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A little while ago Konjac Sponge Company reached out to introduce me to konjac sponges. Konjac sponges are a real beauty staple in Asia. The reason why they love the konjac sponge so much is because of its gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing. It’s also 100% natural, rich in minerals, vegan and cruelty free. Sounds like a great tool to add to my skin routine!
What’s a Konjac Sponge?
I know it kinda looks like a weird kitchen sponge. But these weird looking sponges might actually improve your skin! The Konjac Sponge is quite the hype in East Asia, as women are calling it a real beauty staple. Let’s start with what this spong actually is! The Konjac sponge comes from a Japanese konyaku root, a vegetable! They buff away dead skin and promote skin renewal, making your complexion more glowing than ever. It is 100% natural, non toxic, colour- and additive free and biodegradable. A whole lot of natural goodness for your skin! :)
Christmas With Konjac Sponge
With the holidays coming up, they have just the cutest mini konjac sponge in the webshop: Rudolph’s Nose!
All the konjac sponges are so soft and gentle that basically every skin type tolerates it. But to differentiate the sponges a bit, each sponge is blended with clays and powders to target different skin types.
Rudolph’s Nose is a pore refiner and blended with red French clay. The clay is perfect to target dry, damaged or mature skin.
How To Use a Konjac Sponge
When you open up the package, your konjac sponge will still be dry and hard. Soak it in warm water until it gets squishy :-) It will feel very soft and a bit gel-like.
Now you have the option to use the sponge by itself or with a cleanser. I recommend using a water-based cleanser, as these are easier to rinse out of the sponge than oil-based ones. If you just want to use the sponge by itself, start massaging the skin in circular motions to exfoliate. The thing with a konjac sponge is that it’s so soft that you can actually use it around the eye area! So don’t be afraid to rub it gently over your eyes.
After use gently rinse out the sponge and squeeze the excess water out. Do not wring your konjac sponge! Then hang it up by its string in an airy and dry place. If you don’t give your sponge the chance to dry, your sponge might start to go mouldy or disintegrate – it is biodegradable after all – so don’t leave it in the shower!
If you’re kind to your konjac sponge, it can last from 1 to 3 months. If you want to sanitise it, leave it for 3 to 5 minutes in hot, non-boiling water.
Pore Refiner Rudolph’s Nose
There’s nothing better to get in a Christmassy mood than cute packages! Rudolph’s Nose holds a mini pore refiner konjac sponge, blended with French red clay. The pore refiners are designed to refine the pores, cleanse and exfoliate the face and the eye area. As mentioned above, any sponge is gentle enough for your skin but with the clays you can target different skin problems. The red clay in Rudolph’s Nose is ideal for dry and damaged skin or mature skin.
Pore Refiner Pink Clay
This little guy is the ultimate one for tired and devitalised skin. The added pink clay makes sure your sensitive or acne-prone skin still gets the exfoliation it deserves! ;)
Konjac Sponge With Green Clay
For this review, I’ve tried out the sponge with the green clay. This one tightens pores, tones the complexion and revitalises damaged skin cells, and the French Clay naturally draws out impurities and toxins – joy! ;) It should also combat an oily t-zone, which I am especially interested in since my forehead turns out like a shiny bowling ball by midday… And some matte powder is needed!
When I use the sponge, the first thing I do is completely soak the konjac sponge in warm water. Next: cleanser. Personally, I don’t believe in cleansing your skin with just water and a sponge – so I apply cleanser to my face and then gently rub the sponge in circular motions on my face, eyes included. I also love rubbing it over my lips – it helps exfoliate my dry lips in winter!
If I have a full face of make-up I usually prefer to use a washing cloth instead. I don’t feel like I will get out all the dirt 100% from the sponges, so I only use the konjac sponges in the morning on a bare face.
What do I think of the Konjac sponge?
Well, I’m not certain. I’ve only been using the sponges for two weeks yet so I think I still need to get used to it. So far my skin enjoys the daily exfoliation. With the green clay combatting an oily t-zone, I feel like that area is getting better. But now that it’s getting colder, it also feels like it’s stripping away a bit too much so I need to find the right balance of using these sponges. I don’t think I will use them every day, but I do love the extremely soft exfoliation I get from these. They will still be a part of my routine, just not every day.
Have you ever heard about konjac sponges before?