What Is a Konjac Sponge?
🔸Konjac sponges are made from the dried and ground root of the konjac, or elephant yam, that’s native to Asia.
🔸Asian cultures have used konjac root for over 2,000 years, and konjac sponges have been a popular item there for about 100 years.
Why a konjac sponge works?
🍀 A konjac sponge is like body brushing for your face. It’s also helpful for dry patches, acne, blackheads and eczema.
🍀 Konjac naturally nourishes with vitamins A, B, C, D and E, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium.
🍀 This wonder veggie even has antioxidants and has historically been used to suppress tumors. Unlike other exfoliators that harm the environment, konjac is completely natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable (no harmful plastic microbeads needed!)
🍀Better yet, the konjac sponge has enough innate cleansing properties on its own that some people have success using it with just water but we recommend you to use with Multi-Vitamin Foaming Cleanser for better effect 😉
🍀 Research shows that konjac even inhibits the bacteria that produce acne.
What a Konjac Sponge Feels Like
🔸Konjac sponges feel finer than washcloths, and they’re softer than loofahs and many other face exfoliators. A water barrier forms over the surface of the sponge which makes it feel very slick (almost slimy), but in a good way.
🔸The texture is a little similar to the typical white makeup sponges.
How to Use a Konjac Sponge
1️⃣ When you first get a konjac sponge you’ll notice it’s small and rather hard. Soak the sponge in warm water for 15 minutes before the first use. Once you’ve used it, it will only need soaking for a minute or two before it softens and expands to about one and a half times its size.
2️⃣ Gently squeeze the excess water out by pressing the konjac sponge between your palms. Don’t be rough with it. Apply a small amount of cleanser (if desired), or just use the sponge plain.
3️⃣ Rub the konjac sponge on the face in upward, circular motions. Concentrate on dry or blackhead-prone areas. It’s a mild exfoliator, so it may feel like you need to scrub hard to get it to work, but that isn’t necessary. These sponges will remove dirt, sunscreen, and even makeup. (You may need to use a little bit of coconut oil to remove heavy eye makeup though.)
4️⃣ Rinse the konjac sponge well with cool water and gently squeeze the excess water out by pressing the sponge between your palms. Don’t twist, wring, or pull on it.
5️⃣ Hang it to dry, or put it on a rack so there’s airflow. Alternately, you can keep the sponge in a sealed container in your fridge. Make sure to store it away from light and humidity. Right next to your steamy shower isn’t the best option.
Taking Care of a Konjac Sponge
🍀 Every 2 weeks, place your konjac sponge in very hot (but not boiling) water for about 5 minutes to disinfect it.
🍀 After 4-6 weeks, pitch the sponge and get a new one. It’s time to replace the sponge when it no longer expands properly and starts to disintegrate