While there are an abundance of tools aimed at cleaning your face better, if you haven’t tried one of the best konjac sponges, you’re seriously missing out. Because of their soft porous texture, konjac sponges help you get an extremely gentle — but thorough — cleanse, and they even provide light exfoliation that's safe for daily use.
Although konjac sponges have only recently become popular in the U.S., people in Japan have been using them for over a century. Konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant that’s been a food source for over 1,500 years. The modern-day sponges are handmade from the fibers of the konjac plant and infused with various ingredients such as clays, charcoal, and bamboo to enhance the cleansing process and tailor it to specific skin types.
Although many konjac sponges come pre-wet in their package, some do need to by hydrated before use. If your sponge arrives dry and hard like a loofah, simply run it under warm water until it’s soaked through and soft — when it puffs up you’ll know it’s ready for use. Next, apply the usual amount of cleanser to your face or body and then gently massage the sponge into your skin in circular motions. For a lighter cleanse, konjac sponges can also be used without any cleanser. And they work great with oil cleansers, too.
You should only need to replace your sponge every two or three months, depending on how well you care for it. Be sure to rinse it well before and after use and hang it to dry (most come with a suction cup hook). To remove excess water, gently press the sponge between your hands instead of wringing it out — this helps it last longer.
While every konjac sponge provides a gentle cleanse, you'll get the most out of this amazing beauty tool if you choose the best one for your skin type. Consider this your beginner's guide to finding a konjac sponge that you'll love.