F.A.Q & Review: Missha’s Konjac Sponge (Bamboo Charcoal)

intro konjacHear ye, hear ye, lemme tell you about this amazing (and inexpensive) skin miracle worker; a konjac sponge!

To begin, I know that a konjac sponge isn’t a well known skincare tool, so here’s some questions and answers on what a konjac sponge is and what they’re used for. Allow me to remind all that I am no plant/konjac specialist. These are just some facts I dug up and agree with. 

A what sponge?

  • A konjac sponge, basically pronounced like its written.
  • The sponge is made from the root of konjac plant, which is primarily found in Asia. For some fun, feel free to google-image the plant. It’s rather interesting looking.
  • A konjac sponge is completely bio-degradable, vegan, food grade, pH neutral and basically as au-natural as a product can get. (Though I imagine eating your konjac sponge will not be the tastiest of experiences)
  • There can be some additives to konjac sponges to cater to different skin types. For example, the sponge used in this post is 90% Konjac and 10% Bamboo charcoal, which is supposed to help with oily skin.
  • Feel free to glance at this page for a more in-depth explanation of a konjac sponge.

What exactly does a konjac sponge do?

  • Some brands like to call a konjac sponge a ‘cleansing puff’, which, you know, works. I personally like to think of a konjac sponge as a really gentle exfoliator that can used every time I cleanse.
    squishy gif

How do you use it?

  • It’s pretty easy.
  • First, I recommend you clean off all make-up! The less stuff getting trapped in the sponge, the longer you can keep it.
  • Usually, the sponge will dry between uses and become hard. So, to get it to a jelly-like texture, run it under the tap or place in bowl of water and squeeze until it…well becomes more sponge-y.
  • This is where routines can vary. You can then, 1) buff a cleanser of your choice into to the sponge and in circular motions, move the sponge across your face, 2) add cleanser to your face and then use sponge or 3) cleanse your face, rinse and then use sponge. Does one way work better than others? Not particularly.
    with cleanser

    demo

    Here’s a demo!

  • (Please note that this gif is sped up and isn’t meant to have fantastic quality)
  • The round side of the konjac is slightly less abrasive than the flat side, but please also note how my face does not become any redder after using the sponge. It is very gentle, I swear!

Aftercare instructions for the sponge?

  • To prevent any bacteria growth, you gotta take care of your sponge.
  • So, make sure you rinse the sponge thoroughly after use, so all residue is removed.
  • Squeeze as much excess water as you can, without causing damage.
  • Hang the sponge in well ventilated area and preferably not somewhere that can be humid like a bathroom.
  • The quicker the sponge gets dry, the better.
  • Sadly, I’m a bad girl and don’t really have a great place to hang it besides in my shower/tub. Luckily, my brother and I are the types that take showers only every second day. So for the most part, my bathroom isn’t really all that humid. (excusesexcusesexcuses)
    in shower for another halfhour
  • Typically recommended to replace the sponge every 2 months.

Now, for the review section

The performance?

  • It has this weird jelly texture when wet, which makes it very easy to glide across your skin.
  • It’s very soft, but you can feel the tiny holes in the sponge do their thing and gently exfoliate.
  • I do find that this makes my cleanser work better as well, like it helps the cleanser cleanse deeper into my skin? Make sense?
  • I’ve noticed a difference in the amount of dry patches (they’re gone), size of pores (so much smaller) and healing of any pimples or picked pimple (poof, healed up).

Repurchase?

  • god yes.
  • really
  • do i need to AnSwEr THIS?
  • This little thing is relatively easy to use and really does help the texture of my skin. It’s greaaat.
  • I got this one for only 5$CAN off of eBay, so that’s, like, awesome.
  • It hasn’t caused a stir yet in North America, but these sponges are quite popular in Asia. So, you will find a lot of them on the web for cheap. But, might I recommend buying a branded one? I went with Missha because it’s a well known Korean brand, so I trust them a little more to make legitimate sponges.
  • But should you be wary of the web and if there’s a Sephora near you, the brand Boscia has two types of konjac sponges. Unfortunately, they’re about 20$CAN each. Yikes.
  • Also, The Face Shop (a korean cosmetics and skincare brand) opened shop recently in mall near-ish me. They sell konjac sponges for 5$CAN as well! Yippeeeeee

So, that’s all for now. I sure hope you give this skincare tool a try and love it like I did! I already recommended it to two friends (one with dry skin, and one with oily) and they both loved it as well!

Much love,
Nadine, T.M.E

ps: My dog Tienan showed up unannounced and decided to cause trouble. Jeez, snorting into my water bowl and knocking my cleanser over! The nerve! Why must he be a cute giant?
the dog is awesome

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5 thoughts on “F.A.Q & Review: Missha’s Konjac Sponge (Bamboo Charcoal)

  1. Thanks! I think I’m gunna look into getting one now cause I need to figure out a way to minimize my giant pores.. Any products you use with it that helped shrink your pores?

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