The best body wash will keep your skin squeaky clean without drying it too much — a perfect balance. After testing some popular body washes, we found our top picks: products free of harsh chemicals but full of moisturizers made with natural ingredients, which foamed and left us feeling fresh.
How We Chose the Best Body Washes
There are a lot of body washes in the market today. Our list includes best-selling brands from retailers like The body shop, Aveeno, Cetaphil, Biotique, and Forest Essentials.
The soap formula should penetrate your skin mildly, that is the damage is less to the skin, and make the skin smoother with just one wash. Oil-based body washes which include coconut, olive, hemp, or castor are mild and do no harm to your skin.
Moisturizers are ingredients that keep the skin soft & supple. Chemicals present in these washes may harm your skin more if you already have dry or itchy skin. Moisturizers like aloe vera oil, vitamin E, and almond oil keep your skin moisturized for a long time.
We divided up the products into four categories:
1) Good for sensitive skin,
2)Good for acne-prone skin,
3)Good for dry skin, and
4)Good for normal skin.
For each skin type, we carefully selected the top brands based on:
The choice of fragrance is a personal preference. If a body wash has a scent, we prefer it to be lightly scented and fresh rather than thick and sappy.
Lathering up your shower gel can be done by using a loofah, or a washcloth since they foam easily and exfoliate your skin more effectively. Soaps that lather can be avoided if you have very dry skin because otherwise you would be ripped off your natural skin oils, and the skin will dry quickly.
A girl’s best friend
Since women have sensitive skin compared to men, using a body wash with the correct ingredients would benefit in the long run.
Body washes come with pumps & flip caps. Tubes with caps on the bottom tend to fill up with water in the shower, which makes it messy & leads to mold growth.
How to Find the Right Body Wash for You
Choose a price range
Choose a price that suits your budget and your skin type. Since it would be a recurring product in your daily bathing, it is advisable to choose and pick your product type accordingly.
Avoid potential irritants
Avoid potential irritants like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), which can irritate your skin. If you have sensitive skin or specific allergies, take a closer look at the ingredients in your potential body wash.
Know your skin type
If you have normal skin with no sensitivity, you can go with your favorite fragrance and brand. However, if you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid AHAs, & artificial dyes. For dry skin, you would want a moisturizer-based body wash. And if you’re looking for acne-prone skin, you’ll need either salicylic or glycolic acid.
Pick a scent
If you look forward to smelling great on your body wash, there are infinite options. Floral scents like rose or lavender, to citrus scents like lemon, to peppermint and vanilla, you have a wide range to choose from—in any way, will get you clean.
Our list of top Body Washes include:
- Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel
- Palmolive Aroma Absolute Relax Body Wash, Gel Based Shower Gel with 100% Natural Ylang Ylang Essential Oil & Iris Extracts
- Pears Pure & Gentle Shower Gel With 98% Pure Glycerine, 100% Soap Free And No Parabens
- Palmolive Charcoal & Mint Body Wash for Men & Women, Shower Gel with Natural Charcoal Powder and Mint Oil (Body Scrub)
- Biotique Bio Apricot Refreshing Body Wash
- The body shop Almond milk & honey soothing and caring shower cream
- Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin With Oats
- WOW Skin Science Japanese Cherry Blossom Foaming Body Wash
- Mamaearth Ubtan Body Wash With Turmeric & Saffron, Shower Gel for Glowing Skin
- Forest Essentials Silkening Shower Wash Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime