I used to be a Clarisonic MIA user but after a while I jumped off that wagon. When I went on a greener path, I searched for a more natural alternative. I tried exfoliating masks then moved onto exfoliating granules like this one from One Love Organics. But what I really searching for was a facial tool like Clarisonic to use on a daily basis.
Enter the konjac sponge. This facial puff made out of Japanese konjac fibers is completely natural, safe for daily use, and biodegradable. A few months ago I entered myself in the Japanese Konjac Sponge Instagram giveaway. I was one of several winners. When they reached out to me about my win they graciously gifted me extra sponges for my readers! So continue on to see how you can win a sponge for yourself!
$11.50 per sponge
The sponges are made out of root fibers from the konjac plant which has been used in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese diet for centuries. They have high water retention making the surface always covered in water. So when the sponge is completely wet, there is minimal direct contact with your face and the sponge making it safe for daily use. In its dry form it’s hard but lightweight like Styrofoam. When wet, it grows slightly (picture below) and the texture softens. There’s no fragrance but they can be colored according to whichever clay(s) are add to the sponge.
These sponges are a pretty no fuss product. All you do is simply soak it in water when you want to use it and let it completely dry before the next use. They are the perfect travel toiletry as they cover 3 steps in 1 – makeup remover, cleanser, and exfoliator. They can also be used by itself or with your favorite cleanser. The company suggests to replace the sponges every 4-6 weeks but I honestly think that you can stretch it out to 8 weeks if you take really great care of them.
Ingredients: Konjac glucomannan, Japanese peppermint extract powder, blue clay, and blue mica.
I’ve really been loving this product especially on days that I’m feeling really lazy (which is often). I don’t need to rinse my face afterwards and it always feels smooth, refreshed, and looks clear. It has been the perfect prep tool for my makeup application as well. It gives my primer and foundation a smooth surface to work with.
However, like all beauty tools, this should be kept as clean as possible in order to make it last. The sponge only lasted about 4 weeks of nearly daily use. I wasn’t able to use it everyday because, as suggested, the sponges need to completely dry before next use. The cool San Diego evenings were making it difficult for my sponge to dry completely overnight. Storing it in a humid environment is also a no-no as it will never allow the sponge to dry and makes it susceptible to mold growth. Also, if you have visible traces of makeup or dirt on the sponge try your best to clean it off. Otherwise, mold will begin to grow and that’s the lesson I learned on the 4th week.
Overall, these sponges are a great natural alternative to conventional beauty tools like the Clarisonic. If you are a low maintenance woman like myself then give these a try. It does the basic necessity of cleansing, exfoliates gently, and hasn’t caused a single breakout. So if you’d like to try one of these sponges for yourself then please enter in my giveaway!
The giveaway begins Friday, May 20, 2014 at 8:00PM and will end Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:59PM. Simply enter by commenting once below with which sponge you would like and why – cherry blossom, pure white, or green tea. Four winners will be chosen at random. This is open internationally so best of luck to all the contestants around the world!
Cherry blossom – helps lighten and smooth skin, softer texture
Pure white – suitable for everyone, removes blackheads/oil/dirt
Green tea – reduces inflammation, reduces spots