Via One of My Favorite Beauty Blogs!!! Tres Savage By Jake
OK, so this is something I was reading about recently and I absolutely died! I feel like when it comes to beauty we’re conscious of so many things…but unfortunately there are still so many things we’re barely aware of. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you should be ditching your loofah…and I’m going to give you a couple of strong reasons as to why.
What’s the big deal?
If you’re anything like me (which you are…that’s why you’re reading my blog) you’re probably in a long-term relationship with your loofah. Really though, the truth of the matter is that you should be changing your loofah about every week or so and tossing the old one. I know it sounds ridiculously expensive but a lot of discount stores tend to carry loofahs or exfoliating gloves in bulk (if you’re lucky) and you can get them for about a quarter a piece, which definitely makes it so worth it…! I guess I still haven’t told you what the problem is though, so let’s get into the downfalls of our beloved loofahs.
Due to their intricate webbing a wet loofah will literally pick up all of the dirt and debris from your skin and keep it locked inside. This means that if you’ve ever had a scab, excess skin on your feet from wearing heels or anything of that nature, all of those things are going to be left on your loofah after cleansing. Sometimes, if you’re lucky enough you can actually see the debris through the webbing and even if you try to rinse it out, it will never completely clean it. Not only that, every time you wash yourself you’ll only be adding that bacteria back to your body…and as you know, that’s never a good thing.
The best types of loofahs are the ones that resemble a washcloth (washcloths themselves are more abrasive though and don’t slough away as much of the dead skin on your body and require four times more product, so don’t try and opt out for an actual washcloth) . They are just as effective as the big poofy ones, but they can be cleaned in your washing machine as often as you like! The washing machine easily removes dirt and debris while the heat of the dryer kills any remaining bacteria. One of these loofahs is about a ten dollar investment, but they should last you about six months to a year if they’re properly cared for (and they’re so worth it).
As great as it sounds to have a handful of loofahs lying around the house, in a situation where that isn’t possible you can soak your loofah in scalding hot water for about 30 seconds or soak them then put in the microwave for a minute or two (will be very hot remove with tongs!)…this will help to kill the majority of the bacteria (not all of it, but the majority). You also have the option of tossing it in the washing machine if you need to (and no, the fibers won’t break down during the cycle), but if the loaf pouf isn’t tied together tightly when made to won’t hold its shape if run through the washing machine.