During the last several years, Asian skin care products and beauty tools have grown in popularity in the United States and Europe. One of those tools is the konjac facial sponge – a gentle, plant-based tool that helps remove makeup, exfoliates skin, and leaves behind a smooth, radiant surface.
The History of Konjac Sponges
Konjac sponges are made from a porous vegetable that grows in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. The konjac plant has been used for centuries in food and traditional health practices – then the plant made its way into the beauty world. Konjac sponges were originally created to cleanse a baby’s skin because they’re so gentle. Since then, they have since gained notoriety as a gentle way to exfoliate the skin and have been used in beauty and skin care practices all over the world, especially in Asia.
How is “Konjac” Pronounced?
Konjac is pronounced, “kaan-jak.” To hear how it sounds, I recommend searching “konjac sponge pronunciation” on YouTube and listening to a pronunciation guide.
Benefits of Using a Konjac Sponge
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect substance to create a facial sponge out of. Many of today’s beauty tools are made with plastics that aren’t good for the environment and contain hormone-disrupting chemicals. Plastic products are also too abrasive for the delicate skin on our faces and necks. With a konjac sponge, you don’t have to worry about any of these issues since they’re natural, non-toxic, and gentle on your skin.
Here are some of the many benefits of using a konjac sponge for cleansing your skin:
- Made of 100% natural plant fiber
- Free from pollutants
- Cruelty-free & Vegan
- Naturally sustainable & environmentally safe
- Gentle on skin, even sensitive skin
- Provides effective exfoliation
Important Note: Be sure to select a konjac sponge that is 100% natural and does not contain artificial ingredients. Unfortunately, some konjac sponges contain artificial colors, fragrances, and other potentially toxic ingredients.
In addition to these benefits, some konjac sponges have additional ingredients to promote skin health. The Spa Dr. Konjac Facial Sponge is infused with French red clay, which helps cleanse, detoxify, and exfoliate the skin. The result is skin that is smooth, soft, and clean.
How to Use a Konjac Sponge
You can use your konjac sponge morning and evening for the best results with The Spa Dr. Step 1 CLEAR: Gentle Cleanser to remove makeup and impurities.
- Rinse and allow the sponge to fully absorb water. The sponge will expand in size and have a soft, bouncy, gel-like feel.
- Dampen your skin with warm water.
- Apply an almond-sized amount of CLEAR: Gentle Cleanser to your skin.
- Gently massage with Konjac Facial Sponge over your face, neck, and eye area.
Yes, it’s true – konjac sponges are so gentle. You can even use them around your eyes to remove makeup.
When you’re done cleansing, rinse the sponge, squeeze the water out, and hang it to dry after every use. When it is completely dry, the sponge will shrink and become hard.
To sterilize the sponge, place it in a bowl of boiled water for 1-3 minutes. Do this every two weeks to sanitize your konjac sponge.
Because they are biodegradable, each sponge will need to be replaced every few months depending on how often you use it. When you’re done with the sponge, you can pop it in the compost pile!
Using a konjac facial sponge is gentle on your skin and easy to use. It’s suitable for cleansing, even for sensitive skin types. Want to put your konjac sponge to use? Try it out with The Spa Dr.’s Self Facial How-To.
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