3 factors you should take into account while selecting a daily body wash
Body wash is a product which most of us use on a daily basis almost ritualistically. However, with a myriad of options available, selecting a daily use body wash may not be easy. What makes one body wash a better option to be used everyday, instead of using it as a luxurious treat once in a while? To keep things simple, we have derived three easy-to-remember factors that should be taken into account while selecting a daily body wash.
1. Skin type
Not everyone has the same skin type. Individual skin type can vary due to different factors, such as genetics, hormones, diet and even stress level. There are five main skin types — normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. Depending on your skin type, choose to care for your skin accordingly for optimal results.
For instance, those with dry skin or dermal conditions such as eczema should avoid using body washes and soaps that contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol and chemicals. Instead, look out for a product that contains moisturising agents which provide skin hydration, such as vegetable-based oils and honey.
Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin which may be easily irritated by high concentration of chemicals, keep an eye out for body wash products with a hypoallergenic label indicating the product is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Another way to identify a hypoallergenic product is reading its ingredient list carefully. Similar to soaps for dry skin, hypoallergenic soaps typically include natural ingredients such as vegetable-based oils.
2. Antibacterial properties
Body washes with antibacterial properties are essential in helping us to feel cleaner while keeping our skin protected from germs and bacteria, especially during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that over-the-counter antiseptic wash products containing certain ingredients cannot be marketed due to the lack of proof of consumer safety over long term usage. These ingredients include commonly used ingredients with antibacterial properties such as triclosan and triclocarban. Other ingredients such as chloroxylenol are also under FDA review for their safety and efficacy.
Not all alcohol-free antibacterial body washes contain controversial ingredients like triclocarban. Instead of using a body wash that relies on chemicals for its antibacterial properties, choose a body wash which uses natural plant-based ingredients to provide protection, keeping your skin healthy and clean with their innate antibacterial properties.
For instance, Pine & Co’s Antibacterial Natural Moisturising Body Wash uses a proprietary extract of curcumin and Korean pine as an active ingredient. Curcumin, which is naturally derived from a plant known as turmeric, is a known antibacterial agent. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Such natural ingredients are often packed with benefits without the increased health risks.
Lastly, scent in a body wash ensures that you smell good while keeping body odour at bay. A fragrant scent can also help to lift your spirits and relax your mind, especially after a long day. According to studies conducted, scents such as bergamot have calming properties that can relieve anxiety and stress, which adds a little pamper and indulgence amidst our hectic lives. This can allow you to easily create a spa-like experience within the comfort of your own home.
Ultimately, a daily body wash should help you to feel good, smell good and refreshed while keeping you clean as part of your daily routine. With Pine & Co’s Antibacterial Natural Moisturising Body Wash’s gentle formulation that has antibacterial properties and a pleasing aroma, you’d be bound to feel rejuvenated for the rest of your day.