Thursday, 18 August 2011

Konjac Sponges – Pink Clay

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This is one of the strangest, yet loveliest skincare products I have come across.


Eco friendly, 100% natural and made from pure plant roots
Konjac is a perennial, mineral rich potato plant, originating from Japan, where it has long been used as a beauty treatment.


Michelle from Konjac Sponges recommended the Pink clay facial sponge for me (aimed at tired and devitalised skin) and kindly sent me one to try.  My tired and devitalised face was most grateful!


Please excuse the fact that my sponge looks a little loved… they last up to 3 months and mine has been used for 2. (Note to self: photograph things before you use them – I am so impatient I can never wait to try something new. I can’t understand people who wrap new purchases lovingly in tissue and place them in a drawer/wardrobe for weeks/months before wearing/using!).
Anyway, I digress…


Facial Sponge
“The perfect facial sponge for sensitive easily irritated, hypersensitive skin. Pink clay is a mix of red and white clay. Pink clay is soft, it is recommended for tired, sensitive & dehydrated skins. It helps to turn rough and hardened skin into soft and radiant skin, rejuvenating and plumping and helping return the skins natural elasticity . Excellent for skin that has had lots of sun exposure.”
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Konjac Pink Clay Facial Sponge

This is unlike anything I’ve ever used on my skin before, so I’ll try to explain the experience…


The sponge is completely soft and smooth. This upside down pic shows the seams better, but even they are totally soft and don’t scratch your skin at all.
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The flat side is ever so slightly rougher, to give a mild exfoliating effect, while the curved side feels almost comforting to use – it fits into the contours of your face so nicely.


The sponge feels refreshing and soothing to use and afterwards my skin feels like an invisible, intangible film has been left on it. It’s not a greasy or even creamy feeling – it just feels, well… lovely.  I don’t like to dry my face after using the sponge as I feel like I’d be wiping off the goodness, plus I love the sensation it leaves.  Also, because the holes in it are quite fine, it doesn’t leave your face feeling soaking wet, just lightly moistened.


When wet, the sponge is quite weighty, and squeezing it too hard may cause damage.  It holds a lot of water, but doesn’t seem to drip it all over you during use like other sponges can.


Konjac sponges don’t require soap or cleanser to function, though you can add a little if you choose to.  I tried using mine to remove makeup but didn’t feel my face was completely clean, so instead used it after cleansing to remove any final traces of makeup and freshen my skin, a bit like a toner I guess.


My favourite time to use these sponges is in the morning, when I can't be bothered faffing with cleansing products but want to use something more effective than just water. 
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Incase you’re wondering, the little string at the side is for hanging the sponge up to dry. Genius, right?


All of the facial sponges contain high quality French Clay, packed with rich minerals to cleanse, exfoliate, smooth & soften the skin.


Konjac Baby
Michelle also very kindly sent me a baby sponge - knowing my little boy suffers from mild eczema - and this is gentle enough to use on his skin.  These contain no nasty chemicals or toxins for delicate porous baby skin and gently cleanse without damage.
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All Konjac sponges arrive sealed in a little bag, already wet, plumped up and ready for use.


Konjac Baby Sponges are also suitable for makeup application!
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Konjac Baby Sponge, suitable for all sensitive skins including eczema

The baby sponge can be used by anyone with sensitive skin. It’s just gorgeous – nicer than any other I’ve used in the past and small enough for my 3 year old to use himself.  As you can see there are no sharp bits or seams at all on this one.
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Just incase it comes as a shock to you, the sponges shrivel up quite a lot when completely dry (which is unlikely to happen if you use them every day). I’ve photographed it to illustrate just how much they shrink….


In the left pic below, the pink sponge is dry. On the right, after a few minutes in water, it has expanded to the same size as the white one, which you can just make out underneath it.
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Konjac Body
In September Konjac will launch a range of body sponges, which I’m very excited about!  They will be larger of course, smooth on one side and ridged for mild exfoliation on the other. 


You can read about the full range of Konjac Sponges at www.konjacspongecompany.com


The facial sponges cost £5.75, which is an amazing price for something that makes your skin feel so soft and gorgeous. I’m hooked and would be amazed if anyone didn’t like these little softies!  


Available online directly from Konjac (or various other sites), in-store at Garden Pharmacy, Covent Garden and as of today, in-store at Liberty's bathroom department on third floor. 


Have you tried Konjac Sponges or do you like the idea of them? Please leave a comment below.www.konjacspongecompany.com

7 comments:

  1. I love the idea of these sponges! I'm off to make a purchase now, thanks for posting x

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  2. I saw these on Zuneta and wondered how they worked! Thanks for the lovely review- I'm totally lemming these!

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  3. I hope you love your new sponge as much as I do! :)

    Nic x

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  4. This looks beautiful as well as sounding amazing! I really want to try it now! xx

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  5. @betwixt beauty I am quite attached to mine now! Can't wait to try the body sponges.
    x

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  6. wow! So glad you sent me the link to this, these look so interesting and useful

    Might just have to buy one for myself :-)

    Great review

    xoxo

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  7. I've never heard of these but I really want one! They sound perfect for using after cleansing, like you said, to remove the last of my make up.x

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Please leave a comment - I love to read them & hear what you think! Nic x

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