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Love & Hate: ExfoliKate

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate for some time now. It started about two years ago when I was given a sample. My excitement to try this product bordered on embarrassing. That excitement turned to horror less than five minutes later, however, when I rinsed off the treatment and found my face not only beet-red, but covered in 2nd degree burns. Some burns were about the size of a pin head, others nearly the size of a dime. The redness lasted for several days and the painful scabs from the burns took a week to heal. To be fair, this wasn’t exactly Kate’s fault. The product sample didn’t come with full directions or warnings and I have famously sensitive skin, turned red and irritated by even some moisturizers over the years. Nonetheless, this was the first time a beauty product had literally reduced me to tears. But as the redness subsided and the scabs healed, I noticed something else — my skin was incredibly smooth, visibly brighter, and the sunspots noticeably lighter. Still horrified from the experience but impressed …

My Winter Skin Saviors

I have uncomfortably dry skin. When winter arrives, Vichy products are what gets me through. Product junkie that I am, I stray. I’ll try what’s hot, what’s new, what’s luxe. But no. In the end, I always come back to my tried-and-true. They never let me down. If you haven’t tried Pureté Thermale, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. It has a feel unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used. The first time I used it, I kept rinsing and rinsing my face, feeling like there was some sort of film left behind. But then I patted my face down with my fluffy towel, and…wow. The softest, smoothest skin I’ve ever had. In addition to being extremely dry, my face is also hyper-sensitive, often turning red and irritated by even “gentle” products. But this cleanser leaves my face absolutely irritation free. It’s the least-red my skin has ever been. Aqualia Thermal is moisture, pure and simple. Deeply hydrating, it somehow manages to feel light, refreshing and never heavy or greasy. How good is it? It’s search-through-every-drugstore-in-a-foreign-country-because-you-forgot-to-pack-it …