Cleansing is the cornerstone of a good skincare regime. Once you’ve found your favourite cleanser, it’s worth thinking how you apply and buff off the product to maximise its effect. While many people swear by a facial brush like Clarisonic, for people looking for a cheaper alternative, or who have sensitive skin that’s irritated by bristles, then Konjac sponges might be the answer.
Made from fibres from the root of the Konnyaku – a perennial plant native to regions of Asia with a high altitude – the plant is naturally alkaline, and rich in minerals, which leaves skin balanced. The sponges either come dry, or are combined with natural spring water to create a moisture-rich sponge.
The Konjac sponge was originally created to clean babies’ skin, which will give you a sense of how soft the sponge is. Used on your face, it will gently buff away dead skin cells and stimulate the skin without causing irritation or redness. You can use it with your cleanser or just with water.
Different colour Konjac sponges will be infused with different extracts: a grey sponge will have charcoal, for instance, while a green sponge has tea extract.
There are several brands that sell Konjac sponges in the UK – and they are all available for less than £10. To make sure you’re getting the real deal look for one that is 100% natural and has not had chemicals or colouring added. Unlike man-made sponges, Konjac sponge is biodegrable. (It is also more sustainable to harvest than real sponge). Change your sponge every 6-8 weeks for hygiene.
Here’s our pick of the best.
5 Konjac Sponges Available in the UK