A natural, handcrafted sponge made of 100% clean konjac – a porous root vegetable native to Asia. Available in three options: pure, with pink clay or bamboo charcoal.
Benefits for your skin:
A natural, handcrafted sponge made of 100% clean konjac – a porous root vegetable Amorphophallus Konjac native to Asia, known since the 6th century and used in medicine, food and skincare for almost 1500 years in Korea, Japan and China.
The fiber is so delicate, it was first used to wash babies’ skin. Free from chemicals, colouring, additives and irritants – the konjac sponge is used mostly due to its gently exfoliating, purifying, cleansing properties. It removes impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the complexion smooth, glowing and radiant. Used solo or with Cleansing Gel, it is also perfect for removing make up.
Choose from our selection:
- White – 100% pure konjac, gently removing impurities for all skin types
- Pink – enriched with french pink clay. Very gentle, perfect for tired, sensitive, devitalised skin, especially exposed to difficult weather conditions or central heating.
- Black – complemented with bamboo charcoal, best for oily skin that may be prone to acne or blackheads. It cleanses pores and absorbs excess sebum.
Konjac is rich in minerals. It contains potassium, protein, carbohydrate, lipids, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, pantothenate, niacin, fatty acids, folic acid and dietary fibre with a total of 16 amino acids.
Removes the impurities and excess sebum
The konjac sponge gently exfoliates the skin, removing dirt, oil, dead skin cells and even make up. It works well for all skin types. According to the research from 2013 by the American Journal of Dermatology and Venereology, it is even “effective as a treatment of mild to moderate acne” when used on the skin.
Gentle and safe even for sensitive skin
Invented for the first time by the Japanese farmers to wash their babies’ skin, konjac proved to be deeply cleansing without being harmful to the most delicate skin. It is also much softer than a loofah, gentler than a washcloth and can be used on a daily basis.
100% biodegradable, compostable, sustainable
Being made of plant’s root, konjac sponges are vegan, cruelty-free and 100% biodegradable. They can be composted together with your vegetables, fruits and plant remains.
Your questions – answered:
Konjac is a porous root vegetable – Amorphophallus Konjac – native to Asia. The plant has been known since the 6th century and has been used in medicine, food and skincare for almost 1500 years in Japan, Korea and China. It is a perennial plant, growing from a large corm up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter.
The dried corm of the konjac plant contains around 40% glucomnannan gum – a polysaccharide making konjac highly viscous and possibly responsible for its putative health benefits connected with Traditional Chinese Medicine, detoxification, treatment of skin disorders. The dietary fiber from the corm of konjac is also used as a component of weight loss supplements.
In skincare, the sponges were invented by the Japanese farmers, who used to wash delicate babies’ skin.
It is well known that konjac is beneficial for weight loss. Konjac is made mostly of water, it is low in calories, containing only about 7kcal per 100g. Since glucomannan – a polysaccharide constituting 40% of konjac – expands when it is mixed with water, it promotes a feeling of fullness.
Apart from weight loss, this dietary fiber boosts the activity of probiotic bacteria in the intestines and is thought to help maintain a healthy bowel. As a consequence, konjac is expected not only to prevent skin problems but also reduce the risk of various diseases. It is also found to prevent increases in blood cholesterol, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. It contains calcium – 43mg per 100g (exactly the same as cabbage) – a mineral that plays an essential role in the growth of bones. It is also rich in potassium (33mg in every 100g of konjac) – a mineral that promotes the excretion of excess sodium (salt), considered one of the causes of high blood pressure.
Because they are very gentle, konjac sponges are ideal for daily cleansing and exfoliating. Depending on your preferences and needs of your skin, you can use them twice a day or twice a week – instead of of brushes, scrubs, or other harsh tools.
Konjac sponges are recommended for daily cleansing, removing dead skin cells, but also for unclogging pores, especially with oily and acne-prone skin.
They are generally considered safe for most skin types. They gently exfoliate without excess irritation.
When it comes to choosing the best type of konjac sponge, the most important is to consider your skin type:
- The natural, white konjac sponge – with no added ingredients – might be the best solution if you need something gentle and nonabrasive
- A konjac sponge with bamboo charcoal will work for mixed and oily skins, prone to spots and acne. It detoxifies, purifies, absorbs excess sebum
- A konjac sponge with pink clay will work best for those it’s dehydrated, greyish skin.
After each use, you need to clean your konjac sponge under running water, squeezing it multiple times.
When it’s clean, make sure to squeeze all the excess water out of the sponge, so it does not harbor any bacteria.
After the excess water is out, hang the sponge to air-dry in a well-ventilated area. Don’t worry when the sponge starts to break down – it is absolutely normal since konjac is a fibrous root. The sponge will regain it’s full round shape when soaked with water again.
Once a week, you can drop the sponge in a bowl of boiling water for a couple of minutes to sanitize it.
Depending on how often you use it, it’s best to replace your konjac sponge about every 4 weeks.
If you use it more often, consider replacing it after 3 weeks, and if you only use it a few times a week, you may be able to stretch it to 8-10 weeks.
Always make sure to clean your sponge after using. Rinse it with running water, squeezing multiple times. When clean and with no water inside – hang it to air-dry.
Because Konjac sponges are 100% natural and biodegradable, they can be composted along with your vegetables, fruit and plant remains.
The Konjac sponge is hard when dry and soft, when wet. It is naturally quite alkaline and therefore gains gentle soap-like cleansing ability.
You can use it instead of brushes, scrubs, or other harsh tools. Solo or with your favourite Cleansing Gel.
Before you start, soak the sponge in water for a few minutes. When it gets soft and smooth, a little bit gel like, squeeze it to release excess water and – if you like it that way – add Cleansing Gel.
Gently massage your face in an upward circular motion to remove all impurities. Start in the center.
Once cleansed, rinse out the sponge with water and hang it to air-dry. The sponge will harden back as it dries.
All of the sponges are made of pure konjac. Depending on the expected functionality, they can be enriched with additional ingredients. The ones we use at LAST are:
- White – 95% pure konjac powder, 5% water
- Pink – 90% pure konjac, 5% pink clay, 5% water
- Black – 90% pure konjac, 5% bamboo charcoal powder, 5% water