By Erin Williams
Have you ever left the house naked? I used to do it all the time but then I started changing and just didn’t feel as comfortable in my skin. Relax people! I’m talking about leaving your house without makeup on. Remember the good old days when you’d just grab your lunchbox and head off to the world? So you were eight, but still, it was nice. There’s not a lot of facial nudity going on in the world as of late for various reasons – mine happen to be acne related. Even if you don’t have a new and friendly blemish up and running, if you’re like me, you’re dealing with the after-effects of redness which call for some covering up.
Enter Kate Somerville. If you haven’t heard of this LA skin guru chances are you’ve seen her work on the lovely visages of Annette Benning, Kirsten Dunst, Sandra Oh, and Debra Messing just to name a few. If you don’t live in LA you can order her products online at www.katesomerville.com after filling out a free personalized skin consultation. I did it and have some favorite products that were chosen for me.
Kate’s whole MO is combining esthetics, medical science, and botanical ingredients and her Purify Exfoliating Cleanser hits the spot! With the included peppermint, lavender, and orange oils, it smells amazing, while the dash of salicylic and lactic acids gently exfoliate skin to show the brightness underneath.
I was nervous about using the recommended Clarisonic Skin Care Brush with my cleanser since my Irish skin tends to get pink at the drop of a hat, but found the brush itself to be very gentle and made my skin feel smoother, not irritated. It was a lovely surprise. (www.clarisonic.com or www.katesomerville.com)
I also generally have mixed emotions on toners since most for oily/acne skin have alcohol and dry me out. Not so with the Clarifying Treatment Toner. Alcohol free, it also has an ingredient called Phytic Acid, an antioxidant that actually helps fade scars.
The most exciting thing for me was Kate’s Goat Milk Cream – a moisturizer targeting sensitive/oily skintypes. I have a constant struggle finding a moisturizer that doesn’t break me out. I’ve tried dozens of them and always end up with little reminders that they don’t work for me. However, the Goat Milk Cream (which is actually really thin and feels like a light-weight lotion) only made my skin look and feel great! Lactic Acid gently exfoliates skin while Witch Hazel fights bacteria. Vitamin C brightens while Vitamin E soothes – it’s a cocktail of goodness for your face!
Kate is a believer in also working from the inside out and so I used the VitaMedica Healthy Skin Formula Vitamins that contain ingredients that promote collagen synthesis, reduce inflammation, and detoxify skin. My skin felt smoother as a result and it makes sense to work from within to achieve “good looks” on the outside.
There’s a slew of products for every skintype available, so feel free to test a few to find what’s right for you. And to answer my own question – yes, thank you very much, Kate – I have headed out naked as a jaybird and for the first time in a long time felt perfectly happy about it!