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konjac sponge bamboo charcoal for oily and acne prone skin

Konjac Sponge – Mild Exfoliant For Daily Use

konjac sponge bamboo charcoal for oily and acne prone skinI had heard a lot of good things about the konjac sponge from friends and bloggers, so when I noticed they sold them at a natural health shop in Copenhagen, I didn’t think twice. The konjac sponges are sold in several different varieties, and I chose the one with charcoal bamboo which is especially good for oily skin and for treating acne prone skin. There are also konjac sponges for sensitive skin, aging skin, baby skin … Or  a pure sponge that suits anybody!

What is a konjac sponge?

Amorphophallus Konjac, also known as Konjac potato, also known as Konnyaku, is a perennial plant originating in Japan. This is the source of this amazing sponge, that can be used foor almost any purpose. The konjac sponge can be used daily for exfoliation, for face as well as body. According to the Konjac sponge company, it can treat almost anything; acne, eczema, psoriasis, shaving rashes and in-grown hairs. It is suitable even for hypersensitive skin and newborns and can be used to wash childrens hair.

One sponge is around $10, and lasts for up to three months if it is well cared for. When the sponge starts looking tired or fall apart, you can just throw it in the compost.

How do I use the konjac sponge?

Here are my instructions on Vine:

It’s very easy to use. Just wet the konjac sponge in water until it’s completely soaked, press out the water (avoid wringing). Gently massage you face or body with circular motions. You can even use it around the sensitive eye area. There is no need to use additional face wash, unless you are wearing very heavy makeup (the sponge should remove water based makeup). If you like, though, you can add a little bit of face wash to the sponge but you’ll probably not need as much as normal (the sponge will help the wash foam). I tried using it with a little bit of african black soap and that was a lovely combo! Mostly I just used it on it’s own though.

So does it live up to its promises?

I’ve had the konjac sponge for a couple of weeks now and used it on average every other day. I would have used it every day, but I’ve been lazy. I really feel that my face has cleared up and looks bright. I haven’t noticed any drastical changes like reduced pores or blackheads, but I definitely like the konjac sponge so far. After a few more weeks of usage, I’ll let you know if I’ve noticed more visible changes.

Make Your Own Homemade Scrub With Just Two Ingredients

Many people who start making their own skin and hair care products seem to start out with making scrubs. I know I was one of them back in the day as well! And that’s really not that strange – homemade body and face scrubs are super easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have at home! Plus, they are often so incredibly effective (and not to mention, pretty) that they will beat any storebought product any time.

I’m sure you’ve seen a zillion scrub recipes online before. But if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m not really much of a recipe person. If I want to make something – be it a skin care product or dinner – I just look into my cupboards, see what I have, and combine stuff until I have something that looks and feels right. And now I want you to start experimenting as well!  It can be a face scrub, body scrub, lip scrub, foot scrub, hand scrub, elbow scrub, cuticle scrub or eyelid scrub! Okay I don’t know if your eyelids need scrubbing, but hey’ why not give it a try anyway?

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If you want to know more about what a scrub does to you, check out this old post of mine about exfoliation. To make a scrub you really just need two ingredients; a scrubbing agent and a liquid. Here’s my guide to some of the best ingredients to use in homemade scrubs.

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Exfoliation!

For a long time, I have been rather confused about the difference between exfoliation, scrub and peeling. So I decided to do a bit of research to make myself wiser. Here, after long evenings in front of my computer screen, I can finally present to you what I have come up with! And for those of you in a hurry, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a few homemade exfoliating recipes.

 

Exfoliation is the process of clearing away dead skin cells from your skin, leaving your skin smooth and clear and fresh. This can be done in two different ways; chemically or physically. A chemical exfoliation means that the exfoliation takes places due to the chemical properties of the product, unlike physical exfoliation where the exfoliation is thanks to the rough surface that is applied to face or body. Let’s take a closer look at the two kinds.

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Fruit Enzymes and Your Skin

This is a guest post by Niland Mortimer about fruit for your skin. 

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Fruit is one of the best things you can do for your skin. But until recently, research focused on the ways fruit (and vegetables) can affect exterior beauty from within, by providing nutrients that enable the body’s cells – including skin cells – to do their jobs efficiently. In fact, early in 2011 researchers discovered that eating a regular diet of fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids (the substance that makes carrots orange and gives many other fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors) gave study participants an even more golden, sun-kissed look than they could have managed if they spent time basking in the sun outdoors. (See “Eating vegetables gives skin a more healthy glow than the sun, study shows“, Science Daily, Jan. 12, 2011)

That’s good news for fruit and vegetable lovers, but bad news if you just can’t stand to eat fruits or vegetables (or if you have finicky bowels that just can’t handle all that fiber). Is there another way to nourish the skin? Many manufacturers are touting the benefits of fruit enzymes applied topically — to the skin’s surface. Fruit enzymes, we are told, are an all-natural miracle wrinkle smoother and acne eliminator. (more…)

Honey Massage

Check out this youtube clip by Victoria from myhomemadebeauty.com. This is a great exfoliating procedure that will cleanse your skin and help treat acne and cellulite (you can use it on your legs as well).

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