A daily shower is what sets us up to get through long, busy days. And it’s only natural that we want to use something that will make us feel clean and fresh. Like the right shower gel. But how do we decide on which is the right choice?
- Soap or gel: Unlike traditional bar soaps, shower gels contain a varied mix of ingredients. Such as chemicals – some man made; glycerine; plant based detergents; perfumes; surfactants; salt; lactic acid; some film forming agents; natural plant extracts; and preservatives. And, again unlike soap, shower gels irritate the skin less, lather more in hard water and eliminate the problem of residue left on the floor or on the skin. And most of them are pH-balanced.
- Something for everyone: There are so many different types of shower gels that choosing the right one can be quite a dilemma. There are gels for sensitive skin that are usually fragrance-free or very mildly perfumed, or creamy gel formulations with ingredients like Shea butter, Glycerine and Niacinamide; or paraben-free, soap-free, and alcohol-free gels that clean gently without lather. Shower gels for dry skin are usually creamy and contain ingredients like avocado, cocoa butter and olive or coconut oils. These cleanse while retaining the moisture in your skin. And gels for oily skin moisturize the skin while controlling oil. Some contain vitamins to nourish the skin, while others contain ingredients such as chamomile and aloe vera. And there are gels for body acne as well!
- Get spoiled for choice: Body cleansers are available in a variety of avatars. Shower gels are usually clear and come in bright colours – they contain conditioning agents and less detergent, and more fragrance. While moisturizing body washes are creamy and add moisture to your skin – many of them contain oil and/or petroleum jelly – these moisturisers leave your skin feeling smooth and slick. Exfoliating body washes use sugar, salt or beads and make your skin smooth after removing dead skin. The debate about soap versus gel continues unabated. You must choose what’s best for you.