I’ve read a lot of blogs about these The Konjac Facial Puff Sponges with French Pink Clay seemingly miraculous little sponges which cleanse your skin without the use of cleanser. It must be said that I wasn’t just sceptical, I was downright disbelieving that anything could be that good but when I actually found somewhere that sold them near to where I live, I thought “why not?”
After all, what’s the worst that could happen?
To give you a bit of background, these sponges are actually Konjac potatoes although just because you can cleanse your face with them, I wouldn’t try it with your average Maris Piper. They are grown throughout Asia and have been cultivated for food in Japan and Korea for over 1500 years. These potatoes are highly fibrous, rich in minerals and low in calories. It was the Japanese who, just over a hundred years ago, discovered that these potatoes could actually be used in skincare and that they are loaded with nutrients which, when used without cleanser, are effectively delivered straight on to the skin. Considering the amount skincare companies spend trying to work out how to deliver key ingredients into the skin, whether the nutrient content really has any bearing on how the sponge performs.
I bought the sponge with the added pink clay as it is aimed at “tired and devitalized skin” and, at the moment, that pretty much sums up how my skin is looking. It has settled down after its little tantrum but it just looks a bit… blah. The blurb on the website says that:
“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 .” The sponge feels remarkably soft for something that is meant to turn rough and hardened skin into soft and radiant skin; it’s actually quite difficult to see how it works. It is really quite peculiar as even when it has been submerged and has fully absorbed the water it requires, it doesn’t really feel wet, more damp.
That said, I’ve been using it in the mornings in the shower instead of my normal balm cleanser once I get out the shower and my skin really does feel clean. Not squeaky clean or the slightly moisturised clean you get after using a balm or oil cleanser but just clean. My skin absorbed moisturiser well but didn’t go back to feeling tight like it can do after I’ve used a face wash, which to be honest was what I’d expected.
To be honest, I’m a bit puzzled by this little thing. I’ve not been using it very long so I can’t conclusively say whether it does actually work but it certainly seems to. And whilst I don’t have a clue how it works, as long as it actually does, I will be a very happy girl.
I’ll post an update letting you know how I have been getting on in a few weeks! If you are interested you can buy Konjac Facial Sponge puff here .