I got some questions about the spa mushrooms from Konjac Sponge which I wrote about yesterday, so I thought I would make another post about it with a little more details :)
"Are they mostly for just water or soap, or even for applying creams and face masks?"
Yes, they are probably not so good to apply products with, when I write that they can be used as a complement to washcloths and cotton, it is simply because they can be used for cleaning in that way, to have the cleaning on the sponge and work with it instead :)
The spa sponges can be used in different ways as I wrote in the previous post, but I usually first rinse the face with water and apply my cleansing cream on the face (apply with the fingers) just as usual, because you want so much of the product on the face as possible and not that it is absorbed unnecessarily much in the sponge. But then I soak the sponge with warm water and massage around the cleanser on the face with it! I rinse the sponge, massage, rinse again, massage and when all the cleaning is gone, I rinse the face as usual once as well.
Then I usually massage the face a little extra with the warm sponge as well, just because it is nice and good for the skin, the pores become clean and the blood circulation starts :)
You can also wash off the make-up completely as usual, and then just finish by massaging with the sponge instead of a peeling. It is gentle and gentle and can be used every day, unlike a regular peel that you should not use more than about once a week.
The spa sponge for the body is, as I wrote in the previous post also, of the same structure as the facial sponges, which feels scrubbing on the face but the skin on the body is thicker so there the sponges just feel smooth and comfortable. So I use it as a regular soft sponge, and wash the body with it + shower cream. But you can massage the body with it without cleansing as well, for only the positive effect of the red clay that the fungus contains.
"Do they not become unhygienic after a while?"
It depends on how you define "for a while", just as with ordinary sponges, rags or the like that are regularly exposed to moisture, it is important to maintain hygiene! After each use, squeeze out the water and hang the spa sponges so that they dry properly. Then they become hard again and shrink a little until you moisten them again.
Just like with other similar products, this is not something that lasts for several years, but yes we talk for months of course :) And if you want them to stay fresh longer, there are tricks you can do:
* Rinse the sponge with cold water the last thing you do, then it is not hot and mushy before it dries but cold and fresh so that the bacteria do not thrive.
* If you want to be even more careful, you can also put it in the fridge, but I personally think it feels a bit excessive, but it says so on their website.
* Let Never the mushrooms lie on the sink in a pool of water.
* If you want the sponge to dry faster, you can hang it in the window for a while after use! Perfect in spring and summer.
I have oily skin and therefore use the mushroom with bamboo charcoal every day, is completely addicted to it!
If you have any more questions, just shout! :)