Two Great Things That Go Great Together (The Konjac Body Sponge and Dead Sea Salt)

Normally, I exfoliate my body by dry brushing, but sometimes the water is already running and I’m about to jump into the shower when I realize I forgot to do it.  I recently bought a Konjac body sponge to keep near the tub for just such occasions.  Their face sponges have received lots of NMDL love, and I tried using one of those tiny little guys on my body, but I ended up laughing at myself.  It’s ridiculously small for whole body use.  I had to search high and low for a US vendor of the red clay version of the larger sponge, pictured above.  It’s great for dry/mature skin, and there’s a different sponge for every skin type.  The Konjac site explains it all, and has a convenient list of stockists all over the world.

The hand-sized body sponge does a great job of gently exfoliating in the shower.  Like dry brushing, it leaves my skin nice and soft and not in dire need of moisturizing.  I’ve found loofahs and such to be drying, but this veggie-sponge is not like that at all.

When fully dry, it shrinks down to about half its size and gets hard as a rock.  To poof it back up, I let it soak a few minutes in a bowl of warm water as I begin my showering routine.  I prefer to cleanse first, then use the sponge, but you can use it with a cleanser too.  Afterward, I squeeze it out by pressing between my palms, and I keep it in a glass bowl, sitting just outside the shower.  I’ve been using it a couple times a week for several weeks, and it’s still like new.

I love to soak in the tub with some bath salts, but with the warmer weather and lack of time, it’s been months since I’ve had the chance.  So I had the idea (brilliant, as it turns out) to put a couple handfuls of Dead Sea salt into the Konjac’s bowl.  It’s my favorite salt for healing, soothing, and softening my skin.  As I showered, I kept dipping the Konjac back in the bowl to soak up more salt water, and sponged my skin until the salt water was gone.  It was a great substitute for a soak in the tub, felt super refreshing for summer, and left me feeling soft and smooth with no need for a moisturizer.

I love it when I find a new way to use old favorites.  Have you tried the Konjac yet?  What’s your skin loving as summer winds down?

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11 Responses to “Two Great Things That Go Great Together (The Konjac Body Sponge and Dead Sea Salt)”
  1. Tina says:

    I love my konjac sponge. I first discovered it while in Japan and now I see it popping up everywhere. I created a small video of me using it…personally, I use it au natural (with no soap at all)! http://www.ourwonderlust.com/ourwonderlust/konjac-sponge.html

  2. Carol says:

    Thanks Rebecca for another helpful article – I was so appreciative of the link back to your earlier post on bath salts. Somehow I missed seeing that back in April and have been taking Epsom salt baths regularly for relaxation, detox & hormone balancing. I wasn’t sure how to use essential oils in the tub, thank you for all the helpful info. Now I want to get some Dead Sea salt & try your scrub idea. I love Mountain Rose Herbs for my Epsom salts – they seem so sparkly & clean & nice compared to a big old plastic bag from the drugstore. Now I will investigate their other salts & essential oils – you’ve inspired me!

  3. mangomadness says:

    I just purchased a Konjac sponge for my face.

    I bought it ’cause I wanted a more eco-friendly alternative than cleansing with a cotton pad 3 times a day (before & after exercise & at night).

    I can’t wait to get it in the mail!

  4. Kaitie says:

    I saw the sponge being reviewed by another amazing blogger too. I am a little worried though about over-exfoliating my skin and causing damage (ie. broken capillaries). Any tips??
    Keep it sweet and stylish!
    Kaitie

  5. Rebecca Bailey says:

    @Kaitie, the Konjac is very gentle. I’m sensitive but I never have any trouble with it feeling harsh. I think it would be very difficult to overdo it. I’d recommend trying every other day or every third day use if you are concerned, and make sure it’s fully poofed up before use.

  6. therese says:

    Love my Konjac facial sponge. Now I am intrigued about the body one. I may have to start skipping your reviews. I always want to try what you write about. Just kidding. Thanks for the added tip of Dead Sea salt.

  7. Silvy says:

    Love this! More posts like this!!

    @Kaitie- It truly is really gentle! It looks rough, but it’s so soft. I’d imagine you’d have to scrub at your face for hours to do any damage.

  8. Marnie says:

    I fell in love with the Konjac sponge so much that I had to get it in my store. They are so amazing that I can’t stop talking about them. My skin has a lovely glow after cleansing, and yet this sponge is so gentle.

  9. Megan says:

    I am consistently so intrigued by these. There are so many positive reviews that I think it is about time I order one for myself :) Thanks for the post!

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