For centuries, humans have relied on charcoal as a naturally available skincare asset. Its carbon molecules have a large surface area which easily yanks impurities away from the permeable top layer of our skin like excess oil, dirt, sweat and makeup. This gives you a deeper-reaching cleanse for your morning and nighttime skincare routines. Charcoal is so versatile it’s found in cleansers, facial masks as well as skincare tools.

That’s why Facial Lounge is now providing the Luna Charcoal Facial Sponge – inspired by tried and true Japanese practices including an innovative way to integrate the roots of the konyakku plant (a food staple in Asian cultures for more than 1,500 years) into the ever-evolving science of skincare. Starting with the Luna Sponge – vegetable fibers are purified and spun to create a water-retentive “puff,” ensuring the interaction is safe for skin. This sponge promotes a boundary between the sponge and skin, permitting a thorough cleanse without scratching or irritating in the process. This can be performed daily along with your favorite Facial Lounge products – and it’s highly-recommended for our sensitive and acneic clients as well.

How to Use: Upon initial use, soak the sponge in warm water for 10-15 minutes until it puffs up making it soft and squishy.

Charcoal Infusion: When exfoliating with the Luna Facial Sponge, the infused charcoal will gently draw out the buildup of debris and toxins from your pores.

Daily Use: Soak briefly in warm water to rehydrate. Once you’re ready to exfoliate, first wet the sponge to help create a small lather using Facial Lounge’s Pore Clarifying Cleanser or Gentle Facial Cleanser. Rub your skin in a circular motion using the sponge to produce a gentle exfoliation that your face will love!

To finish the job, rinse your sponge out completely, pressing it between the palms of your hands, to force the removal of any excess water. Hang to dry when complete. (Replace quarterly: Every 3 months or so, examine your sponge for signs of wear and quickly replace).

The most effective ways to self-sanitize your sponge include either boiling it in water or saturating it with water, followed by 20 seconds in the microwave. A consistent daily practice can provide up to 6 months of life from an average sponge. But if things aren’t going right, and the life of your sponge comes into question, some warning signs include: a funny smell, discoloration, off-appearance, or even mold growth. The porous biological nature of sponges makes them highly susceptible to mold or bacteria growth whenever they’re not properly handled.

Storage: The sponge should rest in a hanging position left to dry between uses. Excessive wringing of a sponge can damage or alter its shape. Replace after 3 to 6 months depending on state.

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