How to Choose a Men's Body Wash: Products That Work With Your Skin

Your lifestyle, your habits, your choices, all these things make you the man you are. Your body wash shouldn’t work to cover up your natural smells and your skin barrier; instead, it should collaborate with your body. 

Your skin works with you to protect you and keep you comfortable and healthy, so your men’s body wash should do the same thing: work in tandem with your skin so that after every shower, you feel refreshed, attractive, and ready to go.

For that reason, the best body wash for men will be one that considers you as an individual and that fits into your lifestyle and preferences.

Your Activity Levels

If you are active, you typically sweat more, shower more often, and might even experience more body odor due to your active lifestyle. If you are an athlete or if you work out and get out often, then we recommend a gentle, moisturizing body wash that is specifically designed for athletes. This is for a few reasons.

First, if you are training and showering often, then a harsh body wash will dry out your skin. Second, you don’t want a body wash that gets easily washed away by sweat.

Men’s Body Wash for Athletes

The OffCourt Deep Cleansing Body Wash with fig leaves and white musk scents was specifically designed for athletes. It has glycolic and lactic acids for a soft exfoliation technique without using grading plastic particles. The smell is lively and fresh without being too extreme. You can get a full bottle for when you’re really ready to party, or you can get a travel size to take with you to the gym.

Deep Cleansing Body Wash - Fig Leaves + White Musk


Your Skin Type

If your skin typically looks shiny, then you may have an oily skin type. If your skin gets tight, dry, or flaky, then you may have a dry skin type. And if you typically have hydrated skin, then that’s considered a normal skin type. 

The best body wash for you will be one that works with your skin type. Especially if you don’t wear makeup or lotion your skin, then your body wash is pulling some serious weight when it comes to the look and feel of your skin. That makes choosing one for your skin type all the more critical. 

Moisturizing Body Wash

If you have normal or dry skin, consider looking for a moisturizing body wash with natural ingredients. Anything that has sulfate or exfoliation beds can be damaging to your skin and can dry it out even more. The best moisturizing body washes leave your natural oils in place while also working to clean away grime and sweat. The coconut water and sandalwood OffCourt body wash is a carefully formulated coconut body wash for men that cleans your skin while keeping it soft and fragrant.

Deep Cleansing Body Wash - Coconut Water + Sandalwood


Time of Year and Climate

The best body wash for men will change with the seasons, especially if you live somewhere with dramatic changes in temperature and humidity.

In the winter months, you might need a gentle moisturizing body wash with natural ingredients. And in humid summer months, go for a body wash that works with your sweat and that softly exfoliates all your dead skin cells.


A build-up of dead skin can make your skin look dull, and it can even age you. By using a gentle exfoliant, you cleanse away unseemly odors and dead skin cells without overdoing it.

Be sure to stay away from products with small exfoliating beads, as these can lead to microabrasions in the skin.

Lather/ Shower Experience

What will really make you feel clean and refreshed will be getting that soapy sudsy shower that could make even a grown man giggle. Go for a fragrant and fun soap that covers your whole body with a nice lather.

Application Method

While we’ve all had those days where we just use our hands, here are some other (preferred) application methods for getting the body wash all over (some of which you have perhaps not even heard of!):

  • Washcloth
  • Natural shower sponge
  • Loofah
  • Flat body scrubber
  • Body buffer
  • Exfoliating net
  • Exfoliating gloves

Fragrance Preferences

Do you typically wear other scented products, like cologne or lotion? Or do you prefer to go for a more natural scent?

The fresh citron and driftwood OffCourt body wash has an earthy, masculine scent that neutralizes odors instead of covering them up. It’s not too perfumey or fragrant, but it has just enough of a kick to work in tandem with your natural scent. This unique formula, made to celebrate, not cover up, your body and smell, makes it the best smelling body wash on the market.

Deep Cleansing Body Wash - Fresh Citron + Driftwood


Chemicals to Avoid for a Natural Body Wash

Sulfate is proven to strip away too much of your natural skin barrier and cause redness, dryness, and flakiness in your skin. Sulfate is also pointed to as a culprit for hair dryness so if you worry about hair thinning or balding, then we suggest being very careful about any products that contain sulfate.

Aluminum can also be absorbed into the skin, especially if used every day over a long period of time. For an effective body wash that is still healthy and breathable, we suggest finding an aluminum-free body wash.

All OffCourt body washes are sulfate-free and aluminum-free, and they utilize prebiotics to boost your skin barrier for protection that lasts long after your morning shower.

The Best Body Wash for Any Occasion

Unsure where to start? Or are you looking for scents and cleanliness that flow with the seasons? Our OffCourt body wash trio pack offers all three different scents of these masterfully crafted body washes so that you can smell fresh and irresistible all year round. And especially around the holiday season, be sure to check out our article about the best gifts for athletes to boost performance and healing.

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