You may be reading the title of this post and thinking to yourself, "What the heck is a konjac sponge?" So before I tell you about how much I love mine and why you should get one of your own ASAP, I'll give you a little background info on this new staple of mine.
The konjac sponge is made from the vegetable fibers found in a konjac plant. These plants are primarily found in countries such as Japan and China. Asian countries have used konjac for thousands of years as medicine, food and even to aid in weight loss. The plant naturally has a neutral pH balance, which makes it perfect for use in beauty products (such as the sponge I'll be talking about below!) (Source)
Although there are many different companies selling these konjac sponges, I have noticed that there are 5 different types of sponges that are pretty consistent throughout each brand. I'll mainly be focusing on the types of konjac sponges that are for the face. I have yet to try the body sponges (yes they have full body sponges as well, we're in trouble people!) The five different types are the pure facial sponge, bamboo charcoal, french green clay, french red clay and french pink clay. Each particular sponge is meant for a different skin type.
The pure natural konjac sponge claims to be perfect for all skin types. The sponge only contains pure konjac powder and water. This sponge is gently, but abrasive enough to remove dead skin cells.
The bamboo charcoal sponge is meant for oily to acne prone skin. Most brands claim it is best for teenagers due to the hormonal effects already taking place on their skin. This sponge contains activated charcoal, a natural antioxidant, which fights acne but encourages the release of dirt and oil being held in the skin.
The french green clay sponge is perfect for oily to combination skin. The french green clay absorbs oil and dirt that can get stuck within the skin.
The french red clay or volcanic scoria sponge is meant for dry, aged or mature skin. The ingredients in this sponge support blood circulation and help to remove dead skin cells that tend to hang on in the fine lines and wrinkles.
Lastly, the french pink clay sponge is ideal for dry and fatigued skin. These ingredients help to support circulation and rejuvenate skin. Ideal for harsh winter weather!
At the end of the day, these are sponges. So with continued use and rinsing, the minerals found in these sponges will diminish over time.
I personally chose to go with the activated charcoal sponge. To be honest, I was nervous of how the sponge would react with my skin at first so I wanted to get one that was meant for sensitive skin. You can find the exact sponge I chose here:
After doing major research on these sponges, I had to try them out for myself. I was so intrigued by them. And overwhelmed with questions. How can a little sponge have so much power? Was there going to be activated charcoal all over my face when I used it? Would it get mildewy after the first use? Is this thing safe?
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my package and the sponge didn't look as daunting as it had sounded on the internet. It looked just like your average sponge. It didn't have activated charcoal everywhere. It wasn't a weird texture. It looked friendly, if you will.
Using the sponge is easy. You can use it with or without face wash. You can take your make up off with it, or not. It really is up to you. I choose to take my make up off, wash my face, rinse and then use the sponge after I have removed my face wash. I feel like this makes them last longer. When you're using it with a product, there's no telling if you're really getting everything out when you're rinsing your sponge after. It just makes me feel cleaner if I do things this way!
After I use the sponge I rinse it really well and then ring it out to remove all of the water. It hangs on a little hook I have in my shower and slowly shrivels back into its not-so-soft form after drying. Since getting product buildup in the sponge is inevitable, I try to replace mine once a month. This also helps to reduce the chance of the mildew smell. I've never had it happen, but I'm scared if it did I would be turned off of the sponge forever. Better safe then sorry.
Like I said before, these are sponges. So they're not going to cure your acne. They're not going to hold their ingredients forever. They're not a miracle cure. But since I've added the konjac sponge into my nightly routine, I have noticed my skin feeling and looking smoother. It's gentle but abrasive enough to remove the dead skin cells that drive me crazy!
I highly recommend you try one for yourself. Let me know how you like it!
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