Why Kate Somerville’s scrub is almost like a celebrity facial

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As someone with textbook sensitive skin, I’ve long been nervous about using scrubs because I thought they were too harsh. The first scrub I ever used was a super cheap one from CVS that is no longer available. Probably because it was basically sand in a squeeze bottle. It made my face look like a pepperoni pizza, and after that experience I was petrified of using scrubs. But eventually, growing up, I realized that exfoliation is arguably the most important part of your skincare routine. It’s about finding them To the right Peeling.

And after some trial and error, I found my breakthrough scrub: Kate Somerville “ExfoliKate” Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($98). To say it has a adored following in the beauty industry would be an understatement. It has almost a 5-star average review on Sephora, with a whopping 71,000 reviews. A Sephora reviewer said, “I love this product. It leaves my face so soft that my esthetician told me I had the softest skin she’s ever felt. I have very sensitive skin and this isn’t causing any problems.”

Even celebrities who have access to every prestigious skincare brand under the sun rave about Kate Somerville. The brand has a long list of celebrity fans, like Drew Barrymore and Meghan Markle – both have gotten facials from Kate Somerville herself, a perk of being an A-list celebrity. But for mere mortals like me who can’t afford to see a celebrity beautician at the checkout, at least we can go for the products.

I have contacted Dr. Ashley Magovern, a board-certified dermatologist, who also recommends the product. She gave me an overview of the ingredients and how exactly this peeling works. “This product is a mix of enzymatic peels (papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple) and chemical peels (lactic acid and salicylic acid),” she explained.

So basically, that means it’s a double whammy: these two physical and chemical ingredients work together to exfoliate, digest dead skin cells, and brighten skin. She went on to explain that exfoliation isn’t just important because it removes dead skin. “It also controls outbreaks,” she said. “And it allows your other products to work more effectively, which for me is the number one reason to exfoliate regularly.” Because if you’re not exfoliating, you’re just smearing the product onto your skin and it can’t penetrate as effectively.

So what’s the best way to use it? You can apply it either in the morning or in the evening, and the directions say to use it once or twice a week. I would definitely recommend just using it once a week and then building up to twice a week if needed. Apply to a clean, damp face, massage in for 30 seconds and wash off after two minutes, max.

And as someone with sensitive skin who has been using this for years, this is by far my best advice do not leave on for too long. You should never leave it on for more than two minutes and start by leaving it on for less than a minute before washing it off. There will be a little tingling and this is normal. But if you leave it on for too long (more than two minutes), it can leave your skin red and irritated. and dr Magovern agrees, saying, “Don’t overdo it. I still see it all the time: people overly exfoliate and process their skin.”

Finally, let’s talk about the price. It costs $98 for 60ml, which is admittedly pricey. However, it’s also available for $28 for a 15ml size, which isn’t that much of a commitment if you want to try it out before indulging in the full size. And if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, it’s worth investing in a prestige brand like Kate Somerville. In addition, the tube lasts a long time. Your skin will thank you.

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