Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wellness Wednesday - Konjac Sponges

For today’s Wellness Wednesday, I want to talk about my face. Yes, I know, it’s gorgeous, but that’s not what I want to talk about. Instead, I want to talk about the nuisances…acne, oily skin, breakouts, etc., etc. I know that I personally have oily skin, to the point where if I don’t wash my face at least once a day, it bugs me. However, while I want the excess oil removed, I’m tired of skin care products that leave my face feeling like the Sahara (or so tight I’m afraid it’ll break if I smile).

So, I’m always on the lookout for better alternatives, and along the way, I heard about Konjac sponges. Now I’ve been hearing about these for years now, was even supposed to review one in the past, but never seemed to get around to using them. This was primarily due to the lack of information available about them (it seemed the only sites I could find information on were all advertisements, not third party sources). So I pretty much forgot about them, until I was recently asked to review the MY Konjac Sponge.

After being asked again, I did more research, and was able to find more information about konjac sponges from non-seller websites. Here’s what I found out:
-These are made from the root of the konjac potato or Konnyaku. It's a perennial plant native to Asia,  found growing wildat very high altitudes. 
-The plant is 97% water (which helps explain why the sponges are extremely light) and pH neutral (which helps leaves skin balanced)
-The sponges are used to help more effectively dislodge, dirt, oil, and blackheads.
-They can be used by themselves or with your facial cleanser.

Sound interesting right? Fortunately, I was able to receive the MY Konjac Sponge to review. 

MY Konjac Sponge is made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water and food grade konjac. All of our products are hypoallergenic & fragrance free.

All of our products are never tested on animals, and they carry the Vegan Society logo as well as Leaping Bunny logo, the highest standard of cruelty-free status in the cosmetics industry. Our products are proudly carried by Whole Foods Market, King's Food Market and major online retailers.

My Review:

4 stars

I have oily skin, and I keep running into problems where cleansers either don't work very well or they work so well that my face feels like it's going to snap, it's so tight. So I once I heard about these, I decided to give them a try. This sponge comes in the package rock hard, but after soaking it for a few minutes, it softens and increases in size. I liked using this sponge, as it was very easy to use and clean up after. Plus, you can use it either by itself or in conjunction with your facial cleanser.

Using the sponge by itself worked, but still left parts of my face oily. However, when I used it with my cleanser, it worked much better. I still got the clean skin I was looking for, yet my face wasn't totally dried out. Plus, I ended up using less cleanser than I normally do, as the lather was greater when using the sponge. So I not only get to save cleanser and get the clean I'm looking for, I also have a temporary back-up for if I run out of cleanser.

To sanitize the sponge, I just let it soak in boiling water for a few minutes before taking it out and hanging it up to dry. It worked perfectly fine and got rid of the slight moldy my sponge had after many uses. The company says that you need to replace these every 3 months or so, which means you can get a lot of use out of them. I've been using my sponge for a month now with no problems (aside from needing to sanitize it every 2 weeks or so). I love using this sponge, and will continue to do so. I recommend giving this a try, as it makes a great addition to your facial care products.

*I received this product in exchange for an honest review.*

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