How to Use Shower Gel

Suds up with shower gel.
Suds up with shower gel. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

While soap may have major seniority over shower gel -- it's been around for hundreds of years, while gel has been on the market for just a few decades -- some people prefer the bottle to the bar. Shower gels provide a gentle yet high-lather clean, and they are produced in seemingly enough fragrances to fill a drugstore. While many gels are pricier than a standard bar of soap, you may be able to save by choosing a moisturizing formula and skipping lotion. Using shower gel properly will help you get the best clean with minimal product.

Choose a shower gel to suit your skin type. For dry skin, look for a "moisturizing" or "nourishing" formula with vitamin E, aloe or glycerin. Sulfate-free or fragrance-free gels are optimal for sensitive skin. For oily, acne-prone skin, pick gels with oil-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid.

Wet your skin and your washcloth or pouf thoroughly in the shower or bath. Shower gel won't smooth evenly on dry skin.

Squeeze 1 to 2 teaspoons, or a quarter-size dollop, of gel onto your washcloth or bath pouf. A pouf or washcloth will help lather and spread the gel more efficiently than your hands alone, which means you can use less product.

Use circular motions to scrub the gel all over your body, but avoid your eyes, mouth and hair. Squeeze another teaspoon of gel onto your cloth or pouf if you run out of suds.

Rinse thoroughly to remove any gel residue. Pat skin dry with a towel and continue your skin care routine as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save water in the shower by turning off the tap while you lather up.
  • Apply a lotion or body spray in the same fragrance as your gel to layer the scent and help make it last.
  • Some shower gels have ground nut shells or scrubbing beads to help exfoliate rough skin.

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