don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing a lot of this sometimes squishy, sometimes not, differently coloured cleansing sponges around on various blogs and social media platforms. Eventually curiosity got the better of me and I ordered one from Swiitch & Co, and they very kindly sent me the other two types to also try out as well.
Let’s just take a step back though, what is this thing, what’s so special about it and surely it’s way too hard and abrasive to use on the skin, especially a sensitive one? I’ll admit, I was definitely sceptical at first so after I did all my research and actually tried this cleansing tool for a while, here’s the rundown…
Konjac Sponges are made from the Konjac potato plant which is made of 97% water, is pH balanced as well as 100% natural making this perfectly vegan and cruelty free (whoopee!). Now, because it is so porous, when you soak it in water, it magically becomes super soft, like cashmere on your skin but still with a very very slight exfoliating feel. I actually find it more gentle than using a face cloth. The Konjac Sponge acts as an aid to your cleansing routine, helping to give you a deeper cleanse by dislodging dirt, oil and all those other nasties more effectively. This was very appealing to me because I suffer from congestion around the jawline 90% of the time and am always looking for a more effective way to cleanse.
There are three different types of Konjac Sponges available from Shop Swiitch: pure white for all skin types, pink French clay for sensitive skin and the bamboo charcoal for a congested, blemish prone skin. I chose to purchase the one for sensitive skin because I knew I would be going for a chemical peel at some stage and wanted to still be able to use my Konjac Sponge. As I said though, Swiitch & Co very kindly sent me the other two as well.
I’ve been using my Konjac Sponge in my morning skincare routine and have really been enjoying it! It has made things a lot quicker and there is definitely a difference in my skin – it looks (and feels) much smoother in texture and I have also found that my make up glides on like a dream. I’ve even been getting some compliments on the condition of my skin which literally made my life, I won’t lie.
The Konjac Sponge is really simple to use and you can even incorporate your normal cleanser. I choose to use mine on its own, especially because it’s already infused with pink French clay. After you’ve used your sponge, you need to make sure than you rinse it thoroughly and hang it somewhere well ventilated so that it can dry properly. It is also recommended that you replace your sponge every one to three months in the interest of hygiene, which I can totally get behind.
If you’re looking to spruce up your skincare routine or just want to try something new that isn’t going to break the bank, I would highly recommend this little power tool for the skin. You can purchase the Konjac Sponge from Swiitch & Co online here. I found their service incredible and they were very helpful. They are also stockists of the Brush Egg which I am dying to get my hands on. Oh, if you spend more than R399 you qualify for a gift. Plus, delivery is free, no matter how much you spend. Win!
PS Would you want to see what my day to day skincare routine looks like? Let me know in the comments below.