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How To Choose a Body Wash

December 13, 2022

How To Choose a Body Wash

At Sol de Janeiro, we consider body wash the unsung hero of our shower caddies. A standard staple, it’s easy to lather on without realizing how much good it’s doing for your skin. When it comes to SOL’s lineup of body washes, we’ve created them to not only cleanse skin, but to also target a variety of concerns. That’s right, just like a face wash, body wash can dramatically treat and improve your skin.

So, what is the best body wash for you? Instead of grabbing any old version, do some detective work. Read ingredients to make sure none of them are too caustic. You should also take note of your skin concerns and find a formula that works for your skin type.

Here, we delve deeper so you can start using a body wash that leaves you glowing outside and in. Showers are about to get a little more fun.

Check the Body Wash Ingredients

You’ll be amazed how much softer your skin is when you use a body wash without harsh chemicals and sulfates. Instead, go for a formula with natural, nourishing ingredients, like Cupuaçu Butter which locks in moisture and helps support skin’s elasticity. There are a few other ingredients in body wash that shouldn’t be overlooked. Some of our favorites are Coconut Oil which deeply softens skin, and Açai Oil which protects it from environmental aggressors that cause damage and roughness.

Consider Your Skin Type

Your body wash warrants the same careful consideration you put into buying a new face wash. When shopping for the latter, you probably rule out any version that doesn’t work for your skin type or address your areas of concern. Take these same factors into account with your body wash, and you’ll give yourself the gift of a face-to-toe glow. Not sure where to start? No worries, find your skin type below for everything you need to know.

Sensitive / Dry Skin

If you have sensitive, dry skin then it’s best to use a body wash without chemicals and sulfates. Angela Lamb, associate dermatology professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, explains to New York Magazine that a sulfate-free formula “is not stripping the natural oils on the skin nearly as much.” And, without these natural oils acting as a barrier, your skin becomes more susceptible to dryness and irritation. So, what is a good body wash for dry skin? Women’s Health advocates for a “creamy wash, as it will sooth dryness.” Enter our Coco Cabana Moisturizing Body Cream-Cleanser. Our most hydrating body wash has a creamy-soft texture and – bonus! – it’s also sulfate free. With its calming ingredients, this cleanser hugs and softens skin so you can kiss dry skin goodbye.

Acne-Prone / Oily Skin

If you’re prone to breakouts on your chest, back, or upper arms then it’s best to treat your body care like you would skincare. Look for AHA.+ BHA and other acne-clearing ingredients that help to clarify and clean out pores. Our Bom Dia Bright™ Body Wash is the best body wash for oily acne prone skin. It’s infused with gentle fruit-derived Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Salicylic Acid – both of which work to exfoliate and retexturize skin, leaving it smooth and glowing. While these may sound like harsh ingredients, the formula is non-stripping and sulfate free, which means it clears congestion as gently as possible. You can consider Bom Dia Bright™ a good body wash for women since it’s highly effective in fighting ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris.

Normal Skin

If your skin type falls in the normal category, then there are plenty of body washes that are good for your skin. With so many options at your fingertips, why not choose one with the scent you love best? Our Brazilian 4Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel is infused with our famous fragrance, Cheirosa 62, an irresistible blend of pistachio and salted caramel notes. Even better, it’s sulfate free, so you’ll step out of the shower with soft, pampered skin.

Go for a scent you love

Speaking of scent, our body washes are beloved for the benefits and amazing fragrances. Coco Cabana awakens the senses with the mouthwatering scent of coconut cream, while Bom Dia Bright™ infuses your shower with intoxicating notes of black amber plum, jasmine blooms and vanilla woods. Each scent elevates your shower experience, turning it in a daily ritual you’ll love and look forward to. It’s easy (and fun) to try all of our fragrances – and then choose your favorite – with our body wash bundle, the Come Clean Trio.


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