No shower is complete without body wash. But not every formula out there is good for your skin. In fact, skincare experts say that most brands rely on harmful additives and chemicals to enhance their product’s smell, scent, color, and lather.
When shopping for a new body wash, it’s important that you avoid ones that contain sulfates as they can cause serious irritation.
Sulfate-free beauty products have been popping up all over the place now that studies suggest that the popular ingredient can strip the skin of its natural oils.
"[These are] cleansing agents that help create a rich, foaming lather,” explains RealSelf contributor Joel Schlessinger, M.D. “They can prove too harsh for some, drying out skin and hair and contributing to rashes and blemishes.”
Dr. Schlessinger also says it's best to steer clear of body washes that aren't fragrance-free. “An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them," he adds.
But, that doesn't mean you should opt for an "unscented" body wash instead. Dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., says that unscented body washes still contain fragrance, but use additional ingredients to mask the scent.
"'Unscented’ usually means that an ingredient was added to mask the scent of ingredients in the product that contains a strong odor. Unfortunately, those with sensitive skin may be sensitive to that ingredient," she tells SELF.
So, what should you buy? Dr. Bowe recommends trying brands like Aveeno, Cetaphil, and CeraVe, while Dr. Schlessinger recommends La Roche-Posay.