- exfoliates or brushes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin
- sweeps away places where bacteria and soil could collect
- increases circulation and localized blood flow by forcing your capillaries, the tiny blood vessels closest to your skin, to expand
Taking Care of Your Loofah…
- help keep your skin in good shape
- Your loofah can actually harbor harmful bacteria in its many tiny holes if you do not take proper care of it.
- Allow your loofah to air-dry between uses so that it will not decay by being constantly wet.
- How your loofah is maintained will affect its longevity.
- As you use your loofah to exfoliate your skin, dead skin cells will get caught in the nooks and crannies of its fibers.
- Leaving your loofah in the bathroom between uses creates an excellent opportunity bacteria to cultivate and grow because of the humid and closed-in environment.
- There are a few steps that you can take to lower the risk of your loofah harboring bacteria. These include…
- Allow the loofah to dry between uses.
- Replace your loofah frequently, especially if the loofah changes color or smells funky.
- Microwave your damp loofah for twenty seconds once a week to clean it and help kill bacteria. Another similar option would be to soak the loofah in a solution of 5% bleach.
What is a loofah?
- The insides of this vegetable form what we know as the loofah sponge, a network of fibers that harden and become very durable when dried.
- A loofah is actually not a sponge or sea creature, but a vegetable.
The benefits of using a loofah include…
- exfoliates the skin – The various natural fibers in a loofah exfoliate the dead skin cells from your skin
- removes any dirt or pollutants that might be stuck in between the pores of your skin
- improves blood circulation of the skin
- helps the skin get rid of any harmful toxins and chemicals
- helps keep the skin firm and smooth
- removing all of the “gunk” from the skin surface
Loofah sponges come in several different shapes and sizes, and are designed for many different uses and skin type needs.
- can help you save money on shower gels and soap because there is enough texture to make lather out of even a small amount of soap or shower gel.
Always rinse the loofah after each use to make sure there are no traces of dirt, soap, or anything else that may harbor bacteria. You may occasionally want to brush the surface of the loofah with a toothbrush.
Rinse your loofah and allow it to dry completely after each use.
Do not leave your loofah in the bathroom because the humidity will keep it from drying quickly. Instead place the loofah somewhere where it can dry right away.
Sterilize your loofah at least once a week either in a pot of boiling water or in the washing machine with a load of towels.
- The small holes and portions of your loofah are places where bacteria can grow and thrive, even if you rinse and dry your loofah properly after use.
Replace the loofah after using it for about a month. After about a month, the fibers that form the texture of the loofah may begin to break down, making the loofah inefficient…and as the loofah begins to get ‘older’, any bacteria may slowly develop, making it a harbor of bacteria and other harmful microbes.
Many companies manufacturers produce and sell various types of loofah, but you want to find a high-quality and all-natural loofah.
The loofah fruit is a type of cucumber commonly found in Vietnam, where it is used as an ingredient in soups and other dishes.
The pink fruit is shaped like a breast, with an enlarged end portion that has a black lump in the breast similar to nipple.
The loofah sponge is made from a loofah fruit.