About Spa Glow
Whether using plain water or your favorite cleanser, we’re told that Spa Glow's Konjac sponge gently spins to effectively dislodge pore-clogging impurities, minimize pore size, and deliver younger, healthier, Glowwing skin. And according to the company, Spa Glow accomplishes this without abrasiveness, chemicals, coloring, additives, or irritants.
On top of all this, the manufacturer claims that Spa Glow can exfoliate and firm skin all over your body (not just your face), and that it’s quick and easy to use during your morning routine.
We’re all looking for faster, more effective methods of giving our skin the attention it deserves, while helping us potentially look younger and healthier in the process. When it comes to Spa Glow, will it really deliver on its promises? Even then, does this mean it’s worth your money?
These are just a couple of the important questions we’ll help you answer in this review.
What Are Konjac Sponges? Do They Effectively Clean Skin?
Konjac is a perennial plant that grows in parts of tropical eastern Asia. Primarily used in Japan, different parts of the plant can be implemented to make gels, jellies, noodles, and other foods. It’s also commonly used in traditional medicine, since 40% of its corn consists of glucomannan (in fact, Lipozene is made from konjac-derived glucomannan), while has natural “cleansing” properties.
Konjac is even so versatile that it can be formed into a sponge by adding water to a root powder, mixing the paste with calcium hydroxide, heating the mixture to solidify it, and then freezing it overnight. Does konjac provide any benefits compared to traditional sponge materials, though?
According to Elizabeth Speigel from Allure, konjac sponges are especially gentle, so they’re ideal for daily exfoliating and makeup removal. And like anything that removes a layer of skin cells without irritation (i.e. that exfoliates), konjac sponges can leave you with a healthy Gloww once you’re done.
On the other hand, Elizabeth writes that, “Some companies claim their konjac sponges draw impurities out of the skin with ingredients like charcoal. That's not going to happen.” (We’ll actually come back around to this next).
Also, unlike some other options, konjac sponges aren’t antibacterial and can’t be used indefinitely, so it’s recommended that you toss yours after a month.
With these pros and cons in mind, how much will you pay for Spa Glow?
How Much Does Spa Glow Cost?
One Spa Glow device with 2 Konjac sponges is priced at $19.99, plus $6.99 S&H.
Important note: According to their FAQ, “Deluxe Spa Gloww works just the same as regular Spa Gloww, but has the added benefit of infused charcoal to help draw out toxins, dirt and oil for cleaner, healthier, baby soft skin.” Unfortunately, this option wasn’t available when we attempted to check out.
As we learned above, however, this charcoal might not provide any additional benefits. On top of this, while it’s positive that Spa Glow comes with an extra konjac sponge head, combined, these likely won’t last more than a couple months. And what will you do once you run out? There aren’t any replacement heads (or prices) listed on the Spa Glow website.
Nonetheless, all orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, Spark Innovators’ customer service can be reached at 866-322-3588.
How does this price compare?
Spa Glow vs. the Competition
Search online for konjac sponges and you’ll quickly find that you literally have hundreds of different options to choose from, in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. From a price perspective, these options range anywhere between $7 and $13.
While these other options are certainly priced meaningfully lower than Spa Glow, they also don’t come attached to any kind of powered device that automatically spins them.
Ask yourself this, though: Does Spa Glow’s spinning action make it worth the extra $14-$20? We’ll answer this in a second, but let’s first find out more about the company behind the product.
Who Manufactures Spa Glow?
Spark Innovators is one of the larger ASOTV companies around, although having been founded in 2007, they’re less than a decade old.
Despite their relatively short time in business, Spark Innovators has scored some big hits over the past several years with releases like Luma Smile, Engrave-It Pro, and many others. What’s everyone saying about their experiences?
Like many other ASOTV products, common customer complaints seem to cite poor quality, that the product didn’t work as advertised, and that customer service left something to be desired. Continuing our discussion from the Pricing section above, many Engrave-It Pro readers have mentioned difficulty finding replacement tips, so you may experience more of the same when trying to purchase replace konjac heads for Spa Glow.
Let’s go ahead and bring it home so you can make an more informed decision.
What Kind of Experience Will You Have with Spa Glow?
Based on our research, it seems like konjac sponges can be an ideal way of gently exfoliating your skin daily and removing makeup, especially if you’re more on the sensitive side.
However, we’ve reviewed several ASOTV spinning beauty tools in the past, whether for the face, body, or both. And after watching their commercials, we’re often left wondering how powerful the motor is that spins these devices. Why? If we’re being honest, they don’t appear to spin very quickly, or very powerfully.
As such, we’d have to wonder if Spa Glow is really improving the performance of the konjac sponge attached to it, or if it’s simply a marketing gimmick. Furthermore, we’d wonder how easily the head will stop spinning, even with only a slight amount of pressure.
Yes, it’s positive that Spa Glow comes with a 60-day refund policy, so you’ll be able to get at least some of your money back if you’re dissatisfied. However, you’ll also lose $7 in non-refundable S&H charges—plus whatever it’ll cost to ship it back to the company—which might provide a lower value proposition than what you’re expecting.
If it was us making the purchase (after all, we’re consumers too!), we might try out a more traditional konjac sponge to a) see if it works effectively and 2) is gentle enough for your skin. Then, if you think its spinning action will provide additional benefit, placing your Spa Glow order.