Kate Somerville's Summer Skincare Tips - Neiman Marcus

Kate Somerville’s Summer Skincare Tips

Kristen Spaulding

June 18, 2015


Pairing down goes beyond your wardrobe or accessory choices during the summer. Ever wonder how to reduce the size of pores? Or which beauty products to pack on an airplane? With the summer holiday season upon us, skincare expert Kate Somerville shares her beauty secrets for the months of travel, saltwater and sun. Her insider guide covers all do’s and don’ts, including a summer vacation skincare routine and how to avoid dehydrated skin on an airplane.

Kate Somerville
Kate Somerville

NM: Beauty tips for the frequent flyer…
KS: Hydration is so important while traveling because we’re usually not drinking as much water as we should and the air on planes is dry.

I can’t leave home without my DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment – it gives skin an instant boost of hydration (ideal during long flights) and plumps fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth, refreshed look.

After using DermalQuench Liquid Lift, I apply Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask for intense hydration and firming and to fight free radical damage from pollution.

My other travel essential is my Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream. It instantly lifts and smooths and makes me look rested.

NM: Favorite summer sun safety tips…
KS: SPF protection is the most important element for healthy skin year round, but it’s particularly important during the summer months. Sun degrades our collagen and elastin and affects our body’s ability to create healthy new cells. Many of my clients ask me to take away or reverse something they don’t like about their skin, and usually what they don’t like could have been avoided by staying out of the sun.

You should never leave the house without applying sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Reapply every 2 hours if you’re in the sun – even on cloudy days.

I recommend looking for sunscreens with ingredients that contain either physical or chemical blocks and always look for broad-spectrum protection – which means protection from all UV rays. Try Kate Somerville Waterlight SPF 50. It’s a physical sunscreen, so it won’t clog pores.

Beyond sunscreen, you also need to cover up. Wear a hat when you’re out in the sun for any length of time and especially in the middle of the day.

NM: My summer vacation beauty routine…
KS: I never wear a lot of makeup, especially when I’m on vacation. I like to go bare and let my skin breath. Aside from wearing SPF, I use my new Nourish Hydrating Firming Mist to keep skin hydrated throughout the day. It’s refreshing and smells of lavender and orange. I also love using my Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment to keep skin moisturized on vacation. Dilo Oil comes from Fiji and has amazing restorative properties. I apply on my face and body.

NM: And at night…
KS: The nighttime skincare cocktail that I currently swear by is alternating Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum with RetAsphere Mircopeel (every other night). When using these overnight treatments in conjunction with one another, you will have smooth, glowing, virtually flawless skin!

NM: And then for reducing pores during the humid summer months…
KS: During the summer it’s always a good idea to get regular facials to help keep pores clear. Skin becomes congested from heat, sunscreen and humidity. The Signature Facial at my Skin Health Experts Clinic on Melrose Place is completely customized to each individual’s needs and leaves skin smooth, clear and healthy. I recommend getting a facial every 4-6 weeks for maintenance. A gentle laser, like Laser Genesis, can also help to reduce the size of pores and reduce oil production.

Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic
Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic
Treatment room at the Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic.
Treatment room at the Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic.

NM: When it comes to beauty, never underestimate the importance of…
KS: Exfoliation! Exfoliation should be a part of every skincare regimen. To get glowing skin, you need to exfoliate regularly (2-3 a week, depending on skin type). It’s absolutely crucial for removing dry, dead skin cells and deep cleaning pores.

Look for exfoliating formulas with Fruit Enzymes, like Pumpkin, Pineapple or Papaya Enzymes, like my ExfoliKate Intensive (available also in a gentle and anti-acne formula). They gently dissolve dead skin. Stay away from products containing sharp nuts or seeds, because they can actually damage skin. Always exfoliate with steam (I recommend in the shower). Steaming not only warms the skin, it also adds moisture and hydration to soften skin.

Regular exfoliation helps your other products absorb better and skin will be brighter and smoother.

NM: Favorite skincare secret right now…
KS: My secret to treating dark circles: I steep green tea bags and put two metal spoons on ice. Then, I apply the tea bags over my eye area for ten minutes. After I remove the tea bags, I apply Line Release Eye Cream, then massage around my eye area with the cold spoons. This trick instantly reduces puffiness!

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