Shower gels, body wash, and bar soaps are probably top of the list when it comes to grooming must-haves. However low-key your routine is, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be using at least one of these products daily. best shower gel, body wash, or soap for your skin? Let’s break down your options.
What's The Difference Between Shower Gel, Body Wash, and Bar Soap?
You might not think too much about the differences between each product, but there are some key ones. Shower gels tend to be a dense gel consistency whereas body washes are more likely to lather lightly and feel like soap on the skin. Bar soap is a traditional square, round or oval-shaped bar of soap that lathers up on the skin or sponge.
With that in mind, let’s briefly recap some of the skin types and concerns that you might want to address in your shower routine.
Skin Types In Relation To Shower Routine
Dry skin often feels tight (especially after washing), rough and can crack. It tends to look dull and you might notice lines and wrinkles forming where the skin is exposed to the sun. Your skin might also look flaky or ashy if you have darker skin. Dry skin is lacking in moisture and hydration so usually needs products that rebalance and add hydration.
Oily skin is caused by an overproduction of natural oils (also known as sebum) in the skin. It can leave skin looking shiny and greasy, leaving it prone to blocked pores, large pores, and acne. You might find that products slide off your skin or you feel self-conscious about the texture of your skin. The good news is that oily skin is often less prone to wrinkles.
Acne-prone skin can feel painful, inflamed, and may look red. There are usually blemishes, blocked pores, and you may find that your pores look more visible. Acne can appear anywhere on the body, though it’s common on the back, chest, and face.
Sensitive skin is skin that is reactive to certain products, ingredients or chemicals. You might find that your skin feels painful, sore, inflamed or red. Sensitive skin can be dry, oily or acne-prone as well as sensitive.
Different types of shower products and formulations can help with different skin types or concerns.
Body wash can be more hydrating and gentle on the skin so can be a better choice if you have dry or sensitive skin. Shower gel can be slightly more drying. Bar soap can be even more drying still, so can be good for oily skin types - however, you need to be careful it doesn’t strip the natural oils from your skin’s surface.
At Humanery, we stock a range of independent, premium body care products from lots of different brands to suit your routine. Whether you’re looking for your perfect shower gel, body wash or bar soap, you’ll find it in our curated collection of men’s body care products to help you feel fresh and smell great all day.
Overview Of Shower Products
Let’s take a closer look at each type of shower product so that you can decide which one works best for you, your skin, and your daily routine.
Great For: Combination or normal skin, best for use during spring and summer.
Shower gels are usually high performance, scented and easy to use in warmer months. They’re great for travel and convenient if your exercise routine means you’re showering on the go. Shower gels usually include similar ingredients to soap such as water, betaine and sodium laureth sulphate.
Milk & Cream-Based Body Wash
Great For: Dry skin that needs some TLC, especially during autumn and winter.
Milk and cream-based body washes are usually hydrating, moisturising and nourishing. They’re ideal for colder months where skin may feel dry. Milk or cream-based body washes usually include similar ingredients to soap such as water, betaine and sodium laureth sulphate, though with additional ingredients like oils and vitamins to hydrate.
Great For: Oily or congested skin.
Bar soaps can be organic, natural or herbal and are often a favorite of those who prefer a more artisan or hand-made vibe. They can also generate less waste than other products that are packaged in plastic. Bar soaps usually includes traditional ingredients like water, betaine and sodium laureth sulphate but can also contain herbs, plants or other materials.