You Can Now Slather Kate Somerville's Best-Selling Facial Product on Your Entire Body
It doesn't matter how much body lotion you slather on or how many times a day you do it, adding a body scrub into the mix is what will give you the softest, smoothest skin from head to toe.
While some scrubs have a reputation for being rough on the skin, it's important to note that they're not all created equal. One example is Kate Somerville's Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub, the brand's new body care product inspired by its best-selling Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment facial scrub and the skin expert's signature clinic treatment.
"I created Exfolikate way back in the day when I first opened my spa on Melrose Place in LA. I was doing custom mixes for clients on-site, and one star I worked with wanted to take one of the mixes with her on a four-month shoot to keep her skin fresh," Somerville exclusively tells InStyle of the facial scrub's origin. "At the time, I would choose the beads based on the skin type for physical exfoliation, and after that, I'd paint the green mask on for chemical exfoliation. I gave her some of the mask with the beads mixed in it and she flipped out."
The Resurfacing Body Scrub offers the same mix of physical and chemical exfoliation, which makes it stand out from other scrubs on the market. It contains fruit enzymes and both lactic and salicylic acids for chemical exfoliation, pumice for physical exfoliation, caffeine to firm skin, and honey, aloe, and soybean oils to soothe and restore the skin barrier. The brand recommends using it two to three times a week for the best results. And yes, it has the same seaweed green hue as the facial scrub.
Why pumice? Somerville discovered it while spending time in Hawaii opening her second spa location and likes that it provides grit, but is still gentle. "I'm not a fan of crushed nuts because they're sharp," she explains of her choice not to go with the popular alternative.
To shop: $56; katesomerville.com
What also sets this scrub apart is that it doubles as a body mask. Somerville recommends massaging it into the skin and letting it sit for a few minutes to let the chemical exfoliants get to work and dissolve dead skin cells. Then, rinse it off for soft, radiant skin.
"The key is really leaving it on because the scrub is only going to roughen up the dead skin. It's the enzymes and lactic and salicylic acid that are going to dissolve the dead skin so you get an even softer finish," Somerville explains.
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While the Resurfacing Body Scrub officially launches on March 1, I was given a sample by the brand to test before it comes out. I've used it both as a traditional scrub and have left it on as a mask. Post-shower, I follow up with a soothing body lotion. Both methods leave my skin feeling softer and smoother than it does when I skip exfoliation and just use lotion.
Somerville says the formula will also help improve discoloration and dullness with continued use. And with the warm weather (finally) on the horizon, you best believe I'm going to keep this scrub in my shower to find out.
Kate Somerville's Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub is available starting March 1 for $56 at katesomerville.com.