The Konjac sponge is an alternative to washcloths. Made from vegetable fibres and clay, it's a natural and biodegradable way to gently cleanse the skin. At Shop Pretty, we're big fans of things with clay, (you know, with its being packed full of minerals, and time tested over hundreds of years as a beauty treatment thing), so it made sense to get our hands on one.
Price: $10 CAD
Made in: Korea
Ingredients: 100% natural vegetable fibre from the amorphophallus konjac plant.
Directions: ALWAYS: rinse before use and allow sponge to fully absorb water. Gently massage face / body in circular motion. Rinse sponge after use and allow to dry. Do not wring. Sponge hardens when dry, re-hydrate in warm water before use again. Discard if damaged or worn. Can be composted after use.
Using new beauty accessories is always exciting to me, especially products unlike anything I've ever tried. I've obviously used sponges before, but this one is different. It's net-like structure, makes it feel, well, spongy, but also has a sort of living feel to it, similar to making a homemade DIY mask, or kitchen beautician concoction; it feels fresh and alive. It's also packaged damp, which adds to the experience of it as living matter.
I'm in love with how the sponge glides across my super-sensitive skin, leaving my face clean and dewy, and not dry. It's soft and gentle and really fun to use. Even with my skin in it's current weather-reactionary state, this is gentle enough for me to use with just a little bit of water, and removes flakes without casing flare ups or irritation.
When summer comes, I'll likely switch to another type of Konjac sponge (the red or green clay) to better suit my skin's needs at that time, but for now the pink one is playing a big part in my nightly routine.