The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia, and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories, making it a wonderful natural food source.
You’ve probably seen them in the form of trendy ‘zero noodles’ seen in many health stores.
Yet Konjac fibres are far more than food. They are also ideal for skincare, as they are pH neutral and therefore kind on the skin. I was really excited when MyPure started stocking the range of Konjac face and body sponges, and had to snap up one to try out!
These sponges are made from 100% natural vegetable fibres from the Konjac plant. They are infused with different minerals, including red clay, green clay, French clay and charcoal to suit different skin types.
The one pictured above is the French Clay variety, and the one I tried out. It’s good for sensitive and dry skin. French Pink Clay has a softening effect on hard, rough skin and is said to improve circulation and help repair connective tissue. It’s also ideal post shaving/waxing, as it’s very soft and gentle.
The packaging very clearly tells you how to use your sponge. Firstly, you have to make sure it’s completely wet – it starts out as a solid lump, and I found that softening it up completely can take some time. It’s a good hint to leave it under the stream of water in the shower.
You can choose to use it without or without shower gel/cleanser. Just a tip – make sure to use less than your usual amount if you use gel, as you’ll end up with a foam party otherwise. Trust me, I’ve done it! It lathers up amazingly well, so go sparingly on the products!
It has a wonderful, soft feel against the skin – so much gentler than a body puff or regular sponge. I did find it rather small though, and would probably prefer a larger option. They do sell a big body buffer, but this only comes in the plain option.
It’s pretty easy to look after too – just rinse it out, without wringing or twisting it – this can damage the fibres – and leave it somewhere warm and airy to dry. Don’t leave it in the shower. I’ve found that in the summer, the best way to get it to dry is to leave it outside on the balcony! It just doesn’t dry inside! In the winter, I’m sure it will be much easier!
I absolutely love this sponge – my skin never feels as dry after showering as it used to before. It’s kind and nourishing on the skin.
You can buy the French Clay sponge and other varieties on the MyPure website. They also have facial sponges, which I’ll definitely be trying soon!
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy Konjac as much as I do!
This product was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.