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17 Best Body Washes for All Skin Types, Tested by Experts

Choose from these popular picks to smell good all day.

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Just like with your hair, taking care of your skin starts in the shower. And we don't just mean cleansing your face; your body needs some TLC, too. When shopping for a good body wash, you generally want to look for "a gentle formulation with mild surfactants that cleanse without over stripping skin's oil, and hydrating ingredients like glycerin, ceramides and hyaluronic acid that help to add moisture back into skin," says Jenny Liu, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Creams and unscented formulas are less irritating and more suitable body washes for sensitive skin, while gel cleansers foam more effectively and are better at removing impurities, bacteria, dirt and sebum from skin."

We know the drugstore body wash aisle (and web searches) can be overwhelming, so we tapped the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab's product testing experts for their top picks. In the GH Beauty Lab's most recent body wash test, 24 products were tested by our consumer panel first and the top eight were then tested further in the Lab on criteria including scent, lather, moisturizing capabilities, ease of use and how clean skin felt afterward. Our list of the best body washes you can buy to keep you smelling good all day includes GH Beauty Lab top-tested products, GH Beauty Award winners and pro picks from top dermatologists.

Our top picks:

You can read more about how we evaluate body washes in our lab and consumer tests — plus everything you need to know about finding the best body wash for your skin type — at the end of this guide. Looking for more ways to improve your skin? Check out our guides to the best body lotions and the best body scrubs for your money.

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Best Overall Body Wash
Nourishing Body Wash with Yuzu & Rice Water
MyKirei by Kao
MyKirei by Kao
2
Best Value Body Wash
Body Wash Deep Moisture Cleanser
Dove
3
Best Body Wash for Acne
Body Clear Body Wash
Neutrogena
4
Best Body Wash for Sensitive Skin
Skin Calming Body Wash
Eucerin
5
Best Body Wash for Dry Skin
Do Son Shower Oil
Diptyque
6
Best Smelling Body Wash
Moisturizing Cocoa Butter Body Wash
Tone
7
Best Body Wash for Glowing Skin
AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
SkinMedica
8
Best Body Wash for Itchy Skin
Moringa Cleansing Balm
Emma Hardie
9
Best Body Wash for Keratosis Pilaris
Body Wash with Salicylic Acid
CeraVe
10
Best Fragrance-Free Body Wash
Gentle Body Wash
Vanicream
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11
Best Body Wash for Eczema
Soothing Body Wash for Dry Skin
CeraVe
12
Best Moisturizing Body Wash
Nourishing Body Wash (Pack of 2)
Dove
13
Best Soothing Body Wash
Maximum Recovery Body Wash & Soak in Relaxing Reset
Degree
14
Best Multi-Use Body Wash
Authentic African Black Soap
Alaffia
15
Best Sustainable Body Wash
Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash
Ren
REN Clean Skincare
16
Best Lathering Body Wash
Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash (Pack of 3)
Aveeno
17
Best Natural Body Wash
Everyday Shea Body Wash in Vanilla Mint
Alaffia
How we choose the best body washes
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The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has been testing skincare products for decades to make the most informed and scientifically proven recommendations for readers. The GH Beauty Lab's most recent test body wash test included evaluating 24 products, spending over 90 hours on in-Lab testing and then tallying the responses from 520 consumer surveys.

GH Beauty Lab scientists first label-masked the bottles to eliminate bias and then distributed them to a panel of consumer testers, who tried the products at home and evaluated them on factors including ease of use, lather, scent and look and feel of skin after use. In the Lab, expertse use state-of-the-art tools like the Corneometer device, which measures skin hydration levels, to gauge a product's ability to moisturize (or dehydrate) skin. GH Beauty Lab experts chose the picks featured in this article based on this data, and also considered GH Seal holders, GH Beauty Award winners, editor favorites and dermatologist-recommended products.

What to look for when shopping for the best body washes
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Each skin type has different needs when it comes to body wash and certain ingredients and formulations can make a big difference. Dr. Evans shares what to seek out for your specific skin:

✔️ For dry skin: Hydrating ingredients (like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin) and oil-based formulas will help add moisture back into dehydrated skin.

✔️ For glowing skin: Look for an exfoliating body wash that contains alpha and beta hydroxy acids; these will exfoliate skin, removing dead skin cells to brighten the overall tone.

✔️ For sensitive skin: Choose gentle body washes that contain no fragrance, masking fragrance or irritants.

✔️ For eczema: Ceramide-based washes help to keep the skin barrier intact and healthy, which is especially important with this skin condition. Try minimizing shower or bath time and avoid using hot water to prevent drying out skin.

✔️ For acne: Opt for body washes that are made with salicylic acid to reduce breakouts.

✔️ For keratosis pilaris: Treat this chronic condition with a body wash formula that contains salicylic or alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

✔️ For itchy skin: Soothe itch by cleansing with cream or oil-based body washes.

    Why trust Good Houskeeping?
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    Danusia Wnek compiled all of the body wash testing information and award winners in this story. She has been testing skincare products including eye creams, serums, night creams, neck creams, facial oils and moisturizing creams for over seven years at the Good Housekeeping Institute. She has experience in using specialized skin evaluation lab equipment to gauge changes in skin moisturization, firmness and facial features like wrinkles and texture before and after product use.

    Dori Price worked with Wnek and interviewed two dermatologists for this story. Dori has over 15 years of experience researching and writing skincare stories, combining her knowledge with the expertise of top industry professionals including dermatologists and aestheticians. She is an expert in all face and body skincare product categories, from cleansers to toners, serums, moisturizers, sunscreens, exfoliators, masks, professional skin treatments and more.

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