In case you didn’t get the memo, we are totally obsessed with the konjac sponge, an exfoliating cleansing tool that’s gentle enough for daily use. These humble underdogs have been flying under the radar for quite some time in the western beauty world, and we feel that it’s high time they got the spotlight they deserve. A simple solution for seriously smooth skin, the konjac sponge will be your best friend if you know how to use it the right way for your skin type. Just to be clear, the konjac sponge is perfectly effective when used alone. But, you can also enhance your cleansing experience by pairing your konjac sponge with the right cleanser.
Here’s our konjac sponge tips for every skin type – dry, oily, combination, normal, and sensitive.
Read on to find out how you can make the most of these nifty little guys.
If your skin runs on the dry side, you first might want to select a konjac sponge infused with hydrating ingredients such as camellia oil or yuzu. For an ultra-nourishing experience, we recommend pairing your konjac sponge with a gentle cream cleanser such as the KITAO Matcha + Chia Cleansing Cream. This tip also applies for mature skin types that generally require more intensive hydration.
If you suffer from chronic greasy forehead, your best bet is to combine your konjac sponge with an ultra-purifying cleanser like the Real Bell Black Charcoal Facial Wash or the Mutenka Sekken Charcoal Cold Process Soap. Japanese charcoal or binchotan easily binds to toxins, bacteria, and dirt to effectively draw them out of the skin for a deeper pore cleanse. You can also select a konjac sponge for detox support, like this charcoal JUICY Konjac Sponge or this KOMACHI Konjac Sponge.
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SHOP: KOMACHI Konjac Sponge
Combo skin types, your skin tends to be in a confusing battleground between an oily t-zone and dry everywhere else. For that reason, your routine is a delicate dance between these two paradoxical needs. You do best with products that extract dirt and impurities while restoring moisture to the skin. For a total brightening effect, couple your sponge with a facial polish such as the Edo Cosme Rice Bran Facial Wash. Infused with Vitamins B, E, and essential fatty acids, this scrub will give TLC to those extra dry patches without overwhelming your skin.
Easily irritated and prefer to stick to the bare minimum when it comes to products? If you’re constantly feeling the “burn” – acne, rosacea, redness and other flare-ups, you’ve probably learned that less is more when it comes to your skin. For an easy pre-cleanse hack, gently sweep a few pumps of a micellar water like Bifesta Micellar Cleansing Water - SENSITIVE across your face, paying close attention to areas where you have makeup. Since this cleansing water also acts as an essence lotion, there’s no need to wash off with another cleanser. Just follow-up with some light konjac sponge action to buff away any remaining dead skin cells.
Normal skin types, you are blessed with balanced skin that smoothly weathers most skin storms. Since your skin can handle exfoliation quite well, you can pair your konjac sponge with essentially any favorite cleanser of your choice! However, if you’re in the mood for a double dose of exfoliation, try combining your konjac sponge with the KITAO Matcha + Chia Enzyme Powder. Infused with acai, matcha, chia seeds, and quinoa, the enzyme powder feeds your skin like an antioxidant powerhouse smoothie. Not only will it gently buff away any lingering impurities trapped within your pores, but gentle papaya extract refines and brightens the skin for an extra glowy finish.