Kate Somerville sees and treats a variety of skin in her Skin Health Experts Clinic, based in Los Angeles, but the main concern her clients have is finding ways to look younger. Below are some of Kate’s favorite tips and products for revealing a more youthful looking complexion.
Cleansing – Many of my clients rush through the cleansing step. At my Skin Health Experts Clinic, we actually perform a dual-cleansing method. First, skin is cleansed with a milky cleanser to remove dirt, oils and makeup, and then we follow with a cleanser that is best suited for the client’s skin. At home, I also love using a clean washcloth to steam and soften skin. Always remember to cleanse correctly, especially at night! Your skin needs to be cleansed properly in order to repair and for your products to work effectively.
KateCeuticals Moisture Milk Cleanser
Gentle Daily Wash
Exfoliation – After cleansing, every treatment at my Clinic starts with ExfoliKate! Why? The dry, dead layer that sits on the skin’s surface not only dulls the complexion, it also prevents products from absorbing effectively and can make the texture of skin look uneven. Exfoliation will help skin look brighter, smoother and more even. It also sets the stage for flawless makeup application. I recommend exfoliating twice a week. Look for products with Fruit Enzymes and round, smooth beads. That way, you experience the benefits from both physical and chemical exfoliation.
ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
Hydration – Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When skin is hydrated, it bounces back! When skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent. Expression lines, like the elevens in between your eyebrows can also be exaggerated. Serums containing Hyaluronic Acid will add much-needed hydration into your regimen – plumping skin and restoring that youthful bounce. My personal favorite is DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment, and I never leave home without it! This unique, oil-free, foaming booster delivers an infusion of hydration and oxygen for both immediate and long-term results.
DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment
KateCeuticals Restor8 Replenishing Serum
Eye Creams – Your eyes reveal lack of sleep, too much sodium and a host of other poor habits. Rejuvenate your eye area by using an eye cream to nourish the eye area and help with puffiness, dryness and fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend using a product with illuminating properties so the light softly highlights the under eye area and the upper cheekbone.
Age Arrest Eye Cream
SPF – Not all sunscreens are created equal, but year-round SPF is a necessary part of any skincare regimen, especially if you are battling discoloration. I was never a believer in combining an anti-aging moisturizer with an SPF because the anti-aging actives need to be delivered deeper into the skin to be effective while Sunscreen works best on the skin’s surface. I was able to create lightweight sunscreen formulas with a revolutionary reservoir system which keeps key ingredients separated so they stay where they work best!
Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen
Daily Deflector Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++
Retinols – Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in an anti-aging regimen. I’ve seen clients who’ve used Retinol products for years and their skin looks healthy, youthful and glowing! The key is cell turnover and the stimulation of collagen. You may also use Retinol products all over your chest, neck and on the back of your hands. Be sure to apply sunscreen wherever you are applying your retinol products.
RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
Pollution Protection – Pollution can increase damage to the skin. Contaminants and carcinogens can cause issues ranging from sensitivity to premature aging. Incorporate Antioxidants to help combat environmental pollution. Other aspects of your regimen such as proper cleansing and SPF also factor in to protecting skin against harmful environmental aggressors.
Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask
Recently, I attended a press preview event for Iluminage Beauty, Inc, a luxury beauty company that makes high-performance, professional-grade products accessible to the public so users can enjoy professional results at-home, and at an affordable cost.
The company is best known for its Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase With Copper Oxide ($60), which aims to fight the signs of aging while you sleep as it infuses copper ions into the skin to fight wrinkles.
The at-home skin care solutions company also has a new skincare system, iluminage Youth Cell Skincare, which features a serum, eye cream, day cream with spf and a cleanser (prices range from $25-$95). The products contain advanced anti-aging ingredients to boost natural skin renewal and reduce the visible signs of aging.
This summer, iluminage will be launching its new Skin Smoothing Laser ($595), the first at-home laser device FDA-cleared to reduce fine line and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. In clinical trials 95% of the users experienced significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 12 weeks.
Another new product the company is launching this summer is an at-home professional hair removal tool called its iluminage TOUCH ($455), which has been clinically proven to be effective in permanent hair reduction on all skin tones.
For the last few months I have been using B. Kamins BB Cream, an 8-in-1 cream packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and peptides. Designed to match all skin tones, the lightly tinted beauty balm, just does that. I’ve stayed away from most bbs (and even cc) because although the idea of having a multitasking product is very appealing, it is hard to find one that matches perfectly against my olive skin tone. At first glance, the color looked too light, but the transparent colour-correcting formula blends in seamlessly, and is virtually undetectable. It offers a nice light-weight coverage that blurs imperfections and makes the pores on my face look less visible. During the summer, I’ve worn it alone with a dusting of pressed powder; but, for the days, when I’ve need a little bit more coverage, I’ve used it as a primer under my foundation.
What it is:
A lightweight, non-greasy tinted beauty balm featuring a powerful combination of ingredients to moisturize and correct skin, while firming and brightening.
What it does:
• Provides sheer, luminous coverage and revitalizes the appearance of dull skin
• Combination of hexapeptide and hyaluronic acid targets sagging and smooth wrinkles
• Antioxidants of Vitiman C and green tea extract helps fight free radicals and brighten skin
• Powerful Bio-Maple Compound acts a s a moisturizing agent and contains AHAs and anti-oxidants to hydrate and brighten the face
$49 for a 50ml pump at bkamins.com
Preventing premature aging always been linked to sleep. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation alters facial appearance, and makes people appear less healthy and attractive; so, getting adequate amounts of shut-eye is ideal for radiant skin. Additionally, before you hit the sack, most wrinkle-free touting face creams and serums have directions to use at night, so that these potions have time to penetrate deeply into the skin. But, in addition to getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep and slathering on a nighttime repair lotion, could the secret to looking younger be as simple as changing your pillowcase? According to the manufactures of the Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase, it is.
The main element of the success of Cupron’s pillowcase is the copper-infused satin fibers. Copper is an essential mineral that has widely been used in beauty products because of its skin-enhancing abilities. The technology of the copper directly interacts with the skin while you sleep to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting the growth of collagen and elastin.
Skeptical? A recent study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology revealed that after four weeks of everyday use, participants who used the copper pillowcase experienced an average of 10% reduction in their wrinkles.
Satin pillowcases are known to keep skin crease-free because the softness allows the skin to slide around, rather than get stuck in one place. But, is it more beneficial to have a pillowcase infused with skin-saving properties? Maybe. But, since the ingredients aren’t penetrating into the layers of skin, it’s best to maintain your regular ant-aging regimen along with using the pillowcase for optimum results.
The Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase is available online for $49.95 in beige with dark brown piping.
It took me a long time to come around to the idea of using a face serum, but ever since I started using Vitamin Veil by Ambé, I’ve become hooked. I first received Vitamin Veil in a gift bag at Nolcha Fashion Week in February, and only recently decided to give it a try. I was skeptical at first, but ever since I started using the highly concentrated, antioxidant serum, my skin has looked brighter, clearer, and supple. It has a light, soothing citrus scent, and the clear liquid absorbs into skin very quickly, without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Vitamin Veil works double duty as a barrier to protect skin from environmental factors, while being an active hydrator. It can be used on all skin types, and is the perfect addition to any anti-aging regimen. It can be bought online for $45.00.