REVIEW // Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge

‘Tools of the trade’ often come as an after thought, but finding products as good as Boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge solidifies their importance within a skincare regime.

This funny pumice-like sponge softens under warm water from rock-hard into an incredibly gentle, natural and irritant free exfoliating cleanser. We can see why konjac root has long been part of Japanese beauty rituals (over 1,500 years!) as the result is smoother, brighter skin… all from just a little sponge used in collaboration with regular cleanser.

Read more for the glowing review of our latest must-have. xN&J

This Cleansing Sponge has to be one of the best beauty recommendations I’ve had. Picked up at a Sephora earlier this year in Hawaii, I had no idea what this little thing did… but boy was I shocked after using it that evening to apply cleanser. Rarely do skincare products (in my experience) show immediate results but the smoothness of skin post sponge cleansing is truly delightful – I may have even mouthed the word ‘wow’ after touching my cheeks.

I try to use with this sponge every day and when I’m lazy and just do a quick hand cleanse, the result is noticeably different. The world of Konjac Sponges, Muslin Cloths and other cleansing apparatuses was foreign to me before this purchase and I’d highly recommend everyone give this a go for a squeaky clean cleanse. At USD$18, it’s a lovely luxury!

NB. I was recently gifted some muslin cloths for my birthday so will see how they fair in comparison… stay tuned.

Generously gifted to me by J upon her return from a recent trip to the US (was she trying to not so subtly give me a hint? 😉 ) I have now found a place for this Konjac Cleansing Sponge in my regular skincare routine. I love that it’s made from natural plant fibers and is completely biodegradable – tick!

The idea is to gently massage the dampened sponge over your skin, to dislodge any impurities, buff away flaky skin and stimulate blood circulation. I currently prescribe to the double-cleanse method, so first an oil cleanser to remove makeup, then a gentle gel cleanser to refresh the skin. I will usually apply the gel cleanser, dampen the sponge and gently massage in circular motions over my face. It’s best to use this product when your skin is near clean, otherwise you’re simply spreading the day’s makeup over your face and deep into the sponge. I also find it best to apply my cleanser onto my face first, instead of directly into the sponge, as the fibers of the sponge means that it gets soapy very quickly.

I find that chemical exfoliants work best for my skin as the acids work below the surface to clear my pores. That being said, I still suffer from small pesky bumps and surface flakes, which are best left to a physical exfoliant. I love that this sponge is so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my skin, as I sometimes reach for my muslin cloth and it leaves me with tender spots on my cheeks, or granular exfoliants that are simply too harsh and leave me red.

So far no complaints from me, except that it needs to be replaced every 2-3 months.

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