I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, or that I have WAY too many products lining my counters, shelves, and cabinets—but I’m actually becoming a bit of a skeptic when it comes to skincare products. I’ve tried more than I can honestly remember, and that was even BEFORE I worked in the beauty industry. Wait a sec! This year marks over a decade since I started! That is a long time, indeed. So please believe me when I tell you this:
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is the TRUTH.
This is the one skincare treatment product I do not want to be without for long, because my skin just knows. And when I’m using it, my skin just glows!
What it is: An at-home fruit enzyme exfoliation treatment/peel that sloughs off dull skin cells, helps combats skin discoloration, blackheads, and leaves your skin feeling super smooth and glowing like you just had a facial.
When it comes out of the tube, it’s green and creamy (and smells good). You’ll apply it on slightly moist, freshly washed skin and apply it in gentle circular motions to your face for about 30 seconds. It’s slightly gritty (but not jagged), and you’re doing some good old fashioned manual exfoliation that way. No need to rub hard—just gently! (I know how some of us are. I was once one of those people.)
Depending on skin sensitivity, you then leave it on up to two minutes to allow the enzymes to do their magic of cutting through the crud and clutter on your skin. I’ve never had any issues with leaving this on for the full two minutes, but I can feel a bit of a tingle. I think it’s more of a tingle than a bite, but for those who get uncomfortable—you can remove with a wet cloth earlier. I’ve tried my best to demonstrate this on my hand.
I really wish you could see in-person, what a difference this product makes for me, I know the hand photo isn’t incredibly convincing. My face looks bright, with a healthy flush, it feels incredibly smooth—and that dry, skin tightness is eliminated. I’ve been using it once a week (sometimes twice if I’m feeling frisky) for almost two months now, and I LOVE IT.
Here’s a peek at the ingredients:
There’s a fantastic combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids in there working in tandem to get the job done. I think Kate has done a fab job with providing us a near-clinical product for at-home use.
Now, here comes the hairy part. The price…
If you’re the kind of person who will spare no expense for what you like and what works for you, then you probably won’t bat an eye at this product’s $85 price tag for two ounces. Those two ounces should take you very, very far because it doesn’t take much ExfoliKate to get the job done on a weekly basis.
The GREAT news…
Sephora also sells a .5 oz tube for $19. I know, it seems like half an ounce isn’t much. But GET IT! That deluxe travel tube has taken me far. Like, 2 months of use far! I just picked up another tube over the weekend after cutting open my last one to get my last treatment out. If you’re feeling really crazy—you can buy four of them to equal 2 ounces of product, and get this—save $9 off the price of the full 2 ounce tube. (If you aren’t finding this size at your Sephora store in the skincare section, they often have them tucked in their “Beauty To Go” section around the cash registers.)
Bottom Line: This makes my skin look fresh and clear, and feel smooth after just one treatment—but it keeps getting better with time. I wish I could make Kate Somerville my personal facialist, and I suppose this is the next best thing.
Price & Availability: $19 for .5 oz and $85 for 2 oz; Sephora, Sephora.com