I am a Clarisonic girl. So when I recieved the The Japanese Konjac Sponge, I was a little skeptical. This little gray sponge-looking thing on a string did not look that impressive. But it sure changed my mind once I tried it. Don’t let the simplicty fool you! This sponge rocks! I am hooked! And you can’t beat the price either. Hmmmm. Let’s see. The cheapest Clarisonic product for the face runs about $99. The Japanese Konjac Sponge runs about $11. Amazing! Don’t get me wrong. I will still use my Clarisonic but this little guy has impressed me so much, I don’t want to stop using it. My face feels so smooth and clean after using it. Let’s see what the big dealio is.
Well, apparently bamboo is the Bees Knees in Japan. Meaning it’s used for a variety of things such as cosmetics, medicines and food mixtures. Even Burger King in Japan has it’s own burger made with bamboo charcoal! It’s called the Kuro Burger! The newer Kuro Ninja Burger has black cheese made with bamboo charcoal. Who knew?
The Japanese Konjac Sponge – Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Puff is great for any skin type. Handmade in Japan, it is great for oily and acne prone skin. But my skin is dry and it worked great for me. It’s a facial cleansing puff that has a special Konjac mixture with the added activated bamboo charcoal powder. This facial cleansing puff is created by adding activated bamboo charcoal powder to the Konjac mixture. Bamboo charcoal is charcoal made from bamboo plants.
According to their site, “Bamboo charcoal contains mineral contents such as potassium, calcium, iron and sodium. Combining with Konjac, the absorptive carbon of the bamboo charcoal eliminates oil, draws dirt and excess sebum out of pores which keep the skin clean and sparkle.” My skin can definately attest to that! My skin feels amazing after using this product.
How to use: Make sure you wet the sponge with warm water until it is completely softened and expanded. Then apply cleanser to it and use massaging in circular motions. You can also massage starting from the center of the face, extending outwards and in an upward motion. This gives a lifting effect to shape the face and avoid sagging. I would love to spend that much time in the shower but unfortuantely the countdown to naptime has ended and I am now trying to get a million things done while the kids sleep. So I’m happy with just washing my face, period. But when I use this sponge I love that it is pliable and cleans around the nose area well. That’s where I get the cloged pores. Lovely, right?
They also have other sponges on their site, so it’s convenient to get bundles or variety paks. I’d like to try the Bamboo Charcoal Body Sponge. That looks awesome! I would definately recommend this to my friends and family.