When I wrote the other week about my skincare routine, a few people were curious about the Konjac Sponge that I mentioned. So, today I’m writing about what a Konjac Sponge is, and how and why I use one.
What is a Konjac Sponge?
The Konjac plant, or Amorphophallus konjac, is a plant native to Asia. The roots are spongey and porous, and this is what is processed into the sponges that are sold.
Konjac sponges are usually recommended because they are good at exfoliating, whilst being gentle. My skin can be quite sensitive to abrasives scrub, but this is a form of daily exfoliation that my skin can handle quite well. I have noticed an improvement in the general texture of my skin since starting to use one.
I use a natural Konjac Sponge, but there is a wide variety of sponges with different extracts added. These include charcoal which reduces oil production, blueberry for anti-aging purposes, and pearl powder for additional exfoliation. Since I haven’t actually tried any of these variants I can’t comment on their effectiveness – my instinct about some of them is that it seems a bit far fetched but some people really swear by them, so it could be worth trying.
How do you use a Konjac Sponge?
Before using a Konjac Sponge, you need to make run it under water or soak it until it becomes soft and squishy. Once it’s soft, gently rub it on your face in a circular motion. You can use them without any products, or use them with a cleanser. I typically use mine with a cleanser, as a substitute for the face cloths I used to use. Saves me a lot of laundry! Once you’ve used it, rinse it and hang it up to dry, preferably not in a damp environment. I actually hang mine in the bathroom due to a lack of other options and so far nothing has gone wrong with it.