In your bathtub or shower right now, chances are, that you have a shower puff hanging somewhere. It’s convenient, isn’t it? Having something to lather as well as scrub at the same time. You can exfoliate your skin and it’ll feel as smooth as a baby’s. They’ve been proven to boost circulation too. It sounds like those shower puffs are a shower time must-have, huh?
That’s where you might be mistaken. And by mistaken I mean, you couldn’t have been more wrong. Dermatologists worldwide agree that shower puffs do us way more harm than good. In fact, over 98% skin doctors advise us to toss the shower puffs in the trash right away.
The reason? Well, according to J. Matthew Knight from the Knight Dermatology Institute, after you use a shower puff to exfoliate your skin, the dead skins gets trapped in the multiple layers of the puff’s material. What makes it worse is the fact that when you leave the loofah in the shower, the residual warm water and the steamy environment are ideal conditions for bacteria and yeast growth. DISGUSTING!
So, to give you a good idea, the entire surface of the loofah becomes a massive breeding ground for harmful germs in a matter of hours. And multiple layers ensure multiple levels of infestation. You’re probably making a face right now. Don’t worry we’ve all been there. Pro tip: Helps if you throw your loofah at this very moment.
To make things worse, say you use a shower puff right after a good ole shave. Your risk of an infection rises through the roof. The bacteria gets stuck into the nicks of the wound and leads to various complications. Not to mention you’re stuck with a bad looking and feeling a patch of infected skin.
If you really don’t want to throw your shower puff, or you’re just worried that you’ll have nothing to rub-a-dub-dub in your tub with, then don’t worry, there are solutions. Scientists urge to rinse the puff excessively and ensure all dead skin is removed. Afterward, the puff should hang to dry out of the shower in a moisture free environment. Shower puffs must be replaced with new ones every couple of months. And if your nose detects any displeasing odors from the puff, toss it immediately.
Talking about alternatives, there are a variety of scrubbers in the market today that are good replacements for shower puffs. Those colorful scrubbing gloves are an absolute godsend in my opinion. All you have to do is put them on, pour a dollop of soap into your palm and you’re set. Personally, I think that these allow you to reach the hard spots easier than a shower puff. You can try a loofah or even a scrubber with a plastic tip. All you have to do is find one to your liking and make sure to practice proper hygiene with it.
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