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.