Friday, July 19, 2024

Konjac Sponge: Asia’s Best Kept Skincare Secret

There’s a new skin care tool that has everybody buzzing.  It doesn’t pulsate, titillate or oscillate like other beauty gadgets, but it will gently exfoliate away skin impurities for healthier, more radiant looking skin.

Konjac sponges can be used in your cleansing routine to more effectively dislodge, dirt, oil and blackheads. When the sponge first comes out of the package, it has a hard, rough finish almost like a pumice stone. As soon as you run the sponge under warm water, it will feel soft, bouncy and gel-like. A konjac has more texture than a dish sponge, but it won’t be as harsh as a loofah or washcloth.

Konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac potato, an Asian sea vegetable. Its fibers are alkaline by nature and help to balance the skins organic acidity. They are also packed with nutrients. The starches contain iron, zinc and vitamins A, E and D, just to name a few.

The unique structure of the sponge helps the cleanser deeply penetrate into pores and unclogs them in a way that a washcloth or fingers alone can’t do.

Since they are gentler than scrubs, konjac sponges can be used daily even for people with sensitive skin and problems like eczema and rosacea.

To use, soak the sponge in lukewarm water for at least five minutes. Then splash you face with some water, and put a dime sized amount of cleanser onto the sponge. A little face wash goes a long way. The sponge’s webbed texture makes a rich lather using less cleanser than you’d normally need with a washcloth. Gently glide the sponge across your face, massaging your skin in soft, circular motions.

When you’re done cleansing, rinse your sponge with warm water and squeeze out the excess to let it air-dry. It dries quickly in between uses to prevent bacteria or mold build-up. Although they are antibacterial, these sponges are not self-cleaning. The packaging recommends replacing your sponge every four to six weeks.

Try:

EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge, Ulta $5.99 (Pictured above)

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge, Sephora $15

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