Konjac Sponge review

August 23, 2013





Have you heard of the Konjac sponge?  I hadn’t either until recently, however this weekend is your chance to trial the sponge for yourself and find out what it’s all about.

Until Saturday 24th August (tomorrow), there will be a pop up shop in Marylebone, where you will get the chance to trial the sponge, see demonstrations, find out what the sponge is made from and get expert advice.

The Konjac facial sponge is made with the root of a Konjac plant, which is mainly grown in Japan, China and Korea. Not dissimilar to the much lauded aloe vera plant, Konjac is known for its health giving properties. As it’s a moisture-rich plant fibre, the net like structure of the sponge massages the skin and gently exfoliates without the need for an additional cleanser.  However if you wish to, you can blob some of your cleanser onto the sponge for a deeper cleanse.  But you’ll find you need much less, as a little goes a long way with this sponge.

The Konjac sponge comes in three varieties:

The Original Konjac Sponge Puff – £6.99

This naturally moisturising sponge balances the acidity of the skin’s impurities and oils, stimulates blood flow and encourages growth of new skin cells.

Konjac Sponge Puff With Added Bamboo Charcoal – £6.99

Ideal for teen skin or oily, spot prone skin.  The Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and various minerals that enhance its ability to remove excess oil. Bamboo Charcoal is also a natural antioxidant so will help fight hard-to-reach, acne-causing bacteria.

Konjac with French Clay Facial Sponges – £6.99 each

This range has added French clay which is packed full of mineral goodness to help our skin.

French Red Clay for Dry, & Sensitive Skin

Loaded with Iron Oxide, red clay improves blood circulation and makes the skin look radiant, hydrated and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, thread veins and broken capillaries. It’s also suitable for older women.                 

French Green Clay for Normal to Oily Skin

Green clay has excellent absorption properties making it ideal for oily or problem skin. Dirt, oil and bacteria are gently absorbed to prevent spot outbreaks.                      

French Pink Clay for Tired and Devitalized Skin

Pink clay is recommended for tired, sensitive and dehydrated skins. This is excellent for rejuvenating skin that has suffered from the weather or central heating.

I’ve tried the French Green Clay sponge myself, and it’s one of the gentlest cleansers I’ve tried.  I love the fact that you can use it with or without a cleanser.

When I come home from work, I use it alone, and I find it’s more effective at removing grease or grime than water alone.  After immersing the sponge in warm water, it expands into a soft, spongy dome which is almost jelly-like to feel.  After massaging win circular motions, my skin feels clean, but it feels like the moisture remains intact.  This is a far cry from harsher cleansers, which can leave your skin feeling like its moisture has been stripped away.

The key to its benefits is purely that it’s a natural sponge; I’ve used synthetic sponges in the past, which are much more abrasive on the skin.

In the evening I’ve used this sponge with a cleanser, and it really does make the cleanser work harder as it foams and seeps deep into my skin.

The Konjac sponge can also remove makeup, making short work of eyeliner and blusher.  However, I’d avoid taking heavy makeup of with this, as I think it will reduce its shelf life over time.

Which brings me to my last point – as it’s a natural sponge, it won’t last forever.  But if you look after it well – gently press the water out rather than wringing it dry, keep it away from the bathroom and let it air dry between uses – you should be able to get a good 2-3 months out of it.


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