What is Konjac ?
The Japanese have been using Konjac for over 1,500 years. It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century.
Amorphophallus (the Greek name for konjac) underground tubersThe main active ingredient in konjac food is glucomannan 97% percent of Konjac is water and 3% is Glucomannan a dietary fiber. Glucomannan that has the highest known water-binding capacity of all natural products: it can bind to 50 times the amount of water of its own weight!
Today, it is grown wild and in farms at very high altitudes, which help to keep the sponge extremely pure and free of pollutants.
Konjac is loaded with goodness such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, pantothenate, niacin, fatty acids, folic acid, zincvitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and folic acid. So no wonder the Japanese eat it and use it on their skin!
How are Konjac Sponge made?
The Konjac root is ground down into flour (which has previously been used to make noodles and thicken food) the flour is mixed with pure filtered volcanic water, with no preservative, no color and no chemical added they are 100% hand-made, vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable.
During this process different substances are added to suit different skin types, whether it’s bamboo charcoal to balance oily skin or green tea extract to hydrate dry and refresh tired skin.
They are then poured into molds, and freeze dried a few time to form their shape.
The sponges hold ten times their weight in liquid, so you don’t need much water. No cleanser is needed, though it is advised to remove heavy makeup, you do use less than you normally would, as the sponge will make it go much further.
The sponges are slightly Alkaline, it can remove oil and dirt, while gently exfoliates to get rid of dead skin cells, stimulate new cell growth that increase radiance and can reduce puffiness and inflamed skin.
When the sponges show signs of wear and tear (usually around the 3-month mark), their fully biodegradable qualities mean that they can be disposed of in a completely environmentally friendly way, whether you want to compost them or feed them to your houseplants.