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Shower Gel Use: Choose the Best One for You.

What is shower gel? It is one of the most essential products in your daily skin care routine. So, it's vital to choose a product that's adapted to your skin's needs. While most people choose a product based on its fragrance, price or advertising, there are other parameters to consider. Here are the criteria to consider when choosing the best shower gel for your skin.

1. Choose the Right Product for Your Skin.

Choosing the best shower gel depends above all on your skin's needs:

  • Dry skin: For this type of skin, opt for a rich-textured product such as a superfatted shower gel or cleansing oil, containing lipid-replenishing and nourishing agents (vegetable oils, squalane, plant butters, etc.). Their formulas help rebuild the skin's barrier and hydrolipidic film;

  • Combination to oily skin: opt for gentle formulations that will cleanse the skin without disturbing its natural balance. Above all, avoid scouring shower gels, which can cause the skin to produce more sebum. Instead, opt for a shower gel concentrated in exfoliating active ingredients (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, microbeads, etc.) which will unclog pores, regulate sebum production and limit the presence of imperfections;

  • Sensitive and atopic skin: These skin types require special care. So, to care for sensitive and atopic skin, opt for a hypoallergenic shower gel with a minimalist formula. We recommend a cleansing base of plant origin, containing no allergenic substances (parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, alcohol, etc.) and a pH close to that of the skin.

2. Check the Ingredients List.

When buying your shower gel, pay close attention to the product’s INCI list. The ingredients in a body cleanser must be listed in ascending order of quantity used. The first 3 or 4 ingredients constitute the majority of the formula. The order is therefore important. For this reason, we recommend products with short ingredient formulas. The longer the list, the more likely you are to find chemical substances in the product that are potentially harmful to your health. At Typology, we believe in removing superfluous ingredients and keeping only the essentials for producing the best shower gel.

3. Choose a Shower Gel Containing Skin-Friendly Active Ingredients.

In most cases, shower gel is selected on the basis of its texture or fragrance. However, colored or strongly scented products are likely to contain chemical agents. These are often irritating or allergenic. So, ban products containing parabens (preservatives suspected of being endocrine disruptors), colorants, synthetic fragrances, methylchloroisothiazolinone (MIT) or methylisothiazolinone (preservatives used to replace parabens but which have allergenic properties), phenoxyethanol (a compound suspected of being an endocrine disruptor), phthalates (carcinogenic and endocrine disruptor), etc…

4. Choose a Sulfate-Free Shower Gel.

Shower gel is made up of surfactants, or washing agents. Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauroyl sulfate are the most commonly used. They are favored by manufacturers for their affordability. What's more, cleansing products containing these surfactants lather abundantly. However, these surfactants strip the skin and damage the hydrolipidic barrier. Studies have shown them to present irritant risks. In view of this potential risk, it's best to opt for body washes based on gentle, plant-derived surfactants, such as coco-glucoside, coco-betaine, sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, etc. They are just as effective. The only drawback, if you like, is that they foam less. However, it's not the foam that cleans. It in no way reflects the effectiveness of the product.

5. Opt for an Environmentally Friendly Product.

Shower gel use, as any other human action, should be linked to protecting the planet. Therefore, choose a shower gel with non-polluting ingredients. After your shower, every active ingredient in your shower gel returns to nature. So make sure it's biodegradable. Natural, basic and slightly modified substances break down easily. For example, avoid products containing substances called “polymer” or “polyquaternium”, which are non-biodegradable. They are used as antistatic or film-forming agents in bath products, shampoos, and hair care products.

Sources :

  • HAPPLE R. and al. Profile of irritant patch testing with detergents: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and alkyl polyglucoside, Contact Dermatitis (2003).

  • SCHETTLER T. Human exposure to phtalates via consumer products, International Journal of Andrology (2006).

  • ANDERSEN F.A & al. Final report of the amended safety assessment of sodium lauryl sulfate and related salts of sulfated ethoxylated alcohols. International Journal Toxicology (2010).

  • BYUNG-MU L. Risk assessment of unintentional phthalates contaminants in cosmetics. Regulary Toxicology and Pharmacology (2020).


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