As of recent years, the knowledge has increased behind microbeads and how bad they are for the environment. Microbeads are found in every major exfoliation product used out there. Bliss? Yep. Neutrogena? You betcha.
It’s very difficult to filter out those tiny beads when during drinking water treatment. This means that it goes back into our drinking water and find its way not just into our local environment, but into our bodies. That’s plastic in your drinking water, lakes, rivers, oceans.
Microplastic debris includes microbeads and small particles that result from the breakdown of plastic bottles and other containers. In the aquatic environment, marine mammals, birds, and fish and shellfish cannot distinguish microplastics from food. Once in the food chain, microbeads may threaten aquatic life and public health, but risks are not well understood. The particles themselves may contain toxins. Other toxins in waters, such as polychlorinated biphenyls, are attracted to microbeads, which can act like sponges, absorbing the chemicals and potentially adding to environmental concerns. Particles that enter water supply systems are not removed by drinking-water treatment technologies.
Even without microbeads, there are a variety other types of pollutants that remain. From oil to coffee grounds, it’s becoming harder to keep our water clean. Knowing this, I wanted to see what options there were for exfoliation that was water-friendly.
I’ve used drugstore brands, LUSH, DIY, coffee grounds, and even baking soda for exfoliation. I recently heard about the Konjac Sponge as a natural exfoliant and I wanted to see if it was any good.
- Konjac is a natural plant
- Perfectly removes your dry, rough layer of skin
- Excellent for water retention
- Perfect for sensitive skin
- Deep cleansing action helps to eliminate blackheads by removing dirt and oil
- Naturally kills acne-causing bacteria
- Gently balances the pH of skin
- Soak dry Konjac sponge in water for 10 minutes before first use.
- Wait until it has fully swelled and become soft. Apply some bathing cream on hand and gently rub to create bubbles.
- Clean and massage for 5 minutes, then wash.
- After use, DO NOT WRING IT. If you wring it, it will tear. Wash by squeezing it flat.
- Air dry in a well ventilated place by hanging it on the suction cup hook. Poorly ventilating will result in black mold spots, because Konjac is a natural plant
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m anticipating the outcome. Not sure where I’ll hang this up to dry though. My bathroom isn’t ventilated enough. I’ll update on next week about using the Konjac sponge and how my skin did with it.