I don’t know about you but I’ve always been impressed by the simple beauty secrets of women who have great skin. For some reason, most of such women who impress me are from East Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea:) I’m pretty sure that the first thing they pay attention to is sun protection. In fact, I rarely see Asian women sunbathing on beaches during the summer. I notice a lot of Asian groups visiting cultural places with their guides, and almost all women in the group wear long sleeve tops, hats and carry sun umbrellas. So, according to my observations, the first main reason why they have fresh and young-looking skin is that they protect themselves from photoaging by wearing sunscreen and hats. Putting sunscreen every day since I hit my thirties has been the number one trick I learned from the East Asian cultures.
The second habit I developed over the years has been the use of konjac sponges for cleaning my skin. This particular sponge is made out of the roots of konjac vegetable that grows in Asia. For the most part, I thought that its origins went back to Korea, but resources on the Internet say that its use goes back to Japan. Regardless of where it comes from, it’s an ecological way of cleaning your skin before going to bed. You can find detailed information about konjac sponge and how you can incorporate it into your daily life on Healthline website.
You can find different varieties of konjac sponges in the market. The one I mostly use is the charcoal sponge because it is supposed to prevent acne and reduce black spots. I do not use make up very often. As I mentioned, the only daily cream I apply to my face is the sun protection cream. And in the evening, I clean the sun cream off with the sponge. If I put make-up on, I prefer cleaning the makeup first with miscellar water and then I use the konjac sponge to get rid of any residue.
Konjac sponge is really easy to use. The sponge itself has a hard texture, and you definitely need to make it softer with water before using it on your skin. Remember to rinse it after you use it. Konjac sponges usually come with little ribbons attached, so you can easily hang them to dry. In my experience, a konjac sponge lasts at least three months. It then starts breaking up on its own. You can easily throw your old sponge together with the organic wastes because, in the end, konjac sponge is made of konjac vegetable. But of course, please check your local recycling guidelines.