If you think of root vegetables, you probably first think of winter stews or sweet potato fries, nothing you would use to clean your face. That's going to change. Meet Konjak sponges, a staple in many beauty routines.
These sponges are made from the soft fibers of the konjac root. These sponges are sometimes referred to as voodoo lily or elephant yam and come from the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia.
The round stalk of the plant, also known as "tuber", is edible and rich in glucomannan, a natural dietary fiber. While Konjak can help lower cholesterol, relieve constipation and treat diabetes symptoms, this sponge is not suitable for eating.
Glad you asked! The fiber from the Konjac plant is extremely gentle, although the jury still does not know how it affects sensitive skin (more on that later). The use of one can help exfoliate dry, flaky skin and give shine to the skin that feels dull.
Even better? It may help with:
- Clogging of the pores
- Improving the texture so that make-up can be applied more easily
- Body Peeling and Skin Luster
Dr. Sonia Batra, certified dermatologist and co-host of The Doctors, says, "Konjac sponges are often featured in Korean beauty programs because they are natural, compostable and gentle scrubs. These are less abrasive than many scrubs and make the skin smoother and brighter. "
Back on the sensitive skin, while generally considered safe for all skin types – and extremely good for the body, especially on uneven skin, the outer arms and ingrown hair on the legs – Dr. Ing. Rita Linkner of Spring Street Dermatology in New York warns against applying them to very sensitive skin .
"Konjac sponges can be very peeling," says Linkner. "Instead, I recommend chemical peels of medical grade (professional peels performed in a dermatologist's office), such as AHAs, which are now formulated to gently exfoliate the skin and be tolerated by all skin types."
Chemical peel-off options if you find that manual peeling, such as using a konjak sponge, is too much for your skin.
. 1 Soak your sponge to moisturize it.
Some Konjak sponges come in a wet pouch, much like kitchen sponges get slightly wet. Others will be completely dry.
The wet packaging may look humid and weird, but it's a good thing, because it means your sponge is ready to use right now – because if you're like me, you want to try a new beauty product in the second You get it.
If your sponge is dry, soak it in water for at least 10 minutes to make it completely saturated, and then tap it completely before use.
. 2 Gently scrub in circular motion
This movement allows dry, dead skin cells to drain without causing excessive irritation. To avoid excessive exfoliation, you should take it 2 to 3 times a week instead of every morning and every night. Use it with your regular detergent or as a means of washing the soap with warm water.
. 3 Rinse and press when ready
Linkner says, "After each use, it is important to squeeze all the excess water out of your Konjak sponge so that no bacteria sticks in it and hang it up to dry."
4. Hang it in a place where it can dry completely.
Store the sponge in a cool, dry place instead of under the shower. For some people it may mean that they do not hang it in the bathroom at all.
"Because it is a fibrous root, it naturally begins to decompose," says Dr. Linkner. "Replace it every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how often you use it. Once a week, drop it into boiling water for a few minutes to disinfect it. "
. 5 Every 4 to 6 weeks loose stock
Most Konjak sponges are made without preservatives. This is generally good for your skin, but it also means that the sponge must be changed frequently as there is nothing in the sponge to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Konjac sponges are also good for the environment. The sponges are fully biodegradable and can even be disposed of with your compost when you are done with it.
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You can use a Konjak sponge with your regular cleanser or alone. Some Konjak sponges are already enriched with other ingredients.
According to Dr. Batra, these infusions can provide additional benefits to the skin. "White clay should balance the pH, pink clay is suitable for sensitive skin, red clay is moisturizing for dry skin, green clay is suitable for combination skin and black sponges have charcoal to remove oils and impurities for acne-prone skin. "
For pre-molded sponges, make sure they come into contact with your skin long enough. Dr. Batra recommends at least 30 seconds, but here we like to stick to the # 60SecondRule.
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Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, Certified Dermatologist, also warns of excessive exfoliation and says, "I'm not a big fan of excessive facial exfoliation. Our skin peels off by itself, but on "normal" skin, [exfoliating] is not bad a few times a week. We need our skin to protect us from weather and pollution. "
Skin in your thirties and forties, however, may tolerate more exfoliation. Dr. Skotnicki says: "Our natural tendency to exfoliate slows down with age. [But] Do not scrub your face if you have skin prone to acne. Even the gentlest scrubbing can aggravate inflamed red acne lesions.
The same applies to skin types that have psoriasis or eczema or are slightly sensitive to rubbing. Consult your dermatologist before applying to your skin, or test it gently in one spot before scrubbing your entire face.
Grace Gallagher is a writer and lives in Portland, Oregon. All her works can be found at www.gracelgallagher.com .