The Weirdest, Best Skincare Tool I’ve Ever Tried
I’ve fallen in love with the kind of thing you see on infomercials.
It’s one of those products you suddenly think you need even though you don’t totally get what it is. Its promise has a hiding-in-plain-sight simplicity that makes you wonder why you didn’t invent it yourself. It’s weird looking.
This particular thing is a cleansing tool by a company called Konjac Sponge, and it is, as the name suggests, a sponge made of fibers from the konjac plant, which of course I had to google, and which people apparently eat to suppress their appetites (please do not do this). It’s a skincare cult hit in parts of Asia and the U.K., costs 9 bucks and comes rock hard in a plastic bag promising to gently exfoliate (with or without a cleanser), hydrate and pH balance your skin.
Hard to believe when you feel the thing; it’s rough and light as a pumice stone, with bumpy ridges that feel as though they could take off the top layer of your skin if you weren’t careful. That’s only until you wet it, though.
I ran mine under warm water and felt the sponge transform into a pouf in my hands. It had a nice spring to it, was nice and soft and almost slippery. I decided to try it first without a cleanser. It was a barely-there makeup day, so I removed my mascara and gently wiped the Konjac on my forehead first. It felt like I’d wadded up some cottony paper towels—really gentle and sort of like I wasn’t doing anything at all. Encouraged, I kept going, and when I was done with my whole face and decolletage (avoiding my eye area, obviously), my skin felt so…clean. And happy. No irritation whatsoever, and bit of a glow, too.
I’ve tried it since with my Kahina Giving Beauty Cleanser and my Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (I wouldn’t recommend using it with the latter if you have sensitive skin—too much scrub when they’re paired), and I’m hooked. I won’t even leave it at home when I travel! In the morning I use it sans cleanser. At night I use it with. The trick is to hang it by its string after every use, not to ring it out, and let it dry completely, allowing it to return to it’s original rocky state, before using it again.
I have only used the basic one but there are others infused with clay and charcoal. I intend to try those next; Hazel at NuboNau, who sent me the sponge, swears by them.
Have you tried a Konjac Sponge? Something like it? Tell, tell.