Getting out of the shower with tense skin is not pleasant! However, we seldom choose his shower gel by reading his composition. Yet, even if it rinses and does not stay long on the skin, it affects the skin’s balance. Not to neglect…
A GOOD SHOWER GEL GENTLE
A shower gel is composed mainly of water, then of surfactants, it is the washing agents (about 15%). The most commonly used is sodium laureth sulfate. It is cheap, gives a nice moss and washes well. And can be irritating on fragile skin. The softer surfactants are also the ones that foam the least. They are more natural and often based on coconut (coco glucoside, decylglucoside …).
IT DOES NOT ENJOY THE HYDROLIPID FILM
For this, the formula must be balanced. Two solutions: either with a very gentle cleansing base (usually without sulphates), or the stripping effect of sulphated surfactants (and calcareous water) is counterbalanced by the addition of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients (glycerin, butter shea, vegetable oils), which will restore the skin barrier. This is the case of shower creams or oils and superfatted gels, recommended for dry and sensitive skin.
A GOOD SHOWER GEL IS NICE TO USE
Present in about 80% of French bathrooms, the shower gel is not only practical but also pleasant. What do we do to choose it? Most often, we sniff its perfume! Because the shower must be a moment of pleasure. And its scent can have a revitalizing effect in the morning (citrus), relaxing in the evening (lavender) or make us travel with exotic scents. Which are, most often, of synthetic origin.
IT DOES NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT
Do not pollute should be part of the specifications of a good shower gel. With the purchase, it is better to favor short formulas (few ingredients) and as natural as possible because all the ingredients return to the nature. For maximum biodegradability, researchers are increasingly developing basic, natural and unmodified products.
We tend to choose a shower gel for its pleasure effect. But be aware that the more colorful or fragrant it is, the more it contains potentially irritating and allergenic chemicals!
IN PRACTICE: WHAT SHOWER GEL TO CHOOSE?
If you have dry or sensitive skin, it is better to limit the use of shower gels containing sulphates (lauryl ammonium or sodium laureth).
We avoid too hot water and showers too long.
Use a small amount of product, no more.
Prefer a pump or tube bottle because the other bottles often have an opening too wide.