Is YOUR Loofah Defeating The Purpose Of A Shower?

Is YOUR Loofah Defeating The Purpose Of A Shower?

Do you use a loofah?

If yes… I am sorry to say this, but you may as well not shower at all!

You may think a nice warm shower with some body wash and a loofah is going to make you squeaky clean, but I hate to break it to you, it may not be the case…

Loofahs are FULL of bacteria…

In fact, they maybe crawling with germs!
And using one in your shower or bath, may just be pointless if want to get yourself clean because you’re basically rubbing all of yesterday’s dirt on your body…

When you scrub your skin with a loofah, all your dead skin cells are being exfoliated, either dropping on the shower floor or most likely, getting caught in the little nooks and crannies of your loofah…

That being said, once your shower is over, you hang it up on the tap or little hook to dry and don’t even think twice about it, which is nice and easy.

But at the same time, it is left in a humid, wet and of course, bacteria loving environment.

This undisturbed damp shower becomes the breeding ground for nasties and before you know it, you’re in for you next shower with a whole new colony of bacteria that has multiplied on your loofah.
Mind you, mould, yeast, and mildew can also infect your loofah and be passed onto you… Ewww… Gross!

Bacteria feeds off of the organic matter trapped in your loofah… uhh does that mean your dead skin cells? Yuk!

… And when it doesn’t properly dry, the growth of bacteria become larger and larger and LARGER!

If you do wash it with a bit of antibacterial soap after every use and think that does the trick to keeping it clean, I’m sorry to say this… But it does NOTHING. The only way to say bye bye to all the bacteria is by regularly disinfecting it and constantly changing it… but is that really worth it?

Most loofahs bought are made from plastics and found in most grocery stores, where we add them into our trolleys, take them home and use in our shower.
Now, although one only costs a couple of dollars, we change it every month or so. Meaning we use approximately 12 a year, give or take one or two (and by the way, I do hope your disinfecting these on the regular if you’re keeping one more than 3-4 weeks :P).

So, if I am using 12 and you are using 12 a year that’s 24? Well, why not add the rest of the population. The population of Australia is currently 24.6 million. Let’s say only half use loofahs, that means we throw out into landfill 151.2 million loofahs a year…

How does that make you feel?

It’s pretty sad isn’t it? And let’s be honest, a great majority of these are not being recycled.

So, I have just thrown my loofah in the bin (for the last time) … Now what?

Well, there are a few alternatives…

1.
You can use face towels in the shower. They are a nice little size and can be lathered up with body wash or soap, making them perfect to clean your body. Plus, you can put them in the wash after every use, resulting in a fresh & clean towel for every use as well as no rubbish.

2.
You can use a konjac sponge…

A konjac sponge… What is a konjac sponge?

Konjac sponges are made from vegetable fibres from the konjac potato (Konnyaku). A plant that is native to Asia. This means that they are 100% natural and 100% biodegradable.

Since they are made from vegetable fibres, they contain a number of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, that nourish and soothe your skin naturally.

They are also naturally alkaline, helping to balance your skin pH levels as well as to remove any excess oils and dirt from the skin.

Did you know konjac sponges are used on babies in Japan?

If you’re wondering why, it is because they have a soft texture and are gentle on your skin. Making them suitable for all skin types, as well as for your face and body.

How does a konjac sponge work?

The unique vegetable fibres have the ability to hold onto water and when applied to your skin, water acts as a buffer between the sponge and your skin. As a result, the skin NEVER comes into contact with the fibres directly. However, it does come into contact with the abundance of positive benefits that arises from using it.

A great point made from this is the fact that it prevents scratching and potential damage to your skin. If you were to rub a dry (not wet) konjac sponge on your face, I can tell you now, it’s going to hurt. The fibres are quite hard, rough and firm. However, once water is added, you see the sponge undergo a reaction, and its texture instantly changes.

Now, this is the same when it comes to the body konjac sponges. Unlike nasty, plastic, bacteria breeding loofahs, you’re not scratching or irritating your skin with every scrubbing movement you make. If you have skin of steel than this may not be a big deal for you, but if you’re someone like me, with dry, sensitive, eczema prone skin, loofahs make your skin itchy, red and irritated.

The best part of using a konjac sponge, whether it be on the body or face, is that you don’t have to add any products to it. It is honestly a game changer in my skincare routine and I am sure you will agree as well!

So, it’s gentle on skin & environmentally friendly, what about bacteria?

Unlike a loofa, konjac sponges are easy to clean and dry quite quickly, making them less likely to harbour bacteria.

After every use, simply rinse your konjac sponge in hot water and gently squeeze out the excess water and hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. Exposure to direct sunlight is also great, as it speeds up the drying process.

Konjac sponges should be changed every 4-5 weeks, or when you start to notice it being unable to expand like it normally would, or one that is more visible, it starts to fall apart.

This is something unlike a loofah you can start to notice with use, making it easier to identify when there needs to be change, because let’s be honest, how many of us forget to change our loofahs and keep them for months on hand because to the eye, they look perfectly fine…
If you don’t change your konjac sponge regularly, it too becomes the breeding ground for bacteria, just like a loofah. The only difference is this breeding ground can be a lot less and start a lot later than a loofah does, as it maybe around the 6-8 week mark. Well, that is if you still haven’t disposed of it by then 😛

That being said, unlike the plastic loofahs many of us use, konjac sponges are sustainable and 100 % biodegradable. This means that they naturally decompose into the environment and DO NOT add to landfill.

So, the next time you use a loofah or are about to buy one, just think for a minute, is this good for my skin? Is it good for the environment? And… do I also want to share it with the a whole colony of bacteria?

Want to try a konjac sponge? Click here!

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