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. Our moms tell us. Our friends tell us. Dermatologists tell us. Social media tells us. 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. Shocking, right? What does dead skin look like? It’s difficult to see them fall off your skin and the worst part is, you have no idea where they go… on your clothes, your pillowcase, your keyboard, your dog, your…. Should I keep going?
Keep reading to learn how to remove dead skin from face, naturally.
WHY WE EXFOLIATE
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), they are likely to cause breakouts, dullness, roughness, uneven texture, and more. Exfoliation comes in several forms and methods, you can read about how to exfoliate your face here. 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.
WHAT IS GOMMAGE EXFOLIANT
Gommage, which in French means ‘to erase’, is a product used to exfoliate the face and body.
Let me break it down for you. 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, fights and helps with acne, and increases cell turnover. Since gommage is a manual exfoliation that removes the surface layer of your 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 getting even better results from all your 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
HOW TO USE GOMMAGE
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. And don't worry about overscrubbing your peeling skin with this method! Just keep going until all of the product is removed. Voila! Your skin is clean, soft, and ready for the rest of your beauty applications.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
A frequently 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 all of your amazing serums, oils, and moisturizers to absorb even deeper. Let your skincare works its magic overnight and you'll wake up to glowing skin the next day!
IS GOMMAGE OKAY FOR MY SKIN TYPE
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 exfoliation method for sensitive skin, especially those who are learning how to remove dead skin from face, safely. 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.