A dermatologist explains why she uses body wash instead of bar soap

Erin Gilbert is a practicing dermatologist in New York City. Here, she explains why she uses body wash instead of bar soap.

Following is a transcript of the video.

So when you’re looking for a product to use in your shower, you’re going to have a lot of options.

I’m Dr. Erin Gilbert and I’m a dermatologist practicing in New York City.

You’re going to have bar soaps, you’re going to have body washes, you’re going to have sponges that you can use that are exfoliating and, ultimately what you need to look at is the fact that a bar soap, for the most part, there are some — there’s some classics like Dove that are not as drying as others. But a lot of bar soaps are made to kind of give you this real squeaky clean feeling and so that lye that they have in them, or other components are actually designed to take away oil and they can take away too much oil. So, some of the body washes, and a lot of them actually will say “hydrating” on them, they contain things like a little bit of coconut oil or jojoba oil.

They’re designed — or even ceramide, some of them. Some of the newer products that are coming out that are a little more technically advanced. Those will actually replenish your skin’s liquid and your oil. So what you want to do is sort of think about what you’re using to wash with. So, for me, I actually prefer body washes. I think bar soaps tend to be a little bit too drying. They’re convenient but, I have been a convert to the sort of poofy loofah thing with a body wash. That’s what I do.

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