If exfoliating your skin with a brush or grainy scrub leaves your face dry, tight, irritated, or red, you’re probably causing more bad than good. The solution? Gommage! Meaning “to erase” in French, these gel formulas are like teeny tiny lint rollers for your skin. When massaged onto your dry face, their sticky peelings gently pick up dead skin without any irritation. They’re great for all skin types, but especially beneficial for sensitive skin.
Have oily skin? The nettle flower extract in Yon-Ka’s Gommage 305 Exfoliator ($42) soaks up oil and tightens skin, plus lime oil reduces redness and balances oil production.
Guinot's Gommage Biological Peeling Radiance ($38) has shea butter to moisturize, green tea to soothe, and glycolic acid to help reduce fine lines.
The base of Envie De Neuf’s Gentle Exfoliating Gel ($47) is a cocktail of papaya extract to brighten skin and unclog pores, with a dose of aloe vera to soothe and calm.
The happy place between traditional scrub and gommage? Arcona’s Brightening Gommage Exfoliator ($52). The gommage rolls away dead skin with super-fine granules to boost exfoliation. Bonus? Ascorbic acid and daisy extract brighten skin.
Peter Thomas Roth’s FirmFX Peeling Gel ($48) works in two parts: pineapple and pomegranate enzymes gently loosen dead skin and the sticky formula rolls them away.