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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HUB Skin Care Ocean5 Konjac Sponge - Gentle on Skin


HUB Skin Care Ocean5 Konjac Sponge in Green with Green Tea powder for mature skin

I really got excited to receive and review this sponge from HUB Skin Care, it's supposed to be one of the best things to clean your face with these days. I tinkered with which one to choose because there are five options, all for various skin types.

White: all skin types to include sensitive skin (with natural Konjac Powder)
Black: acne prone skin (with Bamboo Charcoal powder)
Green: mature skin (with Green Tea powder)
Pink: rejuvenate & revitalize skin (with Cherry powder)
Purple: sensitive skin (with Lavender powder)

Let me first start by telling you I have normally dry skin, with patchy scales around my smile line. My usual product of choice was a simple buff puff sponge, love the tear-drop shape, hate the fact that it's really like washing your face with sandpaper. Another down-side, they break down really fast and only last me about a week. I knew something had to change, so I researched facial brushes and sponges and kept coming back to the HUB Konjac sponge. I decided I had nothing but dry skin to lose, so I placed an order for the green one for mature skin.

It arrived quickly and I was surprised how neatly & sanitary it was packaged.




Now, I've read a bit about the sponges, so I knew once I opened it, it was going to feel hard and dry. The key to activate the sponge is to soak it in warm water for three minutes. Here is a before and after shot:



You can see that it puffed up a bit and became super-soft and squishy to touch. There was no odor or weird smell, but I did notice the sponge become round in shape, with one-side having a flat back. It really fit perfectly in my hand, TESTING TIME!

I chose to use this sponge with my regular facial cleanser, some people just use the sponge alone. I really didn't expect it to feel as soothing as it did, you could tell it was exfoliating, but it was so gentle and relaxing, not at all abrasive. I immediately regretted ever buying a buff puff in the first place and tossed mine in the trash. Why had I suffered so long? I simply didn't know these suckers existed to make your beauty routine pleasurable! I rinsed, patted dry and noticed that my skin felt refreshed. All I had to do was hang the sponge to air dry, which conveniently included a string attached to it. After using it for several days, I've noticed that my face is no longer red and irritated right after cleansing, which used to be a big problem with my old sponge.

I've heard the tales, sponges breed bacteria. Simple solution, drop your sponge in a bowl of water once a week and zap it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Squeeze all the water out and hang to air dry. Replace your sponge as needed, should it begin to break down. I can see this easily lasting 2 months with daily use.

PRO: Money back guarantee, gentle on the skin, last longer than expected.

CONS: The shape, no suction cup holder. This particular company could improve the sponge by making it in a tear-shape, to get in your hard-to-reach places, such as your inner eye. Some companies that make various brands of Konjac sponges include a suction cup with your order.

*This product was provided to me at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. My experiences are my own, I'd love to hear yours!