A study published in the Journal of clinical Microbiology showed that the popular beauty accessory, made from the fruit of the tropical vines, may be a transmitter Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and many other pathogenic bacteria.
"From the beginning, articles of loofah is quite hygienic," says Esther Eggert, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University. – "However, after a short time the dead skin cells of Your body get bogged down in all the nooks and crannies of the fibrous matrix of the loofah".
After the procedure You leave the loofah in the bathroom until the next use. It's the perfect place for bacteria.
"The wet environment of the shower, where the air is almost never circulates is a great place for growth and reproduction of bacteria. Each time the washcloth is not washed away and not dried thoroughly, it breed microorganisms," – says the doctor of medical Sciences, a new York dermatologist, Michele green. "The loofah is spreading yesterday's dirt on Your body."
This spongy scrubber really is the perfect home for bacteria, which can lead to staph infection. Our skin is particularly vulnerable in the shower, as the pores open and aggressive friction we deliver bacteria directly to the wound or cracks.
If You are still attached to the washcloth of loofah to reduce the risk should take the following steps:
- thoroughly dry sponge, it needs to completely dry between usages;
- shower regularly;
- if the sponge changes color or smell, immediately replace it with a new;
- from time to time put natural loofah wet in the microwave for 20 seconds;
- sometimes steep Your wash cloth in the bleach, it kills bacteria.
And best of all – go to the use of synthetic accessories beauty. They are more safe and hygienic.