What are konjac sponges?
An incredible tool for achieving smooth, dewy, healthy skin, the konjac sponge comes from an unexpected source. Unlike its synthetic, man-made counterparts, the konjac sponge is sourced from konjac, a root vegetable native to Asia. The plant is known scientifically as Glucomannan, and is widely used as a texturizer and thickening agent in a variety of foods. Popular as a food in Japan, the plant is often made mixed with water and cut into noodle-like strips called ‘konnyaku’. Besides being a delicious ingredient in the kitchen, this plant can be used to produce a natural sponge which has many beneficial skin care uses. Konjac sponges are made by harvesting the starch from the plant’s root system. This material is then dried and ground to produce a beauty tool that smooths and exfoliates skin without the need for harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
A Japanese Skincare Secret
Konjac sponges have been part of Japanese skin care regimens for centuries. The sponge was originally used by Japanese farmers to cleanse babies’ skin. This traditional use speaks volumes about the gentle nature of this natural cleansing sponge. Today, the konjac sponge can be used to cleanse, smooth, and exfoliate skin of all ages.
To use a konjac sponge, simply immerse it in water to completely drench the sponge. This will transform the sponge from hard and dry to a soft, gel-like texture, Then rub in a circular motion on the face to exfoliate away dry, dead, or damaged skin. This process provides a much less abrasive method of exfoliation than peels, harsh chemicals, or exfoliating face washes.
The konjac plant is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. As a result, konjac sponges can not only be useful for those who suffer from acne, but also from redness and dry skin, since it’s naturally soothing and won’t strip away the protective barriers that occur naturally in the makeup of skin. The chemical composition of the plant also has an antibacterial effect and can help reduce acne.
In addition, konjac is naturally alkaline, which contributes to its ability to cleanse skin without the use of harsh cleansers. In fact, konjac sponges are incredibly versatile because they can be used in tandem with a gentle cleansing agent, or more simply with only pure water. The combination of its texture and chemical make-up enhance the powerful, restorative properties of the sponge.