Gommage - The French Exfoliation That Will Transform Your Skin

Gommage peeling gel is a gentle face exfoliant that helps our skin’s regeneration by removing dead skin cells and making way for new ones.

You’re probably tired of hearing how important it is to exfoliate your skin. We’ve heard it dozens of times. But, why is it SO vital? Though you can't see it, humans shed nearly 40,000 dead skin cells every hour. That’s almost a million skin cells within a 24-hour period.

Keep reading to learn how to remove dead skin from face, naturally.


What causes dead skin, exactly? Cell renewal is a natural process, especially when it reacts to different climates. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin which requires continuous maintenance. If not exfoliated regularly (or properly), your skin is more likely to appear dull, uneven, and cause breakouts.

Exfoliation comes in several forms and techniques. However, many methods we see on the market today can surprisingly harm your skin. Luckily, a gentler alternative for skin exfoliation exists and we’re ALL here for it! The French call it gommage.

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Gommage, translated to 'erase’, is a French exfoliation method that erases dead skin cells away.

Have you ever rubbed your skin right after a steaming hot shower? Gross, but satisfying, right? Known as a French spa classic, Gommage uses a similar method of ‘erasing’ your dead skin off. Like other exfoliation forms, gommage unclogs pores, helps clear impurities, and increases cell turnover. Since gommage is a manual exfoliation that removes the surface layer of dead skin cells, it allows the rest of your wonderful serums, oils, treatments, and moisturizers to absorb even deeper! Want to know a secret to improving your results from skincare products? Prior to continuing your skincare regime, use an AHA like our Glow to Go Glycolic Acid Peel Pads for a deeper exfoliation after gommaging your face 


First thing to remember - only use this stuff after cleansing your face! Apply a thin layer of the gel to your face (or body). Let it act for 1-2 minutes. When it's damp-dry, gently remove with your fingertips using the soft and light effleurage technique. Continue until your face looks smooth and polished. Voila! Your skin is clean, soft, and ready to absorb other products more effectively.

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A commonly asked skincare question! Generally, you should exfoliate your face 1-2 times a week but it depends on your skin type. If you're oily and acne-prone, we recommend gommaging your face twice a week! For a deeper exfoliation, follow up with an AHA like our Glow to Go Glycolic Acid Peel Pads. This will allow your products to penetrate deeper within the skin. Let your skincare work its magic overnight and you'll wake up to glowing skin the next day!


You know how some products market to everyone with ‘For All Skin Types’? This is one of those products as its primary use is in the manual aspect of the product. Gommage is known to be one of the gentlest forms of skin exfoliation that even our Licensed Estheticians, here at Sonage, recommend using this method for sensitive skin, especially those who are new to exfoliation. It is a classic essential for French spas that they would consider it their ‘Holy Grail’! For a French spa experience at home, try our Ultimate DIY Home Facial.

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