I first discovered Konjac Sponges a couple of years ago when I was looking into Asian skincare. I noticed that this simple plant-derived sponge was very popular amongst Japanese women who regularly used them as part of their skincare routine. Intrigued, I purchased one online and years later, these humble sponges still take pride of place in my bathroom!
What is a Konjac sponge?
A Konjac sponge is made from 100% natural vegetable fibres that come from the root of the Konjac (Konnyaku). This Asian vegetable has been used as a medicinal food for centuries. It’s still eaten today and often pops up in Japanese cookbooks as a health food aimed at dieters. Konjac has almost no calories and is high in fibre. The Konjac root has a porous type of texture when it’s dried. That is how these sponges first came to be used by Asian women for skin care purposes over a century ago.
Why are Konjac sponges good for my skin?
It’s this unique texture which enables the Konjac sponge to gently exfoliate even sensitive skin. They help to remove impurities, unclog pores and leave the skin feeling much smoother and softer. They’re a fantastic choice for anyone who has very sensitive skin that’s easily upset by harsh scrubs. The natural alkaline properties of the Konjac sponge will help to balance the delicate pH levels of your skin, too! A lot of people with irritated dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis also find them useful. They can be used in the bath and in the shower to gently cleanse your body.
Why are Konjac sponges good for the environment?
As Konjac sponges are 100% plant based they are fully biodegradable. You can put them in your household compost when their lifespan ends. They last for around 2-3 months before the fibres start to break down. This makes them a completely eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic cleansing brush heads and plastic-based body loofahs.
How do I use a Konjac sponge?
When you take the sponge out of the packet, it’ll be very dry and hard at first. Once you add water, it’ll quickly soften up and expand a little. You can either use it alone, as many are infused with extra natural antioxidant ingredients. Alternatively, you can use it with your favourite cleanser or body wash.
The Konjac Sponge Company is one of the most popular brands and they have a wide range of different Konjac Sponges available. For facial cleansing, I love using their Pink Heart Face Sponge, which is infused with French clay to revitalise tired skin. Their Green Clay Face Sponge is fantastic for anyone who has more oily, problematic, spot prone skin as it helps to absorb excess dirt and oil for a deeper, more purifying cleanse.
In the shower, I always keep one of their Red Clay Body Sponges to use with my body washes and shower gels. It’s a much larger size and is ideal for dry skin that needs a gentle amount of exfoliation. I’ve also been trying out one of their newer products – the very innovative Konjac Eye Cleansing Pads. These pads are made from thin pieces of Konjac which you can use with your makeup remover to take off your mascara and eye makeup. They’re super gentle, work a treat, and best of all, they’re reusable for up to 3 months so you don’t need to use any more disposable wipes!