OUR INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER OF KATE SOMERVILLE SKINCARE
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What inspired you to create your brand?
“I grew up with eczema, so from a young age, I knew what it felt like to be uncomfortable in my own skin. This sparked my passion for helping others. And because I had a natural interest in skincare, a good friend of mine who was a dermatologist suggested I get a degree in aesthetics, which I did. After several years working alongside some of the world’s top dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, I decided it was time to do my own thing. I helped pioneer paramedical aesthetics when I opened my own Skin Health Experts Clinic on Melrose place in 2004 and decided to innovate with my own product line so people could heal their skin and see results at home.”
Founders Quote -DeliKate™ Recovery Serum
"We were seeing more and more clients at the clinic with a compromised skin barrier and sensitized skin after experimenting with from actives like acids, retinol, and vitamin c. I created my DeliKate™ line to help calm stressed skin and bring it back to balance with a combination of peptides and ceramides.”
What’s your morning / night routine?
“My approach to beauty is simple, I want an effective yet easy-to-use and on the go routine, so I always follow my five daily do’s – cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, moisturise and SPF. I love my nourishing Goat Milk Cleanser and I use ExfoliKate™ Intensive twice a week, it’s my holy grail product and totally transforms skin just 2 minutes. I hydrate my skin with our new HydraKate™ Recharging Serum which is packed with hyaluronic acid. I seal it all in with Peptide K8 Power Cream and finish off with UncompliKated SPF 50 in the morning to protect my skin.”
What does a day in your life look like?
“I always start my day with a coffee and green smoothie before getting stuck into work and I love to finish my day off with a walk and sauna”.
What is your ‘desert island’ product you couldn't live without?
“Peptide K8. If someone was like, you’re on an island, so you have sand, so you can exfoliate, I would need my Peptide K8. I should look a lot older than I do, and I really feel like using those peptides for so long has kept my skin in really good shape. And I don’t have many wrinkles. I’m definitely losing elasticity, but the wrinkle part, I don’t have, and I, I’ve been really consistent with peptides, and Peptide K8. I’ve used it for over 10 years now. It’s so gentle too, so it’s this anti-ager, but it’s not going to irritate, like vitamin C or retinol or that kind of thing. I feel like it’s just fed my skin.”
What piece of advice have you received that has been impactful to your skincare journey / business?
"For beauty or any industry, you’re interested in, have the courage to take the path. When there is a 'no' or a slammed door go the other way, don’t give up. Keep going. There are so many incredibly successful people who failed before they made it."
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