There are countless skin care products on the market today, each of which claims to support healthier skin. It can be dizzying to try to determine which ones are a good fit for your needs.
Instead of sifting through all of these products, consider focusing on optimizing your body wash. A great moisturizing body wash will do as much as anything to enhance your skincare routine.
That’s why we’ve created the following guide. It contains everything that you need to know about moisturizing body wash and why making your own may be the best option for your skin. Keep reading to learn more.
Or start shopping for the products that you need to make a DIY moisturizing body wash by checking out these options:
- Castile liquid soap for a high-quality body wash base
- Organic jojoba oil for a body wash that soothes and revives
- Your favorite essential oils for a body wash that smells just the way you want it to
What makes a good moisturizing body wash?
A good moisturizing body wash is all about the ingredients. These ingredients should be focused on accomplishing one of two things.
First, they can work to trap moisture in the skin. These types of moisturizers keep the moisture that your skin naturally produces from escaping throughout the day. Many commercially available moisturizing products focus on exactly this.
Or, a moisturizing body wash can focus on restoring moisture in the outermost layers of your skin. These products don’t usually try to save the moisture that’s already been lost. Instead, they focus on replacing it with a new source of moisture.
The best moisturizing body washes are capable of doing both of these things at once. They infuse your skin with a new source of moisture while also protecting what it produces naturally.
The best moisturizing body wash is one you make yourself
Certain store-bought moisturizers can be a great addition to your skincare routine. But even the best of them find it difficult to match the health-supporting benefits of a DIY moisturizing body wash.
This is simply the nature of commercially-available beauty products. They include ingredients that promote health and wellness benefits, but the vast majority also include harsh chemicals that can be damaging to your skin.
The easiest way to avoid this problem is by creating your own body wash. That can sound intimidating if you’ve never done something like this before. But don’t worry. The creation process is super easy and can be carried out with just a few simple ingredients.
To make it even easier for you, we’ve included a step-by-step guide later in this article.
Advantages to DIY moisturizing body wash
Using a DIY moisturizing body wash is a good idea for a few main reasons. Here’s an overview of each of them.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
As detailed above, store-bought moisturizers can be packed with harsh chemicals. Some of these can negate the moisturizing impact that the wash is supposed to deliver. When you create your own body wash, you control exactly what goes into it. That means you’ll never have to worry about applying anything to your skin that you don’t want on it.
Personalize Your Skin Care Benefits
When you shop for store-bought body washes, you have to choose between premade products with locked-in ingredients. That’s not the case when you make your own. DIY body washes can be personalized with ingredients that help you achieve your personal skincare goals.
For example, you could create a DIY body wash that moisturizes your skin and prevents acne. Or you could make one that prevents aging while moisturizing. The options for this are virtually unlimited.
Choose Your Scent
DIY body washes also allow you to customize your scent to a degree that store-bought products will never be able to match. The easiest way to do this is by using your favorite essential oils in your body wash recipes.
The more that you create, the more that you’ll understand how each ingredient impacts the overall scent of the body wash. You can then add more or less of each essential oil to fine-tune the scent that you get out of it.
Disadvantages to DIY moisturizing body wash
There are very few reasons not to start making your own DIY moisturizing body wash. But there are some things that you should be aware of before going into the process.
The first is the most obvious. If you decide to start making body wash, you’ll need to set aside time every so often to do so. The process doesn’t take very long at all. But this can be a headache for people with busy schedules.
You also may need to go through the process a few times before you figure out how to make a body wash that meets all of your goals. So you may not be 100% satisfied with the first few blends that you make.
While these are things to consider, they’re far from reasons to avoid making your own body wash. The pros outweigh the cons of doing so.
How to make the best moisturizing body wash
Anybody can start making their new favorite body wash with just a few tools and ingredients. The following sections provide an easy overview of how to accomplish this.
What you’ll need
There are many different DIY moisturizing body wash recipes to choose from. But our favorite calls for the following ingredients:
- 1/3 cup of liquid castile soap
- 1/3 cup of honey (raw works best)
- 1/3 cup of jojoba oil
- 30-60 drops of your favorite essential oils
In addition to these ingredients, you’ll also need a few tools. Most importantly, you need a mixing bowl and something to mix with. Besides that, you just need a container to transfer your body wash into once you’ve finished making it.
How to make it
- Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Mix thoroughly, until the ingredients have been blended into a single substance
- Pour the resulting substance into your container for storage
That’s it. Just three simple steps and you’ve successfully created your own DIY body wash.
How to use it
The body wash that you create with this recipe has a shelf life of up to one year. Whenever you want to use it, make sure that you shake it a bit before doing so. You might notice it separating periodically, but that’s easily resolved with a bit of shaking.
You can use the body wash just as you’d use any other. Add it to a sponge, loofah, or place it directly onto your skin.
Customize it with these essential oils
When you make your body wash, the way that you’ll customize it is by choosing which essential oils you want to add. Each essential oil has a distinct scent profile and health-supporting benefits. You can combine multiple oils to give your body wash a unique scent and to customize the benefits that it offers your skin.
As you think about which essential oils to add to your body wash, consider the following.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly used oils for aromatherapy. But it also works wonders as an ingredient in body wash. Adding it to yours will imbue your DIY wash with a calming, soothing quality that inspires serenity.
If you want your body wash to help you wake up in the morning, then eucalyptus essential oil is the way to go. It has a rejuvenating scent that boosts mental clarity. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect addition to your body wash.
Sweet Orange essential oil will give your body wash a bright, citrusy scent with a floral hint. This essential oil has calming properties and is a great way to reduce anxiety and de-stress at the end of a long day.
Geranium rose essential oil offers a pleasing, subtle rose scent that makes a fantastic addition to any body wash. It’s a balanced scent that will help restore balance in your life. Use it whenever you’re feeling off-kilter or not like yourself.
Tea tree essential oil offers a herbaceous scent and loads of skin-supporting qualities. It’s naturally antiseptic, antifungal, and germicidal. Adding it to your body wash will ensure that it does its job in removing all harmful bacteria and viruses from your skin.
Where can I buy what I need?
The first step in creating the best moisturizing body wash is to purchase the ingredients and tools needed to do so. Check out the Nourished Essentials shop when you’re ready to go shopping.