Have you ever heard of KONJAC SPONGE? If you haven’t, my love today is your lucky day! Your cleansing routine is never going to be the same when you start using this little squishy miracle!
WHAT IS A KONJAC SPONGE?
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 fiber 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.
WHAT DOES KONJAC SPONGE DO ?
The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle ex-foliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that it’s ok for anyone to use, and for any type of skin.
NOTE : This won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically)but it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes.
HOW DO I USE THE KONJAC SPONGE ?
When you pick up your sponge it will be dry and hard. You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use the flat side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal – and we can all use a bit of that!
Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it between your hands to get the water out – never wring out your sponge, this will deteriorate the fibers and cause its life to end a lot shorter than necessary.
DO I USE A CLEANSER ALONG WITH THE SPONGE ?
If you choose, you can also use a bit of your cleanser with the sponge. Since keeping your skin’s natural moisture intact is essential in anti-aging, I prefer to use my sponge in the NIGHT. While many have claimed to use it to take off makeup, I would recommend using a proper eye makeup remover first, and maybe a cleanser too, as the sponge won’t take away your mascara and eyeliner.
WHICH ONE DID I CHOOSE ?
The Sephora brand comes with two different types of Sponges. The original one being white and the other one being black !
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.
The Black Konjac Sponge gets its colour from bamboo charcoal. This sponge is for you if you’re a teen with super 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.
WHERE DO I BUY THESE SPONGE ?
These sponges are available at all Sephora outlets and it can found online at
Different brands have their own brand of Konjac sponges. It was my personal choice of choosing the very own sephora brand, as I love their products very much and I trust their products, as it works well for me.
HOW LONG WILL MY SPONGE LAST ? & HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF IT ?
Like all good things, it must come to an end, but not for at least 2 – 3 months depending on how you care for it. By ensuring that it completely dries out in between uses (there is a handy string for that) and that your sponge is never wrung out (always press between your hands to remove excess water during use), you will give your sponge a longer life.
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 in love with this product, so I would love to hear from any of you who have used the Konjac Sponge.
What’s your experience been like?
Healthy & pure skin – I love it!