What are Konjac sponges and how do I use them?

Konjac sponges are a sustainable alternative to your regular face cloth. They are organic, natural and biodegradable sponges that really do cleanse and exfoliate in one simple use! They can be used to remove make up, dirt, blackheads, oil and other blemishes. This is one of my favourite swaps to date and they definitely work on my skin well.

I have bought the domed Konjac sponges which I really like for a deeper facial cleanse, however you can get different shapes online. With lots of other benefits in using these, they are now a firm favourite in my household. Read on to discover what they are made of, the benefits of them and best ways to use these Konjac sponges in your daily skincare regime.

navaris konjac sponge

Made of 100% natural materials

Konjac sponges are made of 100% natural materials. Konjac, otherwise known as Konnyaku, are part of a porous vegetable that grows in Asia, and it is the root that is used to make these particular sponges. Being all natural explains why they are loved by eco-warriors around the world looking to follow sustainable practices or all-vegan products.

Where did the Konjac sponge originate?

First originating in Asia, it is known that Japanese farmers first used these Konjac sponges when cleaning their babies, as a gentler material that could be used daily. As the plant is quite alkaline it gives the sponge a gentle soap-like cleansing ability. They were then used on adults to exfoliate dead or dry skin and today are part of many people’s daily face wash regime worldwide due to their soft but exfoliating properties.

What are the benefits of using a Konjac sponge?

  1. No need for loads of products, these sponges cleanse and exfoliate all in one handy sponge. Due to them being a natural product, they won’t dull or dry out your skin in anyway.
  2. You can use them twice daily as there is no harsh exfoliating scrub and due to this it won’t damage the epidermis of your skin.
  3. The sponges are so soft that you can use them to remove make up even on your eyes. Domed sponges will make it even easier to get into the intricate areas on your face and lift the make up and dirt from your face well.
  4. Use pre-fake tanning by exfoliating your knees, elbows, wrists and hands that usually end up patchy if they don’t get a good exfoliation before.
  5. The different types of Konjac sponges have different properties depending on their colour, so do look out for these. There are quite a few different ones online so read the product descriptions well.
  6. The sponges have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in them, giving your pores a deep clean on every use.

How to get the best use out of your sponge

The sponges come dry (and look quite weird at this stage!) so make sure you soak them in a little water or run under the shower to soften them up before use.

dried konjac sponge

The sponge will then expand slightly and become very soft, when you squeeze it, it almost feels gel-like. Squeeze out the excess water and you are ready to use. You can use them twice daily as are so soft on the skin for removing make up, cleansing and exfoliating.

konjac sponge in water

You can use it on its own with water, or I like to use it with a cleansing product first – currently I am using Pure Chimp all-natural cleanser, rubbing in small circular motions to clean the face properly and then once rinsed I do a final cleanse with just water.

You’ll notice there are different coloured Konjac sponges, which are all different in their active ingredients and therefore have different uses.

  • Grey: Infused with charcoal to remove impurities
  • Green: Infused with green tea for sensitive skin
  • White: An all natural sponge, great for removing make up

Once you are finished with your Konjac sponge, don’t forget to hang it up as it needs to dry. Definitely don’t leave it on your sink or shower tray. They have a little piece of string on them so this will help to find a place to hang the sponge. I often hang on my shower or on the towel hook on the back of our bathroom door. This will help them to stay in better condition.

How long do the sponges last for?

Due to them being an all-natural material the sponges will last you around 2-3 months (or approx 100 uses) before they start to biodegrade. They can be put in the compost alongside your food-waste. I bought mine in a pack of 3, so I can expect this pack to last for around 6-9 months, depending on how well I look after the sponges. I try and ensure they dry out well after every use (as you can see in the image I hang it up alongside my reusable soap sisal bag with bar of soap inside) and am currently using them once per day or twice on a rare occasion.

Do Konjac sponges really work?

Absolutely! I have now been using a Konjac sponge in my daily routine for over 3 months and I’m loving them.

I use them during every shower and bath to buff my face and make it nice and smooth. They really do get rid of the dead cells as my skin feels soft after. I only use on my face and neck as don’t feel the need to use on my body due to using a soap sisal bag that exfoliates larger areas well.

I really like that these sponges are environmentally-friendly, are entirely plastic-free and compost down well. For me these sponges are a great sustainable swap that is sticking in my household!

Where do I buy Konjac sponges from?

I bought my Konjac sponge set whilst browsing on Amazon. This is the link to where I bought mine from on Amazon for £9.47. However, I’d imagine many eco or refill shops in your area will also be stocking these. To check send your local store a message or give them a buzz. Check out the local refill shops in Hertfordshire here.

*Note: Some links in this post are Amazon affiliated. However I purchased the Konjac Sponges myself in Feb 2020 and all opinions are my own.

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