Guest post by @ElmoSpoon
Konjac sponges have been the best solution I’ve discovered to having a wash (especially a wash in bed) with touch sensitivity.
The Kaiercat branded konjac sponges are durable, soft, and comfortable, and are available infused with green tea, charcoal, and lavender. All are unscented. Plain and other infusions are available by other brands
I have really specific needs when it comes to having a wash, and this has made it tricky over the years to find the best way to get clean, especially as I have strong touch sensitivity to repetitive movements.
I have tried all sorts of solutions, including disposable and reusable wash mitts, and even getting PAs to wear a fluffy sock on their hand as a wash mitt. The latter was reasonably soft but I would end up with a build up of dry or sloughing skin between infrequent washes, and the sock would need to be dipped frequently to stay warm. The process would therefore take a long time.
I have now found a solution that works well for me in the form of konjac sponges. The sponges are made from konjac root (which incidentally means they are compostable/biodegradable after use) and can be used for around 6-12 weeks before replacing.
They have been around in the Korean beauty market for a long time. They are soft to the touch but despite this they exfoliate remarkably well, which is something all of my previous methods lacked and in my experience one of the key things that gives the sensation of being fully clean. My skin is significantly better since making the switch.
Konjac sponges hold a lot of water without dripping too much, but you can release some of the water by placing pressure. Due to the density of the sponge I cannot feel the pressure in the same way as I would with a hand directly on me, which makes the experience more comfortable. You can use them with or without products, and I find I am fine without soap on my body. If you do use soap or cleanser, it is claimed the sponges will make it go further. Just take care to follow the instructions and squeeze between 2 flat hands (or between one hand and another flat surface if you only have use of one hand).
I use the sponge as a quick half body wash in bed, sending my PA to the bathroom once or twice to top up the sponge, which stays warm for much longer than a flannel or ordinary sponge would. I sometimes use a few drops of a dry oil on top (argan). The fact the sponge can be used without dripping means that the bed doesn’t need covering, but my skin still gets a good clean, which is useful if you’re pushed for time or energy. For a more thorough wash I cover the bed and have a bowl brought in full of hot water to which I just add some oil and no soap.
I have heard they work well in the shower too, just remember to squeeze the liquid out and hang or place them somewhere dry as they should not remain wet between uses.
I also discovered another unexpected use relating to hair washing. Due to the way the sponge holds water it can be used for rinsing hair. Many parents have spoken about this online for their children who do not like water being poured on their heads. I imagine this might help a child or adult with sensory issues in this area. I discovered that by placing a fabric incontinence chair pad under my head and folded towel under my neck my short hair can be washed reasonably well (with shampoo).
There are many styles available including those for face and body. You can choose from plain or those subtly infused with things like green tea, lavender, and activated charcoal. There are numerous brands available. Initially I was impressed by the variety the konjac sponge company offer, as well as liking their wave shaped sponges, but I found they fall apart easily. The Kaiercat sponges were far more durable, and I recommend them.