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Composition d'un gel douche pour le corps.

What Is Shower Gel Made Of?

As shower gels are in regular contact with the skin, it is important to know their composition. Used daily, they rid the body of impurities accumulated on the skin. The question is: what must a shower gel contain to be effective? Here is what you need to know about it.  

What Is Shower Gel, and What Are Its Essential Components?

Used on a daily basis, shower gels are products conceived in gelled liquid form devoted to the body hygiene. Generally, they are composed of approximately 70% of water, 20% of washing bases (surfactants) and some additional components. However, what is essential in a shower gel is the washing base (surfactants). This will create a delicate foam allowing to eliminate a great part of the impurities accumulated on the surface, and thus to clean the skin of the body. It is recommended that the formula is composed of a mixture of surfactants preferably of natural origin, particularly soft, non-irritating, biodegradable and well tolerated by the skin (coco-glucoside, sodium cocoyl glutamate, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, etc.)

Other substances are also significant to the composition of a shower gel as the thickening agents (e.g. glycerol stearate, polysorbate 20, xanthan gum, etc.) which give the texture to the gel by increasing its viscosity through their gelling power. Softening and humectant components (e.g. glycerin,aloe vera juice, inulin, etc.) and pH correctors (e.g. citric acid, sodium hydroxide, etc.) to stabilize the preparation and adapt the pH of the shower gel to that of the skin. And one or more preservatives that serve to protect the care against any microbial development, knowing that shower gels are mainly made up of water (an environment conducive to the development of bacteria). Lastly, certain shower gels can contain active ingredients or vegetable extracts, present in the formulation in variable quantities.

Ingredient Analysis of the Typology Exfoliating Shower Gel.

Our exfoliating shower gel is concentrated in exfoliating and purifying actives. As for all cosmetic products, the first 5 to 8 components on the INCI list are the ones that constitute the majority of the product's “profile”.

Thus, in 2nd position of the INCI list, we find glycolic acid which is known for its exfoliating power on the upper layers of the skin, as well as for its astringent virtues. This active ingredient allows removing all the dead cells and the impurities present on the surface of the skin, thus allowing to boost the cellular renewal and to support the penetration of the hydrating credits applied thereafter. By smoothing the skin texture, the appearance of imperfections (blackheads, brown spots, etc.) is reduced, and the formation of ingrown hairs is limited.

The formulation also contains a mixture of soft surfactants created from sugar and coconut (coco-glucoside) in position 4 and derived from coconut (coconut-betaine) in position 5. In addition, vegetable glycerin is added in position 3 as a natural moisturizing component. The essential oil of tea tree, appreciated for its purifying and antibacterial properties, and the essential oil of rosemary, used for its aromatic function, are found at the end of the list. Indeed, these plant extracts do not need to be used in large quantities in a cosmetic product to be effective.

Aqua (Water)/Base substance
GlycerinVegetable (derived from rapeseed, corn, and sunflower oil)Solvent, humectant
Glycolic AcidSyntheticActive substance (glycolic acid)
Coco-GlucosideVegetable (from sugar and coconut fatty alcohol)Non-ionic surfactant
Coco-BetaineVegetable (derived from coconut oil)Amphoteric surfactant
Sodium HydroxideInorganicpH regulator
Xanthan GumVegetable (derived from corn sugar)Gelling agent
Polyglyceryl-10 LaurateVegetableEmulsifying agent
Benzyl AlcoholSynthetic Preservative, solvent, fragrance agent
Pentylene GlycolVegetable (from sugar cane)Solvent
Bisabolol Vegetable (from Candeia essential oil)Soothing agent
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf OilVegetableActive substance (tea tree essential oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Flower OilVegetableActive substance (tea tree essential oil)
Dehydroacetic AcidSynthetic Preservative
Citric AcidPlant (corn glucose syrup and sugar from sugar beetpH regulator


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