The Japanese Konjac Sponge- The best thing to happen to skin since water

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Konjac sponge, if you haven’t already heard of the Konjac Sponge, today is your lucky day. Your cleansing routine will never be the same! This little squishy miracle is going to change your  skin. There’s a new tool for washing your face, and it doesn’t rotate, oscillate, or vibrate. But it does promise more radiant skin just from washing your face.

It might look like weird kitchen sponges (see? that’s one, above), feel squishy against skin, and are actually made of a porous root vegetable. Well, to start, it might be interesting to know that konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant in Asia that is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes. The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. The Konjac sponge has been handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant along with French clays and some contain pure charcoal from bamboo. As a result, the Konjac sponge is extremely gentle and 100% biodegradable – you can compost it when it’s time for a new one.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new trend in facial cleansing: The Konjac sponge is no joke, and worth adding to your skincare arsenal. These sponges are used to help you dislodge, dirt, oil, and blackheads. Konjac sponges are really, really gentle. They’re gentler than scrubs, so they’re ideal for daily exfoliating. You can use them on sensitive skin and dry flakes that are difficult to buff away without irritating skin.

The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for both face and body. I have two separate sponges, one for my body and one for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that it’s ok for       anyone to use, babies included (they even have a sponge for babies too!). While this won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically) it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes. And while Konjac sponges may look like any other poof you’d find at the drugstore, it certainly doesn’t feel like your run-of-the-mill sponge.  When dry, the sponge is rock hard; moisten it, and it gets all squishy and pillowy soft. While other sponges just lift dirt and debris, the root that the konjac sponge is made from is able to naturally deep clean skin by absorbing the gunk. This means that you can skip the squeeze of face wash altogether if you want. Holler! But like any other puffs, this should be replaced after no more than two months.

Application

It takes around 10-15 minutes for water to saturate the sponge when it’s being soaked for the first time. After initial use, it only takes a couple of minutes for water to soak all the way through the sponge. The method most people like to use is to drop the konjac sponge into a container of warm water for a few minutes and then do something else while they wait. I am always in the shower when I’m using my Japanese Konjac Sponge, so my method is to hold the sponge in the water stream until it’s soaked through. This approach takes about 2 or 3 minutes, which gives me ample time to obsessively squeeze the sponge over and over again to see if it’s soft yet, as well as reflect on all the embarrassing things I might have said earlier in the day. If you have the option, choose to soak the sponge in a container of warm water.

Results

Every evening for the first 4 weeks, I used the Japanese Konjac Sponge, which is said to be for all skin types, reduce inflammation, prevent acne, and keep skin clean. I really liked this sponge – I didn’t have any inflammation during the 4 weeks when I was using this sponge, so I can’t speak to its anti-inflammatory claims. I’m also still gloriously acne-free at the moment, so as far as preventing acne goes – I think it may be a small contributor, but I’d be shocked if this was anyone’s solo acne miracle. What this sponge does do well is thoroughly clean my face, and get rid of any dry skin flakes without roughing up my moisture barrier.

The Konjac Sponge company has many varieties, so here’s my rundown on which type of clay addition you will need, depending on your skin type. 

revathy jayanbabuThe Red Konjac Sponge is great for Dry & Sensitive skin, but also wonderful for anyone who doesn’t suffer from any particular ailments. While red clay cleans the skin by removing dead keratinized cells, it accelerates the regeneration process which improves blood circulation and makes the skin look radiant, and hydrated. This is your sponge if you’re worried about the appearance of wrinkles and broken capillaries.

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The Green Konjac Sponge is great for Normal to Combination skin. Green clay acts as a sterilizer, helping to keep acne-causing bacteria at bay. It is not uncommon to find green French clay at spas and other wellness centers. Green clay also contains micro-molecules which help to absorb dirt, oil, and bacteria, while gently cleansing the pores.

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The Pink Konjac Sponge is your ticket if you have extremely sensitive skin. It is the most gentle of the sponges (while they all are, this combination of clays is quite calming).  Pink clay is a mix of red and white clay and is recommended for tired, sensitive & dehydrated skin. It is great for overly sun-exposed skin as the pink clay helps skin maintain its elasticity.

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The Original White Konjac Sponge is 100% pure konjac with no added clays. As konjac is 100% alkaline, it will help balance the pH of your skin while still gently exfoliating and cleansing. You can use the pure Konjac sponge with your daily cleanser, instead of using a facial brush.

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The Black Konjac Sponge gets its colour from bamboo charcoal. This sponge is for you if you’re a teen with oily skin or someone who is prone to spots, blackheads and outbreaks. Charcoal contains activated carbon and various minerals that enhance absorptive ability, which is perfect for removing excess oil. Bamboo Charcoal is also a natural anti-oxidant, so will help fight hard-to-reach, acne-causing bacteria.

Make sure that before and after each use, you rinse the sponge well – you can disinfect your sponge every other week by boiling it for a few minutes (but don’t do this too often, as again it will break down the fibers faster).

When it starts to break apart and deteriorate, it is time for a  new sponge. Simply compost this sponge (it is 100% natural material, and completely safe – and earth friendly – to do so). You can even put it in the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil – yes, it is that natural.

I am soooo much in love with this product!!!