Dermatologists have differing opinions on how often you should exfoliate your face. However, most agree that all skin types can benefit from exfoliation at least twice a week. Some dermatologists recommend exfoliating as often as you like, as long as your skin tolerates it well. But, it depends upon the type of product you use for exfoliation. Until recently, the most common exfoliators were either chemical or manual. Chemical products include acids and serums. Manual exfoliators include scrubs, salts, beads, and motorized brushes. But the introduction of the Japanese Konjac exfoliating sponge to the U.S. market has changed everything. Here’s everything you need to know about the Japanese konjac sponge.
What is a Konjac Exfoliating Sponge?
Konjac sponges use extracts of organic konjac plants. These potato-like plants, once a delicacy, provide low-calorie, high-fiber nourishment, making them a staple of the Japanese diet. Their odorless, colorless vegetable fibers, which result from freezing and drying, are used to make the exfoliating sponges.
Since 1990, konjac for sponges has been exclusively grown at the Yamamoto Farm in Japan. At the base of the Japanese Alps, Yamamoto Farms uses natural melted snow water to grow the organic konjac plants.
Natural, sustainable, and 100% organic, there isn’t another exfoliating sponge on the market that offers more benefits.
Konjac exfoliating sponges are vegan skincare products and are cruelty-free skin care products. They are free from synthetic materials and chemicals, including
- Antibacterial agents
Why Try a Konjac Sponge?
There are many reasons that skincare experts, holistic skincare clinics, and Japanese women have long used konjac sponges for exfoliation. Konjac sponges do not require soap, cleanser, oil, serum, or acid to exfoliate your skin gently. The sponges are naturally alkaline, so they help your skin maintain a healthy pH balance without drying or irritating it.
The vegetable fibers are laden with antioxidants and minerals to safely, gently, and effectively exfoliate the delicate skin on your face while protecting you from free radicals. In addition, Konjac sponges boast remarkable elasticity.
Konjac sponges are available in 8 varieties:
- Original white
- Green tea
- Cherry blossom
- White peach
- Wild mint
How to Use a Konjac Sponge
The delicate fibers of the konjac sponge make it vulnerable to harsh chemicals. It is best to remove all makeup before exfoliating. Likewise, harsh chemicals added to scrubs or skin salts can damage the sponge, so it’s best to only use water and the exfoliating sponge to slough off dead skin cells and remove impurities.
To use the konjac sponge, follow these steps:
- Soak it in warm water for three minutes before use
- Exfoliate your face by moving the sponge gently in a circular motion on your face
- Wring the sponge out and allow it to dry completely in a well-ventilated area.
- Use daily for gentle, natural exfoliation