Another great skin care discovery from Japan
I’m really not sure what rock I’ve been living under but I recently became acquainted with a small squishy item that has fast become one of my favourite cleansing items. It’s the Konjac Sponge and I may well be the last person to know about it, but just in case you haven’t heard about it, read on.
What is Konjac?
A potato-like plant native to Indonesia and grown in Asia.
The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. You have to love the Japanese for thinking outside the square when it comes to skin care though I won’t be having a snail facial anytime soon. Back to the Konjac sponge; it’s handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant and looks like a pumice/sponge love-child. Some are impregnated with clay and some contain charcoal, and they are popular to the point of cult status because of their deep cleansing effect. Unlike so many deep cleansing products the Konjac is extremely gentle on the skin yet gives a great exfoliation effect that makes your skin look so much brighter.
What makes it different to a regular sponge is that it is also loaded with minerals that are beneficial for your skin. It contains protein, carbohydrate, lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, pantothenate, niacin, fatty acids, folic acid and dietary fibre with a total of 16 amino acids. Phew a regular little vitamin party!
How to use it…
Your Konjac sponge is naturally dry and hard, once wet it puffs up and becomes soft. You simply use it to cleanse your face by moving it over the skin’s surface in a circular motion then rinse the skin with lukewarm water. The sponge itself causes a micro-exfoliation, sloughing off the dry dead skin cells and the clay and charcoal help to purify and draw impurities from the skin.
When you are done you squeeze it between your hands to get the water out – and leave it somewhere to dry. They generally last about 3 months if used daily so very economical.
Pure – add your favourite cleansing product for a customized cleanse (though oil rich cleansers do have a tendency to break them down quicker, better to stick with oil free)
Red Clay – this one is ideal for mature, sensitive skin and is my favourite.
Green Clay – ideal for combination, oily skin
Charcoal – Great for both dry, mature and acneic skin.
They only cost between $6 and $10 a sponge and you can buy them online here
I love them not only for the great results but because they make cleansing your skin so easy! Give them a try you’ll be glad you did.