Loofah sponge is the ideal solution for those looking for a totally natural, delicate and sustainable product: find out more!
If you are looking for accessories to take care of your beauty and at the same time do not want to lose sight of the respect for the environment, read on: today we are talking about the loofah sponge, a fantastic natural and ecological solution, not only to cleanse the skin but also for a delicate exfoliating effect on the whole body, also suitable for sensitive skin. At this point you are wondering what loofah is: it is a vegetable, a real vegetable similar to a courgette, which belongs to its own family, that of the cucurbits. This vegetable from oriental origins is also edible, in particular when the fruits are unripe, but it is when it reaches maturity that it is dried and used to obtain a completely natural sponge exactly with Konjac.
The loofah plant in Italy is widespread in the south and on the islands, due to the hot and dry climate that facilitates its growth, especially in summer, its drying in ideal conditions. The particularity of this vegetable is given by the fibrous pulp of the loofah fruit which, with natural drying, turns into a kind of slightly abrasive fabric. The pulp is peeled and remains compact and usable in all respects like a traditional sponge, both for personal use and for cleaning the surfaces of the house. Another curiosity? Luffa is a truly generous plant: even its flowers are edible and tasty, both raw and cooked, and in addition to the fruits, they are not the only part of this plant used. In particular, a latex used for its curative cosmetic preparations, such as creams, ointments and soaps, is extracted from its stem.
How to use natural loofah sponge
We anticipated the versatility of the loofah sponge, for cleaning the body and the most varied domestic surfaces, from hobs to dishes. The most popular use that loofah is having, however, especially in recent years, is undoubtedly the cosmetic one. In fact, the loofah is very soft and delicate and at the same time resistant and effective, at least as much as the other sponges of animal or synthetic origin, to cleanse the epidermis, removing impurities and contributing to good personal hygiene exactly like a natural body scrub.
Not only that, massaging the body with the loofah sponge will obtain a slight exfoliating effect, much sought after to periodically remove the layer of dead skin cells, restoring oxygen and luminosity. A gentle massage is also useful to reactivate the circulation and assist the application of any creams and beauty products, to lather in the shower by foaming anti-detergents as well as to spread massage oils. In short, the loofah sponge fully enters among the most useful products for our beauty routine!
Where to find the loofah sponge
As a vegetable, luffa sponges are very easy to self-produce, as we will see shortly, but they are also available on the market, especially in organic products stores in the home and personal care section, or in well-stocked pharmacies and herbalists. They are sold in whole format, that of the whole fruit, or in a portion thereof, but also cut into thin disks and used as the classic make-up remover cottons, but with the known functions slightly stimulating and exfoliating; finally, they are even proposed as a soap dish for their absorbent property and high resistance.
Luffa sponge: what's special?
We talked about this natural sponge, truly versatile, comfortable and with many properties. The real advantage of the loofah sponge, however, is its very low impact on the environment. Firstly, its use in place of synthetic sponges, reduces Co2 emissions. Traditional sponges in fact accumulate among domestic waste without any possibility of being recycled or reused, and are a source of pollution and consumption of non-renewable energy, from production to disposal. Instead the luffa sponge, being completely natural, is produced in an ecological way because it is simply cultivated and is also biodegradable: after all, what is more suitable than a vegetable for disposal among organic waste?
All this without compromising its effectiveness and durability: the loofah sponges do not mold and last over time, they can be used with soaps and products, certainly better if natural, and then rinsed to be reused. They can even be squeezed and do not lose their shape and compactness, in short they are really precious because they are effective, ecological and resistant for a long time. Finally, the loofah is also wonderfully sustainable: not only is its production simply environmentally friendly, because it does not threaten other living species and is even grown for food purposes, but it is sufficient, as well as very simple, to grow it in the home garden or in pots starting from seeds, purchased on the Internet or in turn extracted from fruits. It is really easy to be able to self-produce your own natural and ecological sponge and why not? Give it to friends!