Everything you need to know about konjac sponges as Holly Willoughby ditches face wipes in favour of one

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It’s hard to get excited about a sponge when there’s a wealth of high-tech cleansing gadgets to lure us in with oscillating heads and sonic vibrations.

But the humble konjac sponge has a tonne of skin-loving perks and it’s going to revolutionise your skincare game. Here’s everything you need to know about this game-changing, deep-cleansing tool.

What is it?

This squishy, rubbery sponge is 100 per cent natural and made from a porous root vegetable grown in Asia, called, you guessed it, the konjac root. Pronounced "kon-yack", these plant-derived beauty sponges are the bees knees at polishing and brightening skin.

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Plus, they’re completely compostable so great news for the planet. So is it time to swap your flannel for one? We think so.

Where do I pick one up?

This month’s “me-time” themed OK! Beauty Edit is worth over £40 and contains Beauty Kitchen’s Facial Cleansing Konjac Sponge, along with five other gorgeous and pampering beauty treats from Aromatherapy Associates, L'Occitane, Yardley London and Grow Gorgeous.

Give the sponge and the five other products a test for yourself by getting a Beauty Edit box from just £16.50* here, including P&P.

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How do I use it?

Most konjac sponges start off dry and hard – this is totally normal. All you need to do is soak the sponge for ten minutes or so, until it swells up and softens (a bit like a Beauty Blender), then squeeze out the excess water.

Add your go-to cleanser to the sponge (micellar water works particularly well) then massage across your face in small circular motions until all your make-up is removed. After each use be sure to rinse the sponge and allow to air-dry overnight. Replace your sponge every month to make sure you’re giving your skin a hygienic clean.

Why do I need it?

Konjac sponges slough away dry skin and flaky patches so skin looks glowy and feels smooth. But the real USP is the fact they’re really, really gentle. This is great news for sensitive skin types and those suffering with rosacea, which can be aggravated by harsh, grainy scrubs and chemical exfoliants like glycolic and salicylic acid.

What about celeb fans?

With its major brightening and skin-smoothing results, it’s no surprise that the konjac sponge has garnered quite the celeb following. Holly Willoughby shared a clip on her Instagram in partnership with Garnier, revealing her decision to ditch facial wipes in an effort to be kinder to the planet.

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In the clip, she uses a konjac sponge with her micellar cleansing water to remove a full face of make-up effortlessly.

And if Holly’s skin looks this good at 40, that sponge must really be working for her!

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