I have always noticed this but never really thought anything of it. Why is it that most black people use washcloths while most white people loofahs? In Sociology 119 a race relations class (a class that I took previously took but still keep taps on) the conversation was brought up. A white girl in the class stated that she had used a washcloth before but when she did she still felt dirty. A lot of black people thought she was crazy because the opposite is felt for loofahs. I thought it was really funny because I also use a washcloth while all my other roommates who are white use loofahs. Soooo I have decided to try to look up some research on which bathing device gets you cleaner if possible. Here are the pros and cons of each.
( All of these Pros and Cons are Allegedly of course)
Pros of Using a Loofah
- · Loofahs are said to actually exfoliate the skin removing loose and dead skin particles, which makes your skin cleaner and have a healthy radiance.
- · Loofahs is best-suited for cleaning large areas of skin, especially if you use a liquid-based soap.
- · Loofahs does not need to be washed as often as washcloths
Cons of Using a Loofah
- · Because a loofah spends more time in the shower and generally never dries out, loofahs are notorious for being hotbeds of bacteria growth.
- · Loofahs are also less gentle on your skin, so if you have any sort of allergy or skin condition you may be better served with a soft washcloth
- · Loofahs are not really good for face washing
Pros of using a Washcloth
- · Washcloths are excellent for cleaning your face, as the fabric on a soft, clean cloth serves as a natural exfoliant and helps to remove dead skin, oil and dirt from your face.
- · A washcloth combined with a gentle facial cleanser makes an excellent weapon against oily skin.
Cons of Using a Washcloth
- · Washcloths need to wash more frequently
- · Using one cloth for a long period of time results in a dirty, oily cloth that is likely covered in bacteria and will eventually begin to mold.
I honestly, don't think that there is scientifically proven evidence that loofahs or washcloths remove a significant amount of dead skin during showers/baths, but it is scientifically proven that your body naturally sheds dead skin anyway. Both devices at the end of the day get the job done and neither in my opinion should be used for long periods of time. So the moral of the story is regardless of whether your white or black and whether you use a washcloth or a loofah you get clean. Be thankful that you can afford to take showers there are many people in the world that can't