I have never liked washing my face. I have assumed my skin was too sensitive to be irritated by detergents and tap water. I tried a variety of methods, both drugstore and professional. The result of many years of research, however, was only a micellar liquid to the so-called “clean cotton ball”.
But now everything has changed, because I have discovered a natural Konjac sponge. Since I’ve been using this sponge, washing my face has become an amazing experience. Washing is like a massage that relaxes all muscles in my face. And the skin becomes more and more beautiful every day.
Konjac? What’s that?
Konjac is a plant of the genus Amorphophallus. The polish name “Dziwidło” comes from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and is associated with the surprise that it aroused among botanists. The plant is indeed strange – for the first 10 years it does not bloom at all, then it blooms once every few years, and when it blooms – it emits the smell of rotten meat. Its flower lives up to 3 days and is pollinated by insects attracted by the smell of carrion. In English, the usual name for this plant is corps flower.
However, let’s not worry about it – we wash ourselves not with a flower but with a root. It has no smell and is used to extract glucomannan – a kind of fibre that absorbs record amounts of water – 200 times its weight. It can be eaten and washed. Why?
Because Konjac root is rich in vitamins, proteins, lipids, fatty acids and natural minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. Due to its excellent water retention properties, the sponge surface of this root is always covered with water, which means that the fibres do not come into direct contact with the skin. This prevents the feeling of scrubbing and irritation.
The Japanese have been using Konjac root sponges for centuries to wash children, mainly due to their effectiveness and delicacy at the same time.