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Definition of Gommage

Definition: Gommage

My esthetician friend is constantly lecturing me (with only the best intentions in mind, of course) on the perils of over-exfoliating. Here are some common phrases that are typical of our discourse:

  • You're thinning out your skin.
  • You're causing tiny tears.
  • You're actually speeding up the aging process.

What have I done? How can exfoliating be so wrong when it feels so right? My friend suggested I try gommage, which literally means "to erase." A gentler kind of exfoliator, gommage is a cream or paste that is applied to the face and/or body. After drying for a few minutes, it is massaged away. Typically formulated with some type of enzyme, the rubbing action of the massage gently helps slough off dead skin cells, and is less aggressive than certain exfoliators like alpha hydroxy acids and body polishes.

Although this spa treatment has been around for a while, it seems to be taking on a resurgence as of late. Unlike other exfoliating treatments, which require the use of a shower to rinse off, there is no need to remove the product after use. To unleash your radiant skin, check with your local spa for available services. Otherwise, here are some great at-home products:


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56fugc 56fugc 4 years
LM is always out of this product so a friend suggested I try the Real Chemistry mine last week at and it is wicked! My skin was visibly changed - and gorgeous. It was so soft and a totally different color compared with when i started. It is sooooo much getter than the LM product. I love LM and will stick with that brand for a bunch of stuff but Real Chemistry has a fan for life with that peel of theirs.
hcrummer hcrummer 8 years
no actually, you want your skin to be hticker. Thinner skin dries out and gets wrinklier faster.
portionsforfoxes portionsforfoxes 8 years
Yves St Laurent Beaute has a super gommage exfoliator, I'm suprised it didn't get mentioned.. I used it religiously for awhile. Unfortunately its a little pricey for the quantity... :(
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've never heard of this - but i think that it's something to consider. i try to use gentle products on my skin cause i'm always in fear of being too harsh and if this is something to look into - then maybe i will.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
To me exfoliation has to be rough or I feel it's pointless. I only do it once a week or so just to be safe and I try not to use too many products with chemical exfoliators.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I just use body wash with the exfoliating gloves, feels great, leaves my skin absolutely luxe but isnt too brutal. My BF thinks its like sandpaper, but I love it! Not sure id be a fan of something you leave on though :S
Frenched Frenched 8 years
Sounds interesting. I'm always scared that I'm basically sanding my skin off every time I exfoliate.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I've used one by Yonka before and didn't really like doing it.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
um...thinning out your skin is exactly the idea of exfoliating. you dont want it to get thick and wrinkly.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I would definitely try gommage.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
I have to say I love Decleor's Micro Smoothing Cream. I've been using it for a while and the results are incredible. YSL also makes one that I love!
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