Some time ago I was sent a Konjac Sponge from the friendly people at the Konjac Co to do a review. This sponge could not have come at a better time because I've been planning to start taking better care of my skin more when I'm not wearing makeup. So the Konjac Company produces different types of sponge based on your skin type.*The Sponge I got sent had added french red clay and its for dry skin. But there range covers a wide variety of skin types from 100% pure Konjac for all skin types, Bamboo Charcoal for Teen Oily or spot prone skin, French Clay for combination skin, added french pink clay for Tired Damaged or Devitalised Skin, Pure Baby Sponge suitable for all infants from birth, added green tea to purify the skin and added Chamomile to Calm and Soote the skin. So there is a sponge here for everyone. In this particular review I'm going to focus on the sponge I received and my thoughts on this one but before I give you my thoughts I would like to explain a bit about Konjac Sponge.
What is a Konjac sponge?
The Konjac Sponge is a beauty tool made out of a pure vegetable fibre that cleanses, revitalises and exfoliates the skin.
The sponge is made from the Amorphophallus Konjac plant root, a plant used as a healthy food source for its medicinal properties in many parts of Asia.This naturally moisture and fibre rich plant is loaded with goodness,the list of nutrients are too much to mention and include Vitamin, A,E,D,B1,B2,B6,B12, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.
Being naturally Alkaline the konjac also helps to balance the skin's PH. The japanese has recognised the benefits of the Konjac plant since the 6th century.
How to use the Konjac sponge?
- Always rinse before use and fully hydrate the sponge
- Massage the skin in small circular moments with the damp sponge ( cleanser at this point is optional). Concentrate on problem areas and large pores.
- Rinse the sponge thoroughly after use and gently squeeze out excess water.
Hang in a cool and ventilated area to air dry( never leave it in the shower)
- Cleanses and exfoliates the skin even the delicate eye area
- Leaves skin fresh radiant and rejuvenated
- Refines pores
- Skin feels smooth and soft
- Removes water based makeup
- Suitable for all skin types
- Works with or without a cleanser
- The sponge will not overstrip the skin, so no dry, tight feeling afterward.
- Helps to eliminate dirt, excess oil, bacteria and blackheads
- Skin starts to take a smoother more airbrushed appearance after a few weeks.
The Application and The Results
At first when I received the sponge I thought it needed a cleanser so I was planning to either use my Nivea 2 in one cleanser or toner or a new cleanser I received which is the Meryuma Cleanser Balm but I wanted to see how it worked on its own since the instructions did say there's no need for a cleanser. So I used this sponge for a week to do the review but I will continue to use it over the next few weeks so I will post an update also either on my Twitter or Instagram,. So I followed all the instructions as mentioned in terms of the use of the sponge.
After unwrapping the sponge it was noticeably very hard, after running it under water it quickly became soft. I started to rub the sponge over my face under my eyes,nose, tzone ect I left no stone unturned.
While rubbing my face I found this sponge to be very gentle so I was slightly concerned right away as to whether I would see results, since it mentioned that it exfoliates the skin I was expecting a little roughness or grit to it.
After using the sponge my face felt really soft but it was the next day that I noticed my skin looking a bit more vibrant. Fast forward to day 3 I started noticing the tone of my skin begin to even out and I even tried the sponge with a cleanser the rest of the days and I've got to say the cleanser you use makes a difference. I will be doing a separate review on the cleansers but when I used the sponge with one cleanser I couldn't stop touching my face and when I used the sponge with a different cleanser the results were good but not as effective as the first one.
The instructions on the sponge says give it 3 weeks to see results,since I've been using this sponge I've felt so much more comfortable leaving the house without foundation because the last few weeks I've been so busy with life that my skincare took a back seat so my skin was looking dull, uneven, blotchy and black head proned.
I've got to say I'm a person that hates feeling like I need to wear foundation I like having healthy looking skin without it but these last few weeks prior to using the sponge I couldn't leave without some sort of concealer or foundation.
This is a beauty tool that I never knew I needed the fact that you don't need a cleanser makes it easier for those nights when I've come in late and I cant be bothered to exfoliate, cleanse, tone ect I just wet the sponge give my face a good cleanse and off to bed. I just want one for my little girl and a few more for myself because the Japanese are certainly on to something with this sponge.
After using the sponge I placed it on the radiator,the next day it looked smaller than what it looked like when I first received it so I thought woops!.But when I ran it under water it expanded again to its actual size(just so you would know what to expect).But apart from that its quite easy to keep in good condition.
Thankyou Konjac Sponge Co for sending me this sponge if I knew it was going to work so well on my skin I would have done before and after photo's(Darn it!).So I guess your just going to have to take my word for it and get the sponge!
Wrote by Taslyn Russell