Should I Use Shower Gel, or Body Wash?

Should I Use Shower Gel, or Body Wash?

The Difference Between Shower Gel And Body Wash

Here’s the deal. Showers are great. They perform an excellent service to the average person. If you’ve been working all day in a high-stress office environment, been on an all-day outdoor adventure or are getting ready for a big date, nothing gets you in a better frame of mind than a shower. Oh, and it also does an excellent job of getting you clean by removing all the stuff you want to be rid of before that date or settling in for the rest of the night.

But the shower is only just one part of the equation. The products you use to clean your skin are the most important part of the whole exercise. They basically boil down to three main categories. You’ve got soap, shower gel and something called body wash. The last one sometimes spooks the guys, and usually, everyone thinks all three of these items are the same thing. They are not.

Here’s a look at what the differences are and when you would use any of these products.

Texture

Soap, unless it is in liquid form, is in a hard bar. Body wash is much like liquid soap. That is to say; it is runnier. The firmest of them is shower gel. It’s not quite like squeezing a tube of toothpaste but its close.

Fragrance

Unless the bar of soap is homemade, it will have a subtle scent. Body wash will also give you a hint of something. If it is labeled to be lavender, as an example, you won’t be overpowered by a flowery smell. However, shower gel will as it packs a higher concentration of scent.

Best Uses

Well, your geographic location is going to have some impact on this. If you live in a warmer climate, a shower gel is better for you. In colder climates, opt for the body wash. The reason for this is that a shower gel contains less moisturizer in it and is better in warm climates.

Hygienic Properties

Here’s where you have to have some basic CSI skills. The answer is: it depends. However, the factors that determine how hygienic a soap, shower gel or body wash is, comes directly from the ingredients contained in each. Reading labels will be your biggest help in this circumstance.

In Conclusion

You can interchange these products if you so desire. That means, if you do not have bar soap, a shower gel can be used instead. But only until you replace your bar soap. A body wash won’t be as effective as a shower gel in this instance, but again, for temporary use, it will be fine.

The main thing to remember is that soap, shower gel, and body wash are not shampoos. So, if you find yourself in a shower without shampoo, you can substitute for one use, but your scalp and hair requires a shampoo that is formulated to give them the nutrients they need. Now get out of that shower and get going!

Mar 15th 2019 Elegance

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