Pro Picks: Radiant Skin

L.A.-based skin care guru, Kate Somerville, is single-handedly responsible for the glowing faces of many Hollywood A-listers. Here, she shares some of her top complexion-perfecting products, treatments and tricks of the trade.

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Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville opened her namesake beauty clinic on trendy Melrose Place with the goal of addressing skin wellness. In no time at all, she had a devoted following that included Kate Walsh, Felicity Huffman, Debra Messing and Paris Hilton. She followed that up with a luxe, results-oriented skin care collection that allowed “real women” to score the same radiant, camera-ready complexions as those of her elite clients.

Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

This was one of the first products I ever developed. It’s truly the next best thing to seeing me in the clinic and, without a doubt, one of my “desert island” must-haves.



Kate Somerville

Puffy Eye Quick Fix

Steep two bags of green tea in warm water. Place bags over eyes for five minutes. Using cold spoons, massage in your favorite eye cream, working the spoons outward to promote lymphatic drainage. The caffeine in the green tea constricts as the cold spoons de-puff.


Curél Daily Moisture Original Lotion for Dry Skin

I have eczema and this is the only lotion I’ve found that helps keep my skin calm. I put it on the second I get out of the bath or shower.




Kate Somerville Clearing Mask

This is especially for those with acne or oily skin, to help heal breakouts and prevent future ones.



Kate Somerville

Water with Lemon

When drinking caffeine, I always drink a 16 oz cup of water with lemon to alkanize the body.



It’s minimally invasive with no downtime. I like to use it in the lips. Because the product creates a cushion, it helps prevent future wrinkles from forming.


Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment

I was so impressed with the technology and anti-aging/healing properties of the peptide P-199, I created this moisturizer based on it. It has quickly become a staple in my regimen.



Kate Somerville

Clarisonic Classic and PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System

I’m so obsessed with these brushes, I sell them in my clinic.





I call it the nonsurgical face-lift. Titan is the first light-based system approved by the FDA for the safe treatment of lax skin. It works wonders!


Kate Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes

I created this product for Paris and the girls obsessed with spray tans. Nothing they were using went on evenly and all were a pain to remove. This product can be taken anywhere. Applied to clean skin, it dries in minutes and four hours later, you’re tan!



Kate Somerville

Gillette Mach3 Classic Razor

I use it once a week, for shaving facial hair (for real!). It helps rid my face of the peach fuzz that laser hair removal can’t pick up and provides added exfoliation.






First Published February 3, 2011

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