In a perfect world, loofahs are a perfect part of a daily skin regimen. Soaking a sponge with your favorite soap to lather up and scrub away can be the ideal way to help you feel squeaky clean hopping out of the shower. However, if you find yourself keeping your loofah in the shower at all times, you might be cleansing with more bacteria than soap.
A study by the American Society in Microbiology
found that while loofahs are natural products used as beauty exfoliators, they can potentially be a reservoir and a vehicle for pathogenic species to the human skin — especially when left in the shower.
When leaving your loofah in the shower, the warm, humid heat traps inside your loofah and is a perfect home for bacteria to grow. The humidity in the shower grows bacteria on your loofah and the next day you will be scrubbing with bacteria instead of soap.
While loofahs are usually thought as sea sponges, they are actually gourds which grow as squash plants and are dried and sold. However, many loofahs are now mostly made out of bleached and dyed plastic, which are even more susceptible to holding in bacteria than their natural counterparts.The bleaching and dyeing of the plastic is also a huge harm to the environment.
Scrubbing with your plastic loofah could also potentially harm your skin. While you might think that the scrub is beneficial, creating small punctures from the scrub could clog the pores throughout your body leading to an opposite effect of cleanliness.
The study also found how cleaning your loofah every 7 days with distilled bleach might be the way to reduce the bacteria from skin cells in the loofah. However, bacteria will again be present after the next use.
Not only is bleaching a loofah not something many of us want to do, bleach can then again be harmful to your skin and the environment when rinsed and added to the shower.
So, not only are loofahs bad for the environment, Radiant Roots thinks both plastic loofahs are potentially not the way to go for a clean shower for your skin or health. Thankfully, Natural Loofah Soap by Honey Belle is an organic, healthy way to use a clean loofah and soap together. A small, natural organic loofah made of sea foam is attached to a small, organic bar of soap. This natural, unbleached, eco-friendly sponge cleanses your skin naturally, yet effectively. It exfoliates and rids dead skin, but is also safe for sensitive skin.
And most importantly, this product is extremely affordable! At only $8, you will have a tool to make your skin healthy and radiant in no time.
Each soap from Honey Belle is created to help a specific issue you may have with your skin from acne scarring, to blackheads, to uneven and blotchy complexion, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis.
Best of all, once the soap is used from the loofah, you can use it to scrub and clean your house!
Honey Belle Natural Loofah Soap FAQs:
1. What is the loofah made out of? The loofah sponge is obtained from the gourd plant (a type of squash!), and is dried and peeled. You may see black or brown flecks of the seed or remnants from the skin in your soap, and this is normal! The loofahs are derived from real plants, that come from real soil.
2. The loofah is so hard on my skin? The loofahs tend to be harder in texture in the beginning, but after a couple of washes, the sponge becomes softer. If you feel that the loofah is a bit on the rougher side, start scrubbing on rougher areas of your body, like your feet and knees and elbows!
3. Is this soap gentle enough for sensitive skin? Yep! This soap base is free of chemical detergents, and gentle enough for people with skin conditions and sensitive skin.
4. What do I do with the leftover loofah? As the soap disappears through scrubbing and usage, the loofah will be left over– you can go ahead and use the leftover loofah as a scrub/sponge for your body, or even use it to clean your shower, tub, or sink!
While Honey Belle is the cleanest use for your shower scrub, using these additional tips can help keep you and your shower clean!
Make sure the soap is completely washed away from the loofah.
Shake out the loofah after your shower so it’s pretty dry.
Take the loofah out of the shower and hang up in a cool, dry place like a window sill.
Make sure the soap is used within four weeks.