Skincare Sunday-Konjac Sponges

On March 16, 2014

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Welcome to another installment of Skincare Sunday! I definitely hear that yelled in the monster truck voice: SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

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Have you heard of konjac sponges? They’re kind of hot right now. Konjac, pronounced con-jack. Though I always just say it like cognac and then I can’t help but think of the Dave Chapelle Show skit “and a banana cognac..” I think this is the second time I’ve referenced the Chapelle Show on my beauty blog. Well what can I say–I appreciate the finer things in life. These strange little sponges are made from the fibrous roots of a vitamin-rich plant grown in eastern Asia. Some eat the konjac root. I prefer it on mah face. Let me tell you a little more!

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The Dr. Sponge brand in particular totes a laundry list of good: recyclable, sustainable, cruelty-free, biodegradable, allergen free, preservative free and fair trade. They sent me the aloe vera-infused sponge to try because I shared with them how dry my skin is. I also received the original body sponge. There are several other types of sponge too. The charcoal and the pearl ones sound intriguing! They are $8.50 each for the smaller sponges, $11.50 for the larger body sponges.

Directions
The sponge starts out hard, like most traditional sponges. Get it really well-hydrated and you will feel it soften to an almost jelly-like texture. It will feel very soft and non-abrasive. You may use cleansers with it or use alone on face and/or body.

Uses

  • Alternative to wash cloths. They are much gentler, especially around the eye are, and easier to clean.
  • To wipe face after using a mask or peel
  • Loofah alternative. If you’re a mama, these are soft enough to use on ya babies.
  • Makeup removing wipe alternative. I was surprised at how gentle the facial cleansing sponge was on my eyes. It’s more soothing and less wasteful than using a makeup wipe for sure. 
  • More economical/less wasteful cotton round alternative. Hydrate the sponge well and then use with your toner or makeup remover solution.
  • Clarisonic alternative. If you have very sensitive skin, or a wallet that’s just not ready for that Clarisonic life, this is a very gentle way to exfoliate daily without the $150+ investment. $8.50 actually. Little nicer, huh?

Additional Thoughts

  • I was very relieved that the sponges have zero scent. For some reason, being that it’s plant-based, I suspected it would be scented in some way. Luckily, it was not.
  • I like the little string to hang on your faucet to dry. Handy dandy.
  • Boscia put out a konjac sponge last year at Sephora and it retails for $18.00. I see little reason to pay just shy of 2o bones when these are the identical material with all the same benefits.
  • I was very surprised at how soft and exfoliated my skin felt from something so gentle. Even if you scrubbed overzealously, I still don’t think you could cause any redness or irritation.

Where can I buy them?

Beyond the Dr. Sponge site, there are several retailers, the most common ones being Amazon and Anthropologie.

Through 3/31, use the code IVY at Dr. Sponge for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: I was sent product for possible review by Dr. Sponge but was not compensated in any way to do so. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post does not contain affiliate links.

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