The first time I've ever heard about the Konjac sponge, was when I saw it on Tine's post here. And she was right. I did go "Kuu Kon.. WHA?"
By the time I was done with her post, I did manage to get the name right though, and decided it was sponge I had to try. And that's how I ended up having a big black blob of a sponge in my bathroom.
I haven't had it very long, but it's surely become part of evening cleansing routine.
The sponge itself is made from 'Amorphophallus Konjac'. The site says that "the KONJAC POTATO is a perennial plant, native to Asia and sometimes known as Konnyaku".
Texture wise, it's a little hard and rough when it's dry, but let it soak in water for a bit, and it grows plump into a little soft spongeball (or rather, half of a spongeball).
By the way, you're ONLY suppose to use it after it's been completely soaked through, never dry.
I've been using it daily since I got it, and my skin loves it. It really does feel incredibly soft against the skin... it's not abrasive at all. When you're done, just give it a good rinse, squeeze and hang it up to dry. Since getting this, I'm afraid my other scrubbies have been rather neglected, poor dears.
My method of choice is to cleanse my skin with an oil cleanser, rinse, apply my Cetaphil cleanser and then use the Konjac to exfoliate. This results in clean, soft, and really happy skin. It's pretty good in cleaning out the white-heads which I usually find at the side of my nose too.
I picked two Konjac sponges up from the UK Konjac website (for £6.50 each), and yes, they do ship to Malaysia (my shipping cost £4.20). Yay! The ones I got were the charcoal (for acne-prone skin) and the pink clay (for tired and devitalised skin). I haven't tried the pink one yet though.
On its acne-fighting claims (for the charcoal one), I find that I am still breaking out, but not quite as before. And even when I do, the zit does die down quite quickly. But that could be also due to my other acne-busting efforts.
On the whole, I really do love the Konjac sponge. It's definitely not something I'd like to do without these days.
Now to figure out how to travel with it as it doesn't fully dry up overnight.
Have you tried the Konjac sponge?