Used by Pharaohs and Queens of Egypt to soften their skin, luffa glove known as the vegetal gloves is used in Africa for the hygiene of the body.
The luffa is a gourd from the Cucurbitaceous family (like cucumbers). It comes from eastern countries in tropical and sub tropical areas. It is also called “creeper cloth” or “sponge gourd” because its fruit, once dried, gives a natural sponge.This fruit that ripens in the spring is edible and used in Asia and Africa.
But as soon as it is emptied of its seeds and dried, the luffa becomes a natural sponge.
Egypt produces the best quality with strong fiber and incredible flexibility as soon as it is wet. Luffa from China is less resistant and dissolves slowly in water.
In Africa, different names are used to call Loofah: Loofah (in Togo) Asangokan (mean sponge in the Fon and Goun dialect Benin and Nigeria) Oundokoko (in Central Africa), Nâpé (in Wolof, Senegal dialect) and Nâbébé Kofu (in Bambara, language of Mali).
The Luffa benefits
The luffa glove has exfoliating and softening properties by removing dead skin. It stimulates the tissues and promotes blood circulation to drive the dimpling, which reduces cellulite.
When crushed to obtain exfoliating flakes, fibbers can be added to a base for exfoliating the face.
The luffa seeds produce edible oil. It is also rich in essential fatty acids; it is then used in cosmetics for its repairing and nourishing functions.
How to use it?
Wet the luffa glove, and then coat it with soap. Gently scrub your skin with circular movements. Depending on the types of skin, it can be used daily or only 1 to 2 times per week.