Konjac Puff Sponge
There seems to be big rise in the popularity of Asian beauty products recently, and this product is a real gem. I had seen these sponges on various websites, and had been very curious about them. I received my first sponge by the Konjac Sponge Company in September's SoukSouk beauty box and have been using it ever since.
For those of you who haven't come across this product before the Konjac is actually a type of potato native to Asia. It has an incredibly high water content - 97% apparently and the remaining 3% is dietary fibre. It is an alkaline product, also containing numerous vitamins.
You are probably asking yourself why this would be used as a beauty treatment.
The structure of the sponge gives it gentle exfoliating properties, meaning that it will stimulate blood flow and encourage the growth of new skin cells. The alkaline nature of the sponge counteracts the acidity of the skin, helping to balance impurities. This sponge can be used by itself or with what ever cleanser/face wash you desire.
On removal from the packaging, the sponge feels hard to the touch and needs soaking for a moment in warm water to rehydrate it. After care is very simple, just gently squeeze out excess water and leave it hanging to dry (although not in the shower cubicle). Konjac Sponge Company say it should last between 1-3 months and can be composted after use.
So, what did I think to it?
I have spent the last month really experimenting with this. I used it with the last of my DHC oil, with face washes, face scrubs, cleansing balms and just with plain old water. I really love this product. It is like nothing else I have ever tried. The Konjac sponge gives such a deep clean, but it is at the same the gentlest product I have used.
I find that if I use a flannel or a muslin cloth to take off a cleanser more than a couple of times a week, it is too harsh for my skin. It is not the case with the Konjac sponge, I have used it twice a day for the past month and it leaves my skin so soft. It is effective without any product, but I do prefer to use a little bit of something when washing my face. I have definitely noticed it makes your product go much further.
A month on, the sponge is still going strong and is showing no signs of wear and tear. Priced at just £6.99 this is a very affordable addition to my skin care regime, and think it will be especially beneficial to my skin over Winter. I have already ordered my replacement, I really do love the Konjac sponges, you can buy one here