Konjac Sponge - Gentle and Natural Exfoliator

It feels so lovely to wake up to early morning sunshine. I am happy and sure that the day ahead will be wonderful. Today I will talk about a product that makes my skin feel happy - the Konjac Sponge. If you haven't heard of Konjac Sponge earlier, then this is your lucky day as I will be introducing you to the product, its benefits, different types and also let you know where you can purchase it.

What is Konjac?

Konjac is a perennial plant similar to potato that is native to Japan and Korea. It is cultivated extensively in these countries as a food source. It also grows wild at very high altitude. The Konjac potato is loaded with goodness and that is why it is used in different forms in cooking. However, since many years the Japanese have incorporated Konjac into their beauty regime as well. Moisture rich and loaded with a range of Vitamins, Phosphorous, Copper and Zinc among others, it is no wonder that Konjac finds a place in the kitchen as well as in beauty treatments.


Why should I use Konjac Sponge?

Benefits of Konjac sponge are many. I will list out a few.
- Konjac sponge is made from the moisture rich dietary fibres of the Konjac plant.
- The sponge is alkaline by nature and helps to balance the acidity of your skin.
- It's very gentle and soft and is thus suitable for all skin types.
- The porous structure of the sponge makes it a gentle exfoliator for facial skin.
- It is 100% free from artificial colours and additives.
- It is natural and biodegradable.

How to use the Konjac sponge?

It is very simple actually. The sponge tends to dry out when not in use. So wet/wash/soak it thouroughly and gently squeeze it several times until it is fully puffed up. Then massage it gently on your face using a circular motion. The sponge that I am using is the circular one and I use it to cleanse the face. There is also a range of body sponges available which are larger and suitable for use on the body.

Types of Konjac sponges - The Konjac Sponge Company stocks a variety of sponges:
- The 100% Pure Konjac Sponge which is white in colour.
- The Baby sponges which come in two shapes and are suitable for babies.
- The Konjac Sponge Puff with added Charcoal Bamboo which is perfect if you have oily skin prone to spots and breakouts. This one is black/dark grey in colour.
- The Konjac Sponge Puff with added French Clay. This comes in three variants - Red Clay, Pink Clay and Green Clay. I am using the one with Pink clay as this is perfect for sensitive skin.


Caring for the sponge

Your sponge's life depends on how you use/store it. The company claims that the sponge lasts between 1-3 months. I have had mine for less than a month, so cannot comment on its lifespan. However, there are some things you could do to make the sponge last longer.

- After use always squeeze out the excess water and hang the sponge to dry. If you notice the picture the sponge comes with a string for this purpose.
- Never wring the sponge. Just squeeze out the excess water.
- Always rehydrate it before use.
- Do not store it in the shower cubicle or in any damp environment.

I have been using the sponge daily for some time now and it has made my facial skin smooth and soft. I use it without any cleanser first thing in the morning. You could add a wee bit of cleanser if you feel like. The Pink Clay Sponge is perfect for my sensitive skin and I am loving the smooth/soft feeling it imparts.

Now, to the most useful part. Where to purchase it? You can head over to The Konjac Sponge Company and purchase from their online shop or check their list of stockists to find one near you. Do let me know how you get on with your Konjac Sponge.


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