How to use a Konjac Sponge to Exfoliate and Brighten Skin
by Organically Becca Wednesday, April 24
There’s a new brand in town...introducing, Wyld Skincare! They are a Canadian brand born out of a desire for truly natural, high-quality skincare essentials that are beautifully packaged, sustainable, and don't cost a fortune. WYLD stands for “What You Love Doing”. Well known for their gorgeous, eco-friendly, biodegradable konjac sponges, all products are 100% natural, vegan, and plant-based.
What is Konjac? What are the Benefits?
First let’s talk more what konjac (pronounced like con-jack) actually is. It's a starchy root that is very vitamin-rich and grown in the foothills and mountains of Asia. It has been a treasured source of health and vitality for centuries because of its medicinal properties. The powder can be mixed with calcium hydroxide then heated, frozen, and dried. This turns it into a sponge, which you can use alone with water or add a cleanser on top. There are many benefits to using it topically on your skin:
- The sponge, when absorbed with water, is a great, gentle exfoliator that will leave skin super soft
- Perfect for dry patches or flaky, sunburned skin
- The sponge itself is alkaline and helps balance acidic skin’s pH
- Naturally cleanses and inhibits bacteria that produces acne
- Gets rid of dirt, oils, whiteheads, and blackheads
- Helps unclog pores
You Can Eat Konjac?!
Yes! Glucomannan is the name of the dietary fiber that is derived from the root of the konjac plant. It’s used as a food additive and dietary supplement that is beneficial, soluble, and fermentable. Konjac root has been used dating back to the indigenous people of China to treat asthma, coughs, hernias, burns, and skin disorders. Nowadays, it has been shown to have multiple health benefits:
- Aids digestion; it’s a natural prebiotic!
- Helps keep you full and has lots of fiber
- Constipation relief
- Lowers cholesterol
- Helps lower blood sugar after meals because it allows for more gradual sugar absorption
You might see konjac powder in foods such as noodles and pastas! Just don’t eat it in sponge form 🤣
How to Care for a Konjac Sponge
When you’re done using your sponge, rinse it well with cool water and gently squeeze out the extra water. Hang it dry so there is airflow, and you want to avoid keeping it in a warm, humid shower. You can even keep it in a container in your fridge!
How long will your sponge konjac last? Depending on how much you use it, usually between 3-6 weeks, that’s when you should replace it. Basically when it starts to disintegrate and doesn’t expand as much anymore. Konjac sponges are biodegradable too!
Wyld Skincare Products Available from The Choosy Chick
You can buy WYLD products right here from The Choosy Chick! What’s unique about these is that WYLD bakes vitamins and minerals into the sponge fibers so that you can get a face-full of healthy nutrients with every use.
French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge
For facial use! This one is best for dry, sensitive skin because the clay purifies pores without drying. It’s infused with nourishing vitamins and minerals (A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12) to help brighten the complexion and promote healthy skin.
Charcoal Konjac Sponge
This is also for facial use and is best for normal to oily skin because it has antibacterial bamboo charcoal to purify pores while nourishing skin with vitamins and minerals.
Need a good cleanser to compliment your sponge? Check out our GUIDE TO NATURAL CLEANSERS!
Konjac Loofah Body Sponge
An eco-friendly alternative to most body scrubbers! This is made of 100% natural konjac and is great for exfoliating and cleansing your body. One side is dusted with ultra-fine ground natural loofah which helps exfoliate rougher areas like heels and elbows.
Magnesium Bali Bath Soak (Coconut Milk & Lemongrass)
The ultimate indulgent bath soak experience! Magnesium is a vital micronutrient our body needs to function and thrive, yet most of us are deficient. One way to replenish this essential mineral is through our skin (hence a bath soak!). Coconut adds moisture to soothe dry skin conditions and lemongrass is a natural antimicrobial, so it is helpful for fighting acne. This bath soak helps promote a restful sleep, soothe sore muscles and cramps, and nourish skin.
Written by: Organically Becca
Becca is a blogger, podcaster, wife, and dog mom from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s on a mission to get the word out about chemicals found in our everyday items like makeup, food, and personal care products. She provides education on ways you can live a more holistic life and easy swaps you can make in your routine to naturally safer products. Check out Becca’s blog organicallybecca.com and catch her on Instagram @organicallybecca.