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Clean, Healthy Skin Through The Power of Plants

By Jacqueline / September 27th, 2017

Thank you for visiting Jacqui Naturals! In one of my previous posts titled, “Oh My Love for Camellia and Yuzu Oil!,” I expressed my love for natural skin care products and wrote about camellia, yuzu, and other natural oils I love to use on my skin. Aside from massage therapy, nutrition, and physical activity, skin health is another strong interest of mine. This has led me to embark on creating a product line that others, and myself, can add to their skin care regimen to enhance, or maintain, the health of their skin. I’m super excited to introduce Jacqui Naturals 100% Natural Konjac Sponges!

Jacqui Naturals konjac sponges are handmade from 100% Japanese konjac fibers at a dedicated factory in Japan. It comes in six different types.

Original Facial & Body Konjac Sponge for Sensitive Skin
Charcoal Facial & Body Konjac Sponge for Deep Pore Action
Camellia Facial Konjac Sponge for Dry Skin
Yuzu Facial Konjac Sponge for Anti-Aging
Green Tea Facial Konjac Sponge for Combating Acne & Pimples
Cherry Blossom Konjac Sponge for Anti-Inflammatory

History
Konjac fiber, also known as glucomannan powder, has been cultivated and used in Japan, China, India, Korea, and South East Asia for thousands of years as both food and traditional medicine. In the 6th century AD, konjac was introduced to Japan as a medicinal product. Glucomannan comes from the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac), specifically the plant’s root. Konjac has been used to treat asthma, breast pain, coughs, hernia, haematological diseases, burns and various skin disorders. Let’s just say the konjac plant is pretty awesome!

Benefits
The aqueous layer of the konjac sponge is slightly alkaline, so it neutralizes slightly acidic grime to cleanse way pore dirt and  impurities from the skin, leaving you fresh and clean even without the use of soap. However, I personally like to use the sponge in addition to my favorite cleanser.

It is gentle on the skin and can be effectively used on sensitive skin. Benefits of the sponge are enhanced when infused with green tea, charcoal, camellia, cherry blossom, or yuzu.

The Jacqui Naturals Green Tea Konjac Sponge combines the benefits of powdered green tea with fine konjac plant fibers. Green tea has a sterilizing effect, and combats inflammation from acne, and pimples, as well as diminishing dark spots. Regular use of this sponge results in clearer, more even skin tone.

  • Some evidence show that tea polyphenols used topically may be beneficial for skin health and more specifically, for reducing sebum production by the sebaceous glands and for the prevention and treatment of acne vulgaris.

The Jacqui Naturals Charcoal Konjac Facial & Body Sponge combines the healing properties of bincho- charcoal with fine konjac plant fibers. The absorptive action of the charcoal powder draws dirt and excess sebum out of pores, keeping skin clean and clear.

  • Activated Binchotan charcoal adsorbs oils as well as pollutants and other superficial toxins from the skin’s surface.

The Jacqui Naturals Camellia Konjac Facial Sponge combines the emollient and anti-microbial properties of camellia seed extract with fine konjac plant fibers. Camellia seed extract contains the omega 9 oleic acid, and omega 6 linoleic acid, as well as monounsaturated fats. Regular use of this sponge may help protect skin from dryness and chapping.

  • Research shows that topical application of essential fatty acids can have profound effects on the fatty acid composition of the skin, resulting in the regulation of the anti-inflammatory response in the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin. Also, essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid improves skin hydration, elasticity, and helps prevent skin breakdown.

The Jacqui Naturals Cherry Blossom Konjac Facial Sponge combines the benefits of cherry leaf powder with fine konjac plant fibers. Leaves from the Yoshino cherry tree have been reported to repair roughness, combat inflammation, and brighten skin.

  • According to research, cherry blossom extract shows good anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

The Jacqui Naturals Yuzu Konjac Facial Sponge combines the anti-aging properties of yuzu, a popular Japanese citrus fruit rich in vitamin c and phenolic, with fine konjac plant fibers. Yuzu fruit essence is used in cosmetics and soaps as a humectant to keep skin moist and soft.

  • Research results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin c promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm, moist, and youthful skin. Also, plant phenolic compounds are widely  known for their antioxidant properties and possess a significant potential to inhibit, or even reverse the signs of aging, such as wrinkles or hyper pigmentation marks.

Precautions
The sponge should be changed out approximately once every 3- 4 weeks.

The fibers in this product will break down easily, so make sure not to store it while wet. As no additives are used in this product, it may easily become moldy if not careful.

When using together with bath salts, make sure the bath salts does not contain enzymes. Enzymes will dissolve the fibrous surface and breakdown the product.

Please do not use this product in its hardened state. Soak sponge in water until soft. Use with your favorite soap/ cleanser.

I personally love these sponges and I’m confident you will as well. Jacqui Naturals konjac sponges can be purchased on our online store.

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Howard, Diana. “Black Magic: The Key Benefit of Activated Charcoal.” The International Dermal Institute, www.dermalinstitute.com/us/news/2015/10/black-magic-the-benefit-of-activated-charcoal/.

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