I’ve tested hundreds of skincare products as a beauty editor and this facial exfoliator is still my favorite — I’ve been using it for over a decade

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment has been a cult classic in the beauty world for more than a decade with a following that includes celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty editors — myself included.
Key ingredients in the green facial scrub include papaya and pumpkin enzymes, pineapple, cinnamon, and lactic and salicylic acids.
It’s been called the “Hollywood 2-minute facial,” and it’s totally deserving of the title. In just 120 seconds, it dissolves dead skin cells and also stimulates blood circulation, leaving you with fresh, baby-soft skin.

Throughout my years as a beauty editor, I’ve scrubbed my face with hundreds of exfoliating treatments — both physical (which use tiny granules to get rid of dead skin) and chemical (which use acids).

Some worked, others didn’t. A few left my sensitive skin red and irritated, but most failed to leave any impression whatsoever.

Well, one afternoon more than a decade ago, I was invited to Kate Somerville’s spa in Los Angeles where I was introduced to the skin-care guru herself, as well as one of her trademark products that would change my facial regimen forever — the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.

In case you don’t understand the importance of exfoliating, Nazanin Saedi, MD, a board certified dermatologist and director of the Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Center, explains that it’s a crucial step in helping the skin rid itself of the dead cell debris, which allows for skin renewal and regrowth.

This tube of green, pumpkin-scented scrub was — and still is — the best exfoliating treatment I have ever used. In works in just two minutes to transform my rough and dry skin to baby soft without any irritation — and without visiting the LA spa.

What it is

Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is a dual-action exfoliator, so it works physically and chemically. It has natural enzymes as well as physical granules to remove dead skin, clean out clogged pores, and give skin a more fresh-faced appearance.

Somerville created the product back in 2006 for her celebrity clients because they weren’t able to get into the spa for regular facials — like when they were on extended trips for work — and this concoction basically served as a facial in a bottle. In 2007, she started selling the product at her spa and on QVC, where it sold out in just six minutes. It’s still currently her best-selling product with reportedly double-digit growth every year.

The exfoliator is free of all parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes naturally smooth skin without overdrying, while lactic acid offers the “chemical” component as a natural alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates. The combination of rosewood and cinnamon extracts work to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and aloe vera, honey, and vitamin E smooth and soften skin.

How to use it

The brand recommends using the product once or twice a week, either in the morning …read more


Source:: Business Insider

      

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