Review & Tutorial: The Beauty Shelf Konjac Sponge Trio

So your first question is most likely 'what are Konjac sponges?' amiright? If so, then don't worry your little head - I was the exact same! Curiosity and my quest for clear skin got the better of me so I did a little research and discovered that Konjac sponges are face and body sponges that come from a potato like plant in Asia. The plant is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes and has been used predominantly by the Japanese as a food source and recently as a beauty treatment. Still sounds weird, right? Stay with me.... The Konjac sponge itself is made from the fibre of this plant, along with clays, bamboo and other nutrients and additives. MEANING that this sponge is 100% biodegradable and super antibacterial so you don't get any of the usual gross-ness of using a sponge on your face day after day.

The Konjac sponge's purpose is to be a very gentle cleanser for the face and body. It's also a gentle exfoliator and helps rid your skin of dead skin cells and reveal new layers of skin. The sponge is also rich in vitamins and contains Vitamin A, B, C, D & E and natural minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. All of the above help nourish, condition and smooth skin. Overall a really natural product!

Now onto how to use these babies. So I got this little trio from Amazon - the black one has charcoal in it, the green one has green tea extract in it and the white one is additive free. The sponges are a lot smaller than I expected but they grow in size when you soak them in water. They're also rock hard - deceptive, right? There's a little instruction leaflet inside to explain how to use them - you soak them in water, squash out the water in between your palms and then using a circular motion you cleanse your face with them. One thing I read up on is to make sure you squash the sponges in between your hands to get rid of any water; rather than wringing them out as that decreases their shelf life. They also come with a handy string you can use to hang them up so they dry easier.

Another fun fact! The Konjac sponge has a layer over it that can hold water very well - when you saturate the sponge with water it's surface is covered by a layer of water. This means that this layer acts as a buffer to the skin so your skin is *technically* never in direct contact with the sponge and it won't scratch and damage your skin.

I've used each of these sponges a good few times and I actually really like them. There's not a huge scent to them, they almost just smell a bit plant like - the kinda smell you get when you walk through your garden. I followed the instructions and dampened them and then squashed them between my palms to get rid of the water in them then rubbed them in circular motions over my entire face. They felt really nice and made my skin super soft and squeaky clean. Alone it didn't really seem like it was doing much so I added a pump of my daily cleanser and much preferred using them with a cleanser.

I would definitely recommend these sponges for normal - combination skin; they're great for keeping everything at bay. My favourite was the green tea one as that seemed to be a really good antioxidant for my skin.

Have you tried Konjac sponges before? What do you think?

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop me a comment!

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