How to Exfoliate With a Loofah

by Joshua McCarron ; Updated July 18, 2017

Use a loofah as part of your shower routine to help keep skin smooth.

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The term exfoliation refers to a treatment for your skin where the outer layer of dead skin cells is removed. Typically, exfoliation will be carried out either chemically or mechanically. Chemical applications use different types of acids to break down the tissue, while mechanical exfoliation uses a gritty surface to dislodge cells. A loofah -- which is derived from the luffa plant -- is a type of natural sponge that is often used in mechanical exfoliation. Exfoliating with a loofah is easy; it takes just a few minutes in the shower and can help make your skin smooth and silky soft.

Brush your skin with a dry loofah to remove any dry, flaky skin. Start at your feet and work your way up, suggests NaturalHealthFoods.com.

Step into the bath tub or shower and wet your body. Apply some exfoliating cleanser to a wet loofah. You can purchase cleanser wherever skin care products are sold.

Scrub your body with the loofah. Use small, circular motions and be gentle. It doesn't take a lot of pressure to loosen and remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

Rinse your skin with warm water. Exfoliation can cause the skin to dry out, so apply moisturizing cream after your shower.


  • When exfoliating your face, use products that are designed specifically for that area. For some people, a loofah will be too coarse to use on the face.

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Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.