Pretty P.O.V.: Arcona Brightening Gommage Tuesday 15 October, 2013


A semi-heated conversation over exfoliators with the husband had me returning to a favorite: Arcona Brightening Gommage.

A few nights ago, my husband and I talked about grooming products. He just can’t wrap his mind around them. He had read in Bloomberg or somewhere “reputable” that the men’s grooming segment continues to grow by leaps and bounds. He was befuddled by this. “There’s just no proof that they work,” he lamented about the many products being touted to men, but specifically the under-eye creams I’ve given him to help kick his dark circles problem. “You don’t use them regularly,” I shot back. “I do!” he swore. But the fact that the aforementioned products took up residence in our vanity for way too many months tells a different story.

He moved on: “Like, that face wash you gave me. It says it exfoliates, but I don’t feel it exfoliating.”

“That’s because it uses AHAs (alpha-hydroxy-acids).”

“But I like to feel it. I don’t feel it.”

“That doesn’t mean it’s not working.”

“I need the granules. They just seem to feel like they’re working.”

“That’s a mechanical exfoliator. The AHAs are a chemical exfoliation; they work by dissolving the bad stuff away from your pores; they dissolve the dead skin.”

“But the granules feel like they are removing my black heads.”

“Maybe. But that’s really a psychological thing for you. Like the fact that I need lather in my shampoo to feel like it’s working. Lather isn’t necessary, but I like it. It’s more mechanical. You like the grainy exfoliator, but you don’t need it, per se. You just like it.”

“But it works.”

“They both do—in somewhat different ways.”


The conversation could have gone on and on (we’d tipped back a few), so I let it die there. I could have argued AHAs until sunrise. And when the sun did rise, I decided to slip back into using a grainy exfoliator: Arcona Brightening Gommage. The gentle scrubber uses jojoba beads and zeolite for the mechanical side of exfoliation; they’re small enough to not feel like they’ll tear skin, yet big enough and concentrated to the point that you really FEEL like your ickies are being swept away. The formula also contains diatomite, which absorbs oil, leaving skin feeling tight yet not itchy, as well as L-ascorbic acid for brigthening. What I love most, thought, is that it seems to be shot through with mint, which instantly cools my face. There’s something very clean about a minty-fresh face.

It’s recommended that you use it no more than 2-4 times a week to prevent over-exfoliating, so I give it a whirl twice a week at most. My skin always looks a bit brighter and happier after. I feel like my skin is clean—but feeling is only half of it. Seeing is believing—and Brightening Gommage delivers visible results as well. (Note: Because all Arcona products are made with cold-processed all-natural ingredients, it’s best to use the items within six months of opening for optimal efficacy.)

Try it at!

Do you like grainy exfoliators or those that use AHAs? Sound off in the comments!

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