Gommage – The French Method of Exfoliation

I love learning all about international beauty products and regimens, but let’s be honest; none of us have time in the morning for an eleven step Korean skincare routine. That said, we all envy the results that those eleven steps bring. When you get right down to it, both the French the Korean regimen focuses on moisture retention and exfoliation.

Gommage is a gentle method of exfoliation that’s favored by the French. Though it’s popular in France, it’s still relatively unknown here in the U.S. It’s time to get familiar with gommage and the benefits for your skin.

Gommage, which in French means ‘to erase,’ is a procedure that exfoliates the face using a combination of enzymes paired with massage, gently removing the dulling layers from the surface of your skin. The enzymes used break down the sticky substance that binds dead skin cells together allowing the easy removal of those cells.

Like all other forms of exfoliation, gommage unclogs pores, prevents acne, allows other skincare products to penetrate more deeply, evens skin tone, and increases cellular turnover. However, it does all of these things gently and in such a way as to not irritate or inflame the skin. How is that possible? It’s simple; gommage maintains the skin’s natural protective barrier.

Gommage is a classic treatment in French spas where ‘do no harm’ is a main concept. Many recently introduced facial treatments have done a lot of damage, thinning the skin and compromising the skin’s protective barrier. The gommage method of exfoliation is very effective, yet does no harm.

Though gommage will fit into any skin care regimen it is essential for anyone who struggles with sensitivity, redness, or inflammation. There is no down time, redness, burning or stinging.

A gommage facial treatment includes not only exfoliation, but also a concentrated cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants, and is customized according to the individual’s skincare needs.