The Internet Agrees: These Are the Best Bodywashes for Sensitive Skin
While most of us likely keep an eye on the ingredients we put on our faces, girls with sensitive skin will know the importance of choosing soothing, calming products for our bodies as well. When you've got itchy, red, or inflamed skin to contend with, avoiding chemical-laden lotions and heavily perfumed body scrubs isn't a just a preference but a necessity.
If this sounds like you, we sympathise, which is why we've rounded up a few tried-and-true sensitive skin–friendly bodywash picks. After all, keeping your skin freshly scrubbed is the first step in any well-rounded bodycare regimen. These formulas were sourced from far and wide, and real customers say they're effective at cleansing the skin without making it angry.
Aesop is a favourite among clean-beauty enthusiasts—just take one step into its clean, minimalistic brick-and-mortar stores and you'll see why. Its products are effortless, paired-back, and effective, yet also kind of decadent. We know that doesn't make sense, but hopefully this bodywash clears things up. Its rose scent is light and lovely, and the formula is gentle and hydrating. Take it from the reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive: "This is such a brilliant product; you can see results from the first use. It is really gentle and hydrating, and little goes a long way, so the price is actually good for the amount you get. As a bonus, the smell is absolutely lovely. A must-have!"
If luxuriousness is a main selling point for you, try this cult-favourite cleansing oil from French company L'Occitane. It transforms from an oil to a milky texture as you rub it between your hands, working to soften, smooth, and moisturise the skin. If your main concern is dryness, this one might be for you. One Sephora reviewer writes, "My itchy, dry skin got some relief. This way I get moisturised without any outside help, and it smells wonderfully mild and calming, not perfume-y."
Rahua's shower gel is clean beauty–certified—it's vegan, cruelty-free, and made with USDA-certified organic ingredients. We love its scent, which is equal parts earthy and floral thanks to essences of lavender, eucalyptus, vanilla, and palo santo. "This shower gel is great for sensitive skin. [...] It lathers nicely and is moisturizing. It helps to sooth my skin by not drying it out. I wish more companies would make products without SLS," says one Sephora customer.
Dr. Bronner's Castile soap is one of my secret weapons. I rarely talk about it, but I've been a loyal fan since I first tried it all the way back in high school. I use it every single day, without fail, as a bodywash (and sometimes as a face wash too). While I initially fell in love with Peppermint Castile Soap, I've found the unscented version to be much more gentle on my sensitive skin. It thoroughly cleanses without stripping or irritating my skin, and it's made with good-for-skin, fair-trade ingredients. I'm genuinely obsessed. (Plus it's a bargain. One bottle lasts me months.)
Here's another bodywash (this one made from rose essential oil to calm, cleanse, and moisturise) that's earned Sephora's clean beauty certification. Take it from one reviewer, who writes, "I have extremely dry, sensitive skin. This wash is so gentle and doesn't dry out my skin at all. Plus, it smells fantastic. It's like standing in a rose garden in your shower." (Sounds pretty ideal to us.)
Weleda is the same company that makes the cult-favourite moisturiser celebrities like Rihanna, Adele, and Victoria Beckham swear by. This sensitive skin–friendly body wash uses organic almond oil, along with other mild plant-derived ingredients to cleanse without stripping. "I love this new bodywash! The scent is delightful, and it doesn't irritate my skin."
Kiehl's 1851 Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser ($54)
This Kiehl's product is another cult favourite. What starts out as a moisturising oil slowly transforms to a sudsy foam as you rub it into your skin. One of the key ingredients is castor oil, which is known for its super-moisturising properties. "This is such a great body wash for the autumn/winter months," writes one customer. "It has a nice scent—not overpowering at all. And it left my skin feeling soft and eased my itching due to dry skin. I highly recommend this. My skin had a sweet, mellow scent."
Now that you know about the internet's favorite gentle bodywashes, read all about how you can tailor the rest of your skincare routine to fit your sensitive-skin needs.