|Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel - $45|
Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel is a scrub - and a bit different from the usual ones. It doesn't have any scrubby bits in it and from what I figured out, it doesn't use any AHA/glycolic acid, etc., for exfoliation. Instead, this is a gel formula that is massaged on to cleansed, dry skin, and as it's rubbed into the skin it rolls up into small flecks/clumps and picks up dry, dull skin bits as it moves along. I have tried gommage scrubs at a counter before, but this is my first time buying one and using for any prolonged period of time.
Koh Gen Do usage instructions suggest using a dime-sized amount of product on clean and completely dry face. Massage it on the skin in circular, scrubbing motion but with very gentle pressure. Any extra pressure equals overenthusiastic scrubbing with the product and can leave skin red (and I don't know what else). Straight out of the tube, this is a gel like I have shown on my hand and starts separating into small clumps as it's massaged over the skin. Once most of the product has rolled off into clumps - which is what I assume the instructions mean by "after your dead skin cells come off" - rinse off with water and follow with regular moisturizer. I haven't yet figured out how this product works - I am pretty sure that the product clumps because of some reaction and it's not just skin cells rolling up - but whatever the science behind it is, this product does leave my skin quite smooth. Also, feeling slightly dry but I use Lush Dream Cream so that is not an issue for me.
Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel - Ingredients
While I can live with the fact that the Koh Gen Do Gommage gel is a product that works without my genius brain figuring out how, there are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are planning to give this a try: I don't use this all that very frequently, and I seem to be using it up quite fast. A little does not seem to go a long way with this product. Also, make sure your skin is completely dry and free of moisture before using the gel or you will find tiny pesky bits and pieces stuck on your skin even after you rinse off. Nothing visible or obvious, but it's irritating (in my head, not on the skin). I have oily-combination skin so a product that leaves my skin slightly dry is almost welcome - might not be the case if you already have dry/sensitive skin.
Overall, this is a seemingly effective product, but given the fact that it is expensive and seems to get used up quite fast I probably won't be repurchasing, at least not for now. The Koh Gen Do Soft Gommage Spa Gel is also apparently available currently as part of a set on the Koh Gen Do website - includes a travel size of the Spa Gel moisturizer, cleansing water, and cotton for the same $45 that it costs to buy the gommage gel alone, but I couldn't find a link to where I could buy the set.
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