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How to Choose the Right Shower Gel

Shalu Bhatti
With so many variants of shower gel available in the market, identifying and choosing the right one for your skin type is no less than a daunting task. If you don't go by the attractive colors and packaging, then this story will give you the essential parameters of how to choose the right shower gel.
Most of us tend to use the terms 'body wash' and 'shower gel' interchangeably. Unlike body wash, the latter is gel-based, has a stronger scent, and is ideal for people with an oily to normal skin type.
We all would agree that taking a shower is the most rejuvenating part of our day, especially when we use a pleasant-smelling shower gel. It not only revives you in body but also in mind, as well as boosts energy levels.
Most of us can't wait to get into the shower after a tiring day at work, or post a strenuous workout. However, for those of us who realize that the purpose of a shower gel is not confined to just smelling good, but also to keep us healthy and fresh throughout the day, it is natural to be vexed about what your ideal pick should be.

There are numerous brands available in the market, and each of these have different variants of shower gels in multiple scents, colors, and formulas. Also, each of these products claim to be the "best" among the rest, leaving the consumer baffled, ultimately resorting to the trial-and-error method to find out the most-suited product.
Because you are looking for the right kind of shower gel, it is understood that you have a normal to oily skin type, and that you want a product that gives you a nice and powerful scent. For those who have the sensitive skin type, using a body wash would be ideal as it is comparatively milder when compared to shower gels.

Helpful Tips on How to Choose the Right Shower Gel

The "right shower gel" is a very subjective phrase, and it would depend upon your outlook towards shower gels and other cosmetic products available in the market. While there are some people who don't mind using products that are chemical-based, there are some who are very particular about using shower gels that are 100% organic.
The priorities also change in terms of the scents. Yes, as much as we try to be practical in taking our pick, let's agree, the enchantment of a captivating scent plays a dominant part in our decision making.
The following points will cover the essential parameters that should not be overlooked if you wish to give your body not only a pampered and refreshing experience, but a safe one.

✦ Look for Natural Moisturizing Agents

Our skin needs moisture, and even though you have an oily skin type, it is essential for the shower gel to contain some amount of moisturizing agents.
Always opt for natural ingredients such as shea butter, glycerin, aloe vera, honey, coconut, and other naturally moisturizing options. One way to check if the shower gel is fulfilling this criterion or not is to gently scratch your skin and see if there is any dryness. The right shower gel will be the one that leaves your skin soft and supple once rinsed.

✦ Look for Exfoliating Agents

Our skin needs exfoliation on a regular basis, and what better option to give our skin than this cleansing treatment while having a shower.
As you check for the moisturizing agents, also see if the ingredients have any exfoliating agents to help remove dead skin and open blocked pores of the skin. Opt for natural agents such as seaweed, jojoba beads, oatmeal, sea salt, and green tea/lemongrass extracts for cleansing and exfoliation.

✦ Check for Harmful Chemicals

Our everyday cosmetics and toiletries contain an innumerable amount of chemicals, including those that are highly toxic to our skin. Did you know that our skin absorbs approximately 60% of the ingredients applied on it?
It scares me to even think of the potential damage already done by chemicals such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Parabens, and other harmful detergents, to name a few, that not only cause skin irritation, but health problems such as Urinary Tract Infection, and even cancer.
Sadly, studies reveal that almost 93% of cosmetics and toiletries contain these components.

✦ Choose Organic Over Non-Organic

The ultimate solution is to switch from commercial shower gels to organic ones.
Yes, they are a tad heavy on the wallet when it comes to the price, and some may not even give you the powerful, long-lasting scent you seek, however, they are definitely a safer option when it comes to putting your skin at risk otherwise.
With consumers becoming more aware of the ill-effects of the presence of chemicals in almost every possible product, more and more companies are manufacturing products that are certified organic. So yes, you have a huge range of options to choose from.
Shower gels come in a variety of colors and scents, however, you should always go for the ones that have fruity, flowery, and other fragrances that remind you of the amazing essence of nature; just be sure they're alcohol-free. As I have also mentioned earlier, when it comes to making the right choice, don't let your sense of smell deceive you. Use your eyes, read the ingredient list, and yes, try to be as close to what's natural as possible.