When you step in the shower each morning what does your hand reach for — a trusted bar of soap or a body wash? However, you decide to cleanse your skin it is important you choose the right product. So, today we are about to put the long debate on Soap vs. Body Wash: What’s better for you, to rest.

This time we’re doing things a little differently. Let’s put the two-body cleansers to test and by the end of this, you will know which one’s for you.

 

What’s the difference between soap and body wash?

What’s the difference between soap and body wash?

While both serve the same purpose i.e. cleansing the skin, the differences between a bar of soap and body wash lie in their form and the way they interact with the skin. A bar of soap cleanses the surface of your skin by dissolving the dirt layer. A body wash works in a similar way; however, it not only cleans the skin but also moisturizes it and addresses other skin concerns.

 

Cleansing

Cleansing

When it comes to getting rid of dirt, oil and grime both products work equally well. Soap as well as body washes come with skin-benefiting ingredients such as essential oils, glycerine, flower extracts and more to not just clean but leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

 

Hygiene

Hygiene

Bar soaps aren’t as hygienic as body washes, because there’s always a fear that someone might use the former. However, before you declare body wash as the winner here’s something you need to know. Body washes are used along with wash cloths and loofahs which are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

 

Exfoliation and moisturising

Exfoliation and moisturising

Some of us will argue that body washes do a better job at exfoliating and moisturising the skin, but is it really true? Nowadays, soaps contain granules that do an equally good job at exfoliating as any body wash. Even when it comes to moisturising soaps have several skin nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera gel and shea butter that keep skin hydrated for long. So here it really depends on your choice.

 

Travel friendly

Travel friendly

If you can’t do without your good ol’ bar of soap we are sure you’ve left enough of them in the hotel bathroom each time you travel. Body washes on the other hand can be easily carried just about everywhere. Travel size body wash makes it even more convenient.

 

When is it better to use soap and when should one use body wash?

When is it better to use soap and when should one use body wash?

Soap:

  • If you have allergies, a bar soap would be a wiser choice as it contains lesser ingredients, and there are also all-natural options available
  • If you have oily skin, using soap is a better idea

Body wash:

  • If your skin feels dry after a shower, then you should start using a body wash instead of soap as it moisturizes the skin
  • If you suffer from any chronic skin condition such as psoriasis or acne, then there are chances that there will be body washes recommended for your condition
  • When you want to exfoliate your skin, then using a body wash is recommended
 

FAQs about soap vs. body wash

FAQs about soap vs. body wash

Q. Does body wash kill germs?

A. The regular body wash contains certain chemicals that not only cleanse and moisturize the skin but also kill germs.

Q. Is body wash the same as liquid soap?

A. The difference between the two is in the ingredients used and the pH levels of the products, which can make them mild or harsh.

Q. Is it bad to use body wash every day?

A. No, using body wash keeps your skin moisturized so there is no harm in using it every day.