Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson.

Using body wash might seem pretty straightforward: Get in the shower, lather it across your skin, and rinse off. Pretty basic, right? Not so fast: As it turns out, there’s absolutely a best way to use body wash – and not all body washes are created equal.

Tip #1: Use the Right Amount (and in the Right Places)

Most people overestimate how much body wash they should use. They fill up their entire palm with liquid – much more than the quarter-sized dollop that they actually need.

best way to apply body washNot only can this dry out skin by stripping it of its natural oils, but dryness can be exacerbated by using a product that isn’t properly suited for your skin's pH levels. Too much product can also create a sticky or greasy feeling if you don't rinse it off completely. When it comes to body wash, remember: Less is more.

We tested our Puracy Natural Body Wash alongside dermatologists, chemists, and other experts. We found that two pumps of product should last an adult for their entire shower. 

Another common myth is that you should use body wash all over your entire body. But the reality is that you can effectively clean most of your skin by simply rinsing it with water.

For further clarity on this, we reached out to an Austin-based dermatologist:
“Reserve soap for your underarm and groin regions – unless your skin is visibly dirty like from gardening or working in the garage.” 

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Tip #2: Rinse With Warm Water, Not Hot

While steam is great for detoxifying the skin, when hot water comes into contact with skin, it can cause drying.

After lathering your favorite body wash over your body, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Using warm water will help reduce the loss of moisture in your skin due to transepidermal water loss.

“I often tell patients with dry skin to use lukewarm water (without soap) to rinse the majority of their body.”

Tip #3: Slough and Moisturize

Whether you have naturally dry, sensitive, or enviably healthy skin, there are two important steps for using body wash: Gently sloughing off dead skin cells and moisturizing immediately after a shower.

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You can use body wash with your hands, a soft washcloth, or loofah, and then gently rub to remove dead skin. Don't scrub forcefully, as this can provoke dry skin. As soon as you get out of the shower, apply an organic body lotion to lock in moisture when your skin is clean and dry. 

Dr. Jackson says,
“I typically tell patients with dry skin to try to apply a good-quality, natural moisturizer within 5 minutes of bathing or showering.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Body Wash

At Puracy, we take natural skincare seriously. Based on customer questions and comments, we wanted to clear up common questions about our Natural Body Wash.

Should I Use a Body Wash Every Day? 

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Absolutely, yes. Body washes typically contain ingredients that are meant to clean and moisturize the skin. They should be fine to use every time you shower.

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Can You Use Body Wash as Hand Soap? 

By now, everyone knows the importance of proper handwashing, but can you use body wash instead of hand soap?

Since body wash is formulated for the skin, it’s a better choice than most dish soaps, which can be drying to the skin. Bar and hand soaps typically have a higher ratio of active cleaners than body washes, but washing your hands for at least 20 seconds should still serve the same function. 

Can You Use Body Wash as a Shampoo?

Shampoo and conditioner are specially formulated with ingredients meant to clean and moisturize the hair and scalp. Because the texture and pH level of skin is different, your body wash should be different than your shampoo and conditioner.

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Unless the product specifically states that it's both a body wash and shampoo, it’s best not to use it in your hair.

Can You Use Body Wash as a Face Wash? 

Generally speaking, facial cleansers and body washes use different ingredients. Because skin on the face can often be more sensitive than bodily skin, it's best to stick to face washes and cleansers made specifically for that area. 

Can You Use Body Wash as a Bubble Bath?

A good body wash will lather or foam when applied to the body – but not enough to create fluffy bubbles in a bath. For a relaxing bubble bath loaded with rich foam, we recommend reaching for a natural bubble bath instead.

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How Do I Find the Right Body Wash? 

Since they often lack added moisturizers and aren’t pH-balanced, commercially available bar soaps tend to dry skin. They can also make more of a mess due to leftover residue on your shower and bathtub (if you already deal with hard water stains, this complicates the cleaning process).

It’s important to remember that – after switching body wash products – it can take between 2-4 weeks for your skin to adjust. This is especially true if you are switching from a bar soap or liquid body wash that’s packed with synthetic ingredients. Some people see positive results after the first try, but unless you experience a serious allergic reaction, we recommend sticking it out for at least two weeks.

“Some personal care products (including body wash) can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. If any products cause increased redness, itching, burning, or stinging, it’s a good idea to discontinue use and consult your local board-certified dermatologist to test for contact allergens (to know which specific ingredients to avoid in the future).”

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Choose Best Natural Body Wash for Healthier Skin 

You know how to use body wash effectively, so choose a healthier body wash. We created Puracy Natural Body Wash with three natural fragrances, clinical-grade moisturizers, and coco glycinate, a coconut-based surfactant that cleanses skin without irritating or depleting moisture. Free of synthetic chemicals, this is a perfect blend that restores balance to your skin.