Body Wash Vs. Bar Soap

Is bar soap or body wash the right choice for your shower?

While you might automatically reach for the liquid body or face wash in the beauty aisle, how can you be sure you're making the right choice? There are plenty of reasons to use both bar soaps and liquid washes. The choice really depends on your skin type and what you want your product to do for you.

 Both body washes and bar soaps can moisturize or overdry the skin, depending on how you use them. Always avoid very hot water when you shower or bathe so as not to deplete your skin's natural moisture levels, no matter what product you choose. While both can remove dirt, bacteria, and oil, there are many other benefits of body wash and bar soap to consider.

The Need for Clean
Any soap or wash is designed to get you clean, some more thoroughly or harshly than others. Still, you can also seek out moisturizing products in either category to help keep your dry skin smooth and happy. Creamy bar soaps are just as effective as a heavy foaming body wash. In fact, the amount of foam your cleanser creates does not mean you're getting more clean. The trick is in the ingredients and finding the combination that cleans your skin thoroughly without over-drying it.

Ingredients to Look For & Avoid
Whatever type of skin you have, some cleansing ingredients just aren't necessary. Sometimes, they can actually cause more skin irritation and discomfort. Look for cleansers designed to be mild, appropriate for every day use, and use it with warm water. Avoid soaps that contain lye in the ingredients list or alcohol among the first few items listed. For a more moisturizing cleanser, search the ingredients label for items like vitamin E, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, or olive oil.

One great product to try that contains gentle cleansing ingredients as well as deep moisturizers is Neutrogena Naturals Face & Body Bar. This easy-to-use, multipurpose cleansing bar contains bionutrients like avocado and olive oil for a natural approach to daily skin care. While it cleans, the Face & Body Bar soothes and conditions skin to help you avoid the effects of over-dry, irritated skin.

Make the choice that's right for your skin by reading ingredient lists and listening to what your skin is telling you. Try the product that makes sense for your skin and you'll keep it happy and healthy.

Everyday Health. Body Wash, Shower Gel, or Bar Soap?

Content by Stephanie Haddad.