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Tattoo sponges are the latest trend in tattoo aftercare and you can find them in more and more tattoo studios and cosmetic shops by the week. But what on earth is a tattoo sponge, what does it do, and do you need one?

Tattoo sponges are natural sponges intended to help your tattoo heal. You use them to wash your fresh tattoo to fully cleanse it and to keep your tattoo’s scabbing to a minimum. The sponges are made from the konjac potato (konnyaku) which is a plant native to Asia, made of 97% water, and full of minerals. The company driving this product is the Konjac Sponge Co. from England, who also make sponges intended for skincare and whose products are available worldwide.

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The sponge arrives hard and dry but in order to use it, you have to hydrate it with warm water before cleaning your new tattoo. The sponge cleanses without the need for any soap, but you can use some if you desire. You then make sure to dry out the sponge in between uses and it should last for two to three months. Some benefits of using the sponge instead of a soap to clean your tattoo are that the sponge is completely non-toxic and chemical free, unlike many soaps, it is biodegradable and environmentally friendly, and it is also vegan friendly.  All of this sounds great, but is it worth it?

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The sponge has won several awards including winning the CEW beauty award and Cosmopolitan Beauty award. There are also a lot of reviews of the sponge online. Many compliment the sponge’s ability to gently exfoliate the skin and praise it for being vegan and cruelty free. More and more tattoo related products are being made vegan-friendly, and this seems almost a necessity nowadays. Some comment that although the sponge looks and feels great, the impact it has on the healing of their tattoo is debateable.

However, others say they noticed that the tattoo had a much thinner scab as it healed which made the process a lot less annoying. Anyone who has had a large colour tattoo knows the pain of a huge crispy scab, so the prospect of easing that pain certainly is appealing. There are video reviews on Youtube as well as text reviews on many tattoo related blogs and the company’s Facebook page. The reviews are mixed regarding exactly how necessary the sponge is for healing a tattoo but most agree that it was a pleasure to use. Another point made is that the sponge would be better for larger tattoos and not something you need for a tiny bit of linework. However, the fact that it lasts up to three months makes it useful for someone who gets tattooed regularly.

You can definitely heal a tattoo without using a tattoo sponge, but it will certainly make the process easier and may well improve how your healed tattoo looks too. The Konjac sponge’s pretty packaging also makes it a great gift for any tattoo lovers in your life, or a treat for your fresh backpiece.

Tattoo sponges can be found in Craftskin tattoo studio, Kathmandu, and on the company’s website: www.konjacspongecompany.com.

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