{REVIEW} French Green Clay Konjac Sponge

November 5, 2014

Do you have normal to combination skin with an oily t-zone and looking for a product to help cleanse and remove impurities? Then the Konjac Sponge might just pique your interest. This interesting little sponge fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and is made from the root of the Konjac Potato. (A perennial plant native to Asia). Konjac is 97% water and loaded with beneficial minerals. It’s also naturally alkaline, therefore Konjac is pH neutral and leaves your skin perfectly balanced. The Konjac Sponge Company has a whole range of sponges and each are blended with a different type of clay. I have combination skin so the Green Clay variant was an obvious choice.

Before you use this nifty little non-toxic sponge it needs to soak in warm water so it can re-hydrate and change from hard and rough to soft and squishy. You can then cleanse your face using circular motions. This exfoliates your skin in a very gentle way. This isn’t your typical rough or abrasive exfoliator. When I first started using the Konjac morning and night I was convinced that it wasn’t doing anything. That’s how light and gentle it feels on your skin. But after a few days of use I quickly discovered that this sponge actually does a lot for your skin. My face was left feeling softer and cleaner and best of all it was glowing. I do find that the Green Clay one can be a tad bit drying on my skin, but when I switched over to using it only once a day I immediately noticed all the benefits. Something worth mentioning is that the Konjac is gentle enough for the delicate skin under your eyes as well as your lip area.

Another great thing about the Konjac sponge is that it can be used by itself so your skin can reap all the benefits of green clay. But it can also be used in conjunction with your regular cleanser and the Konjac sponge will help pump up the benefits of that. Initially I was worried about hygiene issues. How can this little sponge that basically only gets ‘cleaned’ with water not get all gritty and icky? Nevertheless, use after use the sponge still looks the same, smells the same and feels the same. My skin hasn’t broken out and it still does a stellar job of cleansing my skin. I prefer to use the Konjac on days when I’m sans makeup as I don’t want to muddy my sponge, but I have tried it for makeup removal and it doesn’t do a bad job as long as it’s a light layer and nothing too heavy.

The Konjac sponges have a super helpful piece of string that’s threaded through them. This makes the drying process a breeze (‘scuse the pun). You gently squeeze (never wring) out the excess water and hang it up to dry, dehydrate and become hard again. If you look after your sponge it should last up to 3 months. Yes, they have a shelf life. But with something natural what else would you expect? If you have hyper-sensitive skin then I recommend trying the sponge that’s infused with pink clay and those of you with problem skin will benefit the most from the bamboo charcoal one.

You can purchase these useful little sponges over on Beauty-Worx, Faithful-to-Nature, Rubybox and 27Pinkx. The Konjac facial sponges usually sell for R230.