Friday, December 23, 2011

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment- REVIEW

Kate Somerville's Exfolikate is a seriously powerful exfoliating treatment, it is so effective (and potent) that you only need to leave it on your face for 30 seconds and voilà your skin is smooth and bright, and your pores are deeply cleaned. It is like getting a super effective 30 second facial. I like to apply mine in the shower about 2 times a week to keep my skin in tip top shape. If you have very sensitive skin then this is likely to be too strong, if not irritating, for you. For those with sensitive skin try Exfolikate Gentle instead- you will find it far kinder and less irritating. I have tried both and prefer the strength of Exfolikate. This definitely tingles and you may find that your face becomes a bit red after use, but that usually subsides after a few minutes. However, if you find it unpleasant or uncomfortable that is a good indication that the formula is too active for your skin. Don't get me wrong- I really liked Exfolikate Gentle, but when my testers were finished it was clear that I preferred the effects of the stronger formulation. My skin can be sensitive to certain ingredients, but for some reason I have never had a problem with the strength of this product (and I have been using it for a couple of years now).

I find that this is an excellent product for dull winter skin- an added benefit is that it sloughs off the dead skin particles allowing your treatment products and serums to soak in unencumbered.

According to Kate Somerville using Exfolikate is like getting her signature facial without having to make a facial appointment at her Clinic.

How it works:
Microbeads and Fruit Enzymes are intended to clean pores, while Salicylic Acid is formulated to balance hydration, without over-drying. See dramatically smoother, brighter, healthier-looking skin after just one treatment.

Active Ingredients:

-Salicylic Acid is designed to balance hydration, without over-drying
-Scrubbing Microbeads and the three powerful P’s - Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes - are designed to effectively clean pores.
-Rosewood and Cinnamon Extracts are combined in an effort to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
-Aloe Vera, Honey, and Vitamin E smooth and soften skin.

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Carica Papaya Fruit, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Bromelain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Honey, Acetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cinnamal, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85.00-$175.00 from NordstromSephoraBergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus (Affiliate Links).


  1. Sounds very promising.. would love to try this product.

    Marisha Wick

    1. Hi Marisha! Thanks for stopping by! I love this product-- it is so effective. If your skin is sensitive, she has a lovely Gentle Exfolikate as well! :-)


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