If Maybelline Color Show Nail Paints made it to the Product of the Year 2013 (imo), its gonna be the year of Konjac sponges in 2014 (again imo!).
What is it after all? Does it really work that great with all its tall claims?
I have tried to put across all information I could gather on it from the internet together in this post…. Hope it helps you decide if you really need one in your skincare routine or not!
What is Konjac exactly?
Konjac is a perennial plant native to eastern Asia, primarily Japan, China & Indonesia. Its high in dietary fiber & is often used as a diet food there.
But what interests us is the root of this plant, that has been used in beauty routines by the Koreans in the recent years.
The Konjac sponge is made from the squishy roots of the same plant, to be used in your beauty routine as a cleansing agent.
Konjac in cleansing routine
It helps to dislodge black/whiteheads, remove dirt, grime, oil & other impurities from your facial skin.
The fibres in the sponge help unclog your pores & get rid of bacteria in your acne too! It can also slough of dead cells accumulated in your skin over time that’s giving you a dull & dehydrated look!
They are said to be capable of removing even those stubborn waterproof sunscreens of your face…
Since the sponge is made of fibrous root, they absorb a lot of water making them softer when wet & are even considered to be softer than your cleansing washcloths!
This soft sponge hence is safe to be used on your precious face, making it a lot more softer & smoother.
With all the impurities out, your serums & makeups will go much better on your skin.
Its bouncy texture helps create more lather with little cleanser only, so you are not drying out your skin with more cleanser & at the same time saving product too!
How to use?
1. Soak your sponge in warm water for about 5 minutes before you are supposed to cleanse your face.
2. Wait until the whole sponge softens, so that you don’t harm your skin.
3. Squeeze few drops of cleanser on the sponge directly & run through circular motions on your wet face.
4. Concentrate on problem areas like clogged pores, blackheads, etc.
5. Go slow on pimples, cystic acne, cold sores, etc.
6. Wash the sponge thoroughly in warm water again, squeeze out all water & allow it to dry.
It is said to dry quickly too & is recommended to change once in every 2-3 months, so that bacteria & other pathogens don’t form colonies in there, causing your skin more harm than otherwise.
It is best to change your sponge when there is a change in shape, form or odor!
Check with your doctor before using this in case you have very sensitive skin or using some medicated product on your face.
Here are some famous konjac sponges…
1. Konjac French Pink Clay Sponge ($9) by The Konjac Sponge Co.
Other variants available include Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge, French Green Clay & French Red Clay Konjac Sponge.
2. Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($18)
There are various other brands that offer a Konjac sponge at affordable prices too in various online sites & Korean shopping portals.
You can also buy your Konjacs from Feelunique portal.
Are you inclined to try one? I am! 🙂