For the past few weeks I have been adding a new tool to nightly face washing regimen, called the Konjac Sponge. Konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac, which is a potato like plant from Asia that has been used for food and beauty treatments for many years by the Japanese.
To make the sponges konjac powder is mixed with calcium hydroxide, heated, frozen and then dried. The calcium yields an alkaline end product that helps to balance an overly acidic skin pH. Powdered charcoal, green or red clay can be added to benefit different skin types and further draw out skin impurities. I’ve been using the black konjac sponge that contains bamboo charcoal that is good for oily/acne prone skin.
There are several different types of sponges made from different clays that will address different skin issues. It acts as an exfoliator and is great for increasing circulation. It is full of vitamins A, B, C, D and E, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium. It has been shown to inhibit bacteria growth.
- Dark grey konjac sponges are infused with charcoal for acne-prone skin.
- Red or pink konjac sponges have French clay incorporated that’s good for sensitive, mature, or drier skin.
- Green sponges have green clay for detoxifying and oil-absorbing benefits.
It starts as a dry and hard sponge. You will want to run it under warm water until it is soft, then use the flat side to clean the face using a circular motion. It isn’t the most effective makeup remover so I like to wash my face first with the Charcoal Bar or Cream Cleanser and then go over my face with the Konjac Sponge. It feels so soft after. And, now I’m pairing that with the Countermatch Lotion and it’s absolutely amazing! You’ll hang it up to dry after you’re done.
Every 2 weeks you will want to boil it for 5 minutes to disinfect it and every 8-12 weeks replace it. Also be sure to rinse well after use.