What are the best Kate Somerville skincare products?
Hint: it’s not ExfoliKate. It works, but it’s too harsh and fragranced to make the cut here. So where you should invest your hard-earned cash, instead? Here are my top picks:
Best For Dry Skin: Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omega Serum ($98.00/£84.00)
Is your skin’s protective barrier damaged? Happens to everyone. Maybe you live somewhere cold and gloomy, where the harsh winters strip all the moisture out of your skin every winter. Maybe you just went overboard with exfoliation and your skin’s now a red, flaky mess. Or maybe you just have naturally dry skin that doesn’t produce enough sebum to keep your skin healthy and strong. Whatever the reason, Kate Sommerville Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omega Serum can help. Ceramides and omega fatty acids are natural components of your skin’s protective barrier. They strengthen it when it’s whole and repair it when it’s broken down. Healthy barrier = healthy, soft and hydrated skin.
Best For Acne: Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion ($42.00)
Got acne? Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, a powerful killer that destroys P. Acnes, the bacteria that’s making your life hell. The best part? Bacteria don’t grow resistant to it, so you can use it again and again and again. The catch? Benzoyl Peroxide is harsh on the skin. Use it as a spot treatment only. Bonus points: the lotion also has cholesterol and ceramides to soothe skin and repair its broken protective barrier.
Best For Antiaging: Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel Retinol Glycolic Treatment ($90.00)
Can you use Glycolic acid and retinol together? Kate Somerville RetAsphre Micro Peel Glycolic Treatment has both. But it can kind of cheats. This exfoliant has a huge dollop (10%) Glycolic acid to exfoliate your skin and get those pesky dead cells off your face. While it’s at it, it also hydrates skin. But it skimps on the retinol. There’s very little here. Don’t get me wrong, even a little retinol is better than nothing and can help you fight wrinkles. But you’re better off alternating this exfoliant with a separate retinol serum at night.
Best For Sensitive Skin: Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver ($48.00/£41.00)
Formerly known as Eczema Therapy Cream, Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver is loaded with soothing and moisturising ingredients that heal and nourish dry skin. Glycerin, petroleum and plant-derived fatty acids fix your skin’s protective barrier, keeping moisture in and germs out. Oats reduce redness, calm down irritations and relieve itch. The best part? You can use it anywhere: face, feet, elbows… any part that feels dry and uncomfortable.
Best For Eyes: Kate Somerville +Retinol Eye Cream ($85.00/£72.00)
I said it before and I’ll say it again: you do NOT need an eye cream. But what if you want to use one, anyway? I know some of you feel naked without one, or your under-eye area is a different skin type to the rest of your face. If that’s you, Kate Sommerville +Retinol Eye Cream is worth every penny. It has retinol, Granactive Retinoid and retinol-like bachukiol to fight crow’s feet, boost collagen and keep premature wrinkles at bay. Plus plenty of Hyaluronic Acid and natural oils to soften and moisturise skin. FYI, using retinoids on the eye area every night can be a bit too drying. Stick to every other day, instead.
What do you think are the best Kate Somerville skincare products? Share your picks in the comments below.