Konjac Sponge All Need To Know About this fab Cleansing Tool
What is a konjac sponge?
Made from natural konjac root (a porous vegetable that grows in Asia), konjac sponges were first created as a way for Japanese farmers to cleanse a baby's skin, so they're a much gentler way to exfoliate dead or dry skin during your daily face wash.
Konjac sponges are quite unique in that they are part of a vegetable root, so you can't really get any more natural. They have a slightly odd texture when wet, a little bit gel-like. Interestingly, the plant is naturally quite alkaline which gives it its gentle soap like cleansing ability.'
TIP: Konjac sponges harden when dry, so simply let them soak in the shower or sink for a minute to soften them up before using.
Different colour konjac sponges mean different active ingredients. For example, grey would be infused with charcoal, green would be green tea and pink might be red clay.
How do you use a konjac sponge?
So much more than your regular face cloth, konjac sponges have a multitude of benefits. Skincare expert and Rosie H-W's must-see facialist Charlotte Connoley explains how to make the most of the humble sponge...
1. Use it twice a day
'Konjac sponges cleanse and exfoliate in one simple step, giving your skin a smooth and glowing look, without the harsh irritation of a physical scrub. I use my konjac sponges twice a day: a light cleanse in the morning, and a double cleanse in the evening.
'I use a domed konjac sponge first thing, to gently wake up my skin and remove the remnants of my overnight skincare regime.
In the evening, I like to start with a white konjac sponge to remove make-up and follow up with a charcoal domed sponge to clarify and rebalance the skin.
2. Use with water or your favourite face wash
'When you first use a konjac sponge, it will have quite a firm, tight texture that you really don’t want to apply to your skin. Your first step is to fill the sink with warm water and submerge the sponge for a minute or so until it has expanded and is lovely and soft.
'Gently squeeze out the excess water, and then it’s ready for use. You can choose to use a cleanser or not with a konjac sponge; they’re actually very effective when used with water alone. However, I prefer to double cleanse, so I recommend that you start with your cleansing lotion and use it all over the face, then rinse the sponge and go in for a second cleanse with water alone.
The sponges are so gentle, you can even use them on your eyes to get rid of tough eye make-up without irritating this delicate area.'
3. Use circular motions
'Use light circular motions all over your face to lift and eradicate make-up and daily grime. Don’t be afraid to really get into those awkward areas to make sure make-up is removed – I like the domed sponges to make sure I can properly cleanse around the nose, eyebrows and eyes.
'Rinse between each use, and then use over the face with water alone to finish your cleansing routine.'
4. Squeeze and leave to dry
'Once you’re done cleansing, give the sponge a final rinse and then squeeze out the excess water. Hang it up to dry properly – don’t leave it on the sink!'
5. Replace after six weeks
'Konjac sponges are a natural material, so they will start to biodegrade over time. If you take care of your sponge, it should last you around six to eight weeks, but I recommend replacing after six to make sure your skin stays clean and healthy.'
6. Use them on your face and body
'Konjac sponges are my secret weapon when it comes to body care, especially tanning. Soak your sponge in water and take it into the shower with you, using on extra-dry, flaky or acne-prone areas to give them a deep clean and effective exfoliation.
'I like to use mine pre-tanning, as it doesn’t impart any chemicals that will interfere with the tan as an oil-based scrub would. Use it to exfoliate elbows, ankles, knees and the tops of arms in particular.'
7. Compost it afterwards
'I'm very holistic when it comes to skincare, and it’s important to me that it's eco-friendly. Konjac sponges are 100% biodegradable, so they can be composted along with your vegetable, fruit and plant leftovers – happy skin and a happy environment!
Source: Elle UK magazine