Since going vegan, using organic natural cold-pressed oils on my skin like coconut oil, argan oil or sweet almond oil my curiosity on natural beauty grew even stronger. Especially when I can see that my skin is less inflamed, feels softer, stays hydrated is a truly wonderful thing!
I’m a big fun of using natural products as well as incorporating simple but wholesome beauty routine that will not steal my time from doing other things. A.k.a simple-natural-effective-loving to our body.
Moisturising the skin is not a trivial matter but….cleansing the skin is equally important. I like to change my organic oils so to give the skin different nutrients, support it based on season, current imbalance or just to escape a beauty regime routine. I’ve been doing the same for the cleansing part of it and it’s called Konjac! The hot cloth and coconut oil is my best way of getting rid of make-up, dust or other pollutants that can stay on the skin during the day.
Konjac offers the same in a jiffy! A little bit about this little japanese friend now. A sponge that is made of the root of the konjac plant and this has been used by the Japanese as a food source (it is similar to the potato plant) and over the last century they have been using it as a beauty treatment.
The sponge is very soft, it needs to be soaked in warm water in order to be used for the face or the whole body. It is 100% biodegradable and lasts for 2-3 months with proper care.
What does the konjac sponge do?
- gently exfoliates the dead skin cells in the most gentle, delicate way
- removes make up (water based especially)
- cleanses gently but in-depth the pores from extra oil, dirt and blackheads-ideal for acne prone skins! **Natural Antibecterial, yay!!!***
- removes water-resistant sunscreens leaving the skin clean
- It’s loaded with lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, B, B2, B6, B12, D, E and P. In other words, food for our skins, baby!
How to use the konjac sponge?
-It comes dry and hard in a sealed packet. You need to soak the sponge in warm water until it is super soft and squishy.
-Once wet, soft, use it in circular motions around your face gently. This will promote blodd circulation, remove gently dirt and make up, leaving it soft and clean.
-When done with your konjac friend, rinse it squeeze it between your hands until there’s no water coming out at all. Do not wring out your sponge, it will shorten its life span as the fibers will be destroyed.
-You can also use a small amount of your cleanser directly onto the sponge and use it to cleanse your face, but this may shorten its life span.
I bought mine at a big pharmacy in Zurich but you can also find it online.
I use it only in the evening without a cleanser with just warm water. My skin feels soft, clean, not tight. The areas of forehead and around the nose that are sensitive due to occasional dermatitis are not irritated at all but soothed. When I apply oil to my face it seems to be absorbed better and go deeper, if I can say that. My Japanese friend called Konjac is here to stay!
Let me know if you tried this magic sponge too!
PS: In Japanese it is called Konnyaku and you can eat it too! I bought a few months ago konnyaku gel, so you can see it’s so versatile and healthy!
-The Curious Mind-