I tried the Konjac Sponge that came in my Julep Maven October Box tonight just for the hell of it (and for this review!). I noticed right in the package that it was moist and damp. I don’t know if it usually comes like this, but I assumed that Julep intentionally made it damp and it wasn’t the perspiration from being in a box in this heat.
The package says the sponge is 100% natural and made from the fibrous root of the Japanese Konjac plant. It’s enriched with skin clarifying charcoal and beneficial for any skin type. The instructions said it could be use wet with or without cleanser. I chose to use my Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser because I had makeup on and I really wanted to completely clean my skin.
After doing more research on the konjac plant, I read that it exfoliates your skin and dislodges any dirt, blackheads or oil. It also rubs dead skin cells off your face. There are different types and colors of konjac sponges, but the black one that I have contains charcoal, which contains activated carbon and is good for removing excess oil (which is great for me because I have oily/combination skin!).
The sponge also feels extremely soft and is not as harsh as a dish sponge or loofah. It almost feels like squishy, porous rubber! (Strange comparison?)
I applied the cleanser onto the sponge and massaged it into my face. I used circular motions, almost as if I was using my Clarisonic Mia—which is my usual routine. The cleanser didn’t lather up as much and I think it was getting soaked into the sponge. I like how the sponge is shaped and how I can use the narrow point to get into hard-to-reach areas such as around my nose.
I rinsed the cleanser out of the sponge, but it took a while because the sponge soaked in a lot more than I realized. Or I just used too much cleanser…But anyway, I rinsed my face and immediately noticed that it was surprisingly smooth—possibly even smoother than when I use my Clarisonic! I applied my moisturizer afterwards and it went on so smoothly. I definitely feel that the sponge removed my dead skin cells and exfoliated my face really well. I am very impressed with how this sponge works although I don’t think I’ll be using it every day. (Still got that Clarisonic!) I’ll probably use it 2-3 times a week when I want/need a gentle exfoliation.
The sponge also came with a suction cup so I can let it hang to air dry!
I would definitely recommend using a konjac sponge if you want an everyday gentle exfoliation. It’s easy to use, feels soft on the skin and does its job well! Kudos to Julep for adding this to the collection!
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