Monday, July 16, 2012

Konjac Sponge

I was recently introduced to the Konjac Sponge by a friend, whose reviews I've been following via her FB page hehe! After a little bit of Googling, I decided to give this product a shot.

According to this website...
The konjac sponge is made from a natural food material which is called Konjac(in Japan it's known as Konnyaku). Konjac is a perennial herb in aroid family and since ancient times, it has been widely used as a medical and edible natural plant. 
Konjac is a popular and healthy vegetable in Korea and Japan. Being unbelieably soft and gentle, konjac sponge exfoliates dead cells while wiping the face and body, and leaves behind a colloid film to nourish and protect your skin.
It's perfect for cleansing even the most sensitive skin!
A Konjac Sponge contains no preservatives or artificial pigment.

So technically, it's Konnyaku. No, you cannot eat the sponge. Did some Googling and discovered that you can buy the sponge from some suppliers online, but the cost was varying between RM 20 to RM 50 each. Really? RM 50 for a piece of sponge? Fucking trying to rip people off...

Another blog I stumbled upon mentioned that you could find the sponge in Sasa outlets, so I figured maybe the next time I pass by Sasa, I'll just pop in and check them out. And true enough, I saw a range of Konjac sponge on display.  There were "flavours" for you to choose from too: Tomato, aloe vera, cucumber, charcoal and original. 

Konjac sponges from Sasa - RM 12.90 each
I got me a couple of Konjac sponges to try out. The packaging consist of 2 layers, the outer packaging and another sealed layer wrapping the sponge. When I removed the sponge from the inner bag, it was kinda moist already, and had a little piece of string attached to it. The purpose of this string was for you to hang the sponge after using it, allowing it to dry before the next usage.

Instructions to use the sponge is simple:
  1.  Soak the sponge in water for 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Gently press the sponge to expel the excessive water out. DO NOT WRING IT.
  3. Using circular motion, rub it all over your face and neck. Optional: you can add a little bit of facial cleanser to the sponge, the sponge will form up. 
  4. Rinse it again in water and gently expel the excessive water and allow the sponge to dry in a cool place. Avoid letting it dry in the shower area, as the moist will reduce the sponge's lifespan.
  5. A well taken care of Konjac sponge can last up to 3 months, and if you see the sponge breaking down, it's time to replace it.

This is what the charcoal Konjac sponge looks like, right out from the packaging. It looks like a round squishy black ball with tiny black holes (it's a sponge, duh~). After rinsing it, I rubbed it all over my face, and one thing I like about it was it didn't feel rough on my sensitive skin at all. In fact, it felt like a nice face massage. I rubbed it on my nose, cheeks, forehead, chin, even my eyelids and neck. After 2 weeks of using it, my pores seemed slightly smaller (I have large pores, ahem, placebo effect?), and my skin seems less prone to tiny pimples now (removing blackheads yay!). Will keep using the Konjac sponge for a while and monitor any possible changes to my skin :)


Ha! I'd bought the charcoal one as my second konjac sponge~huhu~~~~
My first sponge is just the original one(white color, no other extracts)and I'm still using it! It's really effective in reducing pores and blackheads~
Got both of them from SASA xDDD