Konjac sponges are currently all the rage. They’ve arrived from Asian beauty culture and keep being credited as being the absolute best thing you can do for your skin. But they’re just sponges, right? The name is, in many ways, a bit misleading as they aren’t quite what most people think when the word sponge comes up even though they share some properties. Additionally, it is hard to tell exactly what is true and what isn’t with so many people talking about them at once. In keeping with the usual approach, OROGOLD hopes to give you a better look into konjac sponges so you have a clearer idea of both what they are and what they can do for you.
What’s in a Sponge?
Most of the sponges people are familiar with use wood fiber and plastics to create a material capable of both soaking up water and providing light to heavy abrasion depending on its intended use. Konjac sponges are a kind of plant fiber, yes, but these are derived from the root of the konjac plant. The results are slightly different from a normal sponge due to the lack of a need to introduce plastic for additional abrasion. Fibers taken from the konjac root have a natural, gentle abrasive property that is entirely capable of exfoliating the face without outside help. Additionally, their ability to retain water makes them ideal for such a task and allows them to easily help remove makeup and other common skin care tasks.
Is it any Good?
Answering how good a konjac sponge is for skin care is the tricky question. OROGOLD notices a lot of wild claims are made routinely for konjac sponges that have no basis in reality. We’ll start with the basics though. Konjac sponges are perfectly safe to use for most people and not likely to cause topical allergic reactions. You can easily replace any sponge you currently use in skin care with one of these and get the same utility out of it. Konjac sponges are particularly good for anyone with sensitive skin as they’re relatively gentle and the exfoliating properties aren’t excessive. This gives them potential as a mechanical exfoliant for people who otherwise can’t use one. This alone is enough to recommend it for anyone looking into trying a facial sponge for the first time. So, yes, there are good at what they do. There are some other claims that are harder to prove though.
Is any of it Nonsense?
The are a lot of claims running around that just using one of these sponges will clear up your acne. This is definitively not true simply because of how acne works. It is not recommended to use a mechanical exfoliant at all if you have acne. Even using a konjac sponge can make a breakout worse. Others like to claim contact with the sponge balances the pH of the skin through contact without really commenting on how and ignoring that your skin is a complex organ that, like the rest of your body, generally keeps its systems in order without the need of a magic sponge. One of the less easy to comment on claims is that the sponges release a slightly alkaline compound in contact with water that helps clean your skin more effectively. It is hard to say either way, but this shouldn’t be something you rely on as part of your decision in using a konjac sponge.
Konjac sponges are an interesting addition to the world of skin care. Their gentle nature and interesting texture actually make them quite useful to anyone with a skin care routine. OROGOLD recommends trying them to see if you enjoy them, but don’t count on them to necessarily be a miracle product. They work well with other skin care products and fill the same functions. Their pure plant origin does make them a good choice for you if you’re feeling particularly eco-conscious though. As long as you don’t get caught up in all the hype, then a konjac sponge can make a welcome addition to your routines.