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Everyone knows that bathing is essential to having good hygiene, but for those with dry skin, frequent showers can exacerbate parched skin. Whether you experience dryness year-round or deal with bouts of it in the colder months, you should use a moisturizing body wash that cleanses your skin without stripping it of necessary oils. The options below claim to leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and healthy.
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1. For sensitive skin: Cerave Hydrating Body Wash
The Cerave Hydrating Body Wash is ideal if you want a no-fuss product that’ll leave your skin feeling clean but not tight. Like the brand’s popular face wash, this contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and ceramides that protect the skin barrier, which is essential for maintaining moisture. The wash is also free of fragrance, soap and sulfates—cleansing agents thought to be too harsh on the skin.
2. For a sweet aroma: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel
For many, a product’s fragrance makes or breaks the experience with it. If this sounds like you, look to the Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel in Sol de Janeiro’s revered Cheirosa 62 scent with notes of vanilla, caramel and pistachio. The cream formula contains cupaçu butter, coconut oil and açai oil to moisturize while cleansing.
3. For extra moisturizing: SheaMoisture Replenishing Body Wash
This body wash from SheaMoisture focuses on moisturizing extra dry, sensitive skin. The formula contains cocoa and almond butters for replenishing moisture as well as plant and fruit extracts that contribute to the wash’s reviewer-loved fresh scent.
4. For quelling itch: Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash
If you deal with itchy skin, the Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash may be your savior. It uses soybean and castor oils to moisturize dry skin and prevent itchiness. The brand claims that the fragrance- and soap-free formula has a “mild lather” for a satisfying feel and won’t leave any residue behind.
5. For suds that soothe: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash
For some, the sensation of sudsing up is required to feel clean. But often, the agents that create that foam can be—you guessed it—drying. This foaming wash from La Roche-Posay contains shea butter to moisturize and soothe as well as “prebiotic thermal water” that the brand says acts as an antioxidant to protect the skin. It’s gentle enough to use on your face, too, and claims to keep the skin hydrated for up to 24 hours.
6. For the eczema-prone: Skinfix Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash
If eczema is your main skin woe, try this oil wash from Skinfix. The formula contains coconut-based cleansers to clean the skin without stripping it and a blend of jojoba, sunflower and apricot kernel oils to soothe dryness and irritation. It’s also free of potentially irritating ingredients such as fragrance, sulfates, silicones and lanolin.
7. For nighttime calm: Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash
If the shower is your place for tranquility, this body wash’s fragrance has just what you need. The Aveeno Stress Relief Body Wash is scented with lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang essential oils to help you unwind during your routine. The formula claims to remove dirt, oil and bacteria from the skin while also soothing and protecting the skin with oatmeal.
8. For oil-based cleansing: L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil
Washing your body with oil is a great way to ensure your skin’s moisture is intact. As its name suggests, this one from L’Occitane uses almond oil to soften the skin, and the formula is designed to turn from an oil to a milky foam consistency for a more satisfying lather.
9. For a luxe experience: Buttah Skin Egyptian CocoShea Body Wash
This body wash from Buttah Skin claims to turn your bathing routine into a “calming spa experience.” It contains African cocoa and shea butters to moisturize and marshmallow and purslane (derived from a succulent) extracts to brighten and smooth. The product’s scent contains notes of white lily, rose, heliotrope, white musk and vanilla.
10. For a bar soap: Kopari Super Suds Moisturizing Soap Bar with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil
If you prefer a bar soap for your sudsing needs, look no further than this one from Kopari. It contains shea butter and coconut and avocado oils to condition the skin while cleansing it. The formula “lathers up to a luxurious foam” for a clean feel.
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