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In Focus: Kate Somerville

BT'ers, I must confess: I am a bit of a skincare daredevil. I'll try anything once, and in my profession there is A LOT to try. So when I find myself going back to the same product even after I've run out, I know it's something special. Case in point: Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate. I'm a crazy hoarder of the stuff; I love it that much. So of course I was stoked to go behind the scenes with Kate Somerville herself, "facialist to the stars" and the master behind the brand, to talk about her skincare philosophy, favorite products, and the Nobel Prize (!) winning ingredients in her new Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Cream.


kate pyramid_st.jpgTalk to me about your philosophy, “Solutions based skincare” – What does that mean to you? How does your philosophy inform the products you develop?

I battled a variety of skin concerns growing up, so I have always had a strong desire to understand and improve skincare. From my personal experience, and my daily experiences at my Skin Health Clinic, I have seen how transformative skincare can be. When developing my own skincare line I knew I only wanted to offer customized, results-oriented solutions. And so, I set out designing each product in my line after the treatments offered at my Clinic. Working with my team of scientists I took a scientific approach to every formula to ensure the most effective solutions for each skin concern. While developing new treatments I look to the skin concerns that I see on a daily basis at my Clinic, all of my products are developed, tested and proven in my Skin Health Clinic. I focus on creating results without downtime, and providing real solutions for real results.


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I read that your new Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Cream was created with the help of Nobel Prize winning science. THE Nobel Prize, really? Explain!

Yes! I’m always on the lookout for new, innovative treatments and technologies. Recently I saw that there was an exciting discovery that unlocks the mystery on how we age, and more excitingly, what we can do about it! Scientists discovered that we have telomeres in each of our cells chromosomes that help protect our DNA. Over time telomeres begin to shorten, and when telomeres get critically short, skin cells begin to die and we see the signs of aging. I wanted to be at the forefront of this exciting development on the protection of telomeres. Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Cream is the first and only treatment in the world with Telo-5™ Technology, an entirely new way of addressing aging in the skin. Exclusive Telo-5™ Technology is based off the Nobel Prize-winning research, and is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging.


Besides the Telo-5™, what other great ingredients are in the cream? How do they promote anti-aging and combat wrinkles?

Working with Telo-5™ Technology are Age Defying Peptides with anti-glycation properties to help reduce the degradation of collagen and improve the appearance of firmness. To help diminish the appearance of wrinkles I included a new bio-ferment Extract of Laminaria Kelp which works synergistically with our skin’s natural Hyaluronic Acid.


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 At my Skin Health Clinic, I have treated many clients with sensitive skin who are also concerned with the signs of aging. Seeing this I wanted to ensure that even sensitive skin would be able to use this cream. Adding a propriety blend of Sea Whip Extract and Algae Plasma provides immediate and lasting soothing for sensitive skin. In fact, Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle Cream has been clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin.


Inquiring minds want to know. What Kate Somerville products do YOU use everyday?

My regimen varies based on what my skin needs that day. I always start with cleansing my skin. In the morning, I use ExfoliKate Gentle as my cleanser to provide light exfoliation. I use Dermal Quench Liquid Lift morning and night. I really see a difference if I miss this step because it instantly hydrates and reduces wrinkles! I live in Southern California, so applying a daily sunscreen to protect against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays is very important. I love Daily Defector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ to provide a physical-only sunscreen in a lightweight formula. Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8™ is my “dream cream”. I alternate this rich and hydrating cream with Age Arrest throughout the week because they address aging in different ways. If I need an extra boost of moisture and firmness, I will add a drop of my new Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment.


kate spa_8.20.jpgOur BeautyTalk community is full of budding aestheticians and makeup artists. What advice would you give to ladies just starting out in the business who would like to own their own clinic some day?

I’m very lucky because skincare is more than just my job, it’s my calling. I have made it my mission to make people feel confident in their own skin; with this passion work never feels like “working”. Of course, my career took a lot of perseverance and dedication. I have heard “no” numerous times. Don’t be afraid of hearing “no”. If one door closes, then you need to trust that a better opportunity will present itself. When I opened my first Clinic inside a doctor’s office, I didn’t know anything about running a business and was scared to death! But I overcame this fear and just did it. I was like a sponge, absorbing all that I could in the process. You need to know what you want, not be willing to stop, and ignore criticism.


Over the years, I’ve seen so many people who were overcome with grief because of their skin challenges. I can’t tell you how many people have cried in my chair because they were feeling distraught and powerless. Clients need to know that they can trust you, and this will help you achieve a loyal customer base. Have a broad perspective when treating skin. Skincare is more than just skin deep, it goes further than what you initially see. Consider lifestyle and diet habits. I sit with my clients and tune into their skin and their stories. If a treatment isn’t working for them maybe they need to switch their lifestyle habits to see the results.


Strive to offer your clients the best and latest advancements. At my Skin Health Clinic I was–and still am–adamant that we must offer the most innovative and advanced technologies, and the most effective ingredients. Strive to become the authority in your field! GOOD LUCK! 




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@ Nancu, whoa...


Though we may all feel differently on a line, the manner at which you approach and share your side would be much better received if not coming across as a personal strike or attack.


You may feel the products in Kate Somerville's line are expensive, but that's why the beauty world has brands and products that cater to consumers of all different budgets, price points, and salaries. I am in no ways considered "rich", nor is the majority of the population in the United States, yet I am still able to enjoy products she launches as well as products from other brands (that are indeed lower in cost and some higher in cost). If you find her products are too expensive for your tastes, then merely do not purchase them, there's no need to seemingly convince others to follow in your views. I mean, none of the other posters nor myself replied with statements or comments that sounded like we were working actively to force everyone to purchase her products or vehemently state her line is the holy grail and end to all end of brands.


Using the lumped phrase "u people" is very snide and disrespectful, we were merely sharing our likes and experiences with the line and products, and for you to come in and make accusations that Kate Somerville is some high-priced line where the creator doesn't care about the average consumer market, only cares about money, and isn't "real" because she has a business to run while also making a separate statement addressing the posters in this thread in a light which might as well be calling us fools for being duped into buying her items is not something taken lightly.


How would you feel if someone claimed a more budget-friendly line you were a fan of as nothing but cheap and not wise for not utilizing higher end ingredients? Please be considerate of how you choose to come across here in Beauty Talk. This is a wonderful place that aims to stay positive and promote healthy interaction, not a place to start conflict, drama, or stir the pot. If you merely don't like the line, just state that you're personally not a fan or that there is no appeal for you, there's no need to rattle off about how you feel Kate Somerville has some personal vendetta against consumers or lay insults to those who are fans of her line.

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Why u people fall for her stuff even u know her product is same as selling at cheper place with same stuff in that.

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Why your product is so expencive that not evey one can afford. I think u just care about rich customer but not about average persone. That seems like very much mean and care about money not aboUt product. Be real woman not bussiness all the time. 

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Her products sound amazing - my skin has changed over the last couple of years and become very sensitive. Having to use lots of products that contain no scent, etc. I really miss some of my products that I use to purchase at Sephora. My skin has improved significantly but still very sensitive (I am also have a very fair complexion). I know hormones, age, diet, etc. are all contributing factors. I live in a foreign country but they do have Sephora stores and I have been going religiously to a dermatologist as well. In your opinion would they be safe for me to use. This is for people with sensitive skin or the creator of these amazing sounding products herself.

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I love her goat milk moisturizer! Once you get past the funky scent its amazing!

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@lylysa & makeupmaven- News flash girls ya'll aren't going without me.Smiley Very Happy

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@ Makeupmaven, if so, sign us both up! We'll work hard to test all the treatments and services so we can report back! Ohhhh what hard work!!! Smiley Wink

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@lylysa I need endless $ so I can get all of the Four Seasons treatments both in Wailea and in Chiang Mai...a job testing their services all around the world exists right?

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I've been smoothing that Dilo Oil on my hair and loooove it, it's not greasy feeling and doesn't leave a film on my strands. 


@ Makeupmaven....oh Maui...TAKE ME WITH YOU!!! Smiley Tongue

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@candacebt if you'd like to try the Age Arrest or new Dilo Oil I have them at my desk (enabler alert). Love Kate Somerville, hope to visit her spa one day or have one of the Kate Somerville treatments offered at The Four Seasons in Wailea (Maui)...

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@ Candace, thanks! ^_^ 


I'm really glad I gave that product a second chance!


And to Kimchikween, they also make a Gentle formula that contains soothing botanicals and doesn't have the cinnamon extract if you don't want to chance your skin with it. Their Acne version is also cinnamon free and contains a higher dose of salicylic acid to keep pores clean and French green clay to tackle oil.

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@kimchikween - Also (and I wouldn't recommend this for everyone, but I know a lot of spas do it, and I could rub a sandblaster on my face and it wouldn't really do anything), I use it with my Clarisonic because it's a smooth exfoliator that doesn't have any nuts or anything in it. 


@lylysa - That was a very thorough explanation. Smiley Happy 

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@ Kimchikween, when I first got a sample of Exfolikate I wasn' too blown out of the water, but it was enough after I gave it a second go and using it PROPERLY did I really see and feel results!


It's not just a typical scrub where you apply, gently massage, then rinse off. It's a scrub that contains physical and chemical exfoliating elements so to get the full results and benefits you have to let it sit on skin after the massaging part.


Exfolikate combines gentle microbeads to give you that nice, physical sensation of "polishing" off dead skin and breaking down dry skin while remaining gentle and not tearing or irritating (compared to using sugar granuals or fruit seed powders). The formula also contains a slew of potent chemical based exfoliants such as papaya, pineapple, pumpkin enzymes plus a slew of glycolic acids (fruit enzymes derived from begamot and orange), lactic acid (milk proteins/enymes), salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid that targets balancing oil production while keeping pores purified), and soothing ingredients like honey, aloe, and vitamin E to maintain moisture balance, calm, and ease skin. The Intense formula is the one out of her 3 exfoliators that contains cinnamon, a powerful stimulant while containing anti-oxidants. It can provide a slight tingling or even warming sensation to skin, if you find it too powerful or overwhelming, don't leave it on skin as long, rinse after 30-45 seconds, if it's no issue you can leave it on skin for upwards of 1-2 minutes.


The chemical based exfoliants help brighten and even skin tone, promote healthier cellular regeneration, help to buffer the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, keep pores clarified, and helps break down dead surface skin that physical particles might not remove.


Now when I use it, I can leave it upward to the 2 minutes and my skin actually stays feeling super smooth and refreshed for at least 4 days.

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I've read mixed reviews on the Exfolikate but sounds like folks here love it!  What are the pros and cons?  I have her 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream and love it (but you have to be patient and diligent with use)

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I LOVE Kate Somerville! The products are so great, my favorites are the exfoli kate, somer360 towelettes and Deep Tissue Repair Cream. SO amazing I think everyone needs to try her line! Smiley Happy

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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I know I can't count how many times I've recommended Kate Somerville's products on here I guess it just take some longer than others to know how truly great it is!

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LOVE Kate Somerville products!

Whimsically yours,

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Her products are among my favorites! Loved reading this! Now I NEED Age Arrest!

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Amen to that, I got my bf using Exfolikate! Smiley Tongue

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@lylysa - Don't you just love her? I love her! (And her products!)

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