Konjac Sponge: What is it? How to use this beauty editor fave

by Natasha Lekwa | 0 comments

The Julep Konjac Sponge has been around for a while now, but we still can’t get enough of the amazing little exfoliator that snuck into our daily facial routine—and our hearts.


What is it, exactly?

We’ll admit – its appearance is a little perplexing at first. Cat toy? Shriveled avocado? Stone? Chihuahua-sized fencing mask?

Konjac Sponges have been around for centuries in Asia, but only recently began making a splash in the US. The Konjac Cleansing Sponge is actually made from the root of a Japanese potato plant. Ours is enriched with charcoal, which has historically been used in Japan for centuries because of its purifying properties.

Potatoes and charcoal might not sound like skin-friendly ingredients, but together they create an all-natural exfoliating sponge that’s light, bouncy super-soft, and delicate on the skin.

This fibrous sponge is gentle enough for all skin types (even sensitive skin), and the detoxifying charcoal is especially beneficial for acne-prone skin and dry, problematic complexions.

How do you use it?

The Konjac Sponge can be used alone with water or with a facial cleanser. Gently massage your face in a circular motion (like you’re washing a car) to exfoliate dead skin cells. Rinse, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Your skin will be left feeling fresh and soft, without the harsh feeling some exfoliators can inflict.

The 100% biodegradable Konjac Sponge hardens when it dries, so make sure you squeeze out excess water (don’t wring—use flat hands to press the moisture out), and use the included suction cup to hang it in a well-ventilated area while it dries.

When you’re ready to use it again, soak your sponge in warm water for a few minutes. Make sure it’s soft and squishy before taking it to your delicate facial skin.

Tips and tricks

  •        – Try it in the AM with cold water to de-puff and clean your eye area after your beauty sleep.
  •        – The natural fiber does tend to deteriorate over time, so it’s best to replace yours every few months.
  •        – Not only does the Konjac leave your skin baby-soft, it’s perfectly safe (and fun!) for babies too.

Now that we’ve fallen in love with our Konjacs, we can’t help but glow when we see the curious-looking sponge hanging in our shower. And after we use it, we glow even more.

Who’s loving it?

Allure, November 2013 issue

Allure Konjac Sponge

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