Posted in Beauty on March 14, 2014

Our grandparents had just a couple of choices as far as skin cleansers go; that’s what was available and the choice was made instantly. What happens now when we go to the supermarket to buy our toiletries? We are bamboozled out of our wits and can’t pick out one cleanser to dump in our shopping carts. With an avalanche of soaps, body washes and scrubs lining the shelves, it is hard for us to make our choices- some benefit us in one way and others benefit us in another. Read on to know what to keep in mind when next time you go out shopping.

When we talk about a soap bar, it is usually used for the purpose of cleansing only, without any focus on moisturizing, exfoliating, etc. Consumers do agree that a soap bar does contain ingredients that dry out the skin to make it flaky. But with manufacturers running the rat race, different ingredients are added to a soap bar to make it much more than just a cleanser. A bar of soap can now wash away germs, exfoliate and do multi-tasking.  Body washes are gentle cleansers that are fragranced and moisturizing. They are mostly non anti-bacterial and are used only when the purpose is to get clean and fresh and not to get rid of excess oil, etc. A scrub is an exfoliating cleanser, which scraps off old skin cells. It usually consists of ingredient that is coarse and can remove dead skin (apricot, sugar particles, etc.)

Now, how will you choose the ideal one for you? Firstly, read the ingredients of the cleanser before buying and strike out the ones that you are allergic to (aloe vera, lime juice, etc.). If your skin is oily and produces excess sebum then go for a soap bar, which will tackle the oily skin and deep cleanse. The soap must be anti-bacterial and fragranced to prevent oil and germ attack. For dry skins, go for body wash as it will moisturize and cleanse your skin. If you are allergic to artificial fragrance then go for fragrance-free body washes. If you think you are an outdoor person and tend to accumulate dead skin very soon then buy either a soap bar with scrub qualities or a simple scrub to make your skin smooth and shiny. Keep all the above in mind and go with a clear head when next time you are out shopping.

Posted in Beauty on November 11, 2013

Standing in the middle of a cosmetic supermarket but don’t know which body wash to buy? No, you cannot just pick up anything without bearing in mind your skin type. Every one of us have different skin types and the unguents we use must be permitted by our skin otherwise it can have adverse effects on the skin. Using a body wash for bathing is a great way to sooth and smoothen the skin and it can also have other benefits. Let us find out.

Body washes also have different formula to suit a skin type- shower gels, moisturizing body wash and exfoliating body wash. Shower gels are clear and brightly colored body washes and look similar to shampoos. They mostly contain water and a low proportion of detergent for gently cleansing the skin. These body washes have a high content of fragranced ingredients hence giving the user a wide variety of fragrances to choose from; they are best for post-workout wash. They are designed only to clean the skin and contain little conditioning to keep your skin hydrated for long. People having normal to oily skin types can use this kind of body wash without feeling skin sensitivity.

As the name suggests, a moisturizing body wash is designed to moisturize the skin with its high content of soyabean, sunflower, petroleum jelly, olive oil, Shea butter, etc. They look like body lotion but act like mild cleansers. They stick well to the skin even hours after the body wash is washed away, so you feel moisturized for long. These body washes are less drying than the gel formula but tend to be a little more expensive. You can even skip applying a body lotion if you bathe with a creamy, moisturizing body wash. They are great for normal to dry skin types and people looking for milder formulas.

The exfoliating body wash uses beads, sugar, salt, etc. to gently scrub the skin to get rid of dead cells and give you smooth skin. The best part about body wash is that they don’t deposit on your bathroom floor and give you are luxurious, creamy bath, unlike soap. Wake up to that beauty-holic in you and choose the best-suited body wash to adorn your bathroom and your skin. There is a body wash for every ‘body’ walking on this earth; one just has to have a skin and sensation for it.

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