If you haven't heard of a Konjac sponge up to now, you probably will soon. If sustainable, vegan-friendly beauty is your vibe, then a konjac sponge might just be a skincare routine game changer.
For the secret to seriously smooth skin, the humble konjac sponge is the under-the-radar essential. Even the pros are obsessed. Skincare expert and Meghan Markle's go-to facialist Charlotte Connoley swears by her konjac sponge for glowing skin worthy of a red carpet (or royal wedding).
Q: What is a konjac sponge?
Imagine a dehydrated dome of sponge cake and you're somewhere close to this kooky sponge's texture. Made from natural konjac root (a porous vegetable that grows in Asia), konjac sponges were first created as a way for Japanese farmers to cleanse a baby's skin, so they're a much gentler way to exfoliate dead or dry skin during your daily face wash.
TIP: Konjac sponges harden when dry, so simply let them soak in the shower or sink for a minute to soften them up before using.
Different colour konjac sponges means different active ingredients. For example, grey would be infused with charcoal, green would be green tea and red might be red clay, all useful active ingredients for different skin types.
Q: How do you use a konjac sponge?
Konjac sponges have a multitude of benefits. Here's how to make best use of this humble 100% vegetable sponge.
1. Use it twice a day
Konjac sponges cleanse and exfoliate in one simple step, giving your skin a smooth and glowing look, without the harsh irritation of a physical scrub. Use the konjac sponge twice a day: a light cleanse in the morning, and a double cleanse in the evening.
2. Use with water or your favourite face wash
When you first use a konjac sponge, your first step is to submerge the sponge for a minute or so in clean warm water until it has expanded and is lovely and soft. Gently squeeze out the excess water, and then it’s ready for use. You can choose to use a cleanser or not with a konjac sponge; they’re actually very effective when used with water alone.
3. Use circular motions
Use light circular motions all over your face to lift and eradicate make-up and daily grime. Don’t be afraid to really get in to those awkward areas to make sure make-up is removed make sure to properly cleanse around the nose, eyebrows and eyes.
'Rinse between each use, and then use over the face with water alone to finish your cleansing routine.
4. Squeeze and leave to dry
Once you’re done cleansing, give the sponge a final rinse and then squeeze out the excess water. Hang it up to dry properly – don’t leave it on the sink!. Each sponge has its own little hanger
5. Replace after six weeks
Konjac sponges are a natural material, so they will start to biodegrade over time. If you take care of your sponge, it should last you around six to eight weeks.
6. Use them on your face and body
Konjac sponges are a great secret weapon when it comes to body care, especially tanning. Soak your sponge in water and take it into the shower with you, using on extra-dry, flaky or acne-prone areas to give them a deep clean and an effective exfoliation. Great for pre tanning on elbows and knees.
7. Compost it afterwards
Konjac sponges are completely eco-friendly being 100% biodegradable. They can be composted along with your vegetable, fruit and plant leftovers – happy skin and a happy environment!