What does beauty mean to you?
To feel confident in who you are, in your authentic self. That to me is all an attitude… It’s all about how they [other women] present themselves, so you watch those women that you know feel good, or men, and you can just tell they’re attracted to it. So, beauty is attitude.
You’re the queen of glow and right now we’re all obsessed with getting that lit-from-within skin. Where do we start with your products?
I have a philosophy and it’s [called] ‘five daily dos’. Three of those are what give you the glow. So, the ‘five daily dos’ start with a great cleanser for your face. Number two would be a wonderful exfoliator, physical and chemical, so that would be Exfolikate. The third step would be to hydrate, so pumping the skin full of hyaluronic acid, and you can do that through serums. We have something called Dermalquench, that’s the number one treatment in the clinic and we have a home version of it. Number four would be moisturisation, so locking and sealing with lipids. And then number five would be protection. But the three that are going to get you to glow, are exfoliation, hydration and sealing it in with a moisturiser. You can really customise your regime with ingredients, especially within those three. So, hyaluronic acid, exfoliation would be in there, but your moisturiser could have vitamin C or retinol or peptides. So, that’s where you get to customise for your skin.
How can we best tackle dull, dry skin during a UK winter?
What I do is I up my exfoliation because dead layers of skin are dry skin. I do Exfolikate twice a week. And then, sometimes I’ll do our Liquid Exfoliate at night because it’s a little gentler. Those of you in the UK have a little more sensitive skin than we do, at least in California I think, because we get so much sun here, so our Liquid Exfolikate is something that will really unlock dry skin for you. Because if you think about it, dry skin is just dead layers of skin built up. So, I recommend that at least three times a week. And then deep hydration. We have a Firming Serum that has a ton of hyaluronic acid, but it also has ceramides in, and ceramides kind of match your skin - it’s like putting a liquid band-aid on. It’s like a liquid skin barrier. And then a great moisturiser. My favourite moisturiser is Peptide K8. Or, if you’re really dry and you want anti-ageing, our Repair Cream as well [Kateceuticals line]. This is what I’ve been doing in really dry climates: I do my Exfolikate at least twice a week, and then I do my Dermalquench, which is like a liquid, hyaluronic acid, and I do that morning and night.
And then I do our Peptide K8and I finish it off with - and this is a huge product for the UK, I think this would probably be our biggest launch with you guys- Delikate. It is one of my most amazing recovery creams. I use it on a daily basis now, so I’m layering that last, to give this protective shield. I made it for people that were either doing a peel or a laser and right after, to heal, to protect, to soothe. It has ceramides, but it has this really special peptide that helps with inflammation. It takes redness down and it gives you this protective layer. It feels really heavy when you put your finger in the jar but when you apply it, it really goes in, and it doesn’t feel thick. It’s strange because a lot of my clients, particularly my acne clients, have been gravitating towards it and I was like ‘oh that’s too heavy for you', but they weren’t breaking out from it. They felt like it gave hydration and moisturisation, and it also took the redness out of their acne. So, it’s actually become this cult following, out of Kate Sommerville The Clinic for sure, but with acne clients, which was very surprising to me, to be honest with you.