What Is The Best Moisturizing Body Wash?
If your body wash isn't cutting it when it comes to ditching dirt or leaves your skin high and dry when you step out of the shower, it may be time to try something new.
Our skin thirsts for natural moisture, whether it's from humidity in the air or omega oils and natural lipids in the products we use on our bodies. As is always the case around this time of year, dry skin does require a little extra love.
Finding the right body wash requires that you ask yourself a few questions. What is your skin type? Do you prefer mostly plant-based ingredients? Is it important that it's cruelty-free and sulfate-free?
Understanding your own needs can help guide the decision-making process.
It's also important to be on the lookout for moisturizing ingredients that support the skin barrier. You want to heal and protect your skin as you pamper yourself and lean into that self-care and love.
As we've mentioned in many previous posts, there are three main types of moisturizers: humectants, emollients, and occlusives.
Aloe vera and the super-hydrating hyaluronic acid are both humectants that help draw moisture to the uppermost layer of the epidermis.
Emollients fill the spaces between skin cells with fatty substances, called lipids. They make skin softer and smoother. Sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and omega fatty acids are all effective emollients.
When emollients contain a lot of oil they can also act as occlusive agents. It happens when the oils form a thin, protective film on the skin that seals in water. Shea butter (also an emollient), squalane oil, and castor oil are examples of occlusives, which lock in the moisture.
The highest quality body washes will undoubtedly have some hydrating ingredients like the ones mentioned above.
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A quick aside about sensitive skin
If you have easily irritated skin, itchy skin, or eczema-prone skin you may want to seek the advice of a board-certified dermatologist before making your skincare selections.
A dermatologist can assess your particular situation and make more informed suggestions about a course of action as well as products, like a turmeric eye cream, that might be most appropriate.
While customer reviews and user feedback can be helpful when searching for products, those with sensitive skin may want to stick with traditional sources and take the extra step to talk to a professional.
While there's a whole host of hydrating body washes, we have a few favorites. Some made the list because they do wonders for more mature or dry skin, while we've observed others working quite well for sensitive skin.
We definitely think there's a winner when it comes to a best all-around moisturizing body wash, so be sure you don't skip the very first on our our list!
And without further ado...
The best moisturizing body washes
1. JUARA Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel
Not every day can be an actual vacation, but if you close your eyes and open yourself up to a new sensory experience, the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel will take you on what feels like a tropical getaway.
As soon as you dispense the product in the palm of your hand you'll breathe in the beautiful fresh scent of freesia, bergamot, tropical greens, and blooming white jasmine. There's even a touch of fresh coconut that might almost make you sense a soft island breeze.
As you lather up with this gentle formula you can rest assured knowing that it won’t irritate or strip the skin of those much-needed natural oils. Unlike many body washes, this hydrating cleanser is sulfate-free. It's also paraben-free and doesn't contain any harsh ingredients or artificial colorants.
Still, this best-selling silky shower gel lifts away dirt as it smooths skin. It uses a coconut oil cleanser to gently purify your pores, while the candlenut oil - our signature ingredient - softens, hydrates, and rejuvenates.
The vitamin E in candlenut and coconut oil nourishes the body as it fights against free radical damage. All the nutrient-rich, hydrating ingredients make this formula a favorite for those in search of anti-aging skincare solutions.
These ingredients buttress the skin barrier and go beyond. JUARA Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel is one of the best body washes, if not the very best. Full disclosure, it's our favorite moisturizing body wash out there.
If it turns out you love it as much as we do, and you can't get enough of that nourishing and aromatic candlenut...fear not! We have you covered. Literally.
You have options from the rest of the JUARA Candlenut Collection.
This collection includes the Candlenut Bar Soap, which is another option for coming clean after a long day. It contains mango and shea butter, as well as glycerin, and of course the skin-conditioning candlenut oil. Shea butter is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant, so shea butter is a great ingredient to have in a soap.
There's also JUARA Candlenut Body Polish, which uses walnut exfoliants to encourage the sloughing off of dead cells so that younger fresher cells can claim their spot on the surface. The candlenut oil and illipe butter both bring tremendous amounts of moisture to the skin.
When it comes to sealing in that moisture after a relaxing bath or shower, you can keep the candlenut party going with the Candlenut Body Creme. It continues to soften skin and helps maintain elasticity, delivering all that your skin seeks in a smooth, velvety cream.
2. CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash
CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash does the trick for delicate skin. This dependable brand brought its best to the table when creating this body wash. It boasts a creamy formula that glides on easily and rinses cleanly.
Board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, M.D., recommends CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash because of its fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula, which is rich in ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are great for strengthening and hydrating skin.
This gentle body cleanser works well with normal to dry skin and helps build up the skin's protective barrier. And when it comes to radiant skincare, there's almost nothing better than helping your skin to help itself.
In addition, this soap-free formula won't cause irritation and is accepted by the National Eczema Association.
3. Odele Soothing Body Wash
The Odele Soothing Skin Body Wash made our list of body washes for a few reasons.
It cleanses thoroughly but doesn't strip skin of its natural oils. It does away with dirt and debris but brings in moisture for mending the skin.
The Avena sativa (oat flour) in this gentle formula is both soothing and healing. It is pH balanced to protect the skin’s natural barrier.
The glycerin also adds a healthy helping of hydration, making it one of the most moisturizing body washes around.
Odele Soothing Skin Body Wash works well for those with sensitive skin or irritated skin. As opposed to many other body washes, its fragrance - called Fresh Aloe - comes from an all-natural blend of cucumber, castor, and a variety of spice and floral extracts. The effect is aromatic and calming.
Like JUARA, it's also woman-owned and makes an effort to operate ethically. The bottle and cap are made from partially recycled content, and are 100% recyclable. It's nice to know you can do some good for your body and the planet at the same time.
4. Dove Instant Foaming Body Wash
If something on the light side sounds good, Dove Instant Foaming Body Wash may be the best body wash for you.
It's one of the better moisturizing body washes for sensitive skin that won't weigh you down. It doesn't overdo it with oils or creams, but can still moisturize skin while doing a deep clean.
This body wash is formulated to deliver natural nourishment via bio-technology that targets the deeper layers of the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the skin's outermost layer and the barrier that keeps unwanted elements from entering, while minimizing moisture loss (known as trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL).
Glycerin is one of the go-to hydrating ingredients that help soothe and replenish dry skin.
The pump dispenses the body wash directly into your hands as foam, so all you have to do is smooth it all over, then relax under the shower as the water rinses it away. Sometimes keeping it simple is essential. It's a great on-the-go option.
If you're looking for an extra invigorating and refreshing body wash from the same brand, you could opt for Dove's Refreshing Shower Gel with Cucumber & Green Tea.
5. L'Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil
If you want to treat your body to a little bit of luxury try L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. This moisturizing body wash transforms into a milky and silky-smooth body cleanser that lifts away dirt while working wonders for dry skin.
Because it has a thicker, creamier consistency it can also double as a shaving cream.
This hydrating formula features sweet almond oil, which is rich in omega-6 and omega-9. These fatty acids play an essential role in the skin's inflammatory response, which is helpful for several conditions. They improve texture and softness, and strengthen the skin's protective barrier.
Grape Seed Oil also goes a long way to defeat dehydrated and dull skin. It evens out skin tone and can decrease acne breakouts. The linoleic acid and vitamin E assist with moisture retention and protect against some of the environmental damage that comes from UV exposure and the like.
The scent of sweet vanilla and almonds may almost be too much for some sensitive sniffers, but it adds to the overall indulgent experience of this body wash.
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil lets you feel the romance of France without leaving your shower. In other words, this body wash will definitely jump-start your joie d'vivre.
6. ELEMIS Skin Nourishing Shower Cream
You may have encountered ELEMIS Skin Nourishing Shower Cream in a luxury hotel or spa, or perhaps it's one of your preferred skincare products already. If so, then you know it is one of the more decadent body washes, but it's worth it.
The jojoba, camellia, and macadamia oils complement your skin's natural moisture and bring about balance. Work it into a rich lather and let it deliver the deep moisture that makes it so nourishing.
Jojoba oil contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties - just like our enzyme mask and scrub - so you know you're getting clean and clarifying your skin at the same time. It's also noncomedogenic and regulates sebum production, so if you deal with acne on your body, this body wash might just keep breakouts at bay.
The camellia and macadamia oils in this body wash are able to smooth and soothe skin. They have fatty acids that heal, moisturize, and leave your body feeling soft.
Even though this moisturizing body wash has a number of natural oils that saturate dry skin with moisture, it rinses clean and doesn't leave a sticky residue.
ELEMIS Skin Nourishing Shower Cream possesses a subtle floral scent that brings this body wash to the next level. If you want to splurge on a beautifying body wash, this one could be quite the treat.
7. Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash
If you're hoping to find a hydrating body wash to combat itchy skin, Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash comes dermatologist recommended.
The soybean oil and castor seed oil infuse the skin with moisture and make itchiness an annoying thing of the past. Of course, it does help if you follow up with a moisturizing body cream to help lock in the hydrating effects of the body wash.
Because of its fragrance-free, soap-free formula, it's often recommended for dry skin or eczema-prone skin. It's one of the more moisturizing body washes you'll find on a store shelf, so if you're tired of dehydrated, tight skin, see if Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash does the trick for you.
Below are some thoughts from one dermatologist on whether you should lather up with loofahs, washcloths, or just use your hands.
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