I was first introduced to this product from watching this video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Mia. As you know, I’ve been on the hunt for the best exfoliator to reduce the appearance of my ginormous pores. So far, I’ve tried the Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator from L’Occitane, Micro-Exfoliant Deep Hydrating Scrub from Luzern Laboratories, Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Scrub from Palmer’s, and Vitamin A Glycolic Facial Scrub by Derma E.
I’m pretty happy with most of these scrubs, but not as happy as I am with this one.
I got a 60 ml tube of Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment at Sephora while I was in the States last June for USD 85.00 before tax, and FYI, it’s available in 3 sizes: 15 ml, 60 ml, and 150 ml. It’s now been nearly 3 months that I’ve been using it, so I figured I’ll share the difference it’s made on my pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and all other nasty stuff I’m really prone to.
The complete list of the ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pectin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Lactobacillus Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, SD Alcohol 40-B, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Sorbic Acid, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Honey/Mel/Miel, Acetic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Bromelain, Papain, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Linalool, Limonene, Cinnamal, CI 75130, CI 75810
Basically magic in a tube that delivers the same results at home as if you’ve just seen Kate at her clinic. It’s both an exfoliating facial and a face scrub that’s formulated with physical microbeads and natural enzymes to fight acne, even out discolorations, clarify and tone and polish overall texture for a smoother, brighter complexion. The scrub deeply cleanse your pores without overdrying, thanks to the salicylic acid in the mix. Also, you should expect to see near-instant results (in as little as 2 minutes).
Here‘s the nitty-gritty:
- papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes are formulated to naturally exfoliate dead skin cells, without overdrying
- lactic acid acts as a natural AHA skin exfoliator
- rosewood and cinnamon extracts stimulate microcirculation
- honey and vitamin E smooth and soften skin
- aloe vera helps soothe skin
- vitamins A and C provide antioxidant benefits
- soy-lipid replenishes skin’s natural barrier function
Instant clinical results
According to Kate Somerville, a 20-person clinical study has led to the following results:
- dramatic improvement in skin texture
- up 75% reduction in skin roughness
- up to 75% brighter complexion
In another independent study, consumers see the following instant results:
- 88% of women reported smooth skin and improved texture
- 84% of women reported softer skin
- 72% of women reported a reduction in skin roughness and improved complexion
You know how I love fruits, and just by opening the tube you’ll see that it smells a lot like real pineapple. I have no idea why it’s green (I like to think I’m Gamora), but one thing’s for sure is that it doesn’t foam when it made contact with water (meaning no SLS/SLES) like with most cleansers/peels/scrubs out there.
You basically massage two pea-sized amount around a damp face in a circular motion, then leave it there for about 2 minutes to let the enzymes work. I find it easier to just incorporate your ExfoliKating routine toward the end of your showers, so you get your wet face and your steam already (the higher temp opens your pores up as well as activating those enzymes). Then I just make rinsing it off my face the last step of my shower before patting everything dry.
Let me tell you: You can actually feel those warmed-up enzymes immediately working within your skin as it tingles. It’s also quite strong and cooling, so I see why it’s not recommended for sensitive skin – it might sting and eventually irritate the skin.
You’d think it’ll dry you up like most exfoliators do, but it doesn’t. In fact, a month or so after I started ExfoliKating regularly, my oily face seem to know how to regulate its own sebum levels, keep itself well-hydrated, really firm up all over and reduced the incidence of those large, open pores from appearing, clear up the millions of tiny whiteheads I have all around (though this effect have only started these days, meaning it took me more than 2 months to see this result), and just overall look healthy and balanced. Oh, and it’s definitely a lot rosier and brighter, because my skin is usually pale and dull.
I won’t say it delivers the ‘instant’ results it claims, at least, not as ‘soft’ and ‘smooth’ and ‘bright’ as the skin you get from a real clinical peel sesh. Nonetheless, the results I’m getting is dramatic indeed, especially if you compare it with all the previous exfoliators I’ve used before. Even though it’s not recommended to ExfoliKate more than twice a week, I once use it up to 5 times a week (them nasty whiteheads! -_-) and my whole complexion brightened up so much, although it also made my skin drier than usual.
Also, I was initially considering the 150 ml … but it costs USD 175.00!! If it doesn’t work as well as the hype then it would be a much bigger waste than my pores. It’s a whole lot to pay up for my sole purpose of removing dead skin cells.
Who’s it for?
Every skin type – particularly acne-prone skin, except sensitive skin.
I’m really impressed with how it leaves the skin soft instead of dry even though it’s quite a harsh exfoliator. I believe every girl (except those with sensitive skin types) should try this once in her life to see the skin-balancing and super brightening results for herself. For an oily skin type, I super love how my frequent use of it has given my skin a major sebum control while also leading it to self-regulate its hydration levels to an optimum all day long. I think this has a lot to do with the better circulation I get from massaging these enzymes on my face.
I’d give it at least 3 applications before you see any major difference in your complexion. And for the record, I would consider the 150 ml tube now that ExfoliKating regularly only gives me a much healthier skin.
Have you tried ExfoliKate before? How did it work out for you?
What about other products from Kate Somerville?