My interest in skincare started late-ish in life. I was in my late 30s when I stopped relying on a drug store cleanser and my mother’s go-to moisturizer. In fact, my entrée into skincare wasn’t a product or regimen. It was injectables, which I blog about here.
Today, as Head Of Copy for Kate Somerville, I’m lucky to not only write about skincare every day. I get to try every product in the line so I can confidently communicate how each skincare product works, the visible results achieved, and the texture you can expect when using Kate’s iconic skin care products at home.
I’m 50, and while I’ve always had dry skin, the estheticians at our Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic in Los Angeles have taught me how to best care for my dry skin while also targeting the visible signs of aging. Working with our founder Kate has also educated me on the best morning and evening skincare routine that follows Kate’s 5 Daily Do’s. Below is my complete skincare regimen.
In the morning, I use ExfoliKate™ Cleanser to cleanse and lightly exfoliate, boosting radiance and improving the look of pores. This daily facial cleanser has powerhouse AHAs (Glycolic Acid & Lactic Acid) and Fruit Enzymes that naturally exfoliate without irritation. At night, I switch it up to super gentle, hydrating Goat Milk Cleanser. It’s great for hydrating my dry skin. My husband also loves the Goat Milk Cleanser for his oily-prone skin, as suggested when he had his first skincare consult with one of the Kate Somerville clinic nurses.
Twice a week in the shower, I make a date with ExfoliKate™ Intensive, Kate’s clinic-inspired super facial that’s proven to smooth texture and pores while boosting radiance in just two minutes. My husband uses the more gentle Liquid ExfoliKate™ on his skin at night and loves it! Both are expertly formulated with AHAs in different formats depending on whether you want super effective or gentler exfoliation.
The product I love the most in Kate’s entire skincare line - and have seen the biggest transformation in my skin since using? DermalQuench Liquid Lift™. It’s inspired by the popular Oxygen treatment at the clinic. The at-home version comes in an aerosol-type cannister that literally sprays Hyaluronic Acid and Oxygen into skin, plumping, firming and giving you a major dewy glow. I use DermalQuench morning and evening… and even spray on a little magic before my afternoon video calls to look radiant and refreshed.
Cue the age repair angels! In 2021, Kate launched her clinic-grade age repair collection KateCeuticals™ and I have been hooked ever since. Specifically, morning and night, I mix KateCeuticals™ Firming Serum with the Total Repair Cream. When used together, they’re clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin firmness after 1 week.* The secret to KateCeuticals™ comprehensive age repair? Peptides! Kate and her team expertly formulated the entire collection with Peptides that perform specific age repair tasks - from improving elasticity to firming, smoothing, improving texture or hydrating. The age repair line has plenty of other skin-transforming ingredients, including Retinol and Niacinamide in the Resurfacing Overnight Peel, as well as Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Vitamin C and Cucumber Extract to deliver visible results fast.
Speaking of results, I then pat a small amount of KateCeuticals™ Lifting Eye Cream around the eye area (and lip area if I have extra cream). As I shared in my blog about the Kate Somerville clinic treatments I enjoy, my under eye area is where I notice the visible signs of aging most, so I love the support this under eye serums and creams gives me between clinic visits. It’s got a Triple Peptide Complex that relaxes the look of wrinkles (like neurotoxins do in the clinic), visibly smoothing crow’s feet & fine lines while increasing firmness & elasticity.
Did you know that 80% of the visible signs of aging are caused by the sun? Makes you rethink the outdated notion that SPF is only for beach days! At the end of my morning skincare routine – and before applying makeup - I smooth on Daily Deflector™, Kate’s mineral sunscreen that does more than offer effective sun protection. It also shields against blue light while restoring skin. The light weight, non-greasy formula sinks beautifully into skin. My husband loves that it doesn’t cause greasy residue on his oily-prone skin.
Since implementing my at-home skincare routine, I not only love how my skin looks and feels every day. I appreciate how much more comfortable I feel in my own skin as I age.
Curious what Kate’s products can do for you? Take our Skin Quiz here. Or book a visit to one of our Kate Somerville Clinics here.
*Results based on independent clinical study