Skin Care

Don’t Sweat It: Best Body Washes for Grueling Workouts

Words by Janell Hickman

Man working out.

Words by Janell M. Hickman with reporting by Camille Pegram

Sometimes a good workout means getting down and dirty—but that doesn’t mean your delicate skin has to suffer. Say goodbye to stripping bar soap and embrace a sudsy shower gels (or washes) to combat against sweat, grit, or whatever else your workout throws your way. We found 9 strong picks to upgrade your shower game. Believe us, you’ll smell as good as you look!

Michael Kors For Men Hair and Body

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Why: Reward yourself after a heavy sweat session with this seriously invigorating wash, scented with signature notes of patchouli, coriander, and suede.

Michael Kors For Men Hair and Body, $32.00

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Gel

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Why:
Say goodbye to dry, underwhelming skin thanks to this luxe, intensely moisturizing concoction that smells good enough to eat.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Gel, $25.00

Le Labo ‘Santal 33’ Shower Gel

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Why: Feel worn out? This cult-favorite body wash will give you a much-needed second wind. The refreshing gel is infused with key ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, and flaxseed extract.

Le Labo ‘Santal 33’ Shower Gel, $50.00

Lab Series Power Wash

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Why: Ideal for oily types, this “power wash” works overtime to eradicate clogged pores and build up caused by sweat and other environmental factors. Plus, it maintains the skin’s pH balance meaning little to no irritation.

Lab Series Power Wash, $29.00

Kale Naturals 3-in-1 Body Wash

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Why: Maintain your zen and be considerate of Mother Nature with this botanical-based wash suitable for face, hair, and body. The plant pioneered product includes natural ingredients like soap bark, licorice root and myrrh (for healing/antibacterial properties).

Kale Naturals 3-in-1 Body Wash, $14.50

Carven ‘Pour Hommes’ Bath and Shower Gel

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Why: Perfect for fall, this woodsy wash is lightweight yet produces a luxe lather. Sensual woodsy notes like violet leaf, nutmeg, cedar and vetiver to keep you clean—and smelling simply delectable.

Carven ‘Pour Hommes’ Bath and Shower Gel, $30.00

Kiton Shower Gel

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Why: Rough skin is never in. Luckily, you no longer have to succumb to the drying effects of hard water thanks to this ultra-hydrating blend. Your skin won’t feel tight and taut—just replenished and soothed.

Kiton Shower Gel, $22.00

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

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Why: Listen, we get why you might be hesitant to to slather oil on yourself in the shower. But this one will leave your pectorals gleaming with gratitude. You’ll become addicted to this out-of-the-box body cleanser.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $25.00

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Cleanser

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Why:
Pegged as paraben-free and vitamin-rich, this no-nonsense gel thoroughly cleanses skin of dirt and impurities. Plus, key ingredients like Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 infuse skin with much-needed nutrients.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Cleanser, $20.00