Every time a new type of beauty tool hits my radar I get two reactions: excitement and scepticism. The order of the two often varies, but they always occur together. I guess that’s one of the good things about being a blogger – I get to test out both my excitement and scepticism and tell you about my experience. The konjac sponge was no different than any other tool: I got a good ol’ dose of excitement and scepticism when they were first out on the market a few years ago. A lot of companies said that they were just short of miracle workers – they’d get rid of your acne! Brighten your skin! Deep clean! magic.
I guess that’s why I’ve waited so long to review any konjac sponges. The skepticism won out on this one. BUT. I am also really excited to be reviewing this little egg from ecotools today.
The ecotools Pure Complexion Konjac Sponge is an egg-shaped little tool that fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. Before it gets wet it is hard and not spongey at all – I anticipated a lot of scratchiness when I first pulled it out of its packaging.
I was wrong, though! The konjac sponge gets incredibly soft when you run it under water. It doesn’t really expand (it’s not a beauty blender), but I suddenly see why it’s called a sponge. The narrowest end of the sponge is so perfect for getting in tough to reach places – around the nose and mouth, along the hairline – and it is very gentle. Much gentler than I expected! I like to use it every day and could probably get away with using it twice a day for my exfoliation-loving skin.
My favourite way to use it? By applying my cleanser onto my face force, working it in a bit and than scrubbing away at my face for a little bit. When I use the konjac sponge I spend more time massaging the cleanser into my face, which definitely helps with the cleansing factor. I don’t know if I’d say it’s a deep clean, though.
The ecotools Pure Complexion Konjac Sponge contains bamboo charcoal which is supposed to help remove impurities, but so far as I could tell it didn’t do much. Before I read the packaging I thought it was just grey, honestly.
That being said I do very much enjoy using a konjac sponge both for its gentle exfoliation and for getting those hard to reach places cleansed fully. I have loved using it during the little bit of travelling I’ve been doing lately. I usually use an acid exfoliator every night, but couldn’t take it with me, so I replaced it with this. It’s not as heavy-duty as what I prefer, but it definitely works for short travel times to keep my skin looking and feeling good.
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