“Wash away the rough with this small but mighty puff!”
I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture and innovation. When I had the privilege of visiting the country almost twenty years ago, I became instantly hooked on their amazingly unique beauty products. Given my past experiences, and the excellent reputation of Boscia (a Japanese beauty company of over 32 years that’s 100% preservative-free), I was very excited to give their Konjac Cleansing Sponges a try. I received two types of sponges; Deep Hydrating Clay and Complexion Clearing Clay.
Boscia (pronounced BO-Sha, btw!) Konjac Cleansing Sponges include 100% Asian Konjac Root. The root is sourced from the volcanic Jeju Island in Korea, known for its pure climate and nutrient rich soil. But, what exactly IS a Konjac Root? Besides being an Asian beauty staple for over 1,500 years, it’s deep cleansing, absorbs debris/impurities and is pH balanced. Boscia also reports it “Stimulates blood circulation, promotes healthy skin cell renewal, provides a natural way to refine skin texture to improve your complexion, and thoroughly cleanses away makeup or impurities.”
The Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Deep Hydrating Clay ($15) uses moisture rich and mineral packed red clay to clean and hydrate skin.
And, the Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Complexion Clearing Clay ($15) uses green clay as a natural anti-bacterial to help clear breakouts and prevent future ones by exfoliating and keeping oil in check.
I will admit that I was a little intimated when I first laid eyes on and felt these little circles. They are almost like hard little pumice stones. I could not imagine washing my face with one. Rather than balking, I read the instructions and soldiered on.
Once you wet it with warm water, it transforms to a soft and pleasant spongey texture. You then apply your cleanser, and gently massage it in a circular motion across your face and neck. Rinse it thoroughly after each use, and hang by the attached cotton thread in a well-ventilated area to dry. It is recommended that you cleanse twice a day and replace the sponge every 2-3 months.
I’m happy to report: I adore this method of cleansing. I find the sponge to be one of the most gentle, thorough and pleasant cleansing tools that I have ever used. I actually look forward to washing my face! In the short time that I have been using the sponges, I have noticed clearer skin with less oil and yet more moisture. I am loving the results, and will absolutely be purchasing more in the future. For the small price of $15, I highly recommend the gentle, yet effective Konjac Cleansing Sponges.
we heartsters — what’s your favorite Boscia or Asian beauty product?
Kellie is a perpetual grad student, glamorous geek and writer. She hopes to one day soon add the title of history teacher to her repertoire. She resides in the frozen tundra of Northeast Ohio and is an avid consumer of books, tv, music, video games, beauty stuff, and accessories.
skin tone: NC15
skin type: oily and acne prone
favorite beauty product: lip products and face primers