12 Best Natural Body Washes for Glowing Skin
When you gem your body, you upkeep what you use to sparkle it. Nothing is better than ingredients directly from the earth. So let’s start with what to look for when you buy a new brand. What are the best ones that will help your skin feel moisturized and clean at the same time?
Let’s start with what to look for when you buy a new brand. You will learn which ingredients to avoid, and which 12 brands are our favorite for natural, moisturizing body wash.
5 Things to Look for in a Natural Body Wash
What makes one body wash better than another? You already know that you want something that is simple and will avoid harsh chemicals that might cause a negative reaction. Awkwardly, even the most natural body washes might have puzzling labels. What is a fruitarian product and is it better than something that is just biological? If it is “all natural,” why are the ingredients still difficult to understand? And which ingredients are best for your skin?
All of these thoughts might be running through your head as you look at all the different brands and products out there.
1. Organic Ingredients
When you want something natural, look for a seal saying it is certified organic.
The difference between organic and conventional ingredients is the use of chemical pesticides. Organic farmers use only organic weed and pest control, whereas conventional farmers will use chemical ones.
When you pick a body wash that is certified organic, you know it won’t have any chemical pesticide or herbicide residue in it. How can you tell if something is organic? Look for the organic seal on the back, near the ingredients.
What does cruelty-free mean? According to the FDA, this term is used synonymously with the term “not tested on animals.” However, they also say that there are no legal definitions for these terms.
In fact, many brands and products use the term cruelty-free to say that their finished product was never tested on animals, but they can still legally source their raw materials from companies that might test on animals.
Yes, this is a very confusing term. So to avoid supporting a company that tests on animals, do a little research on them. The more transparent the company is about their products, the better you will feel about buying from them.
3. Ingredients You Understand
You want natural oils and plant-based ingredients in your skincare routine.
According to the Environmental Working Group, these are the ingredients you want to avoid:
1. Sodium lauryl sulfate
This is specifically significant if you have penetrating skin. Sulfates are known to react harshly.
These have a reputation for interacting negatively with the endocrine system and disrupt hormone functions.
3. Polyethylene/PEGs — Avoid if you have dry skin. This ingredient reduces your skin’s natural moisture and leaves your skin vulnerable to bacteria.
When a product has a vegan claim that means it doesn’t use any animal products at all. So you won’t find any animal butter, eggs, or secondary animal products.
5. Natural Oils from the Earth
Finally, you want to specifically look for products that use natural oils from the earth. Whether you choose an organic body wash or conventional, you definitely want the ingredients to be as close to the earth as possible.
According to Everyday Health, some ingredients to look for include:
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera
- Tea tree
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Green tea
- Vitamin E
There are a lot more oils that you’ll find in body washes than we have room to list. If it’s in plain language you can understand, you’re probably good to go.