Nicknamed the devil’s tongue, konjac root or scientifically known as glucomannan initially sounds like an ingredient we shouldn't be using on our skin. Well, don’t veer away from this super ingredient quite yet. We are going to break down why konjac root is a heaven-sent natural exfoliator and moisturizer you need in your skincare routine.
What is Konjac Root
A starchy root originally from China, Konjac root now grows all over Asia and is used all over the world for its many benefits, but we will be focusing on its skincare powers. Konjac is a starchy root or “corm,” that has been used in ancient medicine for thousands of years.
The Konjac root or corm is then turned into a powder that is easily turned into a paste when combined with water. This paste can either be used to make a konjac sponge which is great for physical exfoliation or the paste can be added to other topical creams and serums.
Konjac root and its Skincare benefits
- Increases skin smoothness: By promoting natural exfoliation, konjac removes the dead skin cells in the stratum corneum or surface layer of the skin. This helps keep the skin smooth and soft.
- Promotes hydrated skin: Konjac contains 40% glucomannan which retains high levels of moisture. This increases the water content of cells making the skin appear to be plump and hydrated
- Balances skin PH: As a natural alkaline, konjac balances the skin ph, which in turn helps to create an environment that is less alluring to skin harming bacteria
- Improves skin dullness: As we age, the rate of natural exfoliation and cell production slows. As Konjac is a natural exfoliant it removes dead skin cells making the skin appear to be brighter!
- Acts as a natural alternative to other chemicals: Konjac can be used to thicken skincare products, an alternative to the petrochemical base, carbomer
- Fights oily skin: Konjac has many antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that fight both acne and oily skin
Is Konjac safe?
Konjac should be anything but compared to the devil's tongue, this ingredient is completely safe and not harmful to sensitive skin! Konjac also retains a lot of moisture making it safe for even the most sensitive skin types.
Remember if you are using a konjac sponge that physical exfoliation such as that should only happen facially once a week and on your body a maximum of twice a week.
How can I use Konjac in my Skincare Routine?
Between both Konjac sponges and skincare products that contain konjac powder, you have a lot of options for choosing how to get this magical ingredient into your skincare routine.
As for sponges, let yours soak up warm water until it expands. Then massage the face or body with upwards, circular, motions. Completely remove the water after use and let dry!
As for products containing konjac powder, our new body scrub that is coming soon contains it! Use while you shower for hydrated, smooth, and vibrant skin!