This Week's Favorite
Perhaps you've already seen or heard of the Konjac sponge? Well in case you haven't heard of it or perhaps haven't gotten around to trying it out yet, I just wanted to share how wonderful these little sponges are.
What is a Konjac Sponge?
The Konjac sponge is made from glucomannan fibers extracted from the root of the konjac plant and has been used in Japan for over 1500 years. A genuine Konjac sponge is 100% organic and its natural alkaline PH levels make it a great skincare product for all skin types and all ages. In fact, the Konjac sponge has been used in Asia for over a century to bathe newborn babies, which gives an indication of how gentle the sponge is on the skin.
I got my first Konjac sponge for Christmas from my lovely sister-in-law, who excitedly told me about how using it regularly had done wonders for her skin.
I looked at the package containing the small, round sponge and I read the instructions on the back. It said that the sponge ought to be soaked in warm water and should be used in cicular motions with or without any facial cleanser to gently exfoliate your face. Although if you have water-proof make-up on, it is recommended that you use a facial cleanser with your sponge.
At first I was a little skeptical, but I decided to give it a go anyway. I started by removing any make-up and then I used the sponge without any cleanser. During the winter months I tend to get quite dry skin around my jaw and nose because I bike everywhere despite the lovely Danish winter weather. From the the first time I used the Konjac sponge I could feel my skin was softer and the dry areas were exfoliated after use.
I was so pleased with how well the facial sponge was working for me, that I went to the pharmacy to see if they had one for the body. I was in luck! I found that they had various Konjac body sponges, but I was especially pleased to find one made especially for post-workouts. So of course I got that one!
Now I've started using cleanser with my Konjac face sponge and the great thing is that since the sponge is so absorbent I use much less cleanser than when I lathered the cleanser up in my hands. I've been using the Konjac body sponge for a month now and I am also very pleased with how it gently exfoliates and helps me avoid break-outs around my neck, shoulder and back where my sports-bra sits.
Good to know
In order to ensure your sponge stays in optimal condition keep the following 2 points in mind:
1. Never wring the sponge: This will only end up breaking the fragile sponge. Gently squeeze the excess water out when you're done using it and hang up to dry.
2. Never leave the sponge in the shower to dry: This is mainly to help the sponge dry quickly and avoid bacteria from growing on it. Instead take it out of the shower every time and hang it from the attached string in a dry place.
The sponges dry incredibly quickly though which makes them much more hygienic than the traditional wash cloth. On the package it says that the sponge can be used between 1 - 3 months at a time before discarding. I would rather be on the safe side and change my sponges out every 1 - 1 1/2 months. This is mostly because I shower twice a day on average and I think it'll be best to switch my sponges out more often due to hygiene purposes.
If you want to give the Konjac sponge a try and you live in Denmark, you can find these great sponges at most pharmacies and Matas also carries their own brand. The Matas brand is a bit cheaper than the ones I've picked up at the pharmacy, but I decided to stick to the brand I originally started out with since it worked so great.
Hope this sponge does wonders for your complexion like it has done with mine! Enjoy :)