If you aren’t using konjac sponges in your beauty routine yet, you really ought to be, but it’s important to mention that not all konjac sponges are created equal! I had previously reviewed the Original Konjac Sponge from Konjac Sponge Company, but I wanted to see if their clay sponges were really any different and since it’s winter, the French Pink Clay one for dehydrated skin seemed like a good bet. Also, I tried their Original Konjac Sponge a few years ago and I’ve since tried tons of konjac sponges from tons of other companies; none compare to these ones.
About Konjac Sponge Company
If you’re unfamiliar with the Konjac Sponge Company, check out my original post for my first impressions and other information, but the basics of this company are that they created the highest quality and most natural konjac sponges made from konjac plants that are grown and harvested from the fertile volcanic hills of Jeju Island in South Korea, a UNESCO world heritage protected island which is said to have some of the purest waters in the world. Aside from that, they utilize only the best quality clays and mineral rich extracts. All sponges are created to be used on any skin type from sensitive to acne prone, dry, normal, combination, and even baby skin. They do have specific sponges made for babies, but I think any of these could be used; they’re SO gentle on skin.
If you have no idea what a konjac sponge is, read about it below:
[ Taken from Konjac Sponge Company website ]
The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia, and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. A totally natural food source, Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced.
Things to Love About Konjac Sponge Company:
- All sponges are made by hand and tested for authenticity and purity of ingredients that are free of microbes and pollutants.
- All sponges are 100% biodegradable and sustainable and will last approximately 1-3 months, if kept dry when not in use, and then they will slowly begin to fall apart; that’s when you know it’s time to get a new one! I’ve had mine up to 3 months so you might be able to make yours last longer, but this is based on my personal experience.
- 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free – Certified by the Vegan and Leaping Bunny Societies!
- All konjac sponges were originally created for baby skin and are gentle enough to be used on the most sensitive skin types including those suffering from skin conditions, acne, etc.
- Pure konjac used in these sponges are free from all irritants, colorants, chemicals and additives.
- Eco friendly and Body Safe.
- Made from 100% vegetable fibers and natural minerals and plant extracts.
How to Use A Konjac Sponge
When you first get your konjac sponge, it will be totally dried out and feel hard to the touch. Run it under lukewarm or even cold water for a minute or so and it will completely soften up into a more sponge-like texture and expand in size quite a bit. Wring excess water from the sponge and buff it in circular motions around all the points of your face, neck and even decolleté if you want. Splash your face with water and you’re done! To store your sponge, rinse it off after every use, wring out all excess water from it, and lay it in a dry, cool place to dry out normally and prolong the life of the sponge.
Which Konjac Sponge Is For You?
The Original Konjac Sponge is perfect for any skin type, including those with sensitive or acne prone skin, and it’s my personal favorite, but you can purchase any of the clay-enriched sponges if you want a sponge more tailored to your skin. I more recently tried the French Pink Clay Sponge which is meant for tired, damaged or devitalized skin types and it worked really well for my skin during cold winter temperatures. If you have acne prone skin, they have a Bamboo Charcoal one, a French Red Clay for dry or mature skin types, and French Green Clay for combination skin types. They have equivalents of all these in larger konjac sponges for your body and even a sponge made specifically for babies without any added extracts or clay that might upset sensitive baby skin. Their latest releases include sponges formulated specifically for sports or your workout bag, a sponge made specifically for pets, and also cute little heart shaped sponges!
Why You Should Buy A Konjac Sponge
- It’s 100% All Naturally Made. Not only are these sponges made from 100% natural plant materials, but they are biodegradable and sustainable, making them 100% eco-friendly. They are vegan, cruelty-free, and created by hand so you know you’re getting a quality product!
- Gentle Enough for All Skin Types. These are SO versatile. I really love that you can use these on any skin type, they don’t cause irritation, they gently exfoliate skin without upsetting skin or causing redness and brightening dullness, they very softening and cleansing to the skin without drying skin out, and they work really well without the use of other products. You could literally clean your face/body with one of these without using any added cleansers.
- Cheaper than A Clarisonic, But Work Just As Well. When I feel like my skin is looking crappy, I get my Clarisonic out, but in my original review for these konjac sponges, I touted them as a cheaper alternative to a Clarisonic and I stand by that. These work really well as a Clarisonic alternative because they’re gentle, but they buff and exfoliate skin while cleansing. If you want a particularly deep cleanse, just add your favorite cleanser and then pop on a face mask after cleansing. The results are just as good, in my opinion, but a whole lot cheaper. I do love my Clarisonic, but if you don’t want to shell out $100+ for one just to get nice skin, you shouldn’t have to and this is a good option for anyone on a budget who wants good skin.These are SO cheap that most people should be able to afford to buy one every 3 months. They cost around $12 for a sponge and you only need to replace it ever 2-3 months, if you really care for your sponge properly.
I’ve tried so many konjac sponges from so many different brands, but I always come back to the Konjac Sponge Company because either the other sponges make my skin break out or, most commonly, dry my skin out. The only other one I like is the one from One Love Organics which is also good, but doesn’t have the added clay varieties.
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