Your Bodywash Is More Important Than You Think—13 We Always Recommend


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If you've never put much thought into your bodywash before, I completely understand. At the end of the day, bodywash is something everyone uses, it's on your skin for virtually no time, and it's readily available at the drugstore for low prices. While the best bodywash is one you'll actually use, the kind of bodywash you're using can actually make a major difference. Choosing a bodywash you love can positively impact your skin and serve as a major moment of self-care. 

How to choose the best bodywash for you

If you have dry skin, you should opt for lower-foam bodywashes that are packed with hydrating ingredients like butters, oils, and ceramides. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you should look for bodywashes that have ingredients like AHAs and other exfoliants to clear pores and deeply cleanse. Sensitive skin should opt for fragrance-free, hydrating formulas. No matter what, it's best to choose bodywashes that won't strip skin of its natural oils.

Best overall bodywash: Nécessaire The Body Wash

Best drugstore bodywash: Native Body Wash in Cashmere & Rain

Best unscented bodywash: Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser

Best aromatherapy bodywash: Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser

Best-smelling bodywash: Phlur Somebody Wood Body Wash

Best refreshing bodywash: Ouai Body Cleanser

Best bodywash for mature skin: Korres Guava Renewing Body Cleanser 

Best luxury bodywash: Aēsop A Rose by Any Other Name Body Cleanser

Best bodywash for sensitive skin: Dove Body Wash


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Best sustainable bodywash: Uni Skin Shield Body Wash

Best bodywash for acne-prone skin: Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash

Best bodywash for dry skin: 54 Thrones Moisturizing Butter Cream Body Wash

Best brightening bodywash: Saltair Exotic Pulp Serum Body Wash

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.