Saturday, January 10, 2015

Oleavine 100% Plant Based Konjac Sponge Infused with French Red Clay Review

100% Plant Based Konjac Sponge Infused with French Red Clay Review

Retail 10.00

Konjac fiber facial sponges are extremely popular and have been a beauty secret in Asian cultures for decades.  This luxuriously soft sponge gently exfoliates, cleanses, is naturally pH balanced, promotes circulation, absorbs toxins and fights bacteria while leaving your face glowing and refreshed.  This sponge is infused with red clay and contains activated carbons and minerals that purify, supply antioxidants, help draw out excess oils and fight hard to reach acne-causing bacteria.

What is the Konjac Sponge?

Well, to start, it might be interesting to know that konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant in Asia that is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes. The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. The Konjac sponge has been handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant along with French clays and some contain pure charcoal from bamboo. As a result, the Konjac sponge is extremely gentle and 100% biodegradable – you can compost it when it’s time for a new one.

 What Does the Konjac Sponge Do?

The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for both face and body. I have two separate sponges, one for my body and one for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that its ok for anyone to use,  babies included. While this won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically) it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes.

How Do I Use the Konjac Sponge?

When you pick up your sponge it will be dry and hard. You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use either side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal – and we can all use a bit of that!  

Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it between your hands to get the water out – never wring out your sponge, this will deteriorate the fibers and cause its life to end a lot shorter than necessary.

Do I Need to Use a Cleanser with a Konjac Sponge?

If you choose, you can also use a bit of your cleanser with the sponge, although this may shorten its lifespan. Since keeping your skin’s natural moisture intact is essential in anti-aging you may not want to use a cleanser.  However, I prefer to use my sponge with a facial cleanser and feel it gives me a deeper clean.  Lastly, many have claimed to use it to take off makeup, I would recommend using a proper eye makeup remover first, and maybe a cleanser too, as the sponge won’t take away your mascara and eyeliner.

How Long Will My Sponge Last & How to Care for It?

Like all good things, it must come to an end, but not for at least 2 – 3 months depending on how you care for it. By ensuring that it completely dries out in between uses (there is a handy string for that) and that your sponge is never wrung out (always press between your hands to remove excess water during use), you will give your sponge a longer life.
Make sure that before and after each use, you rinse the sponge well – you can disinfect your sponge every other week by boiling it for a few minutes (but don’t do this too often, as again it will break down the fibers faster).
When it starts to break apart and deteriorate, it is time for a  new sponge. Simply compost this sponge (it is 100% natural material, and completely safe – and earth friendly – to do so). You can even put it in the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil – yes, it is that natural. 

I am in love with this product, so I would love to hear from any of you who have used the Konjac Sponge.

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I received this product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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