Review: Natural Konjac Sponge Pure White & Cherry Blossom Facial Cleansing Puffs
As you would buff your nails for that extra smoothness and radiance, you can buff your face. After Konjac: The New Natural Face Buffer feature, I have gotten a few requests to do a konjac review. This review is on Canadian-based company, Natural Konjac Sponge’s Facial Cleansing Puffs.
I choose to work with this company because every single sponge puff is handmade in Japan, 100% natural (pure glucommanan fibers extracted from Konjac plants grown in Japan), 100% biodegradable and without artificial colouring.
Until now, the use of a face buffer is quite foreign to me. When I received these Konjac sponges, I was relieved to see clear and proper instructions printed on their box packaging. Very helpful!
Before use: Most konjac sponges in the market are packaged in an air-tight plastic pouch with a slightly damp sponge. This prevents the sponge from cracking and breaking off during shipment. Bacterially speaking, some people may find this a little disconcerting. The good news is Natural Konjac’s Facial Cleaning Puffs are shipped dry. Bone dry.
|New Natural Konjac Sponge – hard & dry. Notice the fibre pores are compact and closed.|
How I used it: When I first took the konjac sponge out of the box, it was hard and dry like a pumice stone. I soaked it in lukewarm water for 5 minutes. The sponge started to puff up in size and its density became soft yet very firm. The sponge is half-dome shaped like a tutu kueh. I placed the flat part of the sponge on the base of my hand and used the curved surface to massage my face; concentrating on areas around my nose, forehead and chin.
|Used Natural Konjac Sponge – soft yet firm. Notice the fibre pores are expanded and open|
|Size difference: Used konjac sponge (pink) vs. New konjac sponge (white)|
User’s advice: Because the sponge is so soft, I had the tendency of over-scrubbing and massaging my face with strong pressure (going for a good scrub!). This only made my skin red from the excessive pressure. After a few uses, I relaxed my sponging pressure and combined my buffing with an exfoliating cream. This really made a difference. I noticed my face complexion begin to radiant and look noticeably smoother.
TIP: You can use the sponge with water. Or add your facial cleanser or exfoliating cream for that additional scrub effect. I have tried both ways. Personally, I get a better buff when I use the Konjac sponge with a cleanser or exfoliating cream. The good thing about this high quality konjac sponge with an exfoliating cream is that the sponge’s fibers doesn’t seem to absorb the exfoliating beads; meaning you get double the scrub.
After care: Rinse sponge after each use to remove any soap or dirt residue. Make sure to squeeze out all excess water between the palm of your hands. Do not wring! Then hang the sponge in a well-ventilated area to dry. Or, place in a sealed container and store it in the fridge until the next use.
If you want to disinfect your sponge, you can soak it in hot water for 3-5 minutes on a weekly basis.
With proper use and daily care, a good quality sponge like Natural Konjac Sponge should last 4-6 weeks without much visible wear-and-tear. Always replace your konjac sponge regularly for best cleaning results.
Natural Konjac Sponge has 6 varieties of facial cleaning puffs to choose from:
* Pure White – Best all rounder! For all skin types, including sensitive skin
* Bamboo Charcoal – For oily and acne-prone skin
* Cherry Blossom – For all skin types, with added skin smoothing and lightening effects
* Green Tea – For all skin types, with added anti-inflammatory effects
* Citrus – For dry skin
* Wild Mint – For all skin types, with added skin refreshing effect
I tried Pure White Konjac Puff and Cherry Blossom Konjac Puff.
Pure White Konjac Puff is the original 100% Konjac glucomannan fiber; where as Cherry Blossom Konjac Puff is 100% Konjac glucomannan fiber infused with cherry blossom leaf extract and pink clay. While the name of the puffs indicate what extracts the sponges are infused with, don’t let it fool your nose. Mint does not mean it smells minty and refreshing. These puffs are so natural, they have no distinct smell at all.
|Pure White Konjac Puff|
|Cherry Blossom Konjac Puff|
Result: After a week’s use, both konjac sponges retained their shape. No tear (a common problem with sub-quality sponges). I did notice minimal smoothness of my complexion with the konjac sponges right after use. A possible add to my daily skincare routine.
Each Konjac puff retails for USD$10 – USD$10.50 depending on type. It is available online at Natural Konjac Sponge. Free international shipping for orders above USD$20 (that’s just a minimum order of two konjac sponges).