Not A Sponge* (£6ish)
A year ago I dabbled with a Clarisonic and it was by far the biggest skincare mistake I've ever made. Now I'm not saying that Clarisonics are bad for your skin or anything like that, far from it as I know several people who have achieved incredible looking skin from using one. But my experience with it wasn't pleasant and I've been on the hunt for something much more gentler to use instead. Most tech gadgets I came across were far too abrasive for me, so I reverted back to mother nature and discovered Not A Sponge.
Not A Sponge is an all natural facial sponge that's made from konjac, a plant that's commonly used for skincare accessories and facial massages in Asia (as well as being used in cooking). In its pure form, it's pH balanced and chemical free, so you can understand why it's used so much in skincare.
I received the original version called 'In The Raw' to experiment with which is the purest one made by Not A Sponge and is suitable for all skin types. When you open it fresh out of the packet it feels quite hard to the touch, but when you're ready to use it, you simply place it under warm running water and it quickly becomes a lovely soft sponge with a souffle like texture. There's something rather comforting about giving it little squeezes!
To use you simply wet it to make it souffle soft as mentioned, then you gently rub it all over your dry (and make-up free) face. Rinse the sponge, repeat, rinse and you're done! Due to the natural pH balance of the konjac, it's effectively a very mild cleanser within a sponge so you don't need to use anything else with it. However, I've been using mine for about a month now and began to experience some dry patches on my cheeks which weren't there before. I added a little of my Skin Blossom Organic Bloom Gentle Milk Cleanser to the sponge and within a day of using it in conjunction with that, the dry patches disappeared and my skin was feeling much more hydrated. This may be due to the fact that I live in a hard water area so I'd say it's a case of trial and error and finding a way that works for you.
Although I have to add cleanser to it, I still love how easy Not A Sponge is to use in the mornings. It does the job of cleaning my face in such a gentle, non abrasive manner that I'm happy to use it everyday. The sponge comes with a little rope which allows you to hang it up to air dry, and once a week you just pop it into a pan of hot water to keep it hygenic and clean. I believe it lasts for around 2-3 months, making it great value for money for those who like to keep their skincare routines as simple and as natural as possible.
Not A Sponge have a whole range of konjac sponges available to specifically cater for various skintypes and concerns, as well as a range of body sized ones. All sponges are handmade on the Korean island Jeju which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of the purest volcanic filtered water in the world. You can find out more about by visiting notasponge.com
Have you ever used a konjac sponge like this?