If you don't know my squidgy little friend, the konjac sponge, then you're in for a treat. This, ladies, is your ticket to flawless skin. Naturally. They're made from the root of the konjac plant, which are like potatoes. In fact, Japanese ladies have been using them for over 100 years. I wonder who was the first to decide that rubbing a potato on their skin was a good idea. Well it worked, and these days we hand make our konjac sponges from the same vegetable fibers!
After grinding, cooking and then freezing the konjac root, you get an extremely gentle, yet effective exfoliator and cleanser for your skin. They come in two sizes, large ones for use on the body, and smaller ones for use on the face. Not only are they soft enough for babies, but if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition, konjac sponges are perfect for you! While they won't wipe away makeup like the strongest makeup removers, they do remove a surprising amount in less than 2 minutes.
Leading retailers normally sell them for between $10 to $15, however, we've found a secret stash of them that we're practically giving away at $6!
Hurry up and tell me how to use the Konjac Sponge already!
Once you've gotten your konjac sponge, you may notice it might be wrinkly, dry and hard. That's ok. If it isn't, then, that's ok too. Wet and rinse it in warm water until it's completely soaked, soft and squishy. No more than 15 to 30 seconds. It should look a bit like this:
Then simply massage your face with the flat side in a circular motion. You should notice it removing makeup, dirt, and dead skin, leaving your skin noticably lifted. I usually feel a bit more perky after a session with the konjac sponge! To clean it, rinse it in warm water once again and squeeze it between your hands to get rid of excess water. Do NOT twist, pull or scrunch up the konjac sponge as that will cause it to wear out faster. Hang it up by it's string in a dry place and let it dry out completely before reusing. And that's it. It's that simple.
What about my cleanser?
If you wish, you can use a little gentle cleanser with your konjac sponge, but it isn't necessary. Simply add to to your sponge after rinsing and massage as normal. You might need to use some proper makeup removal to get rid of eye makeup and mascara, but your konjac sponge on it's own takes care of the rest.
How long will my Konjac Sponge last?
Your konjac sponge is basically a sponge made of potato. A magic potato, but a potato nonetheless, so, like anything of nature, it must come to an end at some point.
Depending on how often you use it, it will last about 2-3 months. Like any sponge, even with careful use and full drying between uses, it can harbor bacteria. Every so often, or if you have used it after a breakout, make sure to soak your konjac sponge in 80C (175F) water for at least 5 minutes, and no longer. Very hot water will break down the fibers in your konjac sponge over time, and no one wants mash potato as a cleanser.
When your konjac sponge begins to break apart, unfortunately, you'll have to dispose of it and get a new one. But because it's 100% natural there are so many uses you can find for it! Place under the stems of cut flowers or the roots of potted plants for all day moisture for your leafy friends! Pop some fast growing seeds on your damp konjac sponge and place it under sunlight covered with a glass bowl. Moisten every so often and watch those babies grow!
Finally, used body sized konjac sponges make amazing bar soap holders. If you sprinkle them with baking soda while damp, they also make great natural odor neutralizers!
I love my konjac sponge. It's been amazing my skin that's as sensitive as mine. How about you? I'd love to hear from everyone what their experiences were with their konjac sponge!