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ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
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2 fl. oz. for $65
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We could barely believe our eyes when we saw the price tag for this truly ordinary product, which is mostly a synthetic scrub! While it would be a decent option for dry skin if it did not contain numerous fragrant oils, the price is downright offensive!

Somerville recommends it for sensitive skin, but the fragrant oils make it inappropriate for all skin types. The AHA lactic acid is included, too, and in a respectable amount, but this ingredient doesn’t do much in a product that you rinse from your skin. As for the enzymes papain and bromelain, they are notoriously unstable and most likely lose their efficacy during the manufacturing process, unless they are specially modified, which doesn’t appear to be the case with this product (Sources: Protein Engineering, Design, and Selection, June 2010, pages 457–467; Biochemistry, December 2009, pages 1337–1443; and Pharmazie, April 2003, pages 252–256). Moreover, both of these enzymes can cause contact dermatitis, especially for those allergic to latex (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Lastly, the amount of oils in this highly fragrant, green-tinted scrub makes it difficult to rinse. After rinsing, you'll feel a "drag" on your skin and may notice granulated particles that weren't rinsed away despite lots of effort.

Claims

ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment is a dual-action, purifying treatment that decongests, detoxifies and refines, uncovering a more polished, clear complexion. Great for all skin types, it’s ideal for normal, sensitive or dry skin.

Ingredients

Water, Polyethylene, Lactic Acid, Glycereth-26, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Stearic Acid, Honey (Mel), Hydroxylated Lecithin, Papain, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Bromelain, Polyacrylamide, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caffeine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Butylene Glycol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cyclopentasiloxane, BHT, Cyclohexasiloxane, Disodium Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Lactose, Sodium Phosphate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 10 Lake, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex

Brand Overview

Kate Somerville At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.

Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com

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06.27.2014
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I have rosacea w/ combination skin that's kind of sensitive, and have had problems with breakouts since I hit my mid-30s. Stress/diet definitely are at play, but I've been using this exfoliant with the Dilo Oil (and no Metro cream) for the past 5 days and have seen a marked improvement. The exfoliant (you only need a dime-size portion; massage then let sit for 1 min), which you use in the shower, comes off w/o a problem if you use a warm, wet washcloth. I really like this product so far! YMMV.

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