Among the beauty and health accessories available on the market, vegetable sponges are one of the most requested, especially when it comes to exfoliation of the skin. From 100% natural origin, this product comes from a exotic plant of Asian origin, from the same family as cucumbers, squash, and other similar vegetables. The fruit, popularly known as luffa, measures about 30 centimeters and is composed of a sheath and a dense network of plant fibers shaped like a cylinder, which is the one that is later used for body hygiene.
The result is a natural, biodegradable and ecological sponge that provides the individual with multiple advantages over its industrial version. For example, experts say that, being composed of slightly rough fibers, it is one of the best options for exfoliating the most superficial layer of the skin, as well as for remove dead cells that accumulate in it.
On the other hand, it helps minimize visible signs of cellulite, stimulates the lymphatic system, helps to eliminate toxins naturally and, above all, promotes blood circulation thanks to friction. Regarding their benefits outside the field of health, natural sponges are more respectful with the environment and they suppose a considerable economic saving. Under this premise, what steps should you follow to «grow» your own loofah?
Steps to obtain a 100% natural vegetable sponge
Of course the first thing is grow your own luffa seeds, available at any herbalist or specialty store. In principle they do not require any special care, although they are plants very sensitive to cold, so they usually need a temperature higher than 20ºC, more typical of the months before summer. And they are usually watered every week with plenty of water.
The normal thing is that they reach two meters in height and that on each plant grow between two and four fruits, dark green in color and similar in appearance to zucchini. At this point, when the luffa specimens look big and mature, now is the time to transform them to obtain your long-awaited vegetable sponge.
- First of all, you must collect them and leave them in a dry and warm place so that dry completely.
- Later, peel off the skin carefully and remove the seeds that may remain inside. But do not throw them in the trash, they will help you grow more plants in the future and thus increase your reserve of sponges.
- When the vegetable fibers are also dry, squeeze them tightly with your hands so that soften a little and the sponge is more comfortable to use.
- Finally, before using it in the shower, soak it in with a little moisturizer or gel to also favor contact with the skin and not cause any damage.