Why A Sponge By The Asian Konjac Plant Is My Best-kept Skincare Secret

I use this rock-like thing to wash my face and you should too.
Publish date:
October 31, 2014

I love skincare. I’d rather spend more money on good skincare products than on makeup to cover blemishes. Luckily, though, my favorite skincare product -- a Konjac sponge, a palm-size pad made from the Asian Konjac plant -- is actually really affordable, usually priced less than $10.

What makes it work is the vegetable fibers from the root of the plant that are detoxifying and exfoliating. It's a heavy starch like French fries and everything else wonderful in life. Speaking of food, Konjac also happens to be used in vegan food as well as detoxifying dietary supplements. (It is nicknamed the devil's tongue, but I think it must be from an angel!)

I came across it a few months in the beauty section of T.J. Maxx and bought one to try it out as an exfoliator. I wasn't looking for anything in particular that day -- I just like to try new products out. The first thing I noticed when I took the sponge out of the packaging was how hard it is, but as soon as you run it under warm water, it softens up.

It works perfectly with my favorite cleanser -- Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in the oily skin formula. I stick with Clinique because it's gentle and keeps my face from getting oily throughout the day. The sponge goes well with this liquid formula because it creates a substantial lather, which has allowed me to cut down on how much cleanser I use each wash.

After about two months of using my first sponge, it began to deteriorate, and so I got a replacement. (The box notes to get a new one about every one to three months.) My most recent Konjac sponge is by EcoTools and costs about $6 at Walmart. The first one I had was black and was infused with charcoal, while this one is white and made for sensitive skin. It works just as well, but its almond shape is better for me because it covers more area.

Since I began using this little miracle worker, my skin has been smoother, clearer and softer than it's ever been.

Here’s my Konjac sponge routine:

1. Run the Konjac sponge under warm water until it becomes bouncy.

2. Squirt a dime-size amount of cleanser onto it.

3. Squeeze the sponge until suds pop out.

4. Rub it on the face in circular motions until the wash covers your face.

5. Rinse your face with cool water.

6. Wring out the sponge and set it to air dry -- in a few hours it’ll be back to its hard state.