I've had my eye on the Konjac Sponge for a while and decided to get it for using in the morning. This is because I am a terrible human being and don't cleanse in the morning cos I am too lazy... I do 'wash' my face with cold water but that's about as far as I've gone, so I decided that this looks like the perfect way of getting me out of this terrible routine.
The Konjac Sponge is made from 100% pure vegetable fibre (from the Konjac plant) so this makes it also 100% biodegradable. The Konjac plant itself is an alkaline and contains loads of great vitamins and minerals such as protein, carbohydrate, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and folic acid. It is gentle on the skin, naturally moisturising, deep cleansing and gently exfoliating. They come plain, like the one above, or with added charcoal or french clay depending on your skin type.
I wasn't very sure what to expect from this when I first got it and was quite excited to try it. It arrived in a sealed plastic pouch which was sort of damp on the inside and smelled a bit odd, but after a first rinse the smell was gone. When you leave it to dry it goes almost solid so you need to make sure before using it is totally soaked to soften it again. It has the most bizarre texture, I can't even explain it properly, reminds me of a crumpet!! It is very soft, not like a normal sponge you would buy, and when you rub it on your face it feels almost as if it is foaming... but it's not?! It does feel very nice and cleansing on the skin, you can use it with your own cleanser for extra goodness and it also can be used to remove make up. As I'm only going to be using it with water in the morning I can't really comment on this, however I did try it once after coming out the shower but there was still make up coming off when I toned so it didn't seem to work very well. Perhaps the ones with clay or charcoal ones would do the job better.
The sponge should last between 1-3 months depending on use so once it starts looking a bit depleted or damaged it will need replaced. There is a a string running through the sponge to allow you to hang it up to dry, leaving it in a damp place such as the shower will shorten its lifespan. When you've finished with it it can be composted, or you can add it into a plant pot and help look after the plant by retaining moisture for it!
I've been using it for a while now and haven't noticed any improvements in my skin - which in general is good, combination but more dry in Winter - but I am enjoying the routine of using the Konjac sponge in the morning as it does leave it feeling nice and clean.
You can get this from LoveLula for £6.99.