Just as with any type of skin cleanser, the type of body wash you use will depend on your skin type. The reasons someone might choose a body wash over soap, for instance, have to do with skin sensitivity and personal preference as harsh soaps can be a little more abrasive, whereas body wash, especially formulas containing moisturizers, is gentler on the skin.
There are four common skin types — normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. The best way to find out which skin type you are and which body wash is right for you is to experiment. If possible, try out (free) samples of body wash or buy the travel sizes until you find the one that best suits your skin type.
If you have dry skin, strong soap may be too harsh for you, because it removes a lot of the oils that your skin already lacks. Instead, use a mild cleanser, which will often have the words “cream” or “oil” in the name. Try to look for body washes that contain glycolic acid or lactic acid, since these ingredients are moisturizing.
If you have normal or oily skin, you don’t have to worry about using mild cleansers — regular soap or body wash should work fine, but soaps are typically better at removing oil. There are also many body washes on the market designed especially for oily skin, however, and some are even designed to help clear up body acne caused by excess oil.
People with sensitive skin may have the hardest time deciding which body wash to use. If you have allergic reactions to certain beauty products, such as redness or itching, try to avoid body washes that have fragrances or a lot of preservatives, since sensitive skin will commonly react negatively to those two ingredients.
Meet Dermalogica’s conditioning body wash. A body wash that is inspired by the essential oils diffused in Turkish hammams. It has a silky, yet gentle feel to it. It also contains aromatic oils of French Rosemary and Chinese Eucalyptus alongside fresh Tea Tree and Lemon oils to cleanse the skin and awaken the senses. Pro-Vitamin B5 and tranquil Sandalwood, Lavender, and Clary Sage smooth and condition for a truly transformative finish. It can also be used as a bath foam and hand soap and is suitable for all skin types. (295 ML | € 33,00)