I wash my face like I was my dishes.
No, not with dishwashing detergent. Eww! I don’t want to ruin my skin.
No, I wash my face with a sponge. And not just any sponge. A konjac sponge. It’s a bit ironic, really. The girl who can’t be bothered to use a washcloth now swears by a sponge.
But, hey, this stuff is all the range in Asia. Like double cleansing. And snail slime. And those two have been game-changers for me. And, after trying snail slime, what’s a little konjac sponge?
So try it I did. And now, I’m telling you to do the same. Here’s why:
What The Heck Is A Konjac Sponge?
A konjac sponge looks like a pumice stone, but it’s not made of stone at all. Who would use it if it were?
Konjac sponges are made of a natural fiber that comes from devil’s tongue, a potato-like plant that grows in Korea, China, and Japan.
Add in some clays and, sometimes, charcoal, and you’ve got a cleansing device that’s 100% biodegradable. So, you don’t even have to feel guilty when it’s time to throw it away. Pretty cool, huh?
What Does A Konjac Sponge Do?
A konjac sponge is basically a cleanser and exfoliant rolled into one. Softer than a loofah and finer than a washcloth, its unique texture gently removes dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and even stubborn makeup. Once all that crap is off your face, your skin is much softer to the touch and looks brighter. Makeup goes on better, too.
Best of all, konjac sponges are so gentle, even those with sensitive skin or rosacea can use them without fear of irritations (unless you overdo it, of course).
What Doesn’t A Konjac Sponge Do?
Konjac sponges are awesome, but not as awesome as the folks who sell them say they are (what a surprise!).
Konjac sponges can’t:
- Heal acne: they don’t kill P. Acnes, the bacteria that causes it
- Draw impurities out of the skin: charcoal, often praised for this feat, can’t really do it.
What konjac sponges can do is remove excess oil, and that helps prevent breakouts. That’s it.
Why Are Konjac Sponges Better Than A Washcloth?
(Or, why can’t you be bothered to use a washcloth, but have no problems using the sponge, you lazy girl?)
1. You can use less product:
Konjac sponges have bouncy and rubbery textures that absorb a lot of water and make a thick lather even when you use only the tiniest drop of cleanser. So, you can use less product than you would with a washcloth.
2. Dries quickly between uses
I hate using washcloths because they take ages to dry. And you can’t use a washcloth when it’s still a bit damp, because bacteria thrive in wet environments. And who wants nasty bacteria on their faces? Konjac sponges dry a lot faster, so it’s great for those of you who, like me, have no patience, or can’t be bothered to do their laundry too often.
How Do You Use A Konjac Sponge?
If you’ve never used a konjac sponge before, you’ll probably wonder how anyone could use something so bloody hard on their skin.
That’s because the sponge is still dry. Soak it in warm water for a few minutes, and it’ll become super soft. That’s when you can use it. So, how do you do it?
- Splash your face with lukewarm water.
- Squeeze a few drops of your favourite cleanser onto the sponge.
- Massage the sponge on your skin using circular motions.
- When you’re done, rinse the sponge with warm water and press it between your hands to remove excess water.
- Let it air dry.
Konjac sponges are so gentle, chances are you can use them every day. But, they do exfoliate skin, so if yours is particularly sensitive, you may want to try using it only two or three times a week. Just experiment to find out what the right frequency for you is.
How Long Does A Konjac Sponge Last?
Usually, a good quality konjac sponge should last you for a full 3 months. To make sure it doesn’t get ruined before that time, DON’T wring it out: I can’t stress this enough. Wringing it out makes the fibers deteriorates quickly.
Where Can I Get A Konjac Sponge?
Konjac sponges are starting to pop up everywhere. They now come in all kinds of shapes and are enriched with all kinds of things (charcoal, clays, green tea, lavender….).
I like mine cute and simple, as I don’t believe the extra “goodies” really do anything, especially if you use a cleanser (wouldn’t they just end up down the drain?).
So, which ones do I recommend?
- Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($15.00): a basic konjac sponge that gets the job done (available at Sephora).
- Erborian Natural Konjac Sponge (£10.00): same thing as the Boscia. No frills. Gets the job done (available at Space NK).
- Sephora Clean Machine Konjac Sponge Duo Love Me: Pink And Red Clays ($7.00): these clays are said to be hydrating, but that’s not why I love the sponges. The reason is more shallow: they’re pink and red and shaped like hearts. Told you it was shallow. But, hey, you get two sponges at a cheaper price, so it’s still a pretty good deal (available at Sephora).
The Bottom Line
I wouldn’t say konjac sponges are a must have, but you’ll miss out if you don’t ever give them a try. They cleanse and exfoliate skin at the same time, taking your skincare routine up a notch, leaving your skin softer, smoother, and brighter.
Have you ever used a konjac sponge? What do you think of them?