As with all treatments used in cosmetology, the choice of a shower oil suitable for your skin type depends on several criteria. In order to find the care that best suits the maintenance of your body surface, here are the essentials to know.
The criteria for choosing the right shower oil.
What should a good shower oil be composed of?
Contrary to popular belief, a cleansing oil is not composed of 100% oil, but also includes a cleansing base (surfactants), thus allowing for washing under the same conditions as with a shower gel or a traditional soap, and sometimes includes moisturizing agents (aloe vera, glycerin, etc...). To prevent it from leaving a greasy film on the skin after showering, bath oil for the body is not entirely composed of oil. Moreover, on the market, most shower oils contain a high proportion of water in their formula contrary to the name on the bottle. In other cases, the first ingredient is glycerin, a humectant that enhances the hydration of the stratum corneum. Therefore, opt for a shower oil whose first ingredient is an oil that can be, depending on the formula, sunflower oil, soybean oil (INCI: "Glycine Soja Oil"), argan oil (INCI: "Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil"), sweet almond oil (INCI: "Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil"), etc...
Points to check before purchasing a shower oil.
The basis for choosing your shower oil is to check the ingredient list. In addition to the scent and packaging, we also advise you to choose your oil based on its composition.Indeed, there are cleansing products that contain alcohol, an ingredient that is not recommended as it can be irritating for dry skin. Similarly, people with sensitive skin should also be cautious of fragrances incorporated into shower oil formulas. They can indeed be allergenic.
Avoid shower oils containing mineral oils. These are most often derived from the petrochemical industry. They do not nourish the skin and can clog pores, due to their film-forming and occlusive function. To identify them, you will find them under the I.N.C.I. name "Mineral Oil" or "Paraffinium Liquidium". Instead, prefer shower oils containing vegetable oils (coconut, avocado, sweet almond, etc...) with varied properties.
For safety measures, prioritize bath oils without parabens, without synthetic fragrances, without sulfates, without phenoxyethanol, etc... substances suspected of being allergenic, irritating and even endocrine disruptors for some. Consider, for example, a cleansing oil containing gentle surfactants of plant origin (coco-betaine, coco-glucoside, etc...).
What about Typology's shower oil?
At Typology, we have designed a replenishing cleansing oil for the body with 100% natural origin ingredients, thus ticking all the boxes. When emulsified with water, it creates a light foam that gently cleanses and nourishes the skin, while respecting the skin's lipid balance and imparting a delicate almond scent to the skin.
Our shower oil is composed of a base of vegetable oils with sunflower oil (INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil) and bitter almond extract (INCI: Prunus Amydalus Amara Kernel Oil), squalane known for its excellent affinity with the skin (structure very similar to sebum), and a combination of vitamin E for its antioxidant virtues (INCI: Tocopherol) and vitamin F for its nourishing properties (INCI: Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid). It also consists of a gentle, moisturizing, and biodegradable natural cleansing base, sodium lauroyl lactylate (INCI: Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate).
Furthermore, adhering to the principle of caution, our bath oil does not contain any potentially harmful ingredients (sulfated surfactants such as the SLS or the SLES, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrances, PEG, parabens, etc...). Indeed, at Typology, we have developed a blacklist of ingredients that is quite strict, cataloging all the components potentially dangerous to health and the environment that we exclude from our formulations.