What are sponges?
Sponges are animals having pores all over their bodies without having mouth and head. These were used originally but now artificial sponges are made for the cleaning process. We use them in our household and as beauty care cleansers. They are easy and effective to clean the metallic or glassy objects of our house. Their pores are supposed to accumulate the dirt and germs in them, so they must be thoroughly cleaned after every use.
Where do we get sponges from?
Sponges are multi-cellular animals of Porifera species typically lives in saltwater. But only 150 species reside in the freshwater of oceans. There are approximately 9000 species of Porifera that lives on the Earth.
They were made naturally in old times but they are supposed to be expensive. Thus, nowadays, synthetic materials are used to manufacture sponges. You can synthetic sponges for different uses at reasonable rates in offline shops as well as on online stores.
Natural Vs synthetic sponges
- Natural sponges come to your door without any adulteration. Whereas artificial or synthetic sponges might contain toxic chemicals that might harm your skin in the long run, if used frequently.
- Self-cleansing properties are found only in sea sponges. Whereas, you have to soak the synthetic sponge in warm water with dishwasher in it and put some effort.
- Sea sponges soak more liquid than the synthetic ones and this does not consume a lot of time in completing the task.
What are Konjac sponges?
These sponges were originally made by the farmers of Japan through the fibers of vegetables, to clean babies’ skin due to their softness and natural mineral containing properties. These sponges are so gentle that you can deeply clean your acne-prone chest and back of the body with it. It will not cause any scratch over your skin and causes no harm due to its tenderness. Bamboo Konjac sponge is known to be the best Konjac sponge for exfoliation.
Benefits of using sponges for cleaning
If you are using natural sponges on your skin, then they are very beneficial for the sensitive skin because they contain a wide variety of minerals like zinc, sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc. due to involvement of these minerals, the blood in our body gets proper circulation and makes our skin more fresh and glowing.
Sponges help in exfoliating your skin and act as scrubbers. Massaging in circular motions, it removes the dead skin cells on our skin and makes the skin squeaky clean. You can scrub it on your face and body too.
Prepares for mask
After scrubbing or exfoliating, skin gets ready for the next step of masking. It deeply cleanses the clogged pores on your skin of the face and your face gets ready for closing the pores by applying any kind of mask suitable for your skin.
Easy to clean
They have space between their pores and they are so convenient to use as well as clean. They do not allow bacteria to survive between their spacious bodies. However, natural sponges are more easy to use as they are eco-friendly.
Sea sponges or natural sponges cleanse themselves on their own due to their intricate canal system. You do not have to put extra efforts. Just keep them in warm water for a few hours after usage. But with the synthetic cleansers, you have to either rub it from your hands with few drops of detergent or dishwasher in it or you have to put it in the washing machine for cleaning.
Keeps you clean
The basic task of cleansers is to clean dirt and bacteria from anywhere. It could be your skin or your objects in the house. Your face or the things of your home like glass, tiles, etc can be washed by using sponges.
Although, synthetic sponges have less shelf life natural sea sponges can be used for many months if stored rightly.
Various uses of a sponge
An artificial or synthetic sponge can be used in various ways. These can be the following:
- Makeup remover: beauty blenders are made either from sponges or silicones. Using sponges as a beauty blender is a great way to feel the softness of the blender while doing the removing process. it will prevent your face from getting
- House cleaner: if you do not want to roughen your hands by doing cleaning with hard scrubbers, then you should go for a synthetic sponge. It will not fade away the glow of your hands.
- Loofahs: sponges can be used as body brushes or loofahs, for a very soft and gentle massaging during the bathing process.
When to clean your sponge?
If you remove your makeup daily from your sponge, then you should clean the accumulated dirt and makeup from it twice a week. If you clean your households with your sponge, then you should clean it daily. Never leave your Konjac sponge in the water.
How to wash your sponge?
Just place your dirty sponge in the washing machine to avoid getting the bacteria building up in it for a large period. The second option is to clean and rub it with your hands with a few drops of liquid soap and dry it well afterward.
When to replace your sponge?
If you frequently utilize your sponge then you should switch it with a new one within 3 months. Moreover, when your sponge starts to shrink and loosens its fibers, then it’s the time to replace it.
Keep an eye over the bacteria that keep accumulating in the pores of your sponge. Keep it clean after every use. Dry it well after washing. Prefer to use natural sea sponges instead of synthetic ones, as they may harm your skin and cause skin infections or promote cancerous cells in your body. Use beauty blender made from sponge. Always remove your make up before bedtime with a gentle and wet sponge.