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Change your loofah

Friday, June 18, 2010

Do you know that you could be washing yourself with mold and bacteria? It’s important to switch out your loofah every 3-4 weeks to prevent bacteria and mold growth which can cause rashes like folliculitis which is an infection of the hair follicles (you should toss a synthetic mesh bath pouf, which is more resistant to bacteria, after eight weeks). To keep your bath sponge lasting longer make sure to ring out the sponge of any excess water and hang in a ventilated area, you can also soak the sponge in bleach regularly to kill bacteria.   By regularly cleaning and replacing your bath sponge you can keep germs from spreading in your bathroom and on your body! 
{Achelle is the Creative Director, Brand Ambassador and official Makeup Artist for e.l.f. cosmetics}

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ohhbella0310 wrote:
1) 6/18/2010 10:26:40 AM
Thanks for the tip!! I try to change mine often, but I guess not as often as I should. I will definitely keep up with it a little better now!!
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Adk13 wrote:
2) 6/18/2010 10:38:26 AM
Wow, I didn't know. I've been using my loofahs for longer than I should've. I will definitely change it more often. Weird to think mold is growing even though I can't see it..
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jennc929 wrote:
3) 6/18/2010 11:36:06 AM
Thanks for the tip! I never thought of this but it makes a lot of sense, and I'll definitely be taking care of my loofah now =)
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Violenc3 wrote:
4) 6/18/2010 11:49:36 AM
Thanks for the tip. Gross, definitely time to get a new one!
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simplyfab448 wrote:
5) 6/18/2010 2:47:05 PM
I think that is really gross. I use loofahs all the time and I never knew that. I will definately be changing mine asap! Thank you E.L.F!
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mushcroom wrote:
6) 6/18/2010 3:50:48 PM
wow, i never knew that!! ive been keeping my loofahs for... well... more than 4 weeks. thanks for the tip!
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EaterOfCrayons wrote:
7) 6/18/2010 3:52:43 PM
Thanks for the tips! I always use loofahs in the shower.
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ali.b wrote:
8) 6/18/2010 4:36:34 PM
Wow thanks for the heads up! I have been reading a lot of articles lately about beauty products, mainly makeup products that contain bacteria after long periods of time. It doesn't surprise me that a loofah needs to be switched out that much too. Mine has definitely been in my shower longer than a month... oops!
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9) 6/18/2010 4:44:36 PM
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loverofgloss wrote:
10) 6/18/2010 5:06:09 PM
This is something I didn't know! I would always toss mine out when they would lose their shape. Ok, now I know to get rid of them every 3-4 weeks because of bacterial infections. Ewwww!!
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Christine111 wrote:
11) 6/18/2010 6:32:46 PM
Wow I didn't know that! I think it's time to toss out my loofah!:) Thanks for the tip!!!
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Hanah B wrote:
12) 6/18/2010 6:42:18 PM
I HAD NO IDEA! im glad that i know now. ive bee using the same loofah everyday for the last... year i think? thanks for the help!
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amateur mycologist wrote:
13) 6/18/2010 7:23:43 PM
oh no! i've been using my loofah at least for two years!
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katiecrystal wrote:
14) 6/18/2010 9:42:44 PM
I am so changing my loofah now!!! thats so gross!! I've been using my loofah for at least 3 months!!!
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mariarag wrote:
15) 6/18/2010 9:52:29 PM
I always throw out my loofahs after a month anyway, but its good why its necesary to do so.
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ileen wrote:
16) 6/18/2010 9:54:36 PM
This article was extremely helpful! I had no idea so much could occur due to not switching out a loofa. This was shocking, and completely changed my perspective upon sponges, loofas, r anything similar. THANK YOU!
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rawkii wrote:
17) 6/18/2010 11:52:27 PM
Whoa...thats a bit disturbing, but good to know.
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proflover wrote:
18) 6/19/2010 4:21:59 AM
I always told my roommate to air out her sponge, and she always thought that I was being neurotic. Thanks for the tip about dipping the sponge in bleach though! I've been using my loofah for way too long, my body feels so unsanitary now...
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bunnymin wrote:
19) 6/19/2010 4:27:02 AM
great tip!
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JMM wrote:
20) 6/19/2010 4:32:21 AM
ugh....folliculitis!I know this condition very well.I have had this more than once in a very vulnerable area!(right at the crease of the bikini line and the inner thigh)Mine,caused by shaving & ingrown hairs,so make sure to use CLEAN razors or just skip shaving and opt for depilatories.Mine got so bad that I could not walk.It had worsened into a full blown abscess the size of an egg.Imagine the pain!This called for a visit to the Dr for lancing and antibiotics.Use a antibacterial bodywash...this helps alot.I am doomed for this condition flaring up for the rest of my life..so be careful ladies.Public hot tubs believe it or not,are also a no-no if you are suseptible. Thanks for the loofah/pouf info...I will remember to replace it often.
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~*LaLah*~ wrote:
21) 6/19/2010 8:23:45 AM
I always change every thing I use to wash myself about every one to two weeks keeps me feeling fresh!
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afrochic wrote:
22) 6/19/2010 1:34:24 PM
Thanks for the tip! I knew that you had to continually change your sponges, but I never knew how often to change them.
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Raichu wrote:
23) 6/19/2010 3:31:25 PM
Thank you for letting me know! Im going to change mine!!
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WYTJ83 wrote:
24) 6/19/2010 3:49:47 PM
omg I NEED SWITCH RIGHT NOW MY LOOFAH ,I EVER THINK THAT STUFF ARE REALLY CLEAN FOR LONG TIME THANKS FOR THE TIP :D
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LibbyLu17 wrote:
25) 6/19/2010 8:20:00 PM
Thanks for the tip. I guess this means i need to go to the store to get a new one A.S.A.P.
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girl115 wrote:
26) 6/21/2010 1:18:34 PM
thanks for the tip.
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chy chy wrote:
27) 6/21/2010 7:09:16 PM
Elf products make me smile! =]
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Bree H wrote:
28) 6/21/2010 7:29:47 PM
absolutely did not know that . that's for telling me elf ! (: you have not let me down yet !
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Theresa T wrote:
30) 12/19/2010 1:12:30 AM
Great tip!
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XxKatexX wrote:
31) 1/21/2011 2:48:02 PM
cant believe this im changing mine more often
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