Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yonka-Paris GOMMAGE 303 & 305: Non-abrasive gel peels with amazing results

Yonkas Gommage: 
 Soft Peel Miracle

How many times have you heard me say, “If I could only use one product from Yonka on my face, it would be Gommage? Well, I say that because it’s true, and here’s why. Everybody can benefit from exfoliation. (Exfoliation means to slough off the dead cell buildup on the surface of your skin.) If you accumulate too much buildup, your skin starts to look dull and lifeless, it doesn’t reflect light well, and your makeup (if you wear any) won’t go on smoothly. In essence when you dont exfoliate on a regular basis, your skin suffers both from how it feels and also how it looks. The solution: Gommage! 

The Gommage is what I term an active exfoliator vs. passive exfoliators like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) that just sit on your skin. With Yonka’s Gommage you are actively yet gently removing several layers of dead skin, which in turn helps step up circulation (blood feeds and nourishes all cells), and refines the texture of your skin (makes it feel smoother).

Gommage has a carob bean gum base, which gives it a lasting hydrating quality on your skin. If you haven’t tried Yonka’s Gommage and you want great-looking skinisn’t it about time?

GOMMAGE 303 says on the packaging its for a normal to oily skin type. I will go a bit further and say that 303, because of its citrus nature, is best for ANY skin type that is not sensitive to citrus. Simply put, Gommage 303 is for non-sensitive skin. Because of the fruity aromatic, some people who have true-dry (oil-dry) skin may prefer this product over 305simply due to the scent. Personally, I love the aromatic of Gommage 305, but my experience as an aesthetician is it isnt for everyone. Dont let the label on this product keep you from trying it, even if you dont have normal to oily skin. 

I use both 303 and 305 (personally and on most of my clients in the treatment room) and many of my clients do too. With essential oils of orange, sweet lime, and lemon, as long as your skin isnt sensitive to citrus, Gommage 303 is heavenlynot just because it makes your skin feel smooth, soft, and well-exfoliated but also because of the lovely fruit aromatics.

Essential ingredients:
  • Carob, brown algae derivatives—exfoliating, hydrating 
  • Essential oils of orange, lemon, lime—astringent, balancing 
  • Lemon extract rich in vitamin C—lightening, antioxidant 
  • Plant glycerin—hydrating

GOMMAGE 305 says on the package it is for dry or sensitive skin. Because of how both 303 and 305 are labeled, I am going to tell you a story.

When I first started using Yonka back in the mid-80s, there were 3 gommages: 300, 303, and 305. Gommage 300 was for dry and sensitive skin; 303 was for normal to oily skin; 305 was for problem and acne skin. Imagine my surprise when they discontinued Gommage 300!

Yonka relabeled 305 for “dry or sensitive skin siting that problem, acne skin was sensitive and that was how I was to sell it to my clients. That wasnt an issue, since 305 has always been for problem skin, and many times problem skin is sensitive skin. But because the words on the label had changed, explaining this and convincing new clients was a bit time consuming, to say the least. And now, all these years later, I still find myself having to go into a somewhat lengthy explanation of the different gommages to assure my clients I am indeed giving them the correct product for their skin type.

I label Gommage 305 for sensitive and problem skin. As I mentioned before, if you have red, sensitive skin, and especially if you have rosacea, you will probably find 303 irritating due to all the citrus. Not so with 305. Problem, infected, or acne skin tends to be sensitive, so Gommage 305 is the best one for those skin conditions. And since all skin types need exfoliation, including irritated skin, this might be the one for you. I have many clients with true rosacea who are able to use Gommage 305 successfully, which is very important since a skin with rosacea certainly also needs exfoliation.

Essential ingredients: 
  • Carob, brown algae derivatives—exfoliating, hydrating
    White nettle—soothing
    Essential oil of lime and bornéol—purifying, clearing
    Plant glycerin—hydrating

I cannot over emphasize how important Yonkas Gommage is to your healthy skin care routine. So many people who have tried and failed to use it correctly have missed out on this amazing exfoliator. Please click on the Q & A article link below to read a first-hand account of one of my clients experience with Gommage—before she met me and after I gave her proper instructions.