Saturday, July 19, 2014

Konjac Cleansing

Last year when the Konjac Sponge was making the rounds (with most people saying they preferred it to the Clarisonic Mia), I wasn't enthused and I didn't take any interest. Recently when I ordered from iHerb and saw EcoTools had released some new things I allowed myself  to choose one, and went for the Pure Complexion Facial Sponge.

It's for sensitive skin, and made with natural Konjac vegetable fiber, and is fragrance-free and colourant-free. Strangely this is shipped dry, while regular Konjac sponges are shipped hydrated to prevent them from drying out. Another apparent difference is the shape- this is teardrop-shaped and domed on one side, while most other brands make round half-spheres.

I used to use a silicone cleansing pad to wash my face but I retired that at the beginning of the year because bacteria inevitably accumulated in the silicone nubs, which would lead to break-outs. I found the silicone cleansing pad was the best thing to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads in my pores, so I'd hoped that the konjac sponge would cleanse more thoroughly than fingers and help improve the pore situation. I've used this with regular water-based gel cleansers and kaolin- and bentonite-based clay masks and the clay rinses out of the sponge as easily as other types of liquid cleansers. It expands when soaked through and has a bouncy texture. I find it cleanses the skin without being too rough or drying, and it removes white-heads in large pores and removes what fingers would miss, but ultimately it's a light cleanse-and-exfoliate that doesn't fully substitute for a physical or chemical exfoliation that would encourage skin cell renewal. I do like it and might repurchase the bamboo charcoal sponge that is more heavy-duty and aimed at acne-prone skin. Using the sponge has been good for my skin, and using it in conjunction with clarifying clay masks has been even better and my skin has seen visible improvement, but it's difficult to determine which variable is responsible.


  1. Very interesting! I actually haven't heard that much about cleansing sponges, but they seem interesting enough. Definitely something I'd like to try some time!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. I think they help cleanse better than fingertips, for sure! I'm glad EcoTools released some. :)