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Body Wash Buying Guide

Aug 17, 2007
Enrich your bath with accessories and be ready to not only wash, but exfoliate the skin. Today, taking a bath or shower does not stop at merely getting clean, but also includes special skin treatments like moisturizing, cleaning, and so on.

1. Tools You'll Want To Consider For The Ultimate Body Wash:

- Bath brush
A body wash applied with a brush can help exfoliate the skin.

- Back brush
Has a long handle to scrub areas that are hard to reach.

- Sponges
Can fit easily in your hand and is very easy to use, since it can adjust to your body's curve while absorbing water and body wash for a completely clean skin.

- Mesh sponge
Brings about lots and lots of lather.

- Sea sponge
These so called skeleton sponges can absorb water while it gently cleans the skin.

- Loofah
Have a more rough texture compared to the sea sponge, thus it exfoliates better.

2. Body Wash Tips:

- Be made from only the best natural ingredients, so it can effectively lather and clean the body, as well as it is safe to use everyday.
- Be able to maintain the skin's natural balance.
- Be able to improve rough, dry skin; should have moisturizing effects on the skin.
- Be safe to use; Be able to clean thoroughly by purifying the skin without taking away the skin's natural moisture.
- Be silicone free. Silicone can prevent the hair and skin from breathing, as it leaves a residue. It can not be easily rinsed.
- Be mild enough, even for babies, containing no harmful foaming agents.
- Be free of ingredients relating to hair follicle damage as well as eye irritation.
- Be free of chemical fragrances.
- Be 100 percent biodegradable.
- Be free of any comedogenic ingredients that are known to clog pores.

3. Body Wash Buying Tips:

- Do a research before buying. Acquaint yourself of all the ingredients, so you'll know what to avoid and what to look for.
- Read the label carefully. Keep away from a body wash that contains harsh chemicals, as these can strip way your skin's natural moisture and oils, leaving the skin more susceptible dryness.
- When reading the label, make sure that the product does not, in any way have inaccurate and misleading ingredients.
- Beware of ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), which can lead to hair loss, as it can severely damage the hair follicles overtime.
- Choose a body wash with moisturizing benefits, such as that it contains shea butter or aloe vera extracts, to make your skin soft as well as keep it hydrated.
- Test that it lathers well.
- A body wash with relaxing fragrances can help you relax while in the shower, though choose one that contains only essential oils.
- Make sure it does not contain animal fat.
- The product has to have a long shelf life of at least 18 months.
- The product must not contain ultra-violet irritants or petrochemicals.

4. Ingredients To Beware!

- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
These are ingredients common to shampoos and body wash, which irritates the eyes. They are classified as harsh and destructive detergents, causing hair follicle damage and scalp irritation. With continuous contact, it will be absorbed by the skin causing asthma attacks.

- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES, Sodium Myreth Sulfate) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES)
These can irritate the eyes and scalp and they are ethoxylated compounds that contain substantial amounts of alcohol.

- Alpha Olefin Sulfonate (AOS, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate)
Often used in statements as derived from coconuts, when in fact contain small amounts of benzene which is toxin.

Castor oil
This is used as a means to condition the skin, but can cause allergies and scalp irritation.

Diethanolamine (DEA, Cocamide-DEA, Cocamide-MEA, DEA-Cetyl Phosphate, DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate, Lauramide DEA, Lauramide MEA, Linoleamide MEA, Myristamide DEA, Oleamide DEA, Soyamide MEA, Stearamide MEA)
It is a carcinogen. Studies show that this are easily absorbed by the skin, accumulating in the brain, and then induces chronic toxic effects. Prolonged use will put an individual at risk with cancer.

Triethanolamine (TEA, Triolamine, Trolamine, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate)
Direct contact with the ingredient results to scalp and eye irritation. In higher doses, the mucous membranes are also affected.

Propylene Glycol
It is an allergen, and is absorbed from the the gastrointestinal tract; can cause minor scalp irritation.
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