You can easily find loofahs at your local drugstore, beauty supply or natural health market.
There are many different sizes, shapes and types to choose from, including small natural loofahs, circular loofahs for facial use, loofah mitts and even loofah gloves.
You’ll need to buy one that’s larger and a bit coarser in texture for your body, and another that’s smaller and labelled for use on the face.
Note that the loofah you use on your face is also the one you should be using on your decollete, as it’s going to be softer in texture and less likely to scratch the skin.
Newly purchased loofahs are commonly rough and hard but they become softer and more flexible with use.
Soften Loofahs For First Time Use
To get ready for your first use, soak your loofah in a pan of boiling hot water and keep it immersed for an hour or two before use.
Using A Loofah Step By Step
Start by getting into the shower and wetting your entire body to prepare for the exfoliation process.
Wet your loofah with warm water; enough to help the cleanser lather well. Now apply the required amount of your body wash.
Starting with your chest, scrub with the loofah in gentle, circular motions for a full minute.
Now come down towards your abdomen area and scrub here again with the same motion for a minute or so. Continue the process towards your back and neck for 1-2 minutes.
Next scrub your arms focusing on the elbows for 1 minute or so each.
Then scrub both your legs for 2-5 minutes each focusing on the knees, back of the thighs and the backside.
Last but not least, scrub your feet and hands each for 2 minutes.
Spend more time in scrubbing the rough and dry areas such as heels and knees.
Rinse off the suds thoroughly with warm water, finishing with a cold water splash to tighten the pores that were opened during the exfoliation process.
After your shower, towel dry and splash on witch hazel head to toe.
Apply a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. I prefer using body care products that contain aloe vera, chamomile, lavender, calendula or comfrey.