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Beauty talk: Exclusive interview with Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville offers some of the greatest line of skincare in the world today.
Kate Somerville offers some of the greatest line of skincare in the world today.
Sarah Afshar

Whatever your concern, whatever your skin type, it is Kate Somerville's goal to give you the tools necessary for a healthy complexion. As one of the greatest skincare brands in the world today, her mission is clear. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to the founder of this amazing skincare brand, Kate Somerville. Here is what she had to say...

(Q) Hello Kate. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Kate Somerville brand...

Skincare is more to be than just a job, it’s honestly my calling. When I began my education in the field of esthetics over 20 years ago, I knew I wanted to focus on skin health. My goal was to create my own Clinic where you could experience clinic-level results, but in a comfortable, beautiful environment. A place where we would not only change skin, but also empower men and women to take control of their lives and help them achieve their skin-health goals! Every product I have is developed from a real need I see in my Clinic, and they are all tested and proven by our nurses and estheticians to ensure they’re delivering real results!

(Q) I have to ask, what inspired you to create this brand?

As I child, I struggled with eczema, so I know first-hand what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. It affects your self-esteem and how you live. A lot of people think ‘it’s just skin’, but not for me. Changing your skin, positively changes your life!

(Q) You are known for your skin care. And I have to tell you, I love the idea that you have products for everything from 'acne' to 'anti-aging' and more. I have to ask, what are Kate Somerville's most popular products? Tell me a little more about your best sellers...

I have a great range of products for every skin concern, and it’s important to be able to customize and personalize your regimen according to your skin’s needs. Overall, my most popular products are ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment.

Every facial at my Clinic begins with ExfoliKate! There are three versions – Intensive, Gentle and Acne – so there’s truly a formula for everyone. DermalQuench Liquid Lift was developed from my most popular Clinic treatment, my DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment. My clients love experiencing this treatment before a big event because it instantly plumps fine lines and wrinkles and produces that signature “red-carpet” glow! EradiKate Acne Treatment is one of my best-sellers because it’s so fast-acting, and everyone needs to have it in their medicine cabinet for those emergency blemish situations! It reduces inflammation and helps clear blemishes quickly!

(Q) When it comes to exfoliating, I truly believe no one should ever skip this step. I am always in need of a good exfoliator. Tell me a little more about ExfoliKate...

ExfoliKate acts as both an enzyme mask and a scrub. It contains my 3 P’s to perfect skin – Pumpkin, Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes which help to dissolve dead skin. In addition, it contains smooth microbeads that lift dead skin cells. ExfoliKate will literally change your skin in 2 minutes – revealing brighter, smoother healthier skin. It’s so important to get rid of the dry skin cells on skin’s surface because it makes skin look dull and your products will absorb better when skin is freshly exfoliated. I recommend exfoliating skin 2-3 times a week. My tip is to use ExfoliKate in the shower, so the steam will activate the enzymes. Additionally, you don’t need to scrub! Massage the product gently onto your skin, let it sit for up to 2 minutes and rinse.

(Q) I absolutely love serums. I am really curious to know about the KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum. Tell me a little more about this product...

Serums are critical for skin health. So many of my clients confuse hydration with moisturization – both are essential. Serums hydrate the skin by locking water into cells while moisturizers seal it all in. Look for serums with Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate which holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. I created the KateCeuticals line exclusively for Neiman Marcus stores, and the products are packed with the most sophisticated, premium ingredients like Blackberry Leaf Extract, Amino Acids and prized Ayurvedic Botanical Extracts. Restor8 contains a complex that addresses 8 signs of aging: wrinkles and sagging skin, dehydration and lack of volume, dullness and uneven pigmentation, roughness and enlarged pores. It helps smooth and firm skin while providing hydration and radiance – plus the formula is oil free making it ideal for all skin types.

(Q) The skin around our eyes is a lot different than the skin we live in. I am always searching for a good eye cream. Tell me a little more about the Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream...

They skin around the eye area is very delicate and thinner than other areas of the face, so it’s important to give your eyes extra care. Some people can experience millia, so if that’s a concern, use an eye cream that is oil free. Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream is serum like in texture, and helps firm and contour the eye area while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

(Q) I have suffered from acne on and off for years, however; it has been under control and has actually stopped. However; I am left with a little bit of scarring and discoloration. I am really intrigued by the Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8 product. Tell me a little more about this product...

To combat scarring and discoloration, you really have to be diligent with your regimen and make sure you are staying out of the sun and wearing SPF of at least 30 every day. Exfoliate regularly and use a cleanser or toner with Phytic Acid, which helps to brighten the skin. I actually recommend my D-Scar, Scar Diminishing Serum and my CytoCell line to help with scarring and texture issues. The CytoCell line uses years of scientific research and powerful Messenger Peptides to help activate the skin’s natural renewal process to refine texture, strengthen and smooth skin. D-Scar, Scar Diminishing Serum is a very special product because it helps reduce the appearance of both old and new scars while encouraging more normalized, smoother and softer skin. The before & after images we’ve seen from D-Scar are so impactful – bloggers are posting their own B&As, and it’s resulted in this product being an international best-seller.

(Q) You have a body brand which also includes various tanning products. You have everything from body tanning towelettes to self tanning pads to even a body glow sunscreen to even a tanning enhancing moisturizer. Can you tell me a little more about these amazing products?

We all know how damaging the sun can be to our skin, and the alternatives, like spray tans don’t always give you the results you want! That’s why I developed my Somerville360 line – to produce a healthy, natural-looking glow! Both the Tanning Towelettes and the Face Tanning Pads are easy to use, and they work with your body’s own proteins to produce even, streak-free color. They help hide imperfections and beautifully enhance the look of skin. I love using these once a week to maintain my tan. Somerville360 Tan Maximizer Tan Enhancing Moisturizer is a rich, nourishing formula that seals in moisture, prolongs the life of your tan and soothes skin post-sun exposure. I always have my Body Glow Sunscreen with me because it not only protects skin while firming, conditioning and moisturizing, it also has the most beautifully subtle golden shimmer that makes your skin look beautiful!

(Q) Tell me a little more about the Ultimate Kate Rewards program...

The Ultimate Kate Rewards Program is a way to reward my best customers on my website! You can earn points through shopping, social activity, writing product reviews, sharing with your friends and more. It’s a great way to earn rewards for keeping your skin healthy.

(Q) Do you test on animals? What is your stance on animal cruelty?

We absolutely do not test on animals, and neither do our ingredient manufacturers. I’m a huge animal lover, and I would never use, sell or promote products that test on animals.

(Q) Your products have not only changed people's skin, but their lives too. How does that make you feel?

Being able to change someone’s life through their skin health is everything to me – it’s why I do what I do! I truly believe it’s my gift to be able to look at someone and see what they need in order to achieve skin health. It’s also the reason why I developed my product line, because I can’t see everyone personally, but through my products, I can help people see real results in their skin.

(Q) For those skin care enthusiasts and lovers reading this interview, what would you like those people to know? What is next for Kate Somerville?

I’m always on the lookout for the most innovative technology for my products or my Clinic, and I want to continue to bring my products to the world! The Kate Somerville Skincare line just launched in Hong Kong, and it’s incredible to be able to see my products in Asia.

For more information about Kate Somerville, please visit www.katesomerville.com today!