You’ve probably heard this week's beauty dictionary term with “sponge” tacked onto the end. Or you might have seen an interesting textured sponge in the beauty aisle and you weren’t sure exactly what it was for. So, here is the deal with the popular product.
The word: konjac
Also known as: A favorite kind of cleansing sponge created from a fibrous plant.
What it means: You might assume that “konjac” is simply another trendy product name, but it’s actually part of a plant, according to MISSHA's PR and Marketing Coordinator, Jessica Jeong. If you want specifics, most konjac sponges are made with the konjac that comes from the root of the konjac plant, a species that is typically found in Asia. For example, the MISSHA Konjac Cleansing Puffs are made of 90 percent konjac.
The benefit of this root is that it makes a great exfoliator thanks to its fibrous texture, according to Jeong. This is why it has become a popular ingredient in K-beauty, and why you'll predominantly see cleansing sponges made from it.
Another benefit of konjac is that the root swells up when wet, creating a bouncy texture. (When it's dry, it's hard and much smaller in size.) Jeong explains that when you add your cleanser into the mix, it produces a rich lather with minimal product used.
Mary Delgado, artnaturals’ Executive Manager, adds that konjac is brilliant because the moisture-rich plant fiber is also 100 percent biodegradable. Fun fact: She also points out that it was originally made for babies. This is why it's great for sensitive skin. She says, "Konjac sponges are chemical and irritant-free, thus great for sensitive skin."
This soft konjac sponge has the additional benefit of white clay. The clay helps skin to retain moisture so it stays hydrated. Therefore, you don't have to worry about getting that uncomfortable tight feeling after washing your face with this sponge.
Splurge: Julep Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($12)
This might look like a lump of coal that naughty people find in their Christmas stockings, but it's actually a charcoal konjac sponge. The addition of the charcoal helps to purify skin while the fibrous all-natural sponge tackles any dry patches on your face.
You can say goodbye to flaky skin when you're using this cute teardrop-shaped konjac sponge. The gentle formula makes it appropriate for those with sensitive or mature skin. It's even suitable for guys to use after they've just shaved.
Have you tried a konjac sponge? Let us know how you use your konjac!