Although not as common as it used to be, regular spa-goers are likely to have seen gommage on the list of available treatments. For those of you who have never heard of it, fear not, as OROGOLD is about to tell you all you need to know about gommage.
What Does Gommage Mean?
The term gommage comes from a French phrase, which means ‘to erase’, and is basically a highly effective method of exfoliation. Although it was primarily used on the face, it soon became a popular exfoliation treatment for the entire body.
How Does Gommage Work?
Gommage consists of a cream or a paste that is applied to the face, or body, in a thin layer, after which it is left to soak into the skin for a few minutes. Rather than quickly rinsing it off, it is gently and methodically removed through the use of massage. As the skin is rubbed, the gommage slowly rolls off the body, taking the dead skin cells that build up on the outer layer of the skin along with it. The use of aromatic oils during this process makes it even more enjoyable. Rather than taking a shower after the gommage has been massaged off, it is usually followed up by a layer of moisturizer, which can also be massaged into the skin for a truly relaxing, as well as rejuvenating, treatment.
What Ingredients Does Gommage Contain?
Gommage usually contains specific ingredients to help to remove dead skin cells, with xanthan gum being a particularly successful one. They will also contain enzymes or fruit acids to help to dissolve the dead skin cells.
What is the Main Difference Between Gommage and a Body/Face Scrub?
Although a gommage and a scrub both work to exfoliate the skin, the main difference is the way in which they do so. While a scrub contains abrasive particles that work mechanically, gommage does not make use of any such hard particles.
Are There Any Other Benefits to Gommage?
Besides being a highly effective method of exfoliation, the massage that is carried out to remove the gommage from the skin not only stimulates blood circulation, but also increases cell turnover and improves the protective properties of the skin. When carried out on a regular basis, gommage leaves the skin feeling and looking smoother, younger, and much more elastic.
Who Should Use Gommage?
Exfoliation is key when it comes to healthy skin, but those with sensitive skin may find that mechanical exfoliation irritates, causing skin reactions. However, even sensitive skin can benefit from exfoliation, which is where gommage comes in.
Who Should NOT Use Gommage?
Gommage is not suitable for skin that is mature and thin, as it could result in damaging the skin even more. OROGOLD also advises that you never use gommage along with other exfoliating products, as this will cause your skin to be over-exfoliated, resulting in skin irritation and a lack of skin protection.
Although gommage used to be extremely popular, it died down after other exfoliation methods, such as ones using alpha hydroxy acids, were developed. However, many spas still offer the treatment today, but, if you can’t find it at a spa near you, OROGOLD recommends purchasing a gommage cream and trying it yourself at home.