Introducing the newest, trendiest, and perhaps strangest addition to my skincare routine: a konjac sponge. After all, it looks like a cross between a rock from the moon and something that belongs near the kitchen sink. But after a month of using this all-natural skin cleansing tool, I'm really impressed with the results.
Konjac sponges are made from the fibers of konjac, a plant native to Eastern Asia that is rich in vitamins (A, E, D, Bs, and C) and minerals. Konjac is a highly sustainable plant, and the sponges are all-natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly. When dry, the konjac sponge looks and feels like a pumice stone. However, when you put it under water, it softens and expands, taking on a squishy texture. Konjac sponges are extremely gentle on your skin and suitable even for infants and very sensitive skin types. They're also mildly alkaline, so they work to balance the pH of your skin.
Dr. Sponge is a konjac sponge company that stocks many different varieties of sponges for facial and body cleansing. I was kindly sent their Charcoal Facial Cleansing Konjac Sponge* for combination/oily skin and Original Body Cleansing Konjac Sponge*. Both can be used with or without cleansers, but I like to pair mine with gel cleansers for an extra deep cleanse -- as you can see, they work up a rich lather! The sponges remove impurities while feeling gentler than a muslin cloth, facial brush, or loofah. The facial sponge in particular is something I intend to incorporate in my routine for the long haul. My skin feels extremely smooth and comfortable after using it.
Using a konjac sponge has also made me realize that my well-loved Clarisonic is terrible for the environment; the brush heads aren't recyclable and you're supposed to change them every few months. Obviously, the Clarisonic and konjac aren't exactly comparable, but the compostable konjac sponge is a far more environmentally sound (and affordable!) cleansing tool.
Konjac contains natural preservatives, and with proper care (i.e., hang it to dry after each use), the sponge lasts for approximately 2-3 months of daily use. According to the Dr. Sponge website, you can also give your sponge a deeper cleanse by dropping it in boiling water for 20-30 seconds.
Have you tried a konjac sponge?