Need an extra hand in dislodging dirt, excessive oils and blackheads?
Then Konjac Sponge could be something for you...
The bouncy, rubbery sponge, made from the root of the konjac plant is a 'must have' for anyone with acne or clogged pores.
And if you are a loyal washcloth user who thinks that washing your face with a sponge like you wash your dishes is weird...
I would love to reveal you the amazing benefits of Konjac Sponge...
What is a Konjac Sponge?
Konjac Sponge is made from the powdered root of the konjac plant, a
fibrous vegetable which is native to East Asia.
As a matter of fact, the konjac fiber has the ability to absorb a lot of water which creates this bouncy and rubbery texture of the konjac sponge.
Because it is softer than a loofah and has finer texture than a washcloth, the Konjac Sponge is very gentle and safe to use (even on sensitive skin).
Not to mention that originally, the sponge was invented by Japanese konjac farmers and was used at the old time to bath babies.
During the process of its molding, the sponges can also be infused with other ingredients such as charcoal and different clays. This way they are even more beneficial to specific skin types.
I have a thing for the green color so most of time I use a Konjac Sponge infused with green clay.
It is perfect for balancing oily and combination skin types and works to draw out excess oil, sebum and build-up to purify the complexion and unclog pores.
In addition, green clay is known for its highly absorbent and detoxifying properties.
French Pink Clay
Pink clay infused Konjac Sponge is perfect for those suffering from the weather extremes, sun exposure and central heating.
Natural pink French clay gently purifies even the most sensitive skin and has a softening and plumping effect.
Moreover, pink clay helps improve elasticity and refreshes your skin.
Gentle and smooth on skin, white clay is a great option for almost all skin types.
When added to a Konjac Sponge, white clay works as a very mild exfoliator.
It gently removes dead and dry skin cells to leave you with clarified and glowing.
It can also help reduce the size of the pores.
The beauty world is crazy about charcoal and you can find it everywhere.
When added to a konjac sponge, charcoal can help with clogged pores and skin congestion.
Further, it has detoxifying properties and absorbs excessive oils. Therefore it can be very beneficial for acne sufferers.
Benefits of Konjac Sponge
Konjac Sponge is able to do for you a lot more than a normal sponge or cloth.
It is abundant in nourishing minerals and is pH neutral. This means that it can alkalize your skin by balancing the acidity of your complexion.
Lightly abrasive, the puff massages the skin and gives it a rosy plump.
Konjac Sponge also offers a deeper cleanse than your usual facial cleanser alone.
Equally important is its exfoliating action which helps to remove makeup and dead skin cells, absorb grime and extract impurities.
The puff can also remove those stubborn, water-resistant sunscreens that won't come off with cleanser alone.
Furthermore, Konjac Sponge helps promoting blood flow and stimulating skin cell regeneration for a healthy, fresh complexion.
Last but not least, the Konjac Sponge is completely biodegradable, so it can be disposed of in the compost or even in your garden bed.
How to use a Konjac Sponge
You can use a the sponge with or without your favorite cleanser.
For first time use, soak the dry Konjac sponge with WARM water approximately 15 minutes until it fully expanded.
Before every use, soak the sponge thoroughly until it has softened and absorbed water and squeezing gently.
Note: Konjac Sponge should only be used when wet, as dry Konjacs are too harsh and will damage the skin.
Work the sponge in light circular motions all over your face and the neck. Don’t be afraid to really get in to those awkward areas like the hair line (makeup leftovers are often hiding there).
Note: Avoid areas with healing pimples, infections (like cold sores), or abrasions and be sure to be gentle or you could scratch your skin.
Rinse after use, then gently squeeze out any excess water and leave to dry.
How to take care of your Konjac Sponge
To disinfect the sponge, soak the sponge in a hot (not boiling) water for about three to five minutes.
Do not use boiling water as it may deform the sponge due to its natural vegetable fiber characteristic.
Carefully drain the water and let it cools off before handling or removing the excess water, then hang it to dry.
Your sponge will last between 4 and 6 weeks before beginning to naturally disintegrate.
Dispose your Konjac in the compost and replace with a fresh new one to obtain its maximum benefits!
So whether your skin needs a detox, or just a gentler way to exfoliate, the answer is Konjac Sponge and/or Face Dry Brushing.
(You can read my post about Face Dry Brushing here.)
You can find Konjac Sponges on Amazon or in-stores at retailers like Sephora.
Let me know in the comment section if you are using a this beauty tool and how do you like it.
Stay tuned and take skin care 🙂