Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Konjac Sponge: A review

100% natural and good enough to eat (well... almost). 

When I was little my Mum and Dad always made bath times fun, ensuring my sister and I had billions of bubbles to play in while fashioning our hair into sky-high spikes.

I also remember the brightly coloured sponges we washed with, they were shaped like animals and changed colour as soon as they touched the water.  I haven't loved a sponge as much since - until now.

For the last month I've been washing my face with a sponge from the Konjac Sponge Company.
Not a pudding. Honest.
Ok - it may look like a wobbly pink blancmange or raspberry souffl√© and I guess that's not a million miles from the truth.  Konjac sponges are made from a highly praised foodstuff.

The Konjac potato (Amorphophallus konjac) is a perennial plant, native to Asia and grows at high altitude.
For over a century the Japanese have been using the konjac (konnyaku) vegetable as a beauty treatment for delicate skin.
This alkaline plant contains all kinds of good stuff including vitamin E, vitamin C, pantothenate, folic acid and fibre.  

The konjac plant
Konjac sponges were originally designed for babies but their gentle properties were soon established as beneficial for all the family.
I met Michele, the Director of the Konjac Sponge Company at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show.  What struck me more than anything was the sheer beauty of her skin, so clean looking and so luminous (the perfect pitch for her products). Michele I envy you!

There's a variety of Konjac sponges to choose from, I opted for the one with added pink French clay.  It is recommended for tired, sensitive & dehydrated skin.  Combined with the konjac it's said to remove impurities and be excellent for rejuvenating skin that has suffered from the weather or central heating.

The Konjac sponge is pH balanced and I've noticed how gentle it is on my skin; I was using a flannel before, and boy is there a difference. This sponge exfoliates delicately.
If you are prone to the sensation of tight skin after you wash, I would certainly recommend this product.
If you wear make-up, you will still need to take that off before using the Konjac sponge at night.

Konjac sponges are 100% natural with no colourings.  For those with oily skin prone to outbreaks and spots, there's a bamboo charcoal sponge in the range which contains activated carbon & various minerals that can remove excess oil.

The sponges range between £5.25 and £5.75 and will last you about 3 months each... just squeeze them free of water after each use and hang the sponge up to dry.  Simple!

Rosie x

1 comment:

  1. sounds awesome! got to give this one a try for sure :)