Every brand love affair begins with a gateway product: the thing that won you over so completely you felt compelled to explore the rest of the line. For many people, that’s Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive or her tanning towelettes. For me, the zealotry started with her moisturizer.
In my introduction to Kate, I mentioned that her recommended daily routine is:
- Exfoliate (once a week for delicate/sensitive skin or skin that’s actively breaking out, up to three times a week if you’re oily/combo, or trying to even out discoloration)
- Treat (whatever your skin’s issues are)
- Hydrate (moisturize)
- Protect (sunscreen)
I also mentioned that if you have a cleanser (or an exfoliator, or a sunscreen) that you just love, that’s totally okay.
I am something of a serial skincare experimenter, and until recently, I was hooked on samples of Chanel Sublimage (which I considered the best, most effective product out there. It actively reduced or erased my fine lines, but it’s also $400). Deep Tissue Moisturizer knocked Sublimage out of my #1 spot. Kate’s moisturizer feels fantastic, absorbs quickly, and your skin feels amazing afterwards. Literally, every morning when I wake up, I just want to touch my face. It’s given me the skin I didn’t appreciate when I was younger.
Big product lines (especially skincare) can be daunting, so I asked my sales associate Sonya to walk me through each moisturizer and who it was intended for. Of course, if you’re able, I really recommend calling Sonya for a personalized recommendation (and let her send you some samples to try!). Moisturizer IS just one piece of the Kate Somerville program, and I’d want you to try the products that are going to make the biggest difference for your concerns. Plus Sonya’s really nice.
Her number is 214-363-8311, and — for what it’s worth — Neiman Marcus’s beauty week/gifts with purchase are going on through Sunday. If you really prefer to order online, her website offers free shipping at $50.
Even oily skin needs hydration. (As I learned a few winters ago, dehydrated skin can break out even more, as it produces more oil to try to compensate.) Oil Free Moisturizer ($65) contains mattifiers for oil control, and it’s great for the oily and breakout-prone. This moisturizer also contains anti-aging benefits (oh, the injustice of adult acne) — which means if you’re younger than ~25, Goat Milk might be the better choice for you.
Goat Milk Cream ($55) is an ultra-soothing treatment-moisturizer, perfect for anyone with dermatitis, rosacea, super-sensitive, or irritated skin. Anyone can use it, and it feels fantastic. Of course we’d all rather prevent than treat, but it also feels good on a sunburn. I’ve tried this one, and I really liked the way it felt, but I’m drawn to an option that offers more treatment. If money were no object, I would own a jar for days when my skin is irritated or upset (or I’ve just gotten home from travel).
Nourish ($65) is the moisturizer for the ~25-year-old with normal skin. It contains vitamin A (an anti-aging ingredient that encourages cell turnover), feels great, it smells great, and it absorbs quickly. I love Deep Tissue, but I could see myself choosing Nourish (if Deep Tissue’s price point was too high, for example). Nourish could also be a day moisturizer to complement Deep Tissue (or CytoCell).
CytoCell ($150) is collagen-boosting, radiance-enhancing treatment for sagging or sun-damaged skin. It’s a hybrid moisturizer-serum that helps heal scars and shrink pores. It contains shea butter (so it’s not really for oily skin), and can be layered or alternated (day/night) with Deep Tissue if you need more moisture. One of Kate’s greatest accomplishments is really effective moisturizers that absorb quickly and completely. Your skin just feels good from the moment you put it on, but it’s not greasy or heavy in the slightest.
Deep Tissue ($150) was/is the blockbuster moisturizer in Kate’s line, though it’s not heavy at all. It can be used by every skintype (though oily should use it at night), it reduces redness, and it instantly plumps and hydrates the skin. I have been loving this stuff. When Winnie started my most recent makeover, the moment she touched my face she said, “your skin feels great, what have you been using?” My smile lines are gone, the lines under my eyes are almost gone, and the lines on my forehead are noticeably reduced — and I didn’t have to use it for very long to see/feel those results. It’s my miracle product.
Multi-Active Repair ($195) is Kate’s new kid on the block. It’s exclusive to Neiman Marcus now, but will eventually be sold everywhere. Like Deep Tissue, it’s a major moisturizer, but it has a thicker, more luxurious texture (to woo away that La Mer client). It also contains crushed pearls for radiance. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I feel like this one is “too much” for me and my needs right now.
I’m not working for Kate Somerville, I just discovered something I’m really excited about (and when I find something I love, I have to tell everyone). I just got back from a trip to New York for fashion week — for which I made the conscious decision not to pack foundation, just to max out on skincare. I was completely happy with how my skin looked: pores, fine lines, general appearance and texture (and got a bunch of compliments too).