I admit I’d never heard of or seen the Konjac Sponge until Camie and I walked past a Sasa outlet. They were strategically displayed at the entrance (smart marketing!) and Camie pointed them out and enlightened me about them. Apparently, they cleanse skin much more effectively than if we were to just use our hands and they can make skin smoother.
Since everything on the packaging is in Chinese, I had to give her the benefit of the doubt. I’d never have noticed them or given them a second look if she hadn’t brought my attention to them. There were a few “varieties”, tomato, aloe vera, bamboo charcoal, cucumber and one other. Each one has a specific function. I settled on bamboo charcoal since the Sasa staff said that was for deep cleansing.
After consulting Google for more information on the product (what to do….only other option is to ask someone to translate everything on the packet), I found out that the Konjac Sponge is made from a natural food material called Konjac (known as Konnyaku in Japanese). It’s actually a vegetable and I am familiar with Konnyaku since I had a craze for them years ago. The Konjac Sponge is made from fermenting the konjac fibre.
Further research revealed that it’s good for promoting blood circulation and removing dead skin cells, even blackheads. It can be used on the face and body with or without cleanser although I don’t see much purpose if cleanser isn’t used with the sponge.
My Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge was packed in a sealed packet within the outer packaging. Very tightly sealed and with good reason as it’s supposed to stay moist (info thanks to Google again). The Konjac Sponge felt moist even though I hadn’t dunked it in water yet.
Although I presume the Konjac Sponge can be used with any type of cleanser, I think it works best with foaming cleansers. I had to get used to using this round sponge as I am more accustomed to flat sponges but it doesn’t take long to master the technique (it ain’t rocket science after all).
For now, I can’t say my skin is smoother or that my blackheads are less as I have been using it for less than a week. However, I will say that using the Konjac Sponge feels better than my usual way of mixing the cleanser with water in my palms.
Konjac Care Sponges are available at Sasa. We purchased ours for RM12.90 and a 2nd one at 50% off.