When it comes to skincare, I have always actively avoided anything with ‘foaming’ within the product name or description. Foaming skincare products are notorious for being too harsh or are an irritant to those with dry and/or sensitive skin and I’ve always found them to leave my skin feeling seriously stripped and uncomfortable. For this very reason, I’ve not introduced any foaming skincare products into my regime for a very long time but I was very kindly given the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash as a gift and I knew I had to try it. Kate Somerville is one of those skincare brands which are featured frequently in beauty favourites posts and videos, but I for one had never tried any of their products until recently.
“Deep clean your face with this facial cleanser that gently removes oil, makeup and impurities for a softer, radiant complexion. Our #1 face wash refreshes and conditions your skin. A facial cleanser gentle enough for daily use and designed to maximize the benefits of Kate’s #1 best-selling ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Use twice a day both AM and PM. Apply a small amount to wet face and neck and massage gently for 30 seconds. Rinse and gently pat dry and use 1-2 times a week.
- Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid help refine the appearance of pores and clear dead skin cell buildup on skin’s surface
- Pineapple, Pumpkin and Papaya Enzymes gently exfoliate without over-drying, leaving skin feeling soft and moisturized.”
The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash £32 is packaged within a 120ml squeezy plastic tube, and is available from Cult Beauty alongside the rest of the Kate Somerville skincare range. The directions include using it to remove makeup but I’d never use a cleanser as high quality as this to remove my makeup as I feel like it’s a massive waste, so I prefer to use something else to remove my makeup and then follow up with this as a second cleanse so I can really enjoy using it. I like to dispense a 50 pence piece amount and massage it into my face and neck for a good minute or so, and then rinse with a hot flannel.
The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash has a creamy yet slightly gritty consistency almost like a face scrub, but as the product is massaged into the skin the grittiness disappears and it becomes more a lot smoother like a cleanser. The foaming action starts on contact with dampened skin, but really intensifies when I try and rinse with a hot flannel. It’s not like a typical foaming cleanser though, instead it’s more like a rich lather which is easy to rinse from the skin. The first time I used the foaming wash, I touched my skin and was really surprised that my skin didn’t feel extremely dry or uncomfortable like I assumed it would be but it visually brightens my skin with every use.
It’s very effective at cleansing the skin, but for me this is an amazing exfoliator which has totally blown me away. It sloughs away at my dead skin cells, minimises dry patches and brightens my complexion without stripping my skin and I’ve not experienced any irritation, tingle or redness since I started using it within my skincare routine. It’s gentle enough for daily use and I can totally understand why this particular product is raved about by so many as it’s brilliant and I cannot recommend it enough if you’re on the hunt for an effective exfoliator which also thoroughly cleanses the skin.
Have you ever tried any of the Kate Somerville skincare range?