Many people today have retired the old-fashioned bar soap and use a liquid body wash instead. Body wash is available in a wide range of scents for both men and women, and there are special formulas available for dry skin, sensitive skin and more. Whether you are thinking about making the switch to body wash or you already regularly use it as part of your personal hygiene routine, there are a few important things you need to know about body wash.
You Still Need a Wash Cloth.
If you are like many others, you may reach for a wash cloth when you use a bar of soap, but you may simply use liquid body wash with hand application. Using a wash cloth with your body wash makes it easier for you to work the soap into a lather. More than that, the wash cloth makes it easier for you to remove dead skin cells when you wash.
You May Still Need to Apply a Moisturizer.
Many types of body wash state that they have moisturizing benefits or special ingredients that have advanced moisturizing properties like special oils. The fact is that bar soaps may indeed be more prone to drying out your skin than liquid body wash soaps, and the oils and other added elements in a body wash can be a true benefit for you. However, if you have dry skin, it is still important that you moisturize your skin with a lotion or cream after you bathe.
It is Not Designed for Facial Use.
You may think that the skin on your legs and arms is the same as the skin on your face, and because of this, you may think that you can use one type of soap for your entire body. The oils and other additives in a body wash may clog your pores to cause breakouts. While some people may breakout, others may experience dry facial skin when using body wash on their face. It is best to use body wash for your body and a special facial cleanser for your face.
You Only Need a Little Dab.
It is easy to squeeze out too much body wash from time to time, but keep in mind that you only need a small dab of body wash to wash your entire body in most cases. When you use more body wash than you need, you may find that it is more difficult to rinse all of the soap off. This can result in water waste or in dry skin.
You Do Not Need to Lather if You Have Dry Skin.
Some people will benefit from working the body wash into a lather and using a wash cloth to slough off dead skin cells. However, if you have normally dry skin, you may consider skipping the lather. You can still enjoy the cleansing benefits associated with the use of body wash when you simply rub the soap over your body without creating a lather. The lather can indeed dry out your skin.
Rinse With Warm Water.
Finally, it is best to rinse body wash off with warm water. This will help you to remove all of the soap residue. While rinsing with warm water is necessary to get all of the soap off of your body, you may think about shooting a stream of cold water over your body before you get out of the shower. This will close your pores to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
Body wash provides you with many benefits over bar soap. However, you do need to know how to use it most effectively. Keep these facts in mind as you select the scent that most appeals to you.