As I've got older, the skin on my face has definitely changed. It tends to be quite dry in places, especially my chin and my forehead and I find it quite difficult to keep these areas moisturised, which results in flaky looking foundation when I start to wear foundation in the Autumn. I know that I could exfoliate these areas, but I already have a couple of broken veins on my chin and I worry about the damage abrasive exfoliators can add to this.
When I saw that the Konjac Sponge Company provided sponges especially for dry and mature skin types, I couldn't wait to give it a try.
What is a Konjac sponge?
The sponge is made from the Konjac plant root, found in Asia. The plant itself is naturally moisture rich and contains so many vitamins and minerals, too many to list here. It is naturally alkaline, so it will help to balance the skin's natural PH. Konjac has been used by the Japanese since the 6th Century. It is combined with French clay to make a sponge that is 100% biodegradable.
When you first take the sponge out of the packet it is hard like pumice or a loofah, but as soon as you put it in water it softens up so much. It has a flat and rounded side. The flat side is good for sweeping over the face, in general and the rounded side for targeting problem areas. They recommend that you use it just as it comes. There is no need for additional cleanser, but you can if you want to.
I've been using the sponge now for almost a week and I've chosen to use it without cleanser to see how my skin truly reacts to it. I've noticed a real difference in the area around my chin in terms of dryness - it's much better. The sponge is a dream to use and doesn't scratch or anything, even around the eye area. The French Red Clay version, that I have been using, is especially for skin with thread veins, so I am excited to see how it continues to help my skin over the coming weeks. It is so soft to use and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft afterwards. Because it is made of natural materials, I feel confident that it will not damage my skin.
The Konjac sponge needs replacing every 1-3 months or as soon as it starts to look tired and I am definitely going to get another, priced £8.99, from their online site.
The Konjac Sponge Company make sponges for dogs, babies and sponges just for men too. The facial sponge that I was sent is available for a variety of skin types. You can check out the full range here.
*I was provided with a Konjac Facial Sponge with French Red Clay for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.