You always feel better after a shower. That cleansing, rejuvenating effect is something that makes you feel like everything is all right again. But depending on which accessories you use in the shower, this might not always be the case …
Most people use a nylon mesh loofah to wash themselves, but they might actually make you really gross. Very, very gross. All those layers of damp mesh are a perfect environment for all sorts of bacteria that you don’t want anywhere near your body. For example, they can cause acne and even infect cuts.
You can’t do anything about the fact that bacteria are everywhere, but you can do a lot to keep the nasty ones at a minimum. Small changes can lead to a large increase in life quality. Healthier air, less bad smells, and a cleaner environment – doesn’t that sound good? And the good news is, even if you decide to get rid of your loofah, there are lots of alternatives that can give you just as good a scrub as the bath puff did.
Loofahs are perfect for lathering soap, and they come in lots of colors so you can pick one you like – and that fits your bathroom’s color scheme. But the negatives outweigh the positives by quite a bit.
Dermatologist J. Matthew Knight says that these puffs do more bad than good to your skin. The dead skin cells get caught in the layers, and together with the water they become a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, mold, yeast and mildew. And it only takes a few hours for them to reach an alarming amount!
A good alternative to cheap nylon puffs are natural loofahs, which consist of the fibrous insides of gourds. They are less dense than the nylon ones and so easier to rinse. After showering, hang them in a cool, dry area, and replace them once a month.
Another possibility is a natural sea sponge. Like natural loofahs, they contain no harsh chemicals, and they also have their own antibacterial enzymes; but you should still wash them regularly. You can actually microwave them to kill germs, but you should still replace them after a while – at the latest when they start to smell funny.
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If you want to completely get rid of all the nooks and crannies that could harbor bacteria, try a washcloth. You can get them anywhere, or even make your own. After using them, simply toss them in the washer. This way, they’ll last you a long time.
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If all this is still too gross for you, just ditch the accessory altogether and just use a good old-fashioned bar of soap. There won’t be as many bubbles, but you can still get the scrub if you choose bars with exfoliating ingredients. What would you use? Share this post with your friends!