Konjac sponges are made from the dried and ground root of the konjac, or elephant yam, that’s native to Asia. The process is simple enough, Konjac powder is mixed with calcium hydroxide, heated, frozen and then dried. The calcium yields an alkaline end product that helps to balance an overly acidic skin pH.
Asian cultures have used the konjac root for over 2,000 years, and konjac sponges have been popular for about 100 years.
Konjac naturally nourishes with vitamins A, B, C, D and E, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium and even has antioxidants. Unlike other exfoliators that harm the environment, konjac is completely natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable – you can throw them in the compost bin when you have finished with them!
As konjac is 100% alkaline, it will help balance the pH of your skin while still gently exfoliating and cleansing. Better yet, the konjac sponge has enough innate cleansing properties on its own that some people have success using it with just water.
Which Colour to Choose
You may notice that there are 4 different coloured sponges at Lumii NZ, but it’s not just for show.
- The Bamboo Charcoal Sponge cleanses deep into pores absorbing excess oils and toxins and removing dirt. It helps to eliminate blackheads and kills acne-causing bacteria. Perfect for spot-prone skin.
- The Green Tea Sponge has strong antioxidant benefits that protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. The natural ingredient softens and plumps to improve elasticity and refresh your skin’s appearance, perfect for those wanting to protect their skin from aging.
- The Turmeric Sponge is perfect for all skin types. Turmeric is a super antioxidant renowned for its healing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
- The Natural Sponge deeply cleanses, removes blackheads and gently exfoliates the skin. Perfect for the whole family.
How to Use a Konjac Sponge
- When you first get a konjac sponge, you’ll notice it’s small and rather hard. Soak the sponge in warm water for 5 minutes before the first use. Once you’ve used it, it will only need soaking for a minute or two before it softens.
- Gently squeeze the excess water out by pressing the konjac sponge between your palms. Don’t be rough with it. Apply a small amount of cleanser (if desired), or just use the sponge plain, with water.
- Rub the konjac sponge on the face in circular motions. Concentrate on dry or blackhead-prone areas. It’s a mild exfoliator, so it may feel like you need to scrub hard to get it to work, but that isn’t necessary. These sponges will remove dirt, sunscreen, and even makeup. (You may need to use a little bit of coconut oil to remove heavy eye makeup though.)
- Rinse the konjac sponge well with water and gently squeeze the excess water out by pressing the sponge between your palms. Don’t twist, wring, or pull on it.
- Hang it to dry until next time.
Taking Care of your Konjac Sponge
Every 2 weeks, place your konjac sponge in very hot (but not boiling) water for about 5 minutes to disinfect it.
After 90 days, ditch the sponge and get a new one. It’s time to replace the sponge when it no longer expands properly and starts to disintegrate.
Since using my Konjac Sponge (I use the Bamboo Charcoal one), I have noticed a softer, smoother complexion as well as reduced signs of pores and blackheads.
I use mine twice a day – morning and night. In the morning, I use the sponge by itself (with water) and at night I use the sponge with a dot of cleanser.
You can get more info on the Lumii NZ Konjac Sponges here: