Okay, this is big news. Like royal engagement kind of big. Or like when Glossier announced UK shipping—it's that sort of scale of proportions. What am I banging on about? Well, Kate Somerville, the next-level, "will change your skin and the way you look at it forever" skincare range has finally landed on British soil by way of Cult Beauty's online shelves.
If you're not au fait with the brand, I don't blame you. Kate Somerville may be one of the U.S.'s most renowned super facialists and the hands behind the glow radiating from Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes and Olivia Wilde's faces, but unless you're a complete self-confessed skincare obsessive who has been pillaging products on trips to the States for years (raises hand), it's unlikely you'll be aware of her incredible product range. Heads up, though, as now's the time to get yourself acquainted.
Kate Somerville products are focussed on getting problematic skin in check and offer solutions to everything from our old friend adult acne to products that halt the effects of ageing via tools to get that elusive glow we're always harping on about. Having been a fan of the brand for years, as well as recently discovering some new wonder products, I, for one, am so bloody excited about this launch, and I genuinely think it's about to plug a gap in your bathroom cabinet too.
So to help you navigate, I've laid out the products that I believe are the true gems of the collection below, but as always, if you have any questions, I'll happily answer them over in our dedicated Facebook group The British Beauty Line, which I'd love for you to join.
The reason I love face scrubs so much is that you can feel them working—a sensation that chemical exfoliants, whilst being more efficacious and gentler on skin, just haven't been able to match. Well, let me introduce to you the best of both. A wash-off treatment, it contains natural grains that have just enough of a scrub to satisfy but won't leave you red raw. But where the real magic happens is in its concoction of fruit enzymes and lactic acid that chips away at the top layer of dead skin to reveal the pillowy-plump, bright and clear skin below. It's a highly addictive sensation, trust me.
Even though the newest school of skincare thought is that we shouldn't dry out our spots, the reality of the matter is that they're so damn annoying that you just want them gone by any means available. Needless to say, I'm a fiend for Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion (£16) and use it religiously to bazooka spots before they've even had a chance to piss me off. But I swear that Kate Somerville's version works even faster. It contains AHAs to slough away the appearance of large pores and zinc oxide to absorb excess sebum, as well as a heavy hit of sulphur (I'd breathe through your mouth whilst using it, FYI) to shrivel up raging spots—even those that have yet to show their face above skin level. It's not for everyday use and best for those who only get the occasional breakout.
Underneath every dull complexion is a glowy one just waiting in the wings, and in my experience, the best way to urge it out is via this moisturiser. Like the treatment I mentioned above, this moisturiser contains fruit enzymes, as well as glycolic and lactic acid, to continue that exfoliation and cell regeneration all day long, because why not? Don't be concerned about irritation though—it contains a cactus extract known to soothe and comfort skin.
This is highly likely the weirdest product you'll ever use, but it's so brilliant that you'll become besotted with it. It's an aerosol full of hyaluronic acid (that moisture-boosting stuff) alongside oxygen that squirts out like a freezing cold shot of San Pelligrino sparkling water. Use in lieu of serum and it'll make skin look instantly perkier, more hydrated and a whole heap brighter. Plus, it smells like one of those lavender pillows you put in the microwave. Heavenly.
When it comes to eye creams, no ingredient works better than retinol to brighten, firm and hydrate the delicate under-eye area, but it can cause irritation. Kate Somerville's eye cream is different, as it also harnesses bioretinols extracted from abchi edible seeds that have the same effect but are much gentler to the skin. What I really love about it, though, is the hoof-shaped applicator that is icy cool to the touch, providing a soothing sensation when you use it.