I want to take a minute to tell you all about one of my favorite new steps in my skincare. I know a lot of you were confused the other day when I posted about my Konjac sponge and had many questions in regards to it. This little guy is actually a facial sponge. Over the last few months I have had a terrible time with my skin, but I finally have put some products together that have totally corrected it.
Before I get into the specifics on what I like about it, I want to quote the company.
"Amorphophallus Konjac” the Konjac potato is a perennial plant, native to Asia and sometimes known as Konnyaku .
Konnyaku or Konjac potatoes are cultivated for food in Japan & Korea, but wild forms grow naturally in many parts of China, Korea & Japan. Frequently growing wild at very high altitude, thus being very pure and polutant free.
The Japanese have been eating Konjac for over 1500 years. It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century as it was recognized for its health giving properties way back then! It is used frequently as a thickener and jelly and is often present in noodles!
It is a totally natural food source. Ninety seven percent of Konjac is water and three percent is Glucomannan, or dietary fiber. It is also rich in minerals and very low in calories. However, our sponges should never be put in the mouth! These are simply a few facts about the plant when used as a food, for those who are curious!
But, for over a century, the Japanese have been using the konjac vegetable as a beauty treatment for their delicate skin.
Amorphophallus konjac is an alkaline and is loaded with goodness. It contains so many natural goodies, we won't name them all, but here are just some of them! Protein, carbohydrate, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and folic acid So, no wonder the Japanese eat it and use it on their skin!
OK! Look at all those ingredients in the sponge alone! I am just... wow. This is an all natural root that contains so many good things for your face, and IT IS SOOO SOFT when it is wet.
I would like to add that the texture, while being soft, also stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells. So there you go, an amazing natural exfoliator.
The company claims that you don't need to add any cleanser but the way that I use this is to go over my skin after I have cleansed my face. I go over my entire face and concentrate on anywhere that I may be slightly flaky. My skin hasn't been sensitive in the past, but I think that my couple of months of using the Clarisonic had stressed it out. This is exactly what I needed to calm it back down.
The specific sponge that I got was the "French Green Clay" one. Everyone can use any of their sponges but this one is most helpful to those with combination/oily skin. French green clay contains micro molecules that absorb dirt, oil and bacteria. It also gently cleanses out the pores. French green clay is also known to have strong sterilization properties; in my opinion, that is EXACTLY what I want all over my skin. I may just be speaking for myself (though I doubt it) when I say that I worry constantly about bacteria on my face and getting trapped into my pores DUE to my oily skin. It is nice to see a product that is 100% geared towards my needs.
My Newest Addiction Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (5 out of 5)
If I could I would totally give this sponge a 10 out of 5! It is pH balanced, exfoliating, full of vitamins and minerals, deep cleansing, biodegradable... the list can go on and on. This is just a truly amazing sponge. Please just go and get one! Try it for yourself! You can thank me later!