Loofahs / Body Brushing
Loofahs are grown from a tropical and subtropical gourd within the cucumber family. The fully developed fruit is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge. Once the gourds have matured, they are picked and allowed to dehydrate for over 6 months. The remaining insides of the gourd plant are cleaned and sold as loofah. Loofah is considered an all natural exfoliant.
Your skin is your largest organ as well as being one of the most important elimination organs in the body. Eliminating dirt and dead skin cells through exfoliation is a great way to keep your skin healthy and polished. Loofahs offer benefits beyond exfoliation: they also stimulate blood circulation during use.
Begin at the ankles and brush upward using light but firm strokes. You always want to brush toward the heart because that is the way the lymph flows naturally. After you finish your legs, brush your stomach, arms, and shoulders. Your skin may be a little pink afterward, but it shouldn't hurt – if it does, you need to lay off the pressure!