For the past year I have been cleansing my face with a konjac sponge. What is a konjac sponge, you may be asking? Well it is a facial sponge made of 100% natural vegetable fibers.
I discovered them after watching a YouTube video by Shannon Sullivan. She was using one to wash her face and I was intrigued, to say the least. I immediately opened a new tab and googled it. I am almost positive I spelled it wrong, but in the end I found the elusive konjac sponge and I have been hooked ever since.
When you first get the sponge it is very hard, you need to run it under water for several minutes to let it soften and expand. After this first time, you will just need to run it under water for a few seconds before each use.
After each use I run mine under the faucet and squeeze out the excess water and cleanser that is still on it, then I leave it to air dry.
I store mine in a soap dish on my bathroom counter. I thought that is was a cute and a simple alternative to putting it in a drawer or just leaving it on the counter.
Konjac sponges are a much gentler way to cleanse your skin; they are definitely gentler than a Clarisonic or any other type of oscillating face brush. I found these others to be too harsh and seemed to make my skin feel tight and dry after I used them.
I find the sponge to be gentle enough for my skin to use both day and night to cleanse my skin with. I know that some people like to just use it once a day or only one to two times a week for a gentle exfoliation. Whichever method you choose, the sponge leaves your face feeling smooth and refreshed.
When using mine I have found that it does a very good job of helping to remove my makeup, along with a cleanser of course. I have used it with just water, but only in the morning as the sponge cannot remove makeup alone without sometime of cleanser.
I also found myself using fewer products when cleansing with the konjac sponge. It is very absorbent and creates a nice lather with a smaller amount of product compared to when I use my hands or a facial brush.
Like any sponge or brush they do have an expiration date which is between 1 to 2 months. I find that the 2-month mark is when I start to notice that I need to toss my sponge and get a new one. They are fairly inexpensive, especially compared to other facial cleansing products out there, so I don’t mind replacing it every 2 months.