It took me a long time, but I finally got a Konjac Sponge. I thought I was the only girl in the world who didn’t own one yet, but it turns out that I wasn’t the only being late to the party. Quite a lot people in my surroundings haven’t even heard of the this Japanse beauty miracle yet! Since this little weird sponge is seriously a life changer (okay, maybe just a skincare changer), it’s only fair to do a little explaining for all those who have been hiding under a rock!
First things first. Konjac is actually a potato-like plant (of the genus Amorphophallus) that grows in eastern Asia, from Japan and South China to Indonesia. Its large starchy corms are used to create a wide variety of cooking ingredients such as flour, jelly and shirataki noodles. But Konjac is not only establishing itself as a healthy food, it is also excellent for use in skin care. The Konjac Sponge is made entirely from the root of the plant. It has been handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant and is 100% natural, eco-friendly and biodegradable. It’s free of preservatives and artificial fragrances and has an ultra-fine texture. It can be used every day to clean the face and body of every skin type, even for those with sensitive skin. The sponge gently cleanses, massages and exfoliates, resulting in a soft, smooth and brighter looking skin.
QuestionDo you own any Konjac sponge? What are your experiences?
Konjac Sponges can come in a variety of different types and infusions mixed in for added skin benefits such as: aloe to sooth sensitive skin, bamboo to help balance oily and combination skin, green tea for hydration, lavender to help calming and relaxing and lycopene to help the skin repair. They can come either dry and hard or pre-moistened. Before you`ll use it, you’ve to soak the sponge in warm water so it completely softens. If you want you can add a bit of soap or cleanser to the sponge, although this may shorten its lifespan. Gently massage the skin in circular motions to stimulate blood flow and new growth of skin cells. The sponge deeply cleans and will remove dirt, makeup, impurities and dead skin cells. Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it softly to get the water out and let the sponge dry to prevent bacteria or mold build-up. Never wring the sponge out since this will deteriorate the fibers and you better don’t leave it in the shower as the damp environment will affect its durability. You’ll have to replace the sponge every two to three months, or when it begins deteriorate. You can disinfect the sponge once a week by dipping it in boiling water for a few seconds.
I don’t recommend the sponge to remove makeup and personally I just use it as an extra step in my skincare routine: first I remove my makeup with micellar water, wash my face with a cleaner and then use the Konjac sponge. After I’ve rinsed my face, I use a toner and follow with a serum and moisturizer. I`m now using the Konjac sponge for over a few weeks and I definitely notice difference in the condition of my skin. The sponge has an ultra-fine texture and is extremely soft and gentle. It really cleans and exfoliates my skin deeply and gets rid of dry flakes. My skin feels extremely soft and looks more radiant. It really is a wonderful cleansing tool that’s 100% natural and beneficial to the skin. It’s perfect for exfoliating and it provides a much more thorough and deep cleanse then anything else I can think of. I’ve got mine Konjac sponge from Meraki: a lifestyle and skin care brand from Denmark, but konjac sponges are nowadays available almost anywhere.