Skincare Review: Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate

When Kate Somerville gifted me their new product, The Liquid Exfolikate, I was curious. I have tried the original exfoliate and thought it was okay. I didn’t become a favorite as I have my go-to exfoliators then. However, I was looking for another exfoliating toner to help with my texture and pores.

The Liquid Exfolikate contains 10% AHAs (glycolic, lactic, and malic acids) and pumpkin, papaya and pineapple enzymes to sloughs away surface dullness, caviar lime extract and phytic acid to brighten, and peptides, honey, and tea extracts to soothe and hydrate the skin.

I use the #LiquidExfoliKate as a toner every night. It has a runny and water-like consistency. It smells clinical and feels exfoliating. It stings on the parts of my face where my pores are the largest and where textures are visible but only for a few seconds. It feels gentle enough on the skin and it sinks in quickly into the skin but leaving a bit of tackiness that dries down after a few seconds. It can feel a bit drying so I like to follow this with hydrating products and lather on a sleeping mask to moisturize my skin. It was able to cleanse my skin and after a few weeks of use, I noticed brightness and a bit of evenness in my skin tone. Not to the point of completely fading some of the discolorations around my mouth but lightened it a bit.

What’s the most noticeable though is the improvement on the state of my pores. I saw a subtle change in the appearance or lack thereof. It not as noticeable now. I don’t believe that it minimized them but sort if tightened them a bit, especially those on my cheeks. It also improved the textures and bumps on both sides of my face. So far, I’ve been liking its effects and I cannot wait to try more.

The Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate was provided by @katesomervilleskincare and @octoly. Available for $58 at

#KateSomervillegiftedme #OctolyFamily

A Guide to Deep Cleansing

Every day, our skin faces a lot of stressors – pollution, dirt, and sweat, among others. Add the daily makeup we put on our skin. For someone with oily skin like me, if I don’t deeply cleanse, my skin can feel congested, rough, and just plain tired. This will lead to blackheads, breakouts, and all those unfortunate skin problems. So I take some time on a weekend, usually Saturday morning, or afternoon when I prefer to sleep in, with some music on, to provide extra care on my face. The goal is to have cleansed pores and healthy skin.


Cleanse Thoroughly

As soon as I wake up I use a cleansing balm to remove what the skincare products I put on the night before. Something that will remove everything like the All Clean Balm from Heimish or the Pore Cleansing Oil from Roccoco Botanicals, to start anew. Then I proceed with a cleanser like the Jelly Cleanser from J.One or the Deep Cleanse from Tatcha to remove other impurities that are still on my skin and prevent future breakouts with the use of a cleansing brush like the Clarisonic Mia 2. If you’re looking for something gentler, you can use Opus Luxe from Nion, which uses a vibrating anti-bacterial silicon to cleanse the skin. I pat my face afterward with a soft facial towel, not rub, to not irritate my skin.


Exfoliate with a Passion

Some would go for a scrub but it’s a matter of preference. I don’t like small rock-like textures rubbing into my skin. I go for rinse-off exfoliating pads that won’t make my skin red. They help to remove dead skin cells, smoothen the skin’s texture, and balance the skin. You can check out the Centenella Green Level All in One Mild Pad from Purito or Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Perfect Wine Sparkling Peeling Pad from Elizavecca. They will further get rid of dead skin cells, which can clog the pores that lead to breakouts. These pads will also brighten the skin and give it a nice glow, countering the dull-looking skin.


Mask and Take a Selfie

A favorite part of this ritual, I use a facial mask. It’s one of the most important parts of my skincare routine, as someone who has oily skin and is prone to the occasional breakout. When I can feel a breakout looming, I grab Exfolikate from Kate Somerville. If my skin is feeling really congested, I pull out the Cleansing Clay Exfoliant from Alchemy Holistics. This is really great for oily skin types as it really sucks out everything but leaves the skin so soft afterward. When I’m feeling really oily, I go for Supermud Clearing Treatment from Glamglow or Noire Charcoal Mask from Cardea AuSet. These masks are sure to draw out excess oil, pollutants, and other waste materials that get trapped inside pores.

Twice a month, I follow masking with the Baby Facial from Drunk Elephant, for an at-home facial experience. It contains a 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend with Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids. I will have a guaranteed baby-soft skin afterward.


Moisturize Like You Mean It

After all that cleansing, I spray on a facial mist like ENature’s Vita8 Nutritive Mist to refresh the skin and provide instant hydration, like a tall drink of water. I will then lather on a moisturizer to seal in the skin and protect everything I just did. I usually go for the Pure Whipped Chiffon Moisturizer from Serumtologie or the Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel from Boscia. These two will moisturize and hydrate the skin and make it feel plump and healthy

Happy Selfcare!

**published on last March 2018