The three common types of shower gels available in the market are surfactant-based, soap-based and complex.
1. Surface active agent type
It is mainly made of synthetic surfactant as the main active agent (mostly anionic active agent), together with appropriate amount of amphoteric surfactant and nonionic surfactant, commonly used active agents are fatty alcohol sulfate, etc. The PH value is close to the PH value of the skin, and it is mild and smooth. Commonly used active agents are fatty alcohol sulfate, etc. The PH value is close to the skin’s PH value, mild and smooth, more moisturising, and poor compounding can easily lead to a feeling of rinsing not clean.
Also known as liquid soap, modified based on the principle of soapmaking, the product is rich in foam, easy to rinse, fresh skin after washing, but there is a sense of tightness.
Surfactant and soap base compounding combines the advantages of both, but is more difficult to develop. To carry out bath development, the following properties need to be considered: lather and net wash power, mildness or irritation, fragrance, skin feel, and appearance.
The main ingredients used in shower gels, hand soaps and even shampoos have viscous properties, and the finished products after blending naturally have viscous properties and are not easy to wash off. It is just like eating rice dumplings and accidentally sticking the glutinous rice on your clothes, which is sticky.
The main ingredients commonly used in shower gels and other products generally include sodium lauryl ether sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and glycol distearate (pearliser), all of which are ingredients that enhance viscosity. This is why you may feel unclean or even “silky smooth” after using shower gels and other products.
Soaps, on the other hand, have just one main ingredient – fatty acid salts (different fatty acids produce different sodium salts), which have very good cleansing power and no sticky properties. Various types of sweat, dirt, oily sebum and other skin wastes produced on the body surface, once removed by the soap, the skin surface is clean.
And because the surface of the skin is pitted, the slightest movement of a person naturally produces a windy, dry feeling. This dryness is due to the natural feeling of the skin after cleaning, not a problem with soap cleaning products. The reason why there is no dryness after using shower gel is because the residual ingredients fill in the unevenness of the skin surface, and at the same time stick to the pores of the skin, and the aromatic ingredients are also stuck to the skin for a long time, so it feels smooth and has a long lasting attractive aroma.
There are four skin types: dry, oily, normal and sensitive. Most people have normal skin, which returns to its original state in about half an hour after bathing, feeling neither dry nor greasy. Use a mildly acidic body wash for daily bathing.
Dry skin people have a tight feeling soon after the bath, recovery time is longer, autumn and winter is particularly obvious, gently scratch a layer of white dead skin, but also easy to crack. Bath to choose nourishing moisturising anti-itching type, in order to care for the skin.
Oily skin is prone to dirt formation due to high secretion of sweat and sebum, which can clog pores and even lead to acne, so you should choose bath products that focus on cleansing. Don’t rub your skin hard with a bath towel because it is oily, so as not to damage your skin. Use a sponge to create a rich foam to clean the inside of your pores, especially on skin prone to acne such as the neck, back and shoulders.
Sensitive skin is so delicate that it can become reddened by even the slightest irritation. Therefore, bathe sparingly with shower gel, or wash with mild and soothing herbal scrubs. A soft brush or sponge can also be used to clean the skin. If you have allergic skin due to sun exposure, it is best to protect your skin with a cool bath towel or lotion after bathing and before applying skin lotion.
1. Use warm water when bathing
When taking a bath every day, use lukewarm water as much as possible. Because when the pores are in a tightly closed state, too hot water will hurt the surface of the skin, and too cool water instead will not open the pores well, and you won’t be able to clean the dirt out of the pores.
2. Wet your skin before using shower gel
When using shower gel, first wet your body skin with hot water, and do not apply shower gel directly on top of dry skin, as this will damage the health of your skin and diminish the cleansing effect of the shower gel.
3. Lather up before using body wash
Instead of applying the shower gel directly to the body, use a bubbling tool to make a rich lather first, in this way you can fully utilise the cleansing effect of the shower gel, and it will be easier to clean when washing.
4. Appropriate massage while bathing
After applying the bubbles of the shower gel all over the body, use your hands to massage the skin properly, which has the advantage of opening up the pores of the body and washing them along with the shower gel, which also has a relaxing effect.
5. Wash carefully after using shower gel
Finally, wash all the bubbles and residual shower gel from your body thoroughly and rinse until your skin does not feel slippery to the touch. If you don’t rinse well, prolonged conditions can lead to itchy skin, eczema and other conditions.
6. Moisturise after using shower gel
When washing with shower gel, it will take away some of the oils on the skin. Although many shower gels have moisturising properties and the surface of the skin will not appear dry for a short period of time after use, it is best to wipe on a body lotion at the same time as you finish your bath to prevent the loss of moisture from the surface of the skin.
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