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Skin Care Tips From Kate Somerville

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Skin Care Tips From Kate Somerville

Complexion insight from Hollywood's hottest skin care expert.
Kate  Somerville
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Nov 16, 2013 at 09:00 AM

I am a paramedical esthetician and have been practicing for almost 20 years! As a specialized facialist, I’ve spent most of my professional life working side by side with dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, complementing their treatment strategies, with a focus on improving skin health. Twenty years, times 8 hours a day, five days a week, is a lot of time spent caring for the skin of countless clients. Let’s do the math: that’s almost 50,000 hours. Wow—that even surprises me. Skin care is more to me than just a job—it’s honestly my calling.

Your Skin Reflects Your Emotions

Over the years, I’ve seen so many people who were overcome with grief because of their skin challenges, and they were all searching for one simple thing: a healthy complexion. I can’t tell you how many clients have cried in my chair because they were distraught and feeling powerless. I’ve watched these men and women struggle with the state of their skin, and it’s heartbreaking. Whether it’s the emotional turmoil caused by acne or the anxiety associated with aging, such insecurities can negatively influence how these individuals see themselves, how others see them, and how they live their lives.

My book, Complexion Perfection, is for every woman and man who wants—yearns for—gorgeous, glowing skin. Healthy skin is not a sign of vanity or privilege; healthy skin is every person’s right. Whether you’ve never had it or you want to get it back, it’s my professional goal to make radiant skin your reality. Whether you look tired and run-down, are plagued by breakouts, or are showing the signs of aging, my book is designed to give you the information and motivation you need to get your skin—and your spirit—in shape.

When Skin Care Products Don't Work

You may be like the many clients who have come to me after trying everything. They’ve spent hundreds (even thousands!) of dollars, tried a multitude of products, and popped controversial pills, yet they haven’t seen results; or worse, they’ve experienced damaging side effects. I understand the frustration. There’s so much out there. Just stepping into the cosmetics department of any retailer is enough to cause anxiety and confusion. What treatments to choose? What supplements to take? What ingredients to look for? What products to buy? The “what?” list goes on and on.

So I sit with my clients and tune in to their skin and their stories, because beauty is more than skin- deep. I dig. I learn about their lives, their families, and their challenges—complexion oriented and beyond. I know when they’re head over heels in love or simply in over their heads. How? Sometimes they tell me, but mostly I know because the glow is either there or it’s not.

 Our skin is a reflection of our deepest selves. The expression “It’s written all over your face” is so true. We absolutely wear our lives on our faces: our joys and pains, our loves and losses, our victories and surrenders. Our skin speaks of our present, tells tales of our past, and foreshadows our future. So, while some people read the lines on palms, I read the lines on faces.

How Kate Somerville Does A Skin-Tervention

Haven’t you looked in the mirror during a challenging time and witnessed its undeniable mark on your face: dark circles, puffy eyes, furrowed brow? I certainly have. I’ve battled my own complexion chaos my entire life. I’ve had eczema since I was a child. To this day, when I’m traveling; not eating right; drinking too much caffeine; or not stopping to breathe, smile, and let go, my eczema comes back with a vengeance. It’s a not-so-subtle message telling me to slow down. I look tired, my skin is lifeless, and, let’s be honest, I look older. I need a “skin-tervention”! That can mean taking a hike with the dog, relaxing in a long bath, squeezing some fresh juice, getting a facial, or spending time with my husband. And remembering to just breathe. . . .

I’ve spent years working on myself and my soul. Yet I only recently came to understand how effective this work can be in healing the human body and our skin. The present state of our skin reflects the present state of our being. Since it’s the largest organ that’s visible to the eye, our skin is a reflection of what’s going on in our heads and our hearts.

Feel Good, Look Good

I read an interview with Michelle Obama in O, The Oprah Magazine, and she said that her happiness was directly tied to how she felt about herself. I think that most of us are like this—when we feel good about ourselves, we are stronger and meet the world better. I know that when my skin looks healthy, glowing, and clear, I feel better about myself. That feeling influences the decisions I make and the way I care for my friends, my business, and my family.

Everyone has a right to that radiance; it’s not just reserved for celebrities, brides-to-be, or those who are simply born that way. You’re in control. You have the power to change your skin and change your life.

About Author
Kate  Somerville
Kate Somerville is a widely respected paramedical esthetician with more than 18 years’ experience in clinical skin care. She is the CEO and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care and has a flourishing medi-skin clinic in Los Angeles. Continue reading