Body Wash That Is Good For You AND Your Hormones

by Jenn Sinrich
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Aveeno Natural Bodywash

If you’re looking for a natural body wash, you’ve come to the right place. Back in the day, the primary concern for most of us when shopping for a body soap or wash was whether or not it smelled amazing. We innocently assumed it did its job of cleaning our body with healthy ingredients. Fast forward to today when we’re all soberly aware of the harsh chemicals lurking in the average body wash (and the rest of our cleaning products)—we’re talking parabens, added fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, plasticizers and even formaldehyde (ya know, the main ingredient in plywood) for f*ck sake.

Research points to the notion that these chemicals are no bueno for our body. Certain parabens (propyl-, butyl-, isopropyl-, and isobutyl-), for example, are linked to changes in hormone levels and potential birth defects, according to Hadley King, M.D., a dermatologist and clinical instructor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Triclosan and triclocarban are two more culprits lurking in body washes that are linked to endocrine disruption. Needless to say, these are some of the reasons “clean” and “natural” beauty are hot trends right now.

What should you look for in a body wash?

While you want a soap or body wash that’s formulated sans questionable ingredients, you also want to choose a wash that will thoroughly cleanse your skin while still being gentle enough to prevent it from drying out. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it won’t be irritating. “Those with dry or sensitive skin should look for a body wash with some moisturizing components and ingredients to help restore moisture or strengthen the skin’s natural barrier while cleansing, such as ceramides,” says Marisa Garshick, M.D., dermatologist at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Centers in Manhattan and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at NYP-Cornell. “Those who are looking to get rid of dead skin cells or those with rough or bumpy skin may find it useful to use an exfoliating wash a few times per week which can be in the form of a physical exfoliant with gentle microbeads or a chemical exfoliant”.

With one online search or stroll through your local drugstore’s beauty aisle, you’re bound to find dozens, if not hundreds, of different products meant for washing your bod. To simplify your life in the best way we know how, we’ve rounded up the best body soaps and washes that leave your skin soft, smooth and feeling clean without messing with your hormones.

Best Body Wash for Super Dry Skin

Best Body Wash with Hyaluronic Acid

Best Body Wash for Stressed Skin (and Moms)

Best Body Wash That’s Safe to Use *Everywhere*

Best Eco-Friendly Body Wash

Best Honey-Based Body Wash

Best Smelling Body Wash

Best Coconut-Based Body Wash

Best Body Wash for Sensitive Skin

Best Vegan Body Wash

Best Body Wash for Rough, Bumpy Skin

Now that you’re set in the body wash department, check out some other top-rated and mom-approved beauty must-haves.


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