Face-to-Face with Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville.

Who do Tinseltown’s Paris Hilton, Kate Walsh, Felicity Huffman and Debra Messing have to thank for their glowing complexions? Skincare guru to the stars — Kate Somerville. With almost 20 years of skincare cred to her name, Somerville is the Founder and CEO of West Hollywood’s Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts clinic and Kate Somerville Skincare Collection. We chatted up the skincare connoisseur who was in town visiting Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and got to the nitty gritty in realizing radiant skin.

What’s the most important step in preventing the signs of aging? I think there are three: exfoliate, hydrate and protect. You have to do all of these things for your skin to look gorgeous and glowing and to prevent lines, lackluster skin, sunspots and all the other traditional signs of aging.

Step us through a healthy skincare regimen. The healthiest regimen is outlined in my Skin Health Pyramid. You must protect, (wear sunscreen and use antioxidants), hydrate (get water into your skin cells), feed (give your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive and glow), stimulate (help the skin to rebuild collagen) and detoxify (cleanse and exfoliate to get rid of dirt, debris, bacteria and all the toxic stuff that damage the skin).

What one product from your line is a must-have? I’d say ExfoliKate. After one single treatment of this incredible product, you will see and feel a difference. This product is an award winner and is honestly the next closest thing to having a facial by me or one of my Skin Health Experts!

What skincare message would you most stress upon South Florida-based women? Please don’t smoke and wear a high SPF. Look for a sunscreen that is at least an SPF 55. The sun is hot in Florida — and you need to stay protected because it’s year-round rays and heat.

You’ve worked with a sundry of celebrities, what surprises you most about their skin? They have the same issues all of us have. Sometimes more so because the musicians are constantly working under hot lights, traveling all over and wearing tons of stage makeup. My actresses frequently work really long hours and are constantly being touched up with powder, etc. All this fussing can create issues.

Botox: yes or no, thanks? This is a very personal choice. I do believe that Botox is still the best solution to getting rid of deep furrows on the forehead and between the eyebrows.

Restylane: yeah or nay? Again, this is a personal decision. We’ve found that Restylane is highly effective in filling in the under-eye hollows that men and women get as we age. But it does last about a year, so you have to be very confident that you want the treatment.

What’s the newest technology out there today in creating radiant skin? This is an exciting age in skincare because there are so many new technologies out there. What is about to emerge with stem cell research is amazing on the anti-aging front. Also, nonablative laser treatments are making incredible advances as well.

What’s the biggest skincare no-no? Sunbathing, smoking and not participating in some kind of daily skincare regimen.


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