While I’m loving everything Japanese, I’ve also been trying the Konjac sponge. It’s a little difficult to explain what the Konjac actually is and does, but here goes. Ok, this facial sponge is made from a fibrous vegetable (roots, I believe) called Konjac which has a weak alkalising effect and overall cleansing ability, neutralizing any acids (grime or oil) when you use it on skin. First you need to soak the sponge, which arrives hard as rock, with water so that it softens up. Once you’ve done that, you can add any wash off cleanser to it, or if your skin is ultra-sensitive, use the sponge without cleanser.
The sponge feels incredibly soft on the skin and glides over the complexion. It seems to take water away with it, so even if your skin was wet in the first place, it feels dry once you’ve used the sponge. But, not just dry to the touch. It also feels lightly moisturised. Skin feels really clean and there is literally no abrasion at all; massaging the sponge over your face will help to increase the blood flow. I’m an instant convert to this method of cleansing. Mine came from Victoriahealth.com for £12.
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Ooh I’ve wanted to try one of these for ages, I think you’ve convinced me!
Ooh more new things to try! How interesting! Trust the japanese to come up with fabulous ideas like this! Thanks Jane x
Mmm I love things like this, and its not too expensive either. Might have to give it a go. Nice post xx
This sounds really interesting. I usually use a flannel after cleansing so this could be an interesting alternative.
Really like the look of this! Will be popping it onto the wishlist…
This sounds fab! I’ll check it out thank you.
It’s actually originated from South Korea which I believe so…and Konjac originally is meant to be eaten. It has been made into dessert and food for many years in Japan. Thought there are many cases of choking amongst kids in the States due to the texture.
Btw, it is an awesome cholesterol and intestine regulator because of the very high fibrous content 🙂
Just wanna share, hope that’s fine 🙂
If I get it right, Konjac is also a food-grade material, with textures that’s harder than jelly, used as a vegetarian version of gelatine. I love eating them but never tried using them on my face. 🙂