If you're reading this thank you for clicking that link. I hope you find this useful. Today’s post as indicated by the title is a product preview. I’ll be talking about konjac sponges and some other beauty products I've been loving recently. I did a poll on Instagram and more than 60% of ppl who replied, didn't know about konjac sponges. They've been on the scene for some time now but people are still indifferent about them.
So what do I think about konjac sponges? Am I ready to shelf my CLARISONIC and depend on the exfoliating powers of the weirdly mushy sponge? KEEP READING TO FIND OUT.
The Konjac sponge ((yellow ball pictured above) yellow because this is a turmeric konjac sponge) is a type of exfoliating tool , named after a plant which is found in Asia. When it's dry, it looks like a pumice stone but does not feel as rough. Before using the sponge, you need to immerse it in a bowl of water for about 10 mins. By soaking up the water, the sponge expands and softens up. You’ll be able to tell it’s ready for use because it will have increased to about twice as much the size it was dry. Press the sponge in-between your palms to get out the excess water (DO NOT WRING IT), and then you’re good to go.
The sponge came in a sealed plastic bag with a pamphlet whose directions said to rub in circular motions on your face without or without a cleanser. I did that for the first couple of days without a cleanser but still always washed my face with one after. I just wanted to get a feel of what it would be like. When using the sponge focused on my nose where I have some whiteheads and I noticed that it felt a lot smoother afterwards. So, that was pleasant.
I always use a toner after cleansing. my absolute fave right now which I've been using since January is the Pixi Glow Tonic. It was gifted to me by one of my coworkers and as soon as I tried it, I ordered the full size bottle (yes, it's that good. i never want to run out of this stuff). I night obviously isn't enough to tell if a product works or not but I loved the way my skin felt afterwards, I thought it looked brighter and I like the way the toner smells.
Full disclosure! my skin naturally brightens up after cleansing and toning, so I can't attribute that to the sponge. The konjac sponge did however help with eliminating whiteheads after cleansing as mentioned earlier. If you have read some of my other skincare posts, you know that I'm big on exfoliating in general. In addition to that, I love abrasive facial skincare. I like to feel rough textures on my face (it makes me feels like something is actually happening). The lack of this feeling was my biggest issue with the konjac sponge. it's just too soft for me. It doesn't make it ineffective, but it wouldn't be my 1st choice for exfoliating.
At the end of the day I feel the same way about my clarisonic. I have the sensitive head with the black ring and after awhile I got the radiance brush head ( beacausei’m attracted to anything that promises to make me glow) but I switched back to the sensitive head within a week because the radiance head was too soft. if you want. This is definitely a matter of preference.
A konjac sponge would be super ideal for people with sensitive skin who don't like abrasive textures on their face but still want the benefit of exfoliating (getting rid of dead skin cells, improving circulation and the creation of fresh skin). The konjac sponge does what it promises, which is to mildly exfoliate your skin. I prefer to use mine with a cleanser as opposed to without, but again either one works. The sponges from CICI Glam are affordable at just N1800. This is a huge plus! You don't have to break the bank trying to get an automatic face brush just to get a good scrub.
After cleaning and toning, one of the spot treatments i've been reaching for a lot is the Tarte Maracuja c-brighter eye cream. This cream has not disappointed me. i used it a lot when i first got it and then i kinda forgot about it. I was recently in Lagos for an extended period of time and when I came back to Abuja, I had serious bags under my eyes. I couldn't understand why because i actually made an effort to rest while i was there. Anyway, I had to do something about it so I found my eye cream. Ive been using it religiously since then and the puffiness has reduced. The cream promises to brighten over time, I haven't really seen results of that yet. The other good thing about this cram which I feel like all skincare should accomplish is make you feel like you're having a spa treatment at home. This cream is so lush! the texture is silky and the light fragrance is super luxurious. Tarte Cosmetics did a great job with this one.
Before I sign out, I'd like to say thank you to CICI Glam for sending me the tumeric facial konjac sponge! If you'd like to get a sponge, CICI Glam also has other types (aloe vera, bamboo charcoal) of facial and sponges and rose water for toning your face. You can find the brand on instagram @ciciglam, their website is www.ciciglam.com.
If you read the full post, you're a real one. Have you tried konjac sponges before? what's your take?
Until next time 💞