I was a little sceptical about the benefits of using a sponge for cleansing so I'd initially dismissed the idea of trying a Konjac Sponge. When I learned that they had a baby version I bought one for my children (which I reviewed here). I bought it to help exfoliate their delicate facial skin and after seeing the results, I wanted to give it a try myself.
I was sent the original version to try but there are several different sponges for different skin types. The prices vary slightly according the to the particular variety of sponge. The sponge itself comes in plastic packaging in fully hydrated state. In the hydrated state the sponge is a large dome, with one flat and one shaped surface. I believe the two surfaces have a slightly different texture but to be honest, I can't tell the difference. The sponge feels so soft and squidgy, I find it a real pleasure to rub on my skin and I find I'll spend much longer doing it than I probably need to! It just feels so relaxing! It doesn't feel abrasive at all but it definitely smoothes my skin.
I do not use the sponge to cleanse my skin. I wear too much make-up to feel confident about going without eye make-up remover and cleanser, so I can't really comment on the cleansing abilities. I would not think the sponge could replace a cleanser although you could probably use it on it's own in the morning if you have a thorough evening routine.
My face always feels beautifully soft after using the Konjac Sponge. I find it much nicer and less messy to use than regular physical exfoliators. I really am converted. I think if you have previously dismissed these sponges, I'd encourage you to take a second look. They may not be fancy but they are a real pleasure to use.
This particular sponge was sent to me by www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk who stock all six varieties of the sponge which range in price from £5.25 to £5.75.
Disclosure: This item was sent to me without cost. I would have bought one anyway after my success with the baby sponge. I will be happy to buy my next one.