I was super confused by the Konjac sponge when I first saw them. I just thought they were just a normal sponge and I just could not quite understand why someone would pay £6 for one, when I could just go to my local supermarket and buy a pack of regular sponges for less than that.
But then I did my research and wow, there is so much more to this little sponge than I originally thought.
What is a Konjac Sponge?
The konjac Sponge is a natural product made from the Konjac plant which is a potato like plant that is grown in Asia. The konjac is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D & E), protein, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. These ingredients naturally help to nourish and smooth the skin.
The Root of the Konjac plant is dried out and calcium hydroxide is then added to make the product alkaline, this makes it a perfect PH balanced product for the skin. There are no added chemicals, preservatives or fungicides and is 100% natural.
What is it used for?
The Japanese people initially used Konjac sponges for babies due to its soft and gentle texture. Since then it has gained popularity in the skin care industry as a face and body cleansing sponge. It is suitable for all ages and skin types, even those with eczema or psoriasis.
How does it work?
Konjac sponges are able to hold water very well. When covered with water, the surface of the sponge will be covered by a layer of water, this layer acts as a buffer between the skin and the sponge. As a result, the skin is never in direct contact with the sponge and it will not scratch or damage the skin.
The alkalinity of the sponge helps to break down the layer of slightly acidic grease on the skin, which then makes it easier for the sponge to break down blackheads, dirt and oil.
The sponge is also used to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
This leaves your skin lovely, smooth and clean even without the use of soap.
How do I use the Konjac sponge?
So when you first get your sponge, it will be small and rock hard and not suitable for using. So follow these easy steps to prepare your sponge for use:
1. Soak the sponge in warm water
When you soak the sponge it will expand up to 1.5 times its original size and go from rock hard to super soft. Once it is super soft, it is ready to use. For the first use, it may take up to 15 minutes to fully soften and expand.
2.Gently remove the excess water from the sponge
Okay so this is important. To remove the excess water, place the sponge in-between the palms of your hands and gently press your hands together.
It is important that you do not squeeze, stretch, or twist the sponge to remove the water as this will damage the fibers in the sponge and greatly reduce its life expectancy.
3. Wash down your face with warm water
The warm water will help to open up your pores which will make it easier for the sponge to work its magic.
4. Gently use the sponge on your face or body
Use gentle circular motions or alternatively, start from the center of the face and extend outwards in an upward direction, this produces a lifting effect which helps to prevent sagging skin. Please avoid harsh rubbing on acne or around the eyes.
You can add your favourite soap or lotions onto the sponge but there is no need as the properties of the sponge are enough to clean and exfoliate.
5. After use, rinse the sponge with clean warm water
Again, do not squeeze, twist or stretch the sponge
6. Hang up to dry
You should not leave your sponge in direct sunlight or on a radiator. Always hang them up in a dry place.
How long will they last?
Konjac sponges are biodegradable so will break down naturally in time. If you take care of your sponge correctly, you can make them last up to 8 weeks, but 6 weeks seems to be a better average.
Once you are done with your sponge, instead of throwing them away in the bin, why not consider planting them in your garden?
It will help aerate the roots of your plants and promote better growth.
So if you are looking for an all natural, biodegradable, vegan friendly skin care product. Look no further. Add a Konjac sponge to your skin care routine and buy yours here.