What are the Best Body Washes for Older Skin?

As we grow older, our skin changes. This change starts as early as our 20s.

After the age of 20, we start to produce one percent less collagen every year.

In order to have beautiful, healthy skin long-term, we need to customize our skincare regime to our skin’s particular needs. For older adults, this means purchasing cosmetics and skincare products that contain ingredients that encourage the production of collagen, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans. These components of our skin help to keep it elastic and supple, which contribute to how firm it looks. Glycosaminoglycans, in particular, help encourage hydration, which keeps skin healthy, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The best thing that you can do to keep skin looking radiant into your retirement years is to actively protect it from the sun. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin even when it’s not visibly sunny, so using sunscreen every day is critical. Most dermatologists recommend using minimum SPF 35. Sunscreen limits sun damage, but you should also make sure your body wash has active ingredients that will help improve the appearance of your skin and keep it healthy long-term.

To help, here are our favorite body washes for older skin.

1. Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Dove Sensitive Skin body wash is a hypoallergenic formula that’s made specifically for people with skin sensitivity issues. This makes it ideal for older skin, as it’s formulated without harsh chemical ingredients and uses mild cleansers that don’t strip nutrients from the skin. This leaves your skin much more moisturized and softer than products that use harsher cleansing ingredients. It’s available in an unscented format, which is great for people with perfume sensitivities.

This product is also made without sulfates and parabens, two chemical ingredients that have attracted a lot of attention lately for their potentially negative side effects. Parabens have been studied in connection to breast cancer tumors, while sulfates can cause adverse reactions in people who have asthma or certain types of chemical sensitivities. Many people love how it foams gently and cleans their skin without leaving it stripped of moisture.

Dove Sensitive Skin body wash retails for $5.94.

2. Suave Avocado + Olive Oil Body Wash

Suave is a cost-effective brand that’s available in most national pharmacy chains and department stores. Although have many scents to choose from, most of them are made with the same formula, except two body washes in their 100 percent natural line. The best one for older skin is the Avocado + Olive Oil Body Wash, which is paraben-free and made with avocado and olive oil as moisturizing ingredients.

Avocado oil contains vitamin E, which can be easily absorbed by the outer layer of skin. It’s commonly used to relieve inflammation, as it contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that can help calm down irritated skin.

This body wash is available in two sizes starting at $2.94 and has a pleasant, mild scent.

3. Cetaphil PRO Gentle Body Wash

Cetaphil is a top-rated brand for people with sensitive skin. Their products contain fast-acting ingredients that don’t irritate skin and are made without parabens.

The Cetaphil PRO Gentle Body Wash contains no fragrances and is so gentle that it’s considered safe for babies three months of age or older. In addition to cleaning the skin, it’s clinically proven to enhance skin’s moisture levels, which is critical for keeping skin looking healthy and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. There aren’t many products on the market whose moisturizing capabilities have been tested this thoroughly.

Many reviewers of this product praised its ability to clear up redness and dry patches, which is why it’s beloved by many people with eczema. It’s a bit more expensive than other brands, but at $15.64, it should last a few months even if you use it every day.

4. Aveeno Skin Relief

Our skin loses collagen and becomes thinner as we age, which is why older skin deserves to be pampered and treated with special care. Aveeno has a great track record making products for sensitive skin and their Skin Relief Gentle Body Wash is made with natural ingredients that help lock in moisture and soothe dry skin.

The star active ingredient in this formula is colloidal oatmeal, which helps to repair our skin’s moisture barrier by locking in water. It also contains coconut oil. Both ingredients keep skin looking supple and prevent irritation and infection.

This body wash, which retails for $8.31, is naturally scented with coconut. Even though it does have a scent, it’s been clinically tested on people with sensitive skin and is recommended by many dermatologists.

5. Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel

If you’re looking for a pleasantly scented product that doesn’t require handfuls of product to get the job done, Neutrogena’s new Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel is consistently recommended. A small pump lathers into a gentle foam that cleans skin without leaving it stripped of moisture.

The Rainbath line has several unique scent options like Fresh Plum, Pear & Green Tea, and Pomegranate, but the formula is the same throughout. Neutrogena is consistently recommended by dermatologists and is known for being gentle on sensitive skin. It was even the winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards in 2017.

There are three size options available on their website, starting at $7.49.

Protect Your Skin

If you’re looking for a product that’s gentle on older skin, look for one that’s been tested on sensitive skin and watch out for harsh chemicals like parabens and sulfates.

Once you’ve found a body wash you like, support your skin’s health by applying a moisturizer as soon as you’ve dried off after a bath or shower. An ideal moisturizer for older skin will have active ingredients like peptides, retinol, and antioxidants, which help boost cell growth and protect the skin’s vulnerable moisture barrier.

After you’ve applied moisturizer, layer on sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage. Your skin will thank you.

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