Your body wash can change the entire experience of your shower. Using something bright and floral can boost your mood first thing in the morning, while something light and soothing can calm your nerves before bed. The True Botanicals Nourishing Wash ($28) delivers the best of both worlds, and is full of woodsy and citrusy notes to leave you feeling grounded yet energized. Plus, it's packed with silky, moisturizing ingredients that will leave your skin feeling oh-so-soft.
Unlike the bulk of other personal care products on the market, Nourishing Wash doesn't use plain old water as its base. Instead, it uses a blend of green and white tea, to give your skin a boost of antioxidants.
"Antioxidants are often considered the fountain of youth by skin-care professionals and experts," says Victoria Gadbois, a medical esthetician in North Carolina. "They protect, prevent, and limit free radical damage, and some assist with hydration and inflammation. Not only will your skin be better looking, but it will also be healthier in general."
The wash also includes aloe vera to infuse moisture into the skin.
“Aloe vera leaves, particularly in the innermost layer, are abundant with water, so it helps to hydrate the skin and seal in moisture," says Gretchen Frieling, MD, a board-certified dermatopathologist in Wellesley, Massachusetts. "The sugars it contains, also known as mucopolysaccharides, aid in retaining moisture in the skin.”
Finally, it's got olive fruit extract, which is rich in vitamin E, providing the skin with even more antioxidant protection and moisturization.
"Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that's commonly paired with others like vitamin C and ferulic acid," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "As such, it can help brighten the complexion, minimize free radical damage caused by UV light, and support healthy collagen production."
The body wash's grounding scent comes from a blend of orange peel oil, cedarwood, patchouli oil, sandalwood oil, and cinnamon leaf. While fragrance—both natural and synthetic—can be irritating to sensitive skin, a body wash is a better way to introduce it to your routine than say, a lotion, because the product doesn't have prolonged contact with the skin (it washes down the drain instead of sticking around all day).
For an uplifting shower that leaves your skin clean yet moisturized, turn to the True Botanicals Nourishing Wash.
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