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What is Gommage?

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Gommage is a highly effective way to exfoliate the face or body, leaving skin feeling silky soft.

Gommages were a very popular form of exfoliation during facials before the advent of chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are effective and easier to use. Gommage is not that commonly used in facials anymore.

Gommages are sometimes used in body treatments, particularly if the spa doesn't have a wet room. They are highly effective but more labor-intensive that a salt glow or body scrubs. If a spa has a wet room they will usually offer a scrub where you shower off afterwards. You don't shower after gommage.

How Does Gommage Work?

Gommage is a cream or paste that is thinly applied to the skin. It sits for a few minutes until it dries slightly. The spa therapist then removes it from your skin by rubbing.

The gommage rolls up off the skin as it is rubbed, picking up the skin's outermost dead skin cells with slightly sticky ingredients like xanthan gum. Gommage may also contain a cellular dissolving agent, like an enzyme.

The word gommage comes from the French word that means "to erase."

Gommages are primarily for professional use, but some are sold for home use. Before you try them at home, have a professional show you how to use them correctly.

Who Shouldn't Use Gommage?

  • Don't use gommage if you have older, thinning facial skin.
  • Don't use gommage together with other exfoliants like body polishes or AHAs.
  • Don't use gommage if you have sensitive skin, broken capillaries or pimples.
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