Is The Konjac Sponge “Spongeworthy”?

The Konjac sponge is a eco-friendly (100% biodegradable), natural, and gentle way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Konjac is a potato-like plant that grows in Japan and has been used as a food source and beauty treatment for many years. Using harsh exfoliants can actually damage your skin and can cause premature aging. The Konjac sponge gently exfoliates dead skin cell but leaves the new skin cells intact. One way to tell if you are over-exfoliating your skin is to touch the skin on your face with your index finger. Does it feel like a cat’s tongue or sandpaper? If it does, you may be over-exfoliating.

How do I use a Konjac sponge?

The first time I used the sponge, I had to soak it under warm water for a few minutes. The packaged sponge is dry and hard- almost like a pumice stone. Once the sponge is wet, it becomes soft and squishy. You can now massage the sponge in circular motion around your face. This will help to get rid of dead skin cell. I chose a green tea Konjac sponge for for my dry skin. Other options include charcoal and aloe. Choose the best option for your skin type. After cleansing the skin, rinse out the sponge and squeeze any excess water. Never wring out the sponge, as this damages the plant fibers.

The Konjac sponge is a bit alkalizing, which can disrupt the acid mantle of our skin (a thin acidic layer on the surface of our skin that acts as a barrier against bacteria). Make sure to use a toner post-cleansing to acidify the pH of the skin and prevent future breakouts.

Do I need to use a cleaner with the Konjac sponge?

Yes and no. Some people like using a cleanser in combination with the sponge; however, this isn’t necessary. The cleanser may actually cause the sponge to break down quicker. Play around with the sponge, and see what option you like best.

In health and beauty,
Dr.L

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