But it’s natural! Yes, it certainly is, and so is mold and mildew and all manner of bacteria and microorganisms that like to live in that natural sponge called a loofah.
But it feels so good! Getting a good back scratch does feel good, but when you realize that what you’re doing is depositing all kinds of organisms that aren’t necessarily friendly onto the surface of your skin, you might not enjoy that back scratch quite so much.
I like the idea of a loofah as much as the next person, but having seen the multitudes of bacteria and microorganism colonies on the tiniest surface of something underneath a microscope, I no longer want to deposit that on my body.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is the first line of defense we have. Generally speaking, we want to avoid anything that will breach that defense mechanism. That includes micro-cuts that are created by using things like a natural loofah. Under an electron-microscope, the surface of the skin that has been “cleaned” with a loofah will show huge breaches in our defense mechanism.
Skin experts now tell us that we don’t need a loofah. We don’t need those little micro-pearls, the sea-salt scrubs, or even a coarse wash cloth in order to get our skin clean. A light application of a bar of soap and water is all that is necessary to clean our bodies.
We only believe we need more because of the clever marketing we’ve been exposed to for our entire lives. Want younger looking skin, try my product. Want to erase layers of old, dead skin, use this to brighten up your skin. You know all the words, probably better than I do. But all of them are designed for one single thing, to take your money and put it into someone else’s pocket.
With very few exceptions, the human being does very well with minimal intervention from marketing specialists. Our skin needs to be gently protected from the elements, cleaned with very mild soap and water, and then left alone. It’s done its job quite well for thousands of years before specialized products came on the market.
Sadly, the loofah, while natural will only destroy what you’re trying to preserve. The loofah has millions of nooks and crannies to hold old dead skin cells, billions and billions of microorganisms, and when left in a dark, damp shower environment, they have a procreation party that you simply would not believe.
The next time you need your back scratched, have someone you love do it for you. It might even lead to more pleasurable things in the end.