The Konjac Sponge Natural Cleanser

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Understanding how the skin works is key. By treating it right from the inside and the outside I like to think we can help it stay on top form. It's a complex system which is on a constant working regenerative cycle and I think you can totally tell the difference between upsetting it or encouraging it. 

I'm wondering whether this blog post will turn you on, or turn you off (no, not in that way!) but this is my honest experience with using The Konjac Sponge. I hope it gives you a helpful insight if a Konjac sponge is something you've been thinking of trying (or have already tried?)

Understanding how the skin works is key. By treating it right from the inside and the outside I like to think we can help it stay on top form. It's a complex system which is on a constant working regenerative cycle and I think you can totally tell the difference between upsetting it or encouraging it. 

I feel like I am constantly trying products and tools to suit my sensitive skin type and I have yet to find anything which I can use continuously on my face AND chest as these are my main problem areas as I often suffer with breakouts. Maybe I use too many, too often, or not often enough, but I have made a real effort to use one product and one product only for the past few weeks: The Konjac Sponge.

Now, this is one of the more unusual cleansing tools I have come across but to me that makes it all the more appealing! It brings gentle exfoliation whilst balancing the acidity of your skin and stimulating blood flow to help generate all those lovely new skin cells.

It's cruelty free, made from 100% natural vegetable fibres (ever heard of the Konjac vegetable?), free from any harsh chemicals and biodegradable too. It works with your skin self sufficiently, meaning it's not absolutely necessary to include a cleansing product and helps accelerate skin replenishment and turnover. Incredible, right? 

My experience: The very first time I used the Konjac Sponge I woke up a couple of days later and found I had broke out in what appeared to be thousands of little tiny pimples across my face and chest. Immediately, being the drama queen that I am, I panicked and assumed this was a reaction to the sponge.

However, after doing some research I found this is a completely normal response and is what is known as 'skin purging' which is your skin's way of having a clear out. Skin accelerators (like exfoliators) do tend to cause some degree of irritation anyway but there are different types:

1. Use of a product has increased clogged pores and has reacted poorly with the skin causing irritation and inflammation and you should stop use to avoid causing any further damage to the skin.

2. Use of product has not increased clogged pores but has resulted in a sudden rush of pimples with no irritation or inflammation and shows skin turnover has been accelerated and should reduce with each use.

So, all those little pimples (as annoying as they are) is the result of my skin drawing out those impurities which would otherwise be sitting in my pores quite happily. After several more uses, the pimple 'reaction' has reduced considerably and I've noticed clearer skin and reduced spots / breakouts on my face and chest.

How can something so gentle, soft and simple, be so effective?' A game-changer.

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