Konjac sponges are one of the latest crazes in natural skincare, and for good reason. The sponges are made from a porous root vegetable of the same name, and are gentler than regular scrubbers. This makes them perfect for exfoliating, removing caked-on makeup, or simply scrubbing up. Using a Konjac sponge is as easy as soaking it in warm water, squeezing out the excess moisture, and lightly massaging your face or body.
Soak the sponge in warm water for 10-15 minutes. A preliminary soak is necessary to soften the hard, dry fibers prior to cleansing. As the sponge soaks, it will begin to grow in size. Once it stops expanding, it will be ready to use.
Squeeze out the excess water. Remove the sponge from the water and press it firmly between the palms of your hands. For best results, it should be nice and moist, but not sopping wet.
Dampen your skin with warm water. The warmth of the water will help open up your pores, making the sponge more effective at clearing away dirt, debris, and oil. For this reason, it can be especially convenient to use your Konjac sponge during or just after a hot shower.
Massage your skin using a gentle circular motion. Start at the center of the desired area and radiate outward, making the circle larger with each pass. The tiny pores on the surface of the sponge will work together to clean and exfoliate, so there’s no need to press down too hard.
Add a few drops of your favorite cleanser for a deeper clean. If you like, you can squeeze a small amount of soap, moisturizer, or exfoliating face wash directly onto the sponge and work it in until it forms a rich lather. Konjac is super absorbent, so it will hold and disperse skincare products as well as any regular sponge to give your skin that freshly-cleaned feeling.
Use your Konjac sponge as a makeup remover. With just a dab of penetrating cleanser, a Konjac sponge can easily wipe away leftover foundation, blush, or eyeshadow. Just be sure there’s no makeup left behind on the sponge once your face is bare.
Rinse your Konjac sponge thoroughly after each use. Hold the sponge under a stream of warm running water and squeeze it repeatedly to flush out dirt, oil, and traces of cleanser. Continue rinsing and squeezing until the water runs clear. Then, press out any remaining moisture by hand.
Hang your Konjac sponge in a well-ventilated area to dry between uses. When stored properly, any lingering moisture should evaporate overnight. Your sponge will then re-harden and be ready for the next soak.
Store your sponge in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you don’t have a suitable place to hang up your used sponge, stick it in a lidded Tupperware container or plastic bag and stash it in the fridge. The cool, dry air will slow the growth of mold and bacteria in the spaces inside the tightly-knit fibers.
Replace your Konjac sponge every 4-6 weeks. After a while, your sponge will lose its original texture and begin to disintegrate. When this happens, it’s time to pick up a new one. Getting in the habit of switching out your sponges as soon as they begin to deteriorate will ensure that your skin stays clear, healthy, and radiant.
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