Those of us experts in Korean skincare know that Korean women never go to bed at night without double cleansing. This process is rigorously followed to ensure that the skin is kept squeaky clean, as well as being better prepared to absorb the numerous skincare products applied next. What’s not so well known is that Korean women don’t usually double cleanse using just their hands alone. Instead, they supercharge their cleansing routine with a konjac sponge.
A konjac sponge looks a bit like a pumice stone, but it’s actually handmade from the vegetable fibers of Devil’s root, a porous potato-like plant that grows only at high altitudes in Korea, Japan, and China. Because of its unique texture, a konjac sponge is a cleansing and exfoliating tool rolled into one, so it’s able to offer the skin a thorough, yet gentle, cleanse.
Some konjac sponges, like The Face Shop’s Charcoal Konjac Cleansing Puff, are enriched with bamboo charcoal. This type of sponge is ideal for anyone with oily skin that’s prone to breakouts, since bamboo charcoal contains activated carbon and various minerals that can absorb excess oil, helping to keep the skin clear from blemishes and excess shine.
Using a konjac sponge is extremely simple. Before picking up the sponge, I use an oil-based cleanser to remove all the makeup and other oil-based impurities from the skin. Next, I wet the sponge under warm water until it is soft and completely soaked through.
Next, I pour my favorite foaming cleanser or soap onto the sponge and massage it in circular motions to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The konjac sponge is able to remove more impurities and dead cells than my hands alone, so it really takes my double cleansing routine to the next level.
When I’m done with cleansing, my skin looks clean and bright, this added radiance being another benefit of the sponge’s exfoliating action. Also, because konjac sponges are a lot gentler than most scrubs, they can be used on all skin types (even sensitive or flaky skin), without causing irritation.
Although the konjac sponge offers its best results when used as part of the double cleansing routine, it can also be used alone with just water. I sometimes do this in the morning since it’s a quick way to cleanse my skin without stripping it of its natural, moisturizing oils.
To make my konjac sponge last longer, I squeeze it between my hands when I’m done with it to remove all the leftover water. I never wring the sponge out because this deteriorates the fabric, rendering it unusable within a few short weeks. It’s also important to let the sponge dry completely between uses because bacteria thrive in humid environments.
I find I can safely use a konjac sponge for two or three months before it starts to deteriorate. When it finally does become unusable, I simply compost it. Its 100% natural and thus biodegradable, so it’s great for the environment. What’s better than effective skincare that doesn’t harm our beautiful planet?
THE BOTTOM LINE
Summary: A cleanser and exfoliator rolled into one, The Face Shop’s Charcoal Konjac Cleansing Puff gently removes all traces of dirt, excess oil, and dead cells from the skin, leaving it clean and bright while helping to prevent blemishes.
Claims: This sponge has a very unique texture that leaves the skin extremely soft and refreshed! It’s a natural cleansing puff made with 100 % devil’s tongue jelly, so it’s completely biodegradable. The sponge deeply cleanses the pores helping to eliminate dirt, blackheads, and other blockages.
Ingredients: Devil’s tongue, bamboo charcoal.
Where to buy: Amazon