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Los Angeles facialist Kate Somerville on the making of her bestselling ExfoliKate Cleanser

With over a hundred of MECCA’s favourite products nominated in this year’s Beauty Election, we know that the final winners as chosen by you, our customers, would truly be the best of the best. And in the hotly contested cleanser category, MECCA are thrilled to confirm that Exfolikate Cleanser is back as winner of Best Cleanser, last winning in 2017).

Devised by Los Angeles-based facialist Kate Somerville, it’s a regular MECCA bestseller. “It’s all about the fruit enzymes! Papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes are amazing at removing the debris that glycolic acid helps exfoliate from your skin’s surface,” she says from her home in California. “This is a one-of-a-kind cleanser that gives you a super clean feeling while revealing a natural glow without stripping skin.”

HOW SHE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA

Somerville’s Los Angeles clinic is renowned for its enzymatic exfoliations, tailoring it to your skin’s needs and sensitivities. Now that we won’t be travelling to Los Angeles anytime soon, the Exfolikate Cleanser is the way to get her signature touch, at home (and, every day). “It was inspired by my top selling product, Exfolikate Intensive, which is a clinic super facial you can do at home twice a week to reveal smoother, pore-perfected, glowing skin,” she shares. “Clients at my clinic – as well as consumers online – kept asking for a daily exfoliating product that was also an effective cleanser. So it came out of a need from customers and I’m so glad they love it!” And celebrities? “We have lots of celebrity clients who love it, but we don’t name names,” she demurs.

WHEN SHE KNEW SHE WAS ONTO A WINNING PRODUCT

“The day I got the finished sample back from my chemist – it was so good!” she remembers. “I just knew it would be a home run. It’s gentle and creamy, foams slightly, and offers exfoliation to leave my skin soft, shiny and smooth.” It wasn’t always such smooth sailing with this product though. “Honestly, the only challenge [in creating this product] was convincing the team we needed it. The concern was that consumers would be confused about the cleanser vs ExfoliKate Intensive. But because we nailed the formula pretty quick, we all saw how different and needed both products are.”

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF THE CLEANSER

“This is a great cleanser for both your morning and evening regimen. I love it as my night time cleanser. Sometimes I’ll use it with a washcloth for deeper exfoliation. What sets it apart is the way it feels, PLUS the results,” she emphasises. “You literally get smooth, soft, refreshed-looking skin every day.” It’s designed for all skin types (normal, dry, combination, as well as acne-prone and oily), however if you have sensitive or extremely dry skin, Somerville recommends the DeliKate Soothing Cleanser or her Goat Milk Cleanser.

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