skin or not, you need a good moisturizer. The problem we have quite often with soap is that it dries out the skin. So, when it is time to moisturize, you have to use that little bit more to make your skin glow.
Body wash is gentler on the skin despite being very exfoliating. Some come infused with moisturizing agents, while others provide a good clean while leaving some of the body’s natural oils intact.
If you want to know if a body wash will moisturize your skin, look out for ingredients such as glycerin, shea butter, aloe vera, jojoba oil, and petrolatum.
This does not mean that you will no longer need a moisturizer, but rather you won’t need to use moisturizer as much or as often, depending on your skin type.
4. Healthier Alternative to Bar Soap
How safe is it to share a bar of soap? If you live with other people, the chances are that at some point, somebody is going to use your soap when theirs runs out, or it might be you using theirs. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
While we rationalize in our heads that soap is cleansing and thus can’t be contaminated by the other person’s dirt, most of us still wonder if there is even the smallest chance of risking our health by sharing soap. Bar soaps are indeed covered in germs, but they are only harmful if your immune system has been weakened.
Even if it isn’t a health risk, the thought of where the other person might be putting the soap is enough to make you reconsider.
Thankfully, you never have to worry about that or have any more uncomfortable conversations on the topic ever again starting now.
5. Ideal for People on the Go
Do you ever wonder what you’ll use to clean yourself when you have to shower out of the house? If you use the gym often, travel or sleepover at friend’s houses, it is more convenient to have your own body wash, so you aren’t forced to keep using different products depending on where you go.
Carrying a bar of soap around the place is not the most convenient thing to do. It can be rather messy, and most times, you’ll just end up leaving it somewhere.
If you have sensitive skin, you can’t afford using different soaps wherever you go. By using a body wash, you will be able to carry it with you wherever you go, just as easily as you would your deodorant. And yes, you still need to use deodorant.
6. Extremely Versatile
The last benefit of a body wash is its versatility. Body washes can be used in different ways for different purposes while delivering the same excellent clean.
When you are traveling, for example, you can use some body washes for your hair. Surprisingly, some work better than shampoos.
Additionally, you can use your body wash as a bubble bath, hand wash or sugar scrub. With so many different ways to use it, there hardly is a better argument for why you should introduce it into your skin regimen.
Generally, no two body washes are the same. While you could choose one simply for the fragrance, you may want to go a step further and consider the ingredients and benefits. By using a body wash made for your skin type, you will not only enjoy having your shower more, but the health of your skin will improve remarkably. Soon, you’ll be getting more compliments than you can handle.