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?