My blogging buddy Jen from My Beauty Bunny introduced several of us to the Konjac Sponge during BlogHer a few weeks ago. A representative from My Konjac Sponge had contacted Jen and gave us a mini presentation while having lunch in a Chicago sushi restaurant of all things! I have never heard of this magical sponge and was immediately intrigued with the story behind the Konjac sponge and it’s purported benefits.
What is a Konjac sponge?
The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and for over a century, they have been using the konjac vegetable as a beauty treatment for their delicate skin. These facial (and body) sponges are made exclusively with the Kanjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant. Amorphophallus konjac is an alkaline and is loaded with goodness. It contains Protein, carbohydrate, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and folic acid. No wonder it’s good for your skin! The sensitive skin version contains pure charcoal from bamboo.
What are the benefits?
- 100% Natural Sponge
- Gentle exfoliation
- 100% Colouring Free
- 100% Additive Free
- 100% Biodegradable
- Naturally Sustainable
- Environmentally Safe
- Lasts between 2-3 months
My Konjac Sponge is extremely gentle, giving you a deep cleanse without any damage to your skin. It’s so gentle that people with very sensitive skin can use it as well as babies (although there is a separate sponge specifically for babies).
How to use the My Konjac Sponge:
The sponge will feel dry and hard, just wet it in water until it is completely soaked through and fully soft. Gently massage into the face using a circular motion. You can use your regular cleanser with the sponge, just make sure to put the cleanser on your skin and NOT the sponge. Of course you’ll need a separate eye makeup remover. After cleansing, rinse the sponge thoroughly and press gently to get rid of the excess water. Do NOT wring, you sponge will last much longer that way! When the sponge becomes dry and cracked, it’s time to get a new one, usually around the 2-3 month mark. Hang up the sponge with the attached string to air dry. I keep mine in the shower and hang it on my shower caddy to dry. The amount of exfoliation you get will depend upon which sponge you use.
Which sponge is right for me?
There are three types of My Konjac Sponge:
Water Drop Bamboo Charcoal Konjac – is for sensitive, oily skin or acne. It is made with pure volcanic rock filtered water and food grade Konjac. It gives a very gentle exfoliation and helps to eliminate blackheads, dirt and oil. I like using this sponge because it’s gentle and my face feels so soft and clean after with no dryness or tight feeling. I can really see this sponge being beneficial for very sensitive or acne prone skin–you get a good deep clean with no irritation.
Water Drop Volcanic Scoria Konjac – is for all skin types. This sponge is made from Scoria, which contains rich useful natural minerals and naturally Alkalis that will purify and refresh your skin. Benefits include minimizing pores, absorbs impurities on the skin and exfoliates. This is slightly more exfoliating than the charcoal sponge. I really enjoy using it with my regular cleanser.
My Konjac Body Sponge – has six waves in the design and is safe for all skin types, even children. This sponge is made from 100% pure Konjac root, which naturally neutralizes the acidic substance and gives a massage effect on the skin that promotes blood circulation. This sponge is my least favorite only because I feel I need more aggressive exfoliation due to my keratosis pilaris. I’ll stick with my Beautisol Hamman Mitt.
Bottom Line: I do really love the way these sponges make my skin feel. Even though I haven’t seen a dramatic difference, I feel as if I am doing something good for my skin. If you have sensitive, troubled or aging skin, I highly suggest giving Konjac Sponges a try, and hey they are only 10 bucks and last for months, what can you lose?