Konjac sponge: a skin care miracle? Or just a hoax?

Konjac is a plant widely known throughout Asia, but is mainly found in Japanese cuisine. Besides being edible, konjac supplements have been said to improve weight loss efforts by keeping the stomach full longer between meals. But we aren’t worried about eating konjac, we want to know about its benefits from our skin! Travel down the konjac plant to the root and there you will find the source of our topic-the konjac sponge.

Konjac sponges come in a wide variety of colors and various texture types. Some are even scented with essential oils, clay, or particles of charcoal to help detoxify the skin. Described by Dr. Jessica Wu, a konjac sponge has “…more texture than a dish sponge, but it’s softer than a loofah and has a finer texture than a washcloth, so it’s safe to use on your face. Your skin will feel very soft and smooth, and makeup will go on better.” The sponge is the shape of a sphere cut in half and is rock hard and light to begin with, almost like Styrofoam . After soaking in warm water it transforms into a squishy, pillow like sponge doubling in size. While you can use a cleanser with your sponge, konjac naturally releases its own “gel” substance that acts as a natural cleanser. When you are finished with the konjac, simply hang it up to dry; the sponge will dry quickly and harden back into its original shape preventing mildew and mold growth.

While many people have had great luck with the reduction of blemishes and blackheads, I have only been using my konjac for about two weeks. I like how soft it feels on my face and with a bit of work I can get a good lather. My face feels clean and very smooth after (from the natural gel in the root), but I don’t always feel like I’m getting a super deep cleanse. I personally think konjac sponges would be a great option for people with very sensitive skin, dry skin that needs gentle exfoliation, or weather damaged skin (such as sunburned or wind chilled).
If you’re looking for a new luxurious way to wash your face, or find washcloths and face brushes too harsh, a konjac sponge is a great option. Just remember to replace your sponge every couple of months to avoid bacteria growth!


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