Beauty Review: The Dew Puff

Everyone wants clear, healthy, radiant skin, especially in summer. Removing dull and flaky skin before and after sun exposure is the key to achieving a flawless summer tan. In an effort to achieve perfect glowing summer skin, a few Novella team members were introduced to the Dew Puff Konjac Sponge. Dew Puff sponges are a modern version of one of the oldest and most traditional beauty tools in the world used for hundreds of years in Asia. What makes these sponges unique are the ingredients, or, in this case, the lack thereof. Dew Puff sponges are 100% plant based cleansing tools with only one ingredient — konjac root. When dry, these sponges are hard and rough to touch, but once they are wet, these natural sponges become exceptionally soft, gentle, and exfoliating. The goal of the Dew Puff is to create a perfect pH balance on the skin and to help brighten and even skin tone. Simply get it wet and you can use the sponge to gently exfoliate your face and body using circular motions with or without a cleanser. Dew Puff natural sponges are available in three varieties: Original, Asian Clay, and Bamboo Charcoal.

DEW PUFF ORIGINAL — KIMBERLEY

Listen, I can’t complain. I have been pretty lucky with my skin (with the exception of  few awkward years in elementary school) as someone who isn’t prone to breakouts except for the few stray pimples I have experienced throughout my life. When Claire, our resident beauty expert and skincare reviewing queen, mentioned making a joint article and having three members of our team each review a Dew Puff, I thought, why not?

Although I am not one with a wide range of knowledge on tips and tricks for skincare — or really someone who does much to their skin at all except wash it each night with Neutrogena Naturals and moisturize —, I am a sucker for trying out new skincare additives. Once a week, my boo and I will wear a generic, 15 minute face mask for an extra bit of shine or deep clean. It’s sort of a nice ritual.

I felt confident about my skincare routine and loved to give advice to acne prone friends suggesting that they drink more water. I drink around 3L a day and I haven’t had a pimple in months. I soon realized that I was sort of an asshole for this. That not all people are accustomed to the same sort of luxury that I have. Twitter verified this.

I was given the Dew Puff Original Konjac Sponge for testing. We decided on a two week trial then we’d each report back with our findings. Upon first opening the package and holding the sponge in my hand, it felt very hard and gritty. I ran it under water and it came to life, turning into my very own fluffy little cloud. I soon felt how soft the little sponge was and used it (without any other cleansing agents) to wash off any excess oils or dirt on my face.

The next morning when I woke up, I noticed that my skin was really soft and my pores were noticeably smaller. It’s amazing what this little sponge can do. I continued to use it for the rest of the week with my cleanser — and sometimes without — and while I didn’t notice a huge change to the look of my skin, it helped keep it smooth and clear. The teardrop design of the sponge is really comfortable to hold (sort of like a beauty blender), and it became a part of my routine when washing my makeup off at the end of the day. Instead of rubbing in my cleanser myself, I would use the sponge and enjoy a nice little facial from its soft surface.

Overall, I didn’t turn into Angelina Jolie, but I did notice how smooth and clear my skin became and remained, and for that I’m grateful.

DEW PUFF ASIAN CLAY — CLAIRE

My skin has come a long way, to say the least and, lately, I have reached a point where I am finally confident and comfortable with my skincare routine. The key is learning about what type of skin you have and knowing how it behaves. I could definitely learn from Kimberly’s 3L of water a day rule, but in the meantime, I try to gulp down the expected 8 glasses a day and hope for the best. I suffer from dull, dry, and uneven skin. So, when I chose to do the Dew Puff review, it made the most sense for me to try the Asian Clay Dew Puff, which is designed for dry or aging skin.

My first time using the Dew Puff sponge was in the evening as a part of my nighttime cleansing routine. I decided I would use the sponge hand-in-hand with my cleanser just to keep some consistency with my usual routine. Immediately after using the sponge I noticed my skin felt smooth and clean. The next morning, my skin looked fresh and smooth. Throughout the two weeks, similar to Kimberly, I continued to use the sponge with and without cleanser. It is gentle enough that I never felt like I was over exfoliating my skin. Even though I have dry skin, I am still prone to breakouts. While using the Dew Puff I noticed my skin remained fairly under control, which was nice, and I feel like it may have helped specifically with the blackheads on my nose.

All in all, I don’t feel more or less confident about my skin, but I did notice a consistently smoother texture while using it. It’s definitely worth trying if you’re trying to stay away from chemicals and use natural skincare.

DEW PUFF BAMBOO CHARACOAL — Adina

If there’s a skin problem lottery, then I have won it. I’ve suffered from pretty terrible eczema since I was very little. It was supposed to go away when I turned 12 or 13, according to the conventional wisdom of my family members who also had childhood eczema, but much like Senator Elizabeth Warren, it persisted. Typically, it results in some scattered, manageable rashes around my skin, but every now and again I get these terrible, itchy, dry, red, gross flare ups.

And as if that weren’t enough, I also have acne. And not like a teeny pimple every once in a while, but all around my face and neck and body. And yes, I drink water and wash my face, but thanks for assuming I’m a heathen.

Anyway, because of my combination skin I’ve learned to be pretty skeptical of most products that offer “natural” solutions to your skin woes or tell you that you don’t need strong chemicals to keep your acne at bay. If it sounds like something that Gwyneth Paltrow would tell you to spend $70 on, it’s probably not worth your time. Still, when I was offered to use the “blemished” skin Dew Puff with Bamboo and Charcoal, I figured getting something for free and testing it out couldn’t hurt.

That being said, I was a bit surprised with the results of the Dew Puff. No, it didn’t get rid of my acne (if only!), but I did notice a reduction in breakouts, and it left my face feeling a little smoother. Plus, it actually felt really nice using it. Normally washing my face means getting kind of vigorous and it leaves my face feeling dry, but I liked the way my skin felt after using the Dew Puff.

So will this cure your skincare woes? No, not really. But does it feel nice and make your skin a little softer and ease the dryness that comes with most acne treatments? You bet your goop it does.

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