Defense Soap is one of the best hygiene products for athletes, martial artists, and people with active lifestyles. We’ve gathered together some of their most helpful hygiene products by Defense to find out how and why they work and whether you should pick them up.
Here we have the classic Defense Soap with tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil; Defense’s Shower Gel sports a similar formula but without the peppermint for a more streamlined cleaning product; and finally, Defense’s Anti-fungal Soap which uses clinically proven tolnaftate to help get rid of common fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
1 – Defense Soap
Defense Soap is one of the best all-around soaps to prevent workout-related problems. It works by using a combination of essential oils that are clinically proven to clean and protect the skin effectively—peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus help to maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier. The soap also cleanses the skin of dirt, oil, and sweat with all-natural ingredients.
Defense Soap also helps your skin recover from jock itch, fungal infections, and other skin ailments. It’s not a cure-all but seems to help speed up the natural recovery process. Because it’s all-natural, it works well for sensitive skin. It contains no added dyes, sulfate, fragrances, or alcohol which might irritate the skin. This also means the soap doesn’t hurt small wounds.
The peppermint oil has an additional benefit, which is aromatherapy. Peppermint in particular, improves mood and increases one’s level of alertness. The smell is noticeable but not overpowering and will keep you smelling fresh for hours after you use it.
While the soap does help to regulate sebum and oil production in the skin, it won’t cure your acne. And while the soap provides faster recovery of other skin problems, its primary use is in preventing them from occurring in the first place.
Defense soap comes individually boxed for easy storage and use, allowing you to buy in bulk without an issue. Altogether, it’s a great soap to both prevent and deal with all the everyday skin problems athletes go through, and for that is the perfect addition to any gym bag.
2 – Defense Shower Gel (pack of 2 and 6)
Defense Shower Gel follows much of the same great formula as the Defense Soap. The shower gel is made from all-natural, non-GMO, and vegan ingredients, great for sensitive skin.
The clinically proven formula of 1% each of tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil works together to help the skin naturally protect and heal from various athletic skin problems such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, and more.
The shower gel foams into a rich lather, providing a deeper overall clean. In addition, the formula uses coconut, jojoba, and olive oils for further moisturizing properties, supporting the skin’s natural barrier while cleaning it of dirt, oil, and grime.
You can also use the gel to help promote the recovery of skin problems and to prevent acne outbreaks. It won’t necessarily cure these conditions, but many users have had success in promoting their recovery.
The formula is also naturally deodorizing, helping to wash away common odor-causing bacteria. It can also be easier to store than some soaps, as you don’t need a separate container if you bringing it back and forth from the gym or dojo.
With the sweat and grime involved in an active lifestyle, this shower gel is one of the only ones that actively promotes the skin’s barrier and natural ecology to keep it looking and feeling clean all day.
3 – Defense Anti-Fungal Soap
If you like Defense Soap but want one that targets fungal infections like athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm, their anti-fungal soap is the first line of offense.
The main anti-fungal ingredient is tolnaftate, an FDA-approved topical medication against athlete’s foot fungus. The concentrated formula takes what’s great in the original defense soap and targets fungal infections with a laser focus.
Customer testimonials point to infections being cleared up in as little as two weeks for even large-scale rashes and skin problems. For true infections, the anti-fungal soap will be a lot more effective than the classic Defense Soap, which is better for prevention. You can switch to it once the infection is cleared up to give your skin better breathing room.
It also includes a snap-case for storage to keep it tightly locked away from other toiletries and for bringing back and forth from the gym.
Doctors will prescribe both oral medications and topical creams for most fungal rash problems. These will work but can be costly and uncomfortable to use. Instead, just switching out your soap for Defense’s clinically proven, FDA-approved anti-fungal soap, and you can get rid of your problem within 2 to 4 weeks.
Each hygiene product we’ve reviewed on this list provides its own specific benefits for users. The classic Defense Soap is one of the best overall first lines of defense for athletes looking for a powerful, all-natural cleaning product that leaves one clean, odor-free, and helps promote the skin’s natural health and barrier.
But, the shower gel also foams to a rich lather and is useful for those who prefer a shower gel formula rather than a bar soap. Both products having a rich lather helps with getting a deep and satisfying clean.
And finally, the anti-fungal soap is perfect for targeted removal of any kind of topical fungal infection. So go for it over the classic Defense soap if you’ve already got a problem.