So many konjac sponges have been popping up all over the web and in beauty isle touting these amazing benefits and infusions that will have your skin looking like a million bucks. When something new hits the market its only natural to wonder, Is it all hype? Will it really work or is it a total waste of money? As a beauty professional I'm always trying out new things but I'm also always trying to weed through savvy marketing pitches and get straight to whether or not a product can do what it claims.
Lets start with talking about what konjac is in the first place. If you live outside of Asia which I'm assuming most of you reading this article do, you are totally unfamiliar with this vegetable. Konjac is grown in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and southeast Asia for its large starchy corms, used to create a flour and jelly of the same name. It is also used as a vegan substitute for gelatin. Its main component is Glucomannan, and its solution is a calorie-free dietary fiber that is very elastic. Konjac is rich in vitamin (A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, & E), protein, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. Combining these natural ingredients with its gentle texture, konjac is not only a healthy food, but also make it excellent for use in skin care.
Now that we've got all the technical stuff out of the way we can talk about whether or not its good for your skin. Many companies out there will say that their konjac sponges are infused with other thing specific in aiding certain skin issues. I want you to look at a Konjac sponge as a piece of clothing since it is after all all a fiber. A konjac sponge "infused" with clay for acne prone skin isn't going to eliminate stubborn acne just as well as sleeping on a silk pillow case won't eliminate your wrinkles. I like to present products to my clients with honesty and integrity so selling you high hopes isn't in the agenda. I do however love these sponges because of their functionality. They get really soft and squishy, your cleanser will last so much longer when you apply it to this sponge and it dries in a way that prevents bacteria from growing on it, they are inexpensive and they don't over stimulate the skin. These sponges are amazing! They are gentle enough to use on a baby but also effective enough to deliver good exfoliation. So head over to the store, pick a pretty color and have a fun time getting konjac clean!!