What is a Konjac Sponge?
The konjac sponge is a round sponge made from konjac root, which is native to Asia. The powder from the konjac root can have added benefits when mixed with other ingredients such as charcoal or green/red clay. These sponges typically come with a string attached to hang it on a hook for air-drying between uses. The added benefits of the sponge are cleansing, exfoliating, deep cleansing, and giving the skin a radiant glow while still being gentle. I’ve heard that some people with rosacea can use these little gems without irritating your condition, but I would still proceed with caution. I don’t suffer from rosacea, so I can’t attest to that.
Konjac sponges can be different colors depending on the added ingredients. The package of three that I purchased has a natural white, charcoal, and green tea sponge. I have found charcoal sponges to be the most popular during my research. The charcoal is great for clogged pores and acne-prone skin. The green tea sponge is purifying and detoxifying for the skin. The natural white sponge is good for all skin types and is the most basic one on the market.
Konjac sponges have a shelf life of 4-6 weeks, so make sure to chuck it after a while and get a new one. Konjac sponges are biodegradable, so throw it in your compost when you’re done!
How Do You Use It?
When you first receive your konjac sponge, you might need to rinse it under water for a minute or so. You’ll notice the sponge expanding and becoming softer. Squeeze out the excess water. You can use the sponge on its own, or you can add your favorite cleanser to it. Use it on your skin in circular, upward motions so you don’t drag your skin down. You don’t need to go super hard on your skin because the konjac sponge will do all the cleansing and exfoliating for you. I tend to concentrate the sponge on the most clogged parts of my face–the sides of my nose and my chin area. After you’re finished, rinse with cool water and hang your sponge to dry. It’s best to keep it away from high-humidity places if that is an option.
Where Can I Buy a Konjac Sponge?
Konjac sponges can be purchased in many places. Konjac sponges aren’t spoken about often, so I’m surprised at how many variations are available. The first time I purchased one, I tried the Boscia konjac sponge from Sephora. That set me back a hefty $20CAD. Recently, I became aware that you can buy them on Amazon for much cheaper. Definitely, read reviews and the ingredients list before you purchase from places like Amazon. I purchased a package of three after confirming they were good quality with no chemicals added. Click here to purchase the set of three.
I have also seen other variations of konjac sponges for sale in drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall. If you look for them, you will see so many options available to you.
Does It Really Work?
I believe in these little sponges. As mentioned in a previous video, my skin has been breaking out recently. My skin is also sensitive and dry with clogged pores, and I have been using my konjac sponge every other night since I received it. I have noticed that my skin is much more radiant and even. I can’t confirm if it has helped my breakouts because it hasn’t been that long, but I will update in about a month and let you know.
In a nutshell, I think this is a product you should think about adding to your routine. If your skin is too sensitive for sonic cleansing devices, or you don’t want to drop the dough on one, check out konjac sponges. They’re gentle, effective, and they don’t break the bank.