Most of us believe that taking a shower is a rather straightforward task. Just hop in the warm water, grab a little cleanser and scrub the day away. But the morning shower is more of a rejuvenating experience than just a wash-and-go activity. Choosing the best shower gel can transform your entire day by setting the tone for how your skin feels.
Using a shower gel is like an instant spa that can uplift your spirit – your skin feels soft, and the lingering fragrance adds to the feel-good element. Shower gels consist of the same basic ingredients as the soap, but if you're looking for the best shower gel for women, you need to focus on many more elements, which are listed below in our buying guide. We've listed products from brands like Body Shop, Neutrogena, Lux, etc.
Before we dive into the buying guide, it is essential to understand the basic difference between a shower gel and a body wash. Shower gel and body wash are similar but not identical. Though most people use these terms interchangeably, there's a marginal difference in their functionality and formulation.
Shower gels have a thicker gel-like consistency, while body washes have a liquid soap-like texture. Body washes are more moisturising and hydrating and are therefore recommended for people with very dry and sensitive skin. Shower gels are more fragrant than body washes, thus being more pleasing to the senses.
Lingering in the beauty and personal care aisle of the grocery store is one of our favourite things to do. But when we're looking for a particular product, all bright coloured bottles and strongly scented products become a lot to take in. Picking out the right one can be an overwhelming decision. So how do you choose?
There are a few different factors to bear in mind when purchasing a shower gel for women, including the list of ingredients, their cleansing and moisturising function, and the fragrance. Take a look at our buying guide below for more detailed information on how to choose the best shower gel.
Whether you have oily, dry, or acne-prone skin, the shower gel you use has major effects on your skin's behaviour. They are formulated specifically for individual skin types, which you can change throughout the year, depending upon how your skin behaves in different seasons. Here are a few ways to determine what works for which skin type.
Combating dry skin requires lifestyle and habitual changes, including drinking more water, taking shorter showers and using the right skincare products. To get rid of skin tightening, wrinkling, and dullness, it is important to introduce moisture to your skin.
Glycerin and essential oils, including lavender, sandalwood, and lemon, are the perfect ingredients to beat dryness. Glycerin contains humectants that have the ability to retain moisture, providing instant hydration to the skin. You can also look for L-Arginine in your shower gel as it creates a protective barrier that traps the moisture, preventing the skin from drying out.
Excess sebum production makes skin oily, making your body react in unpleasant ways. Tea tree oil is an important product that's used to treat acne. It is a natural antiseptic that reduces oiliness and eliminates bacteria production that causes acne. So, look for tea tree oil in the label while purchasing a shower gel.
We also recommend aloe vera as it is an important acne-busting ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness caused by pimples while lightly hydrating the oily skin without adding greasiness.
Picking up the right product for those with highly sensitive skin is a difficult task. Even a single harsh ingredient can react to their skin, making it look worse. Sulphate is the first ingredient to avoid in a shower gel as it strips away moisture, leaving the sensitive skin irritated, with redness and itching.
Sulphates can also clog pores, leading to breakouts. Similarly, synthetic colours and fragrances should also be avoided as they contain alcohol, which is a common allergen. A fragrance-free shower gel with no artificial colours will keep your skin happy and rejuvenated. We recommend that you choose products with natural fragrances derived from aromatic flowers and herbs.
As discussed above, it is best to avoid sulphates, artificial fragrances, and colours. Also, parabens, silicone, phthalates, formaldehyde, triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)/Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), and toluene can be avoided.
Sulphate-based surfactants give a luxurious foaming experience but can lead to extreme skin dryness. Instead, use shower gels with plant-derived surfactants such as decyl glucoside, coming from coconut and corn starch.
Parabens and phthalates possess estrogen-mimicking properties that might pose a serious threat to women's breasts. The presence of silicone in shower gels imparts them with sensorial qualities like fragrance and foam, but without any real benefit for the skin. So, it is best to avoid products containing silicone too.
Formaldehyde, when used in higher quantity can cause chemical burns, allergic skin reactions and rashes. Triclosan is an antibacterial compound that can result in an increase in an allergic reaction. Therefore, these ingredients are best to be avoided in your shower gel.
Since shower gels are about sensory experiences, the fragrance factor should also be weighed in. A shower gel must give a pleasant and lingering fragrance after a bath to set your mood for the day. Natural fragrances derived from aromatic flowers and herbs are the best pick.
If you're looking for a fragrance for your morning shower that'll instantly brighten up your day, scents like mint, eucalyptus, citrus, or pepper will work wonders for you.
Mint and eucalyptus have a super refreshing scent and will leave your skin feeling super clean. The aroma of fresh citrus and the spicy scent of pepper also do the trick of awakening the senses. If you prefer to take an evening shower to unwind after a tiring day, earthy fragrances like sandalwood and bamboo will calm your senses while transporting you to the middle of a peaceful forest.
Whether you have dry and super sensitive skin or an oily and combination one, it is important to use a shower gel that cleanses your body without stripping it of its natural oils. Therefore, you should look for words like hypoallergenic, hydrating, gentle, creamy, and moisturising on the label.
Moisturising shower gels often feature occlusive agents (that physically prevent water loss) like petrolatum, aka petroleum jelly and mineral oil that lock in moisture into our skin while we are still in the shower. So, you should check for these agents in your shower gel at the time of purchase.
All of us might not worry about a product being cruelty-free, but for people who prefer to have a clear conscience, it is an important factor to consider. Unfortunately, there are still many brands that test their skincare products on animals. But if a shower gel is labelled cruelty-free, you can rest assured that it is not tested on any animal.
However, if you follow a vegan lifestyle, a product labelled cruelty-free does not mean it is free from animal-derived ingredients. A shower gel still might contain extracts of honey, beeswax, or glycerin derived from cows. But there's an alternative available that moisturises the skin i.e., plant-based glycerin. So, yay!
When it comes to choosing a shower gel, you should be particularly picky if you have acne-prone, highly sensitive or dry skin. In those cases, look for mild formulas that are not too drying and irritation causing. Here are some of the top listed shower gels for different skin types, addressing different concerns.
|Fragrance||Natural, Zesty satsuma scent|
|Active Ingredients||Saffron Extract, Milk, Papaya Extract, Mandarin Extract|
|Skin Type||Oily, Normal, Dry|
|Active Ingredients||Blend of Spices, Fruits, Herbs|
|Active Ingredients||Blackcurrant and Bearberry Extracts|
|Active Ingredients||Glycerin, Natural Oils|
|Active Ingredients||French Rose and Almond Oil|
|Active Ingredients||French Rose and Almond Oil|
|Active Ingredients||Milk, Honey|
|Active Ingredients||Raspberry, Peppermint|
The Body Shop
The Body Shop
Satsuma Shower Gel
British Rose Shower Gel
Luxurious Saffron Shower Gel
Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel
Blackcurrant & Bearberry Shower Gel
Pure & Gentle Body Wash
Water Lily & Oil Shower Gel
Nourishing Milk and Honey Shower Gel
Energizing Bath and Shower Gel
Awaken Your Senses With a Citric Scent
Stay Fresh All Day With This Dewy Rose Scent
Exfoliating and Hydrating Shower Gel
Treat Acne With Neutrogena Refreshing Shower Gel
An Uplifting Formula Enriched With a Skin Conditioner
Soap-Free and Paraben-Free Formula for Happy Skin
Experience the Rich Creamy Lather
Moisturising Formula With Long-Lasting Fragrance
An Effective Formula for Oily Skin
Smell Like an Absolute Diva
|Price Starts at||₹345.00||₹345.00||₹230.00||₹770.00||₹199.00||₹135.00||₹99.00||₹190.00||₹359.00||₹590.00|
|Skin Type||All||Dry||Combination||Oily, Normal, Dry||Combination||Combination||Dry||Combination||Oily||All|
|Active Ingredients||Satsuma||Rose||Saffron Extract, Milk, Papaya Extract, Mandarin Extract||Blend of Spices, Fruits, Herbs||Blackcurrant and Bearberry Extracts||Glycerin, Natural Oils||French Rose and Almond Oil||French Rose and Almond Oil||Milk, Honey||Raspberry, Peppermint|
|Fragrance||Natural, Zesty satsuma scent||Natural, Roses||Pleasant||No||Pleasant||Mild||Delicately Scented||Lily||Honey||Delicate|
|Cruelty-Free||Yes, Vegan||Yes, Vegan||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
'I have enough skincare products', said no women, ever. And this is true, one can never have enough products to take care of one's skin, hair and body. So, if you're looking for more items to add to your cart, here are our recommendations.
According to Ayurvedic texts, bathing is a sacred and therapeutic ritual that enhances physical energy levels and improves mental clarity. Therefore, it is important to add the right products to your bathing routine, so that you can take maximum benefits during the process. We have listed some of the top quality and most recommended shower gels for women to help you make the right decision.
Author: Srishti Sikka
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