Benefits of a Konjac Sponge
Konjac sponges have recently been gaining popularity in western countries as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional sponges. Konjac sponges are made up of Konjac potato aka Konnyaku, a perennial plant native to Asia. While Konjac may seem to be something new on western shelves, Konnyaku has a long history in the east, having been used in Korea, Japan and China for over 1,500 years as medicine, food, and a beauty product. Due to the plant's claimed health giving properties, Konjac sponges were first developed by Japanese farmers and used by the Japanese people on babies' skin due to its gentle texture and excellent cleansing ability. Since then, it has gained popularity and has been further developed to be a facial and body cleansing sponge for all ages and all types of skin. While you may not be familiar with Konjac sponges yet you should be because they have a large number of benefits. Let’s dive deeper into some of these benefits:
Konjac Sponges have Minerals & Antioxidants:
The Konjac plant itself is known for being rich in vitamins including: Vitamin A which helps support skin repair, Vitamin C which contributes to skin strength, Vitamin E which which can help protect against premature ageing and wrinkles as well as improve the appearance of scars and imperfections, and numerous B vitamins which helps keep skin healthy. The Konjac plant is also known for being rich in minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium which have been shown to play a role in keeping skin healthy, as well as the protein, lipids, and fatty acids skin needs. The plant is also naturally alkaline, which leaves skin perfectly balanced. In some ways it appears the Konjac plant was designed by nature to be the perfect plant for healthy skin.
Kind To The Environment
Did you know most everyday sponges are made of polyester, polyurethane, or other oil-based plastics. Konjac sponges on the other hand are made of earth-friendly 100% natural vegetable fibre, and are both naturally sustainable, and environmentally safe. Once we are all done using our Konjac sponges (after 3-5 weeks depends on how often you use them), they are able to biodegrade instead of becoming just more waste to go into our waste streams, end up in our landfills or pollute our waterways, and take hundreds to thousands of years to break down. Switching to Konjac sponges is an easy way to go zero-waste and decrease the amount of plastic we use in both our lives and in our homes.
Konjac Facial Sponge Benefits
When using a Konjac sponge the surface is always covered with water due to Konjac fiber's excellent water-holding properties. This means these sponges have a very distinct texture that may take a moment to get used to. But the result of this layer of water is the fact that the fiber itself hardly comes into direct contact with the skin and will not scrape even with hard scrubbing. Your skin will appreciate the gentleness of this type of sponge.
Konjac Sponge Skin Benefits
Konjac sponges are extremely gentle, and are often recommended for unclogging pores, especially for those of us who have oily or acne-prone skin. While Konjac sponges are very gentle they also allow you to gently exfoliate your skin by sloughing away dead skin cells, giving skin a smooth, glowy complexion without excess irritation. This balance of gentleness and exfoliation is why as an added bonus Konjac sponges are generally considered safe for most skin types. Don't know how to use a Konjac Sponge?
Types of All-Natural Konjac Sponges
Since Konjac sponges are made of natural materials they come in a wide range of types depending on an individual's needs. For those individuals who are most concerned about moisturizing their skin they might want to try a Konjac sponge which is enriched with aloe vera. For those individuals who are more concerned with how to improve the youthful appearance of their skin and increase their skin's elasticity, Pink Clay Konjac sponges would work well. For those individuals more concerned with detoxifying their skin Charcoal Konjac sponges are the way to go. Charcoal's natural antibacterial properties can also help absorb toxins on and under the skin.
No matter why you are reaching for a Konjac sponge these sponges have your back inside and out. What other natural sponges are eco-friendly, filled with vitamins and minerals, gentle for the skin, great exfoliators, and come in types for your every need? While Konjac sponges may be new to you, you can trust their long history of use all throughout Asia. Your skin will thank you.