So basically anything with a funny name that I’ve never heard of from Japan is usually something that I want to get and I always think it’s going to be amazing!
Naturally when I heard about the konjac sponge I thought – I’ve gotta have it. And retailing at less than €2 from ebay it really isn’t one of my most outrageous purchases, almost guilt free even!
So, what is it? I hear you say. Well, it is a sponge made from konjac root. Konjac is an asian, root vegetable and the konjac root has been a part of Japanese beauty rituals for over 1,500 years – apparently.
It is supposed to cleanse and gently exfoliate to deliver smoother, softer, brighter-looking skin.
But it’s a sponge with a difference – it feels soft and jelly-like on your face, in a good way. No scratchy-ness just super soft and nice.
When I am using a foaming facial cleanser I use the konjac sponge to massage in the product. To use it you fully immerse the sponge in warm water (when not in use it becomes dry and hard and shrivelled up but returns to normal when submerged in water), gently massage skin in a circular motion, rinse after use and hang it by the attached cotton thread to let it dry. (It is recommended to replace it every two to three months, but I may have mine a bit longer…)
The konjac root is naturally alkaline and enriched with lots of vitamins. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
I like mine so much I am looking for a bigger one to use on my body but haven’t found one yet – if anyone knows of where to get one leave me a comment!