Shower gel is a popular product that people all over the world use to get clean.
You probably already know that shower gel is a form of liquid soap that creates a rich lather that rinses away dirt and germs on your skin. Still, there are plenty of other reasons to use shower gel.
Shower gel comes in a wide range of scents, textures, ingredients, and packaging, and it can be a luxurious way to wind down at the end of a long day or start your morning off right.
So, you have to consider your specific needs when choosing the right shower gel. Today, we’re going to delve into the world of shower gels, what they are, and how to use this awesome product.
What Is Shower Gel?
Shower gels consist of a combination of water, moisturizing agents, fragrances, and surfactants.
Surfactants cleanse the body, but here’s the main difference between surfactants and soap: unlike soap, they don't strip your skin of its natural oils. Shower gel can also include ingredients like colorants, microbeads, and preservatives (but not always).
Some shower gels are formulated for specific skin concerns, like dry, oily, or combination skin. Other gels are made for all skin types. There are rich and luxurious gels and others that are more invigorating and fresh. There are even medicated shower gels that can help treat skin conditions like acne.
No matter what you’re looking for, shower gels are popular because they can cleanse your entire body and are easy to use. You can apply the gel using your hands, a loofah, a washcloth, or your bathing tool of choice.
Whichever applicator you choose, this gel can create a rich lather ideal for gently removing dirt and other contaminants on your body.
The liquid gel is typically packaged in a bottle or tube, but Spongellé takes it to the next level by infusing body wash into body buffers. These products give you an all-in-one treatment using a self-preserving formulation that prevents bacterial growth, so you always have a clean experience.
How Does Shower Gel Compare To Other Products?
There are many other products you can use to cleanse your body. They all use surfactants to help wash away impurities on your body. Besides the obvious differences, a few factors set these products apart.
There are different hydration levels to accommodate various skin types. Shower gel has a firmer consistency than body washes, which can be runnier.
Body washes also usually contain more emollients than shower gel. These are skin softeners that moisturize the body. However, it depends on the formula, and both can be very hydrating.
Spongellé body wash uses a combination of amino acids, glycerin, and pro-vitamin B5 to soothe and nurture your skin’s natural barrier. Ingredients like glycerin are humectants that help your body retain moisture, which relieves dry skin and keeps it hydrated for longer.
Our body wash is made with patented technology and naturally derived ingredients to help boost your overall skin health.
The formulations of some bar soaps can have high alkaline pH, which can strip your skin of its natural oils. Bar soap may be too harsh for dry or sensitive skin types but may work for those on the oilier side.
Products that use too much fragrance or other ingredients can be irritating to some skin types. Shower gel, body wash, and bar soap can all clean your body, but the right one for you depends on your skin type.
How Do You Clean Your Body?
You don't need to overthink how to use your body cleanser of choice. However, you do want to make sure you are using your cleanser effectively.
You can't just throw soap on your body, rub it around, rinse it off, and be good to go. Like any other self-care must-have, some tricks can help you get the most out of your gel.
Step One: A Warm Rinse
Water on your body is essential for creating a rich, luxurious lather. Stand under the shower and let the warm water cover your body.
(You don't want the water to be too hot because this can damage your skin's natural barrier.)
Step Two: Wash Your Hair
You'll want to wash your hair before your body. Shampoo and conditioner can leave a residue on your skin that may lead to things like body acne. Your skin won't feel as soft and healthy.
Step Three: Time To Lather!
When it's time to wash your body, apply a few drops of shower gel to your body sponge, loofah, or washcloth and rub in the gel to help it work into a lather.
Your Spongellé sponge is already infused with cleanser, so you don't need to apply body wash. Place the sponge under the running water and squeeze to reveal the airy suds.
Step Four: Clean Your Body
Wash your body from top to bottom using circular motions. You want to make sure to thoroughly clean areas like under your arms, your groin, and your feet.
Step Five: Rinse Off
Once your body has been properly scrubbed, rinse off all of the soap. You'll also want to rinse and squeeze out excess water in your sponge.
What Are the Benefits of Using Shower Gel?
There are many reasons why you may want to switch to shower gel. It is more hygienic than other options, like a bar of soap. Germs, dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells can cling to the soap bar. These impurities can transfer to your skin the next time you take a shower. Shower gel comes in a squeezable bottle, lowering the possibility of contamination.
The bottle also makes it more efficiently dispensed, which helps it last longer. It will last longer when you can control how much you use. It's more cost-effective because they typically come in a large bottle, and a little goes a long way.
Another benefit of shower gel is that it often has a more alluring scent than bar soap. You can find them in a range of appealing fragrances, such as fruity, flowery, and fresh. They will leave the skin smelling incredible after you bathe. Spongellé offers many amazing scents like french lavender, coconut verbena, and Bulgarian rose.
As previously mentioned, shower gels contain more moisturizing elements than a bar of soap. Your skin will get the nourishment it needs and will feel soft and smooth. Shower gel is a great overall choice if you're looking for a more hygienic, versatile, and appealing product.
What Type of Shower Gel Should You Use?
The type of shower gel you use will vary depending on your skin type.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for body cleanses that have a moisturizingformulation. Look for creamy shower gels that contain ingredients like ceramides, which help your skin barrier lock in moisture.
You can also look for cleansers that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, shea butter, and aloe vera, which also help the skin stay hydrated.
If you have oily skin, you don't have to be as focused on moisturizing ingredients. You can look for a shower gel with similar ingredients to what you use as a face wash. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are popular ingredients that help combat acne.
However, some of these ingredients can dry out your skin. If you want to make sure your body doesn't get too parched, focus on cleansers that are non-comedogenic or oil-free. These gels won't clog your pores or make your breakouts worse.
You're a normal skin type if you have healthy skin that isn't dry or oily. Normal skin doesn't have particular needs to consider. You can choose any cleanser that appeals to you. However, you still want a hydratingcleanser that's not going to strip your skin, or you could end up with dryness.
You can look for a shower gel with nourishing ingredients with a great scent. Some products use essential oils, vitamin E, and vitamin C to help protect the skin and leave it smelling amazing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shower Gel
Finally, let's go over some frequently asked questions when it comes to these luxurious liquid cleansers.
1. Can Shower Gel Replace Hand Soap?
If you run out of hand soap, you may wonder if your shower gel can do the job. You can use shower gel to cleanse your hands. It is designed to clean your skin, just like hand soap!
2. Can Shower Gel Get Rid Of Bacteria?
Shower gel can wash away bacteria on your skin. Ingredients like essential oils help fight harmful bacteria which can live on your skin.
3. Can You Use Shower Gel Too Often?
You can safely use bath products like shower gel multiple times a day (depending on how many showers you take). However, you'll want to apply lotion when you get out of the shower.
It helps add another layer of hydration and keeps your skin feeling smooth. You especially want to moisturize after an exfoliating scrub since this can affect your skin's natural oils.
When you use the right skincare, your shower routine will leave you clean and nourished. Shower gels are beneficial cleansing products that come in various formulations and scents.
Spongellé has several options to elevate your bathing experience and pamper yourself on the daily. Your skin will feel and smell amazing!
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