What Is The Best Body Soap?
It's time for you to come clean.
We're not pointing fingers or making any accusations here, it's just that chances are...after clocking in, working out, and checking off a million things from your To-Do list, you probably need to ditch the dirt and wash away all the sweat and stress from the day.
In other words, coming clean can be exactly what you need.
Whether you prefer a body bar, body wash, hand-made organic soaps - or even a turmeric eye cream that is to die for - you need a body cleanser that gets rid of the dirt, oils, and other stuff that ends up on your skin after being exposed to the elements.
It's also important to find something that won't leave your skin feeling dry or depleted. There are few things more annoying than thinking you're doing something good for your skin, and then immediately feeling itchy all over.
The best bar soap, as is the case with a good liquid soap, gets your body clean while supporting the skin's natural moisture barrier. The skin barrier, or outermost layer of your skin, helps to maintain homeostasis. It protects you from harmful environmental pollutants while keeping much-needed moisture in.
You can strengthen and repair your skin's barrier by using a moisturizing body cleanser that contains nourishing oils to help replace the natural lipids that may be washed away. The best body washes will have a gentle formula that factors in the importance of moisturizers.
A body wash should not dry skin out. Instead, search for one that hydrates skin as it keeps you feeling fresh and clean. We have some excellent suggestions, so keep reading if your skin seeks something a little more lavish than what you're lathering up with now.
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A holistic approach to healthy skin
Skin is the largest organ of the human body.
As such it makes sense that there's more to skincare than simply what we use to get clean. Of course, that's a critical component, but not the only important part.
We want you to find a wonderful body wash or bar soap that works wonders, so that a shower won't feel like just another thing to check off your list of chores.
At JUARA, a holistic approach to skincare and wellness is what inspires and motivates us to make the products we do.
Jamu is the Indonesian herbal-medicine tradition that is the cornerstone of our self-care philosophy. It represents a richness of experience and wisdom that has been passed down for centuries. While the term jamu references the popular healing potions or tonics, the broader Jamu tradition reflects a way of life that addresses a person's health holistically.
You may be carrying a lot of stress or thoughts that stand in the way of relaxation and self-love. When you step into the shower or sink into a warm bath, what you bring with you is more than your choice of body wash or bar soap.
However, the best body washes may be able to assist in ways we don't always think about.
Sometimes a scent sets off those synapses in your mind and helps recenter you. The feel of a creamy lather can remind you to be grateful for a sense of touch. Taking the time to really engage in a wellness or beauty ritual may be exactly what you need to reset.
Of course, at the end of the day, you do want something that will clean - and maybe even moisturize - your skin.
For that, you'll want to look for a body wash or cleansing bar soap that also satiates thirsty skin. Shea butter, olive oil, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid are among the many ingredients that will moisturize the skin.
Additionally, you want to avoid over-drying and over-scrubbing skin, though removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface is a good idea two to three times a week.
And - even though it can feel relaxing - remember not to overdo it with the hot water in your daily shower. Hot water can damage the keratin cells located on the epidermis (the outermost layer of our skin) and by disrupting these cells, make it harder to lock in moisture. So try to keep the temperature in your bath or shower below scalding, for the love of skin!
Considerations for sensitive skin
If you're in search of a moisturizing shower cream, gel, body wash, or bar soap, there are certain things to think about when you have sensitive skin.
Some ingredients in body washes or bar soaps can irritate sensitive skin. Whether a product has harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, or some other allergen that negatively affects you, be sure to steer clear. A fragrance-free body wash may not be necessary, but if you've had issues with scented products, going fragrance-free could be a consideration.
Not every product is made for all skin types. Some folks swear by pink Himalayan sea salt or respond well to natural soaps with essential oils like tea tree oil. Salicylic acid might help some people suffering from acne, while others will seek out ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, which soothes skin.
Some realizations about our own skin come from trial and error, or learning from our family about tendencies toward certain allergies. You've probably come to understand your skin to a certain extent, but if you have questions or concerns, you may want to consult a dermatologist to help point you in the right direction.
At JUARA, our body washes, bar soaps, and in fact, our entire radiant skincare collection, is free from phthalates, sulfates, and parabens, which can pose problems for many people. The natural ingredients we source leave skin feeling soft, and often ease issues with itchy skin.
Let's look at a couple of options in particular that can hydrate parched skin and bring both relief and a bit of luxury to bath time.
A bar soap with shea butter and more
We have often been asked, "does bar soap dry out your skin more than a body wash?"
Well, it's not necessarily true, but it's natural that people would pose this question, given that the soap bar has sent many folks off in search of alternatives due to that drying effect. Most soaps you'll find at the market don't do a whole lot to moisturize skin.
The best bar soaps contain moisturizing ingredients as well as cleaning agents. A good thing about using bar soaps is that they generally generate less plastic waste.
JUARA's Candlenut Bar Soap boasts mango and shea butters, moringa oil, and more. It kills germs, keeps you clean, and doesn't strip skin of its natural oils.
Candlenut and coconut oils, as well as the other ingredients mentioned above, do wonders to address dry skin. These oils make skin soft and smooth, as they are high in healthy fats and contain nourishing vitamins.
Both coconut and candlenut oil have vitamin E, which can help protect skin from free radical damage caused by ultraviolet sun rays. It also soothes flaky and dry skin and strengthens the skin barrier.
The vitamin A in coconut oil assists in the sloughing off of dead skin cells, which not only helps prevent clogged pores, but also bodes well for reducing fine lines on the face and body.
Given the fatty acid profile of the oils in this bar soap, all the goodness that goes along with these ingredients will be absorbed more readily and deeply into the skin. If you are dealing with lifeless and dull skin, try the Candlenut Bar Soap a few times and see if that doesn't bring about a beauty boost.
It's a gentle bar soap that's safe for sensitive skin. It won't leave any film or residue on your body. The only thing left lingering behind will be a delightfully light scent that sends your mind on an exotic island vacation.
Since you've already learned a lot about our Candlenut Bar Soap, let's move on to the best body wash we know.
The best body wash that goes above and beyond
If you simply prefer body washes to bar soaps, we've still got you covered (or rather, cleaned and moisturized). And spoiler alert: this isn't your average body wash.
JUARA's Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel is the best moisturizing body wash any of us here have experienced, and we've each tried body wash after body wash on our respective skincare journeys. Working with other experts, we created this foaming creamy formula to fulfill all that we wished for in a body wash.
This Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel purifies your pores and gets your whole body clean while leaving your skin smooth. Because it's so gentle, it works well with any skin type.
It contains our signature ingredient, candlenut oil, but is also blended with creamy coconut, glycerin, and other moisturizers and cleansing components. This body wash has all that your skin needs to feel refreshed, clean, and hydrated.
The sulfate in many skin cleansers can cause skin irritation issues for some individuals. If that's been your experience then you can breathe a sigh of relief when using this body wash. The coconut cleanser in the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel doesn't contain any sulfates.
Being sulfate-free is also good news because it means this body wash won't strip your skin of the naturally-occurring oils that condition your skin and help maintain a healthy moisture balance.
Needless to say, there's something special about this moisturizing body wash. It's no wonder it has received accolades, rave reviews, and won awards like Byrdie’s 2021 Eco Beauty Award.
The Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel has our signature JUARA fragrance, which contains notes of lush tropical greens, freesia, bergamot, blooming white jasmine, and just a sweet kiss of coconut.
This shower gel gives you extra silky skin and adds to an overall luxurious spa-like experience. When it's time for your bath or shower, make sure you have it handy.
Once you're damp all over, all you need to do is dispense some of this cleanser in the palm of your hands, work into a rich lather, and wash as you normally would. Alternatively, you can use a shower sponge or exfoliating bath gloves and lather with water to scrub your entire body.
(Even better - use an enzyme scrub to help slough off any dead skin that's lingering around.)
When you towel off, remember to gently pat dry as opposed to rubbing your skin too vigorously.
Take a minute to appreciate how your skin feels to the touch. And then, maybe just another moment to admire and give thanks for the miracle that is the beauty and strength of your body.
Follow-up skin cleansing with a post-shower moisturizing ritual
While we all occasionally skip steps in our skincare routine, try to lock the moisture in your skin whenever you can. Create habits that support skin health.
After you wash with a body bar or body wash, remember to follow up with a moisturizer like JUARA's Candlenut Body Creme. It contains omega-rich avocado oil that adds another layer of skin-loving goodness in the form of natural nourishment and free-radical fighting antioxidants.
A layer of lotion like this will keep dryness at a distance, especially during the fall and winter seasons when there is less moisture in the air.
If you want to take skincare and a sense of luxury to the next level, we suggest using our Kartini Body Oil. You can mix it with a moisturizer or add it straight to your body after a bath to achieve an even more glowing finish for your skin. All you need to do is massage the product in until it is absorbed completely.
After all this bathing and beautifying, you will hardly be able to keep your hands off yourself because your skin will feel so smooth. But is that really such a bad thing?
We'll leave you with this video that has a little more information on the history of soap, and how humans have been coming clean for centuries.
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