Written by Tenley Haraldson. Medically Reviewed by Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson, MD, FAAD.

Using shower gel seems pretty straightforward: Get in the shower, lather it across your skin, then rinse off. There’s actually a best way to apply body wash – and our team’s dermatologist is here to explain it..

First, Choose the Right Moisturizing Body Wash

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Commercial bar soaps often dry out skin because most:

  • tend to lack added moisturizers 
  • include synthetic ingredients (like artificial fragrance and sulfates) 
  • aren't pH-balanced

We know that healthier skin requires the right products. That's why we worked with biochemists to develop our pH-balanced, sulfate-free Natural Body Wash. Loaded with plant essential oils, clinical-grade moisturizers, and coconut-based surfactants, this 98.6% natural formula gently cleanses skin while leaving incredible moisture behind. 

Fun Fact: We're Allure's favorite body wash for sensitive skin!

How Much Body Wash Should You Use?

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Most people use too much body wash. That can leave a sticky or greasy film behind (if it isn’t rinsed off completely) and it can even strip skin of its natural oils. When we developed Puracy Natural Body Wash, we determined that a palmful of product was the ideal amount. 

How Often Should You Use Body Wash?

Body washes typically contain ingredients that are meant to clean and moisturize the skin. A pH-balanced shower gel should be fine to use every time you shower. You can use body wash with hands, a soft washcloth, or even a loofah. Don't scrub forcefully, as this can exacerbate dry skin.

Should I Use Body Wash on My Entire Body?

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A major myth is that you should use body wash everywhere. However, you can clean most of your skin effectively by simply rinsing it with water. For further clarification, we reached out to Austin-based dermatologist, Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD:

Reserve soap and shower gel for your underarm and groin regions – unless your skin is visibly dirty from activities like gardening or working in the garage.” 

Can You Use Body Wash as Hand Soap?

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

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Body wash is formulated for the skin, meaning that it’s a better choice than many hand soaps in terms of moisture retention. While bar and hand soaps typically have a higher ratio of active cleaners than body washes, washing your hands – for at least 20 seconds – should still serve the same function.

Can You Use Shampoo as Body Wash?

Can You Use Shampoo as Body Wash

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

Unless the product specifically states that it's both a body wash and shampoo, it’s best not to use it in your hair. And we still recommend keeping those two products separate. 

Can You Use Body Wash on Your Face? 

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Generally speaking, facial cleansers and body washes use different ingredients. Because the skin on your face is typically more sensitive than the rest of your body, stick to cleansers that are specially formulated.  

Can You Use Body Wash as Bubble Bath?

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Shower gels should lather when they’re applied to the body – but you’re probably not going to get fluffy mounds in a bathtub. For a relaxing bubble bath loaded with rich foam, we recommend a natural bubble bath instead.

Make the Most of Your Shower Routine

It’s not just about using body wash. To take your shower routine to the next level:

Avoid Using Hot Water

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While hot water might feel amazing, it's a major culprit for dry skin. It's better to turn the dial down. After lathering your favorite body wash over your body, rinse with warm water to reduce the loss of skin moisture. 

Exfoliate & Moisturize

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Consider gently dry brushing before you hop in the shower. Afterward, be sure to apply a nourishing body lotion to dry skin within 5 minutes.

Give Your Skin Time to Adapt

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If you were using bar soap or a liquid body wash packed with synthetic ingredients, it may take time for your skin to adjust. Unless you experience a serious dermatological reaction, we recommend sticking things out for 2-4 weeks.

“If any products cause increased redness, itching, burning, or stinging, discontinue use and consult your dermatologist to test for contact allergens (to identify specific ingredients to avoid in the future).” - Dr. Julie Jackson

Puracy: A Natural Body Wash for Healthier Skin

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Healthier skin starts with gentle, nourishing products. That's why our 98.6% Natural Body Wash is free of: sulfates (e.g. SLS, SLES), parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, perfumes, dyes, gluten, animal by-products, petroleum products, triclosan, cocamidopropyl betaine, formaldehyde, and phosphates.

We're so confident that you'll love our products, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. No questions, no hassles.