Konjac Sponge – Is it worth the hype?

by xin on October 22, 2012

Konjac sponge became a huge hit in the market a while ago and yes, I refused to jump on the bandwagon, after all, so much hype for a piece of sponge at the high price?

At last, I gave in when a friend asked me if I wanted it. It was purchased at Sasa Singapore for about SGD$8 and I figure it wasn’t too bad to part with RM20 to see what is it all about.

The konjac sponge is made from a natural food material which is called Konjac(in Japan it’s known as Konnyaku). Konjac is a perennial herb in aroid family and since ancient times, it has been widely used as a medical and edible natural plant.

Konjac is a popular and healthy vegetable in Korea and Japan. Being unbelieably soft and gentle, konjac sponge exfoliates dead cells while wiping the face and body, and leaves behind a colloid film to nourish and protect your skin.

It’s perfect for cleansing even the most sensitive skin!
A Konjac Sponge contains no preservatives or artificial pigment.

Konjac Sponge

Konnyaku is a popular diet for weight watchers for its ability to absorb water and expand, hence you get the illusion of feeling full from eating it. It has low calories, and almost no fat. It’s like eating a very compact jelly.

As for this facial konjac sponge, apparently, there are a few  flavors. I picked the charcoal as I thought maybe it will do a better job at cleansing. But of course, I believe the ‘flavors’ don’t really matter.

Konjac Sponge Dry

Awwww! Heart shape spongie! I loved it already before I even used it! It reminds me of Spongebob Squarepants.

It’s small, hard and flat when it’s dry.  It’s a string attached to it so you can hang it to let it dry.

Konjac Sponge Wet

For first time use, you need to soak it in water for a while to inflate it. But I was impatient, so I let it rinse under a running tap. It’s good to go after about 2 minutes. This is how it looks like when it’s re-hydrated.

To use it, you need to press gently to expel the excess water. Then, rub  on your face in circular motion.

I usually use this at night with facial wash. You will need VERY little facial wash as it foams up really well when you sponge it.

I like that this sponge leaves my skin feeling really clean after wash, especially on the T-zone and chin. But that’s about it. I usually focus more on those areas, avoid scrubbing cheeks too hard else it might cause discomfort or dryness.

How to dry Konjac Sponge

After use, you need to wash the sponge thoroughly and hang it at a place with well ventilation. It takes 2 days to dry thoroughly to its original shape.

I hang mine at the bathroom window with sunlight shining it. I am not sure how long this sponge will live under sunlight, but it’s the best place to dry it for me. It’s been over a month and the sponge is still looking good!

In summary, I don’t see any significant difference after a month’s use ( with about 3x use a week). Blackheads are still there, and there’s still occasional zits. Face feels clean after wash, and that’s it. It reminds me of Clarisonic Mia, but the manual and gentler way.

If you like extra help to cleanse your face and not as lazy, this might work for you.  As for me, I like to use it as extra step to remove makeup to make sure that face is thoroughly clean. Otherwise, I could still well do without it.

Availability: Sasa and some online shops

Price: RM20 – RM50

Have you tried it, and do you like it?

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Jyoan October 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

Ah, I like konjac sponges. haha. Maybe it’s because I am just not discipline enough to do that twice a week exfoliation. So I use this every morning as a micro-exfoliator. It keeps my face brighter.
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xin October 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

hmmmm i wonder how if i use it in the morning. i am just worried that if i use it twice a day or everyday it will cause more dry skin.
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Paris B October 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

I have a Konjac sponge too and like you, I think it too is like the Clarisonic but milder and better on my skin. I can use it everyday and not breakout and I like how clean my skin feels. I bought a larger one for use on my little nephew too but after a month of twice daily use, my mom reported that its dead and crumbled.
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xin October 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

eh? baby also uses konjac! but it should last for about 3 months if it is handled properly
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Alexandra October 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I have grown attached to my konjac sponge because using this makes my skin feels definitely cleaner. Been using this twice a day and this helps in controlling my acne. :)
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xin October 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

it seems that konjac works better with oily/acne skin, but i am on the fence because i have dry/acne prone skin, so there’s a dilemma there.
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Tine October 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Aww how cute is your sponge? Mine’s just a regular dome. I love the sponge. Makes my Clarisonic weep :-P
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xin October 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

LOL! my clarisonic i think its eaten by cobweb already
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Nikki October 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

Why is my Konjac sponge not in HEART shape?? hehehehe So far, mine is the one for sensitive skin and so far , I’m loving it! Too bad your blackheads are still there but isn’t it great to rub this cutey on your face? :P

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xin October 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

<3 is only for me. it is fun to use even though i didn't experience any magic
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Choi Yen October 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I won’t pay for a product that can’t give the any visible result :P
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xin October 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

but at the very least it’s fun to use :D
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sesame October 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Oh you don’t use it daily? I use it daily and was using twice a week but now cut down to once a week. I think I like it enough to want to continue.
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lyn October 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I got one from Sasa too, similar to yours. It was heart shaped and white. But the silly thing fell apart before I could even use it. The string tore it out and bits and pieces came out. I’ve been using rubbery scrubbies instead.
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Vivi November 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Haha, been reading a lot of Konjac Posts lately. I want to try this but too bad I don’t have space to dry it. It’ll turn into an ecosystem considering the humidity in my bathroom. Unfortunately, the ventilation window leads to the laundry area which is as humid as sponge, too. -_-
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