A while back, everyone was talking about Konjac sponges. Did you hear about it? I managed to get my hands on one, and it’s pretty cool. I’d say that they are worth the hype, especially considering they don’t cost much.

A Konjac sponge is made from the Konjac Potato tree, or Konnyak, which is native to Asia. These perennial trees are found growing in higher altitudes, and have been used as a beauty product in Japan, Korea, and China for 1500 years. The sponge has an interesting property – when it’s saturated with water, the surface is coated with a layer of water. The water acts as a buffer, and forms a layer in-between the sponge and the skin. Because of this, the sponge will never scratch the skin or be abrasive in any way.

Some of the known benefits of Konjac root sponge are:

  1. gently cleanses and exfoliates
  2. minimizes appearance of pores
  3. suitable for sensitive skin
  4. reduces blemish causing bacteria
  5. naturally moisturizes
  6. eco-friendly and biodegradable
  7. stimulates blood flow
  8. promotes cell growth
  9. balances skin’s pH

Because they are so gentle, they can be used twice a day, with your regular cleanser. I use mine with my Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, and it makes my skin feel super soft afterwards – much more so than not using one at all.

Grab a few at one of my favorite stores: Ricky’s NYC for only $10, and keep one in the shower and one at the sink. You won’t regret this small purchase.


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