A few weeks ago I had not heard of Konjac facial sponges. I had eaten Konjac root in the much hyped “zero calorie noodles” and other foods. I didn’t realize it was also used in beauty products. I recently had the opportunity to try My Konjac Sponge for free in exchange for a fair review. I tried the “Pure Facial Sponge” (they offer several options for different skin care needs).
When I review a product, I take the time to use it for a while before commenting. I feel it is important to be fair both to my readers and to the creators of the product. Over the past few weeks, I have used a konjac sponge to wash my face every night.
|My Konjac Sponge promotional picture|
Konjac Sponges are made from Konjac plant root (sometimes known as elephant yam). According to the manufacturer, each sponge is “made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water and food grade konjac.” While recently popularized in the United States, Konjac root is often used in Asian cuisine and beauty products.
|Konjac Plant Root, picture courtesy of My Konjac Sponge|
Features & Benefits, According to My Konjac Sponge:
- 100% natural sponge
- Coloring and additive free
- Fragrance free so likely hypoallergenic
- Gently exfoliates the skin
- Promotes new growth of skin cells
- Naturally moisturizing
- Not tested on animals
My Experience Using My Konjac Sponge “Pure Facial Sponge”:
The claims sound great! How do they stand up to reality? I find the konjac sponge to be very gentle yet effective for cleansing. Sometimes I even use it to remove mascara with no irritation (usually I use a little coconut oil to remove makeup first).
I usually do not like physical exfoliation on the face such as scrubs or luffas. I find them too abrasive and irritating. I certainly would not use a physical exfoliate daily. Not the case with the Konjac sponge. It exfoliates very gently, it almost feels like a mild massage. As I clean, I can see the sponge absorb my makeup. I thoroughly rinse after use and squeeze the water from the sponge than hang it to dry. I think it is important to keep sponges clean.
My Konjac Sponge is a similar size to the palm of my hand. It is about four inches long, three inches wise and about one inch thick (when dry). I feel it is a good size for a facial sponge.
As I earlier mentioned a konjac sponge is my new favorite way to wash and exfoliate my face. I’ve been feeling a lot more comfortable going out without makeup on recently. My skin has been soft and smooth since I started using this product (though I do use moisturizers and a couple serums so it isn’t all the sponge).
I highly recommend it assuming you rinse and dry your sponge after each use.
Instructions for Use:
1–Wet sponge until it becomes soft
2–Clean and exfoliate your face using the sponge in a small circular motion.
3–Rinse face and rinse sponge and squeeze out water
4–Allow the sponge to dry before your next use. (Incidentally, I received another sponge to review shortly after I started using My Konjac Sponge and found having two sponges allows each to thoroughly dry between use).
Note: Konjac sponges should be replaced every three months or so, according to the manufacturer
Price: My Konjac Sponge retails for around $10 on Amazon. While that may seem a little expensive for a sponge, I feel it is good value as I don’t usually use any cleansing product with the sponge.
Where to Purchase:
My Konjac Sponge is available at Amazon and other retailers including Whole Foods Market and Abe’s Market. For your convenience, I included a link to the product’s Amazon listings (affiliate links to follow).
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.