Step away from your electronic facial cleansing brush — there’s a new kid on the block. Allow us to introduce you to konjac sponges. If they sound familiar, that’s because they’re not technically a new innovation. They are, however, picking up major traction in the beauty world — and for good reason. Unlike electronic facial cleansing brushes or abrasive physical exfoliating particles in face washes, scrubs and masks, konjac sponges are known for being gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Intrigued? Keep reading.
Konjac is a type of Asian root that’s been used for thousands of years and, more recently, in the creation of konjac sponges. These sponges are made of a heated combination of ground konjac powder mixed with calcium hydroxide that’s frozen and dried. The result? What feels like a super airy rock that transforms into the most dreamy skin care tool when mixed with water. And yes, since these sponges are made of natural ingredients, they’re 100 percent biodegradable, so not only will they work wonders for your skin but for the environment, too.
Konjac sponge benefits
Thinking you might be all about this green cleansing tool? When you use a konjac sponge, you can expect a gentle, effective cleanse that works to increase circulation and reduce the build-up of dead skin cells with each use. And since konjac is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as a whole slew of proteins, lipids, fatty acids and other complexion-perfecting nutrients, you won’t even need to add cleanser to your sponge — though, you can if you want to.
Now that we have your undivided attention, allow us to introduce you to a few of our favorite konjac sponges. Whichever one you choose, just remember to thoroughly rinse it after every use and allow it to hang dry in a dry, dark environment so as to avoid mold production. It’s also best to stock up on konjac sponges because you should replace them every four weeks.
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This article originally appeared on TotalBeauty.com