Konjac: The New Natural Face Buffer

Up until a few weeks ago, the word Konjac did not exist in my vocabulary. Used in the skincare context, the konjac sponge (or puff) is the latest natural beauty craze that has hit Asia and the rest of the world.

So, what is the Konjac sponge? It is simply a face buffer, made from 100% top quality food grade natural fibers of the konjac (Konnyaku) plant root – a kind of potato. However, these natural face buffers are not edible. Instead, they are meant to be used for cleansing your face as you would a muslim cloth or a face sponge.

Reputed for its health-giving properties, konjac is grown in Japan, Korea and China and has been used for over 1500 years as food and medicine. Konjac is loaded with tons of natural goodness like minerals, protein, zinc, iron, Vitamin A, C, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12 and lots more.

Today, skincare companies have found a way to create an eco skincare product using the natural net-like structure of the konjac root plant. This new invention have been flying off the beauty counters every since. I say this because a few weeks ago when I went to Face Shop to buy their Konjac sponge, they were sold out! To make matters worse, the sales assistant told me that their konjac sponges is their best-seller and they hardly remain on the shelves for long.

Konjac’s natural versatile and fibrous structure make for great gentle massaging of the skin, stimulating blood circulation and encouraging new cellular growth. When dry, it is small and stone hard. To use a konjac sponge, you need to soak it in water. It will soften and gradually puff up in size like how a well-soaked sponge. Once dry, it will shrink back to its original small size and can be re-used many times over.

The goodness of konjac:

  • 100% Natural
  • 100% Coloring Free (They do come in various colors, I’ll touch on that later)
  • 100% Additive Free
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • 100% Hyper-allergenic (Good for all skin types, including sensitive skin)
  • 100% Environmentally Safe, Skin Safe
  • A naturally moisture rich plant fiber with natural alkalinity to help balance acidity of skin impurities and oils.

Common questions women ask about the konjac sponge:

Why is it damp?
When you buy your first konjac sponge, it will be packaged in a small air-tight plastic pouch. You will notice inside of the bag appears to be slightly damp. Don’t panic. Almost all konjac sponge brands are the same. The reason being the konjacs are shipped and package slightly hydrated. You are probably wondering ‘Won’t it be easier to ship it dry like a regular hard sponge?‘. My only guess is hard sponges may be prone to breakage or cracks during transportation, whereas a slightly damp sponge can absorb shock and pressure extremely well.

Konjac is suppose to be100% coloring free. Why are there so many colors of konjac sponges?
The original konjac sponge is pure white. There are some innovative konjac companies who have created konjac varieties using natural clay coloring. Look at Konjac Sponge Company. You can get them in red (konjac red clay sponge), green (konjac green clay sponge), pink (konjac pink clay sponge) and black (konjac bamboo charcoal).

How do I use it?
Using your konjac sponge is no different with using a face scrub sponge or face cloth. Simply apply gentle circular strokes all over the face and around your eyes. Here is a good straightforward review on how to use a konjac sponge by Katie Hughes of KatieandSophieBeauty.

How long does a konjac sponge last?
A good konjac sponge that is kept under good care can last you 2-3 months. Before using your konjac, make sure it is completely dry before wetting it. Never wring out your konjac. After every use, simply squeeze between your fingers to get rid of the excess water and hang to dry. This will extend the life of your sponge.

Can you disinfect konjac?
Yes. Disinfect your konjac by soaking it in just-boiled hot water once every two weeks. But make sure you don’t get into a crazy habit and do it too often because it can accelerate the breakdown of the natural fibers shorten the life of your konjac sponge.

When should I change to a new konjac sponge?
When it starts to break apart and deteriorate. But you don’t have to throw it away! Remember, konjac is 100% biodegradable. You can literally put your discarded konjac sponge at the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil.

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