Is It Worth The Hype: Konjac Facial Sponge

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Photo courtesy of Amazon.

The internet can sometimes feel like a black hole. There have been countless times I have given myself a “Five-minute Youtube break” and it turns into an hour of me just clicking on related videos and by the end of that hour, I have no clue what I just watched.

Once in a while, I like to watch beauty videos and this is a dangerous slope because all these beauty gurus rave about the same products so by the end of a few videos, I’ve convinced myself to buy a $60 foundation from Sephora. I don’t even wear foundation!

After one of my Youtube binge watching episodes, I came across the Konjac Facial Sponge and after searching for it on Amazon, I found it to have great reviews and it was inexpensive. Since it was inexpensive, I decided to try it, figuring if I didn’t like it, I was out $10 and I was okay with that. There are a lot of companies that make Konjac Sponges, such as: My Konjac Sponge, Julep, Boscia, etc. I decided with My Konjac Sponge brand because it had the most reviews and it was the least expensive out of all the brands.


Dry Konjac Sponge (It is hard as a rock)


Wet Konjac Sponge


Once the Konjac Sponge is wet, it does get pretty squishy

Before I get into my review, here is some background on the Konjac Sponge:

  • Like a normal sponge, when the Konjac Sponge is dry, it is hard as a rock and once you get it thoroughly wet, it will expand and it will feel squishy on your skin.
  • Once your sponge is wet, you just apply your face wash and gently massage your face with your sponge. It is supposed to take off your makeup, cleanse your face, and give you a gentle exfoliation.
  • There are numerous types of Konjac Sponges that are designed for different skin types, but they are all made with konjac powder, a potato root vegetable.
  • Konjac Sponges do have a shelf life. It is a sponge, so don’t use it past a month.

The instructions seem easy enough right? You just wet the sponge and massage your face wash. I don’t think I was expecting miracles from this product because the sponge is not gritty and I was very dubious as whether it would even give me any sort of exfoliation.

My biggest beef with the Konjac sponge, however, was that it did not wash my face. I applied my face wash to my face and used the sponge is a circular motions and it seemed to just absorb the soap and not do anything. The sponge was not lathering the soap and by the end of massaging my face, there was no soap left on my face. The second time I used it, I applied my face wash directly onto the sponge and this proved to be an even worse decision because my soap disappeared into the sponge. There was no lathering and when I squeezed the sponge, only water came out. It was almost like I didn’t even put soap on the sponge or that the sponge had just absorbed all my soap.

Since charcoal is a really good ingredient for preventing and treating acne, I decided to try the charcoal-infused Konjac Sponge. I didn’t use the sponge long enough to see if it actually prevented or treated my acne, but since it didn’t seem to effectively wash my face, I’m going to make an educated guess and say that the charcoal has no effect on whether the sponge helps with acne-prone skin.

After spending $10 on a face sponge, I realized that I should just stick to my Soniclear or Clarisonic because these sponges are NOT WORTH THE HYPE. Plus, if you think about it, if you have to spend $10 a month on one of these sponges, in a year, you will be spending around $120, so save your money and invest in a Soniclear or Clarisonic. If you want to read my in-depth review and comparison on both of these devices, click here.

Have you tried the Konjac Sponge? If so, let me know!

Stay Chic!


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