Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Skincare :: Konjac cleansing sponge

I've heard so many good things about konjac cleansing sponge that when it finally came to Poland I had to try it. And got to say I love it! My sponge is by a Polish brand Zenner Eva Schmidt.

What is 'konjac'?

Konjac is a perennial plant grown in India, Japan and Korea. It's mainly used as a a vegan substitute for gelatin, it's also popular in Japanese cuisine. But it's also used in cosmetics.

My opinion

The sponge comes moist. In a foil packaging it looks almost like a piece of mozzarella. When I first touched it I wasn't sure what to think of it. I was susprised how gentle and soft it was, but at the same time it felt kind of disgusting because it's slimy and I had to get used to it. 

There's a string attached so you can hang the sponge to dry. When it's dry it shrinks and becomes very hard. All you have to do to make it soft again is to dip it in water. 

It may be used without any cleanser but I prefer to use it with a foaming cleanser. However you have to remove your makeup first, otherwise it's difficult to clean the sponge. My skins looks beautiful after the cleanse, just like after using a good polishing scrub, however, is not irritated. Sponge works fine even with no foaming cleansers, such as Cetaphil.

I've been using konjac sponge twice a day and my skin looks great, it's much more even and brighter. The facial massage with a warm konjac sponge is very relaxing. 

I don't really know how long you can use konjac sponge but I can't see any traces of wear on mine. On the packaging it says that the sponge can be washed in a washing machine in 60 degrees Celsius (no softening agents) but I haven't tried that yet. 

Total: ♥♥♥♥♥ (4/5 - I'm not giving 5/5 because I want to wash it mechanically first)

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