As the holidays quickly approach, and winter is about to rear its head, it can be easy to forget to pamper ourselves when we need it most. I don’t know about you, but I’m always the most stressed this time of year and I wear those emotions on my skin. Last week, I was in desperate need of a break from adulting and needed to relax. I decided to treat myself to my very first facial ever, and I can’t help but recommend it to anyone who wants to spoil themselves a little bit.
In Los Angeles, there’s only one place you think about when you want an expert facial, and that’s Kate Somerville. With 15 years of expertise behind the brand, celebrities and Angelenos flock to the Beverly Hills clinic and people all over the country turn to her products when they want to walk out with their best skin. The clinic’s services range from aesthetic to medical, but the atmosphere solely channels spa retreat.
I went in for their Kate Somerville Signature Facial, which is a 50 minute customized routine performed after the skin expert analyzes your skin type and concerns. My esthetician started out with the Purify Clarifying Cleanser, which awoken my senses with the peppermint oil and rosemary leaf extract. She followed by steaming my pores open and doing extractions on my current problem areas.
She followed up with face masks, serums, and even a light face, neck and arm massage. One of my favorite parts, however, was the “high frequency” exfoliation. My esthetician used a tool to literally zap my face— it felt like a little wave of electricity being shot into my skin. She explained that it helped bring oxygen to the surface of the skin and jump-start the skin cycle.
As I was getting my facial, my esthetician chimed in to explain what she was doing for me, as well as made suggestions that I could incorporate into my routine to help me keep my skin healthy and clear long after my facial. On top of the specific Kate Somerville products she thought would work best with my skin, she also recommended certain foods to incorporate and cut from my diet.
Immediately after my treatment, I left feeling not only relaxed but also informed about what my skin needs moving forward. At first, my skin was a bit red from the prodding it had endured, but a few hours later I could see the effects of the facial right away. My most stubborn blemishes were flat and I had a healthy glow and balanced feel to my skin. Even Adam noticed a difference!
With facials, I believe you get what you pay for, and going to a trusted clinic or spa is crucial in getting the best outcome with your skin. Since the Signature Facial at Kate Somerville is $140 (you can get a 20% discount if you become a member of their Skin Gym), it won’t be something I’ll be able to treat myself with often, but is definitely worth it when I’m at my wits end with my skin and need a place to unwind while my skin rejuvenates.
If you’re not in LA but want to have your own Kate Somerville facial at home, you can check out her products at Sephora. Like I said, they’re not necessarily cheap, but the fact that I can see a huge difference in my skin from using them one time is testament enough.
My top recommendations if you want to test out the brand would be trying out one of the starter sets like the Blemish Banisher Kit which includes a lot of the cult favorites— would be a great wishlist item for the holidays! Otherwise, check out the skin care clinic in Los Angeles for a treatment your skin will thank you for!