Do you use a loofa? ER physician Dr. Travis Stork loves his loofa and he shares a viral treatment that takes a loofa and supersizes it! The Doctors had an assistant, Nicole, visit a spa to receive Hunter's Run, a treatment involving a scrub down using a gigantic loofa made from wheat stalks.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon comments the loofa "looks like an alien!" Nicole says it felt weird but was relaxing. She thought it would feel rougher but it was more texturized and silkier than expected! The treatment involves a full body exfoliation at the beginning followed by a light massage. Nicole says this loofa is not like the one in her shower.
Dr. Travis acknowledges that many dermatologists, including dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, are not huge fans of loofas. He says 9 out of 10 dermatologists will say having a loofa in the shower allows dead skin cells to hang out and when combined with oils and soaps, breeds bacteria.
Dr. Travis cannot stop raving about his love of loofas! Dr. Ordon acknowledges they are good for exfoliation; our skin is constantly turning over new cells and this gets rid of the dead skin cells on top. Use that loofa but be sure to clean and replace it regularly.
"If you've got a loofa in your bathroom that's been there for four months, it's not a loofa anymore, that's a bacterial breeding ground," comments Dr. Travis. Also, make sure it's not too abrasive. "If your skin is looking red, you're overdoing it," says Dr. Ordon. Fun fact: Dr. Travis always goes for the pink loofa!