Hi lovelies! I have already covered the What is a Konjac Sponge and How to Use Konjac sponge in my post here so today I am going to talk about the Innisfree Natural Jelly Jeju Cleansing Sponge. I bought it during a Sale in February and have been using it ever since!
Product: Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool 100% Natural Jelly Jeju Cleansing Sponge 3.0
Claim: The Innisfree’s Eco Beauty Tool 100% Natural Jelly Jeju Cleansing Sponge contains natural konjac jelly that helps exfoliate and cleanse the skin. It is enriched with 90% Natural Konjac and 10% white clay. The natural minerals help to soften and brighten the skin by cleansing and removing dead cells preventing skin irritation. The uniquely designed network fiber structure of the sponge ensures that dirt is removed while maintaining the gentle massaging effect for beautiful skin.
Price: 3000 KRW (~3$)
I have been using my Innisfree Jelly Sponge for almost 3 months now and it is time for me to dispose it off since these Konjac sponges have a maximum lifetime of 3 months. So before I send for recycling, I thought of doing a review since I have received some benefits from using this cleansing sponge.
Koreans are very diligent about skincare and some of the products that I have encountered here are mind boggling for me like the Placenta mask, Snail creams (I am guilty of trying these though), Bee venom mists etc. One of the least intimidating and most interesting product that I have encountered are the Konjac sponges. Each brand has its own version but I somehow got it from Innisfree. But I digress. (Read more details in my Konjac sponge post)
The sponge comes damp in the packaging is quite soft to touch. I washed it the moment I opened it and then hung it to dry to start using in the morning. When I touched the sponge in the morning, it had hardened. But once I ran it under warm water, it expanded again. I had a clean face so I only used a face wash with it. I used it everyday twice for the first week and then reduced the usage to 3 days a week at night since I have dry skin. I think people with oily skin can use this twice everyday without worrying about drying out their skin.
Within the first 14 days, I saw a lot of clearing up of my skin especially in my T zone. I did not break out during that time of the month. So I guess I was not cleaning my skin properly before using this (since I do not scrub often).
I have heard that we can remove makeup by applying makeup remover to this cleansing sponge but I never did it as I was afraid of the makeup buildup in the sponge. I like to apply my cleansing balm/oil to my face and dissolve all the makeup and then splash my face with water to remove the residue and then apply face wash to the sponge for deep cleansing. This routine has worked really well for me!
The downside to using Konjac sponge is that it needs some care. You have to hang it in a dry place else it can grow bacteria which can harm the skin. Also it needs to be replaced regularly at least every 3 months. I also think it takes a lot of water to wash the sponge before and after use. I am concerned about the water wastage so I use a small bowl to dip and dampen it and later to wash out all makeup residue before rinsing it under running water.
I can see myself using the Konjac sponge throughout this summer. I already have another Innisfree Konjac sponge (the Volcanic sponge). I plan to try out the Konjac sponges from other Korean brands for comparison too. As of now I really like how my skin feels after using the Innisfree Jelly sponge! It is the best part of my skincare routine these days.
Have you used Konjac sponges? What is your favorite skincare product?