If you haven’t heard of a Konjac sponge before, well, I hadn’t either until I spotted it in store (I picked mine up in Vila in Athlone by the way.. random enough!). But as soon as something says ‘natural’ or ‘eco-friendly’ I’m intrigued. I googled it right there on the spot and found that it was actually quite a popular thing and it had great review. So I bought it. Mine cost around €6.
Konjac is a 100% natural vegetable fibre. It is free from any chemicals and is fully biodegradable and environmentally friendly. It has a naturally low PH balance which means it’s kind to skin. It has been used for over 1,500 years in Korea, Japan and China as medicine, food, a dieting aid and a beauty treatment.
How It Works
To use the sponge, soak it in water until it’s soft. You can use the sponge with your everyday cleanser too. Then just lather up your sponge, wash off your makeup as usual with it, and rinse it once your done. Be sure to store the sponge in a dry environment and allow it to completely dry out after use. The benefits of the sponge are that is it very gentle on the skin, they’re a great exfoliator, they can be used all over the body and they have a very long shelf life of about 2-3 months.
Different Types of Konjac Sponges
KONJAC WHITE – All skin types
Gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin.
KONJAC GREEN – Dry, mature and sun-damaged skin
The sponge contains green tea, which is known for its healing and protective qualities.
KONJAC BLACK – Combined, impure and oily skin
This sponge is perfect for oily and impure skin. The sponge contains activated carbon that absorbs excess sebum from the skin while actively treating bacteria.
This sponge is a great alternative to harsh beauty products, cotton pads and face wipes. It’s a very good sustainable option and is going to save you money in the long run too.
(Information is from the Meraki Website)