Product review: PureSol Konjac Sponge

(Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. )
This konjac sponge is my new HG beauty buy!

The product: PureSol Konjac Facial Sponge with added Bamboo Charcoal; retails for $24.95 at Amazon.com (buy it here). Currently on sale for $10. Check out the company’s Facebook page here.

The claim: Cleanses, exfoliates and brightens skin. Because it’s so gentle, it’s perfect for even very sensitive or irritated skin. Can be used solo or with your favorite cleanser.

Ingredients: Made of vegetable fiber and lacking any processed ingredients or additives (fragrances, colorants, etc.), this is a 100% green and vegan product. When you’re done with it, it can be composted or even simply tossed in a flower pot rather than going in the garbage.

This konjac sponge is my new HG beauty buy!

 

I tried it: Every once in a while I come across a new product that truly earns the “holy grail” status in my beauty stash. I didn’t know what was so special about this sponge until I ordered it; within a week it shot to HG status and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

The picture above shows the sponge when dry; after about ten minutes soaking in a bowl of water, it expands by about 50% and becomes super-soft. There’s a little string so you can hang it up to dry in between uses (a suction cup hook is included in the package). The sponge can be easily sterilized every couple of weeks by popping it in the microwave or in some boiling water. When you’re done with the sponge (the company says each one lasts about two to three months), throw it in the compost pile or even in a flower pot–no waste left over for the trash!  I also love that it’s 100% chemical-free and has no scent.

This sponge exfoliates in the most oh-so-gentle way imaginable, making it excellent for anyone with hypersensitive skin or a condition like rosacea that can be irritated by exfoliating facial scrubs. You almost can’t tell that it’s exfoliating–it’s that gentle–but you can definitely see and feel the difference once you’re done. It’s much gentler than using a washcloth. I love using this with a basic foaming cleanser in the mornings–it’s a great way to get that “glow” without irritating my skin with a scrub (and you shouldn’t be using those scrubs every day anyway, as we all know!).

I’ve been using this every day for about a week or so now and my skin is positively glowing. The irritated red patches around my nose and jaw where over-exfoliation was irking my skin have disappeared. My pores look smaller, most noticeably in my T-zone, where it’s always been a battle between blackheads and over-exfoliation. My skin feels super-soft, too.

Adding this unassuming little sponge to my daily skin care routine has done more for my skin than any other product I’ve tried since Christine got me hooked on the Seventh Generation Boost serums last winter. I can now safely say this is one of those rare skin care products I’m not willing to live without!

My final review: 10/10. This is truly the best new facial product I’ve tried in a long time, and I would recommend it to anyone. Will definitely be repurchasing when I’m done with this one!

(Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

Thought Questions, day 80: What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 80: What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget? When I was eighteen, I was struggling to make my paycheck stretch each month and as a result I took the free city bus to work each day so I wouldn’t have to waste money on gas. It was okay, except that if you missed the bus you had to wait a good 90 minutes for the next one. Keep in mind that at the time I was working two full-time jobs, which left me pretty pooped, and the bus ride itself (it takes a really loooooong loop around three towns) is also 60 to 90 minutes, so that wait was enough to just about kill me.

One day I got delayed at work with customers and missed the bus by just a couple of minutes. For whatever reason, I think I didn’t have a phone at the time or something, I didn’t have anyone to call for a ride. Anyway, I sat down to wait, and not ten minutes later, one of my coworkers (who had left for the day) pulled up at the bus stop. She explained that after she’d gotten home she had wondered whether I had managed to catch the bus and decided to drive back to make sure.

It was about enough to make me cry. I barely knew this girl, and she certainly didn’t know anything of my schedule or how much her kindness meant to me. I’m sure she didn’t think of it as a big deal but it’s always stuck in my mind. Now when I see someone who needs a little help, I double-check to make sure they’ve gotten it. People won’t always ask for help or will brush it off the first time; it’s always worth taking a few minutes to go back and make sure they’re managing okay.

Thought Questions, day 79: What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 79: What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now? Hopefully, working as a writer and traveling a good deal around the world.

Thought Questions, day 78: Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 78: Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing? I think that’s a tricky one. Certainly it’s important to do what you love, but you can’t always do so (for example, I do have to trade in binge-reading to go to work!), so perhaps learning to love what you’re doing is more important, since it reflects an attitude adjustment.

On the other hand, I would hate to trick myself into thinking I love something that’s sub-par and therefore “settle for less” instead of pushing ahead for bigger and better things. I think you need to balance seeing the bright spots in less-than-optimal situations with the ambition to move on.

Or maybe I’m overthinking the prompt today.