Grown in numerous Asian countries, the Konjac plant has a reputation for being pretty great—sometimes medicinal. In cooking, it’s used as a vegan alternative to gelatin and is really high in fibre, but this superplant has recently taken on a new role: skin cleansing! Molded into facial sponges, Konjac is great for scrubbing blackheads away and super gentle exfoliation—because Konjac sponges are so gentle, they’re great for use on acne-prone skin. To top it all off, Konjac sponges are rich in protein, carbohydrates, iron, folic acid and a slew of other vitamins and minerals your skin may be lacking.
Konjac sponges are firm when dry but soften quickly under water, each sponge should last a few months, and obvious signs of wear and tear will tell you when it’s time for a replacement. We have a feeling Konjac sponges are going to be the hottest Asian import since BB Cream hit Canadian shelves. Here are two Konjac sponges we like, and can already score (and ship!) in Canada:
The Konjac Sponge Co.
The Konjac Sponge Co. has five versions of the skincare sponge: the original, French Pink Clay Sponge for hyper sensitive skin, French Red Clay sponge for dry, mature or sensitive skin, French Green Clay sponge for normal to combination/oily skin types and the Bamboo Charcoal sponge (pictured) for acne-prone skin.
$10 each, freshfaced.ca
The Konjac Sponge Co. also makes a body sponge. The benefits are the same but the body sponge features waves for a massaging, stimulating skincare experience.
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge
Boscia is known for creating skincare that’s free of preservatives and made from super high quality ingredients so a sponge made from pure plant root is a perfect fit for them. Their sponge is made from Konjac root found on Korea’s Jeju Island.