By Brianna Bishop – GateHouse News Service, CHAMPAIGN, Ill.
Weeding through the choices at the drugstore for good bath products can be an overwhelming endeavor. Some have overpowering fragrances, and others will leave your skin itchy and irritated.
Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist who runs the Toronto-based DLK on Avenue clinic for dermatology and cosmetic laser surgery, offered a few tips to make the process a bit easier. A couple of Kellett’s suggestions include knowing what your skin needs to help you narrow down the choices and avoiding novelty products such as bubble bath and products with a lot of perfume.
Here are just a few options based on skin needs and preferences:
Bath oils: Aveeno Shower and Bath Oil
Description: With this light oil, Aveeno offers relief to those suffering from dry and itchy skin. Its blend of ingredients, including natural colloidal oatmeal, will refresh and rejuvenate.
Dr. Kellett says: People with highly sensitive skin or conditions such as dermatitis should use bath oils instead of regular soap. “They will clean and at the same time moisturize,” she said.
Bottom line: When suffering from dry skin, Kellett said, you should avoid anything that will strip the skin. Bath oils will work better on those suffering from dry skin.
Price/Where to find it: Between $7 and $10 at most drug stores
Salts: Epsom Salt (multiple brands)
Description: Putting Epsom salts in your bathtub is an inexpensive way to unwind at the end of a long day. A mineral-based substance, Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is used to exfoliate and reduce inflammation, among other things.
Dr. Kellett says: Be careful when buying salts to make sure you don’t get anything with too many added substances. “You don’t want anything with too much fragrance, but something very bland like Epsom salts are OK,” she said.
Bottom line: The value of Epsom salts is more than skin deep. Epsom salt baths are recommended to provide relief from minor injuries such as sprains and bruises, and can be a helpful way of relieving stress.
Price/Where to find it: Under $10 at most drug stores
Regular soap: Dove Nourishing Body Wash
Description: Dove has many tried and tested products on the market, which you can select based on skin type or need. This particular product moisturizes and nourishes sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic and unscented.
Dr. Kellett says: For sensitive skin, Kellett recommends Dove soap. But she said that there isn’t one type of soap that is perfect for everyone. What works best for you will largely depend on your skin type, she said, emphasizing avoidance of fragrant soaps.
Bottom line: Dove products are easy to find and easy on the skin and can help any condition, from sensitive skin to oily skin. Dove calls the Nourishing Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture its mildest product yet, and your skin will be thankful for the moisture and lack of irritants.
Price/Where to find it: Around $10 in most drugstores