There are a variety of products available for pampering your skin and getting your body fresh and clean each day. In your shower, you may have a collection of soaps, oils, and potions in addition to washcloths, shower puffs, and loofahs for applying them. Many tout the loofah as a useful tool for ridding your skin of debris and dead skin cells. But using a loofah may not leave your skin as fresh, clean, and healthy as you might think. Read on to learn about loofahs and whether or not you should be using one.
6. What Is a Loofah?
A loofah is a dried gourd of the Luffa plant. Since their appearance somewhat resembles that of a sponge, you may think this plant grows in the ocean. However, this is a gourd that you can grow in your garden. In fact, Gardener’s Path offers tips on growing and preparing loofah sponges right in your own backyard. Keep in mind that not all of the loofah products found on beauty store shelves come from loofah gourds. Synthetic materials may make up any of these items.
5. Loofahs and Bacteria
The purpose of a loofah is to lather up your body to wash away dirt, sweat, and bacteria. Loofahs are often used to exfoliate and remove a layer of dead skin cells. The problem with these products is that they spend a lot of time hanging out in the humid conditions of your shower. Once you have sloughed off bacteria from your skin, it can remain trapped in the pockets and ridges of your sponge or loofah, where it can grow and multiply. Then, when you use it again the next day, you reapply the germs to your skin.