Various Bath & Shower Aids

Aids that Claim to "Enhance your Spa/Body Experience".

Gone are the days that bath and shower accessories included a terry cloth wash cloth and a plastic shower cap. In modern day, bath and shower accessories can refer to a wide variety of items, including loofahs, boar bath brushes, and sea sponges.

Women, today, are looking for tools in the bath and shower that can do a multiple of tasks, as well as clean. Retailers in the Bath and shower industries have seen a multiple of trends that all lean toward a "spa-like" environment for their consumers. Sales in the bath gels, body washes, and liquid soap arenas have increased over 4% in the last year, while bar soaps are down 4%. With this scenario in mind, retailers and manufacturers are capitalizing on tools needed to apply those liquid soaps; as well as cash in on the "spa like" experience. The good old wash cloth is becoming obsolete, more organic and holistic approaches in bathing accessories is flooding the markets. The following is a list of shower and bath aids that claim to "enhance your spa/body experience".
  • Loofah is the dried seedpod of a tropical gourd. The loofah gourd is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. It's often referred to as the Washrag Gourd. It is the only plant known that can be raised and used as a sponge. Loofahs have been cultivated for bathing purposes for hundreds of years. Most loofahs are grown in Guatemala or other Tropical climates. Loofahs can be used alone or can be added to melted soaps forming a loofah soap; there are loofah mitts, pads, and sponges. They are mainly used to exfoliate the skin and increase circulation, which in turns creates new cell growth. When dry, the loofah feels stiff but when wet the loofah softens and gently sloughs off dead skin cells; loofahs are great for the feet, elbows, and other severely dry surfaces of skin. Loofahs are environmentally safe and biodegradable, as well. Which is an added plus, because the sponges need to be replaced every 3-4 weeks. The all-natural and porous loofah is a great breeding place for bacteria and this can cause skin infections if not replaced or cleaned with anti-bacteria soap regularly.

  • Natural Boar Bristle Brushes are used to improve circulation and give a healthy glow too the skin. The brushes can have long handles or be hand held. They can be used before showering or bathing to remove dead surface cells and flakiness or used while bathing and showering to help reach backs and other harder to reach areas. They also claim that they are excellent for regular use on the legs to help prevent ingrown hairs.

  • Pumice is another natural occurring phenomenon. The pumice stone results from volcanic activity which forms an aerated, almost frothy substance which "floats" on certain types of lava. Pumice stones are often used as exfoliating tools on the feet, knees, and elbows. But in some cosmetic markets, the pumice may be grounded into powder and made into a facial exfoliates.

  • Ayates, made from the fibers of the Agave plant, are usually woven into wash clothes. The body is scrubbed with the natural cloth and this exfoliates and revitalizes the skin creating a healthy glow. This cloth can be used on the face and other delicate skin surfaces. It can be washed in the washing machine and lasts a year or more, unlike the loofah, which generally needs to be replaced every 3-4 weeks.

  • 100% organic cotton that is unbleached, un-dyed, and natural in color is woven to create what is called "nature's true wash clothe" This clothe is extremely soft and is excellent for the face or other delicate skin, also terrific for washing infants and small children.

  • Sisal is a cactus fiber extracted from the maguey cactus. It is then woven into a fabric for mitts or wash clothes. Sisal sponges, mitts, and wash clothes remove flaky skin and leave you're entire body feeling smooth and soft.

  • Natural Sea Sponges are perhaps the best known and most used out of all the bath accessories listed. Natural sea sponges are harvested from the ocean; they are much more absorbent than synthetic or man-made sponges. They will not stain or retain odors, and their soft texture promotes better and less abrasive cleaning. There are several different types of sponges, including the Rock Island, sea wool, sea yellow, sea grass, and silk sponges. All can be used for bathing purposes; however, the "king of sponges" would be the Rock Island Sponge, originating from the Gulf of Mexico. It is known for its durability and quality. It is renowned for its fleecy texture, and close examination reveals that they have many more filaments than other sponges, thus performing a superior job on cleaning the skin and skin pores.
here are many other tools of the trade, as well, that is not all natural. For example, the mesh nylon bath sponge, sometimes called a "puff", that creates a great lather when using gels or body washes and has exfoliating capabilities. There are the Man-made synthetic exfoliating bath gloves that gently wash and exfoliate the skin. Although, not as popular and perhaps not as gentle as natural fibers on your skin, these type of bath accessories are often less expensive than their all-natural counter-parts. No matter which bathing and shower aid you choose to enhance your "spa-like" bathing experience; always remember to wash them, as well. Use anti-bacteria soap after each use and allow them to dry outside the shower. This will ensure that your bath and shower aids remain safe and clean while assisting your skin in staying safe and clean.