I Try Out the Konjac Sponge

Konjac spongeAt  the recent ( and huge) Cosmoprof Beauty Show  in Las Vegas, it seemed like every third booth was offering the Konjac sponge.

Developed in Japan, it is produced from  the Kojac plant which has been used for centuries in Japan for health and beauty.  The plant  contains elastic fibers and is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids.  The sponge ia actually made from  dried and powdered Konjac root that  has been mixed with water to form a paste. This goo is mixed with calcium hydroxide, poured into molds and  heated to solidify the mixture.  The plum size Kojac balls are then frozen for 24 hours then slowly dried to evaporate moisture.   The final sponge has a pliable, bouncy texture and can be used with and without a cleanser.

There are two  main types — hard and soft.  The hard sponge  needs to be soaked  for 10-15 minutes before using it for the first time. Thereafter it needs 2-3 minutes  of soaking each time its used.  By contrast  the soft Konjac sponge is ready to  use  right out of the package. During manufacturing  the soft sponges are   infused with an antibacterial liquid that keeps them soft.

Konjac Sponges Field Trials

Not one to stand around, I started with the already  moist and ready to use  soft sponge. It felt a bit slimy  and a little more abrasive than a regular washcloth. Right after washing my face my skin felt clean, but  my nose  was still a bit oily.   In a few minutes  my face  began to feel very tight, a sign that  serious exfoliation had taken place.  However my skin did not  have the polished rosy glow that I could see when I washed my face with a Clarisonic or  glycolic treatment pads for exfoliation.  I just did not see any improvement.

I continued to ue the Konjac sponge for 5 days and carefully squeezed it out and hung it up to dry after each  use.   Despite my  TLC, the  soft sponge started to smell funky  after less than a week. The hard sponge did not mildew but it added  a few extra minutes too my beauty routinue without any additional benefits.

To bottom line it, if you are  a beauty  junkie like me,  you’re  going to at least want to try it.  But I doubt it will become a standard part of your  skin care routinue.



3 thoughts on “I Try Out the Konjac Sponge

  1. I disagree. I have been using the hard konjac sponge for over a year. I’m on my fourth or fifth. I use sweet almond oil and baby wipes to take off my makeup at night and then the konjac sponge in the morning. My skin has never looked better. I had a spot on my chin recently and it was gone the next day without a trace, using the sponge. It has simplified my skin care routine. I find the clarisonic a pain and time consuming. The sponge dries hard and I put it in a container to soak whilst I’m in the shower and it’s ready to use. I’ve never had a mildew or smell problem. When it starts to disintegrate I throw it out and get a new one.

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