One of the best things about my job are my days home alone during the week. I love having the house to myself, don’t you? I have some lunch cooking and am listening to a record, (Glass Vaults, if you’re curious…) and as I look out the window and see the bare trees and grey sky I am beginning to accept that Autumn is well and truly gone and the promising cold of winter has hit. Nights in, hearty food and cozy jumpers have hit – and that’s okay with me.
At the beginning of April I dragged my boyfriend to the Auckland Go Green Expo. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the event, but assumed there would be lots of sustainable companies, vegan food and lots of cruelty free cosmetics and skincare. My assumptions were pretty bang on and it was grand. After arriving at the event and making a direct beeline to the food area to satisfy our morning appetite, we set off to explore.
To be honest, there were a lot of stalls. Some selling only slightly difference things from a stall a few rows down, and although there was a huge variety of products for sale, I found myself a little overwhelmed. Similar to the feeling I get when I walk into an ‘Everything Must Go’ sale and there are racks upon racks of clothes in complete disarray. Unless I have a specific item I am looking in those situations, I will often walk in, register the chaos and promptly walk out. I felt a little similarly with the Go Green Expo; I had no specific item to buy, I had purely gone to have a browse and buy anything that intrigued me. So upon discovering the huge selection of stalls and hundreds of people, I did find myself a little out of my comfort zone. But what’s life without a little discomfort? So into the masses we went.
We stumbled across a stand that were selling konjac sponges, I stood back for a moment or two, watched the lady demonstrate the sponge and listened to her informative selling pitch. Once she was finished and I saw that she was free I made my move forward to chat with her. I had never heard of Konjac sponges so was intrigued to find out more. Konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac plant. The root is shaped and dried into a small, easy to maneuver sponge with which you wash your face. Because these sponges are made from plant root they are completely biodegradable!
The Konjac sponge key features are
- Cleanses skin pores eliminating blackheads, dirt and oil.
- Kills acne/pimple causing bacteria.
- Naturally moisturises your skin when using
- Gently exfoliates your skin bringing natural shine
- Balances the PH of your skin
- Ideal for people with hypersenstive skin
Even if they did sound too good to be true, I was sold. I bought three for $20, two for me and one for my boyfriend.
The concept of the sponge is that its an all-in-one cleaning method, therefore eliminating the need to cleanse and moisturise. The sponge is also meant to remove a light layer of makeup; if you were wearing a full face you would need to cleanse before you used the sponge.
To use the sponge you soak it in warm water until it has soften and almost doubled in size; this may take a few minutes but from there it is good to go, and unless you go a few days without using it, you shouldn’t need to soak it again.
The thought of not using a cleanser and moisturiser left me a little dubious and in this instance I listened to my gut and continued using them. That’s not to say it isn’t worth trying the sponge without them. I have been using mine as follows
- In the morning I will use just the sponge and then follow the rest of my skincare routine
- In the evening if I have been wearing makeup I will cleanse and then use my sponge. If I have worn no make up that day I will just use the sponge. And in both instances will then follow through with the rest of my skincare routine.
Storage of the sponge is a little interesting, as it needs to be hung up. It is a sponge at the end of the day so will absorb all the yucky shower water if you left it sitting in the bottom of the shower. I hang mine off the shower head after I have used it in the shower and then hang if off the toothbrush holder if I have used mine at the hand basin.
I have now been using the konjac sponge for a few months and I absolutely love it. I have noticed when I am consistently using it I have less blackheads. I am not sure I can vouch for all of the features it promises, but when it comes to blackheads its doing the trick. I have spoken with other people who has used these sponges who did not like them and also people who loved them. My boyfriend uses his (when he remembers) and has no issues with it.
The sponges come infused with an extensive range of extracts, so you are able to pick a sponge suitable to your skin type. For my boyfriend we chose green tea and I chose collagen and pearl extracts for my sponges. When asked how long the sponges last, I was told that they would start to break down after a few months. Mine is still going strong, but am inclined to break into my new one, surely it can’t stay clean forever.
If you were wanting to give a konjac sponge a try, you are able to order online here At1 Konjac Sponge or if you have any questions please leave me a comment. Has anyone tried a Konjac sponge before? What did you think of them?
Until next time,