Beauty product of the week: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser

Posted: 25 May 2018 4:16 pm

The cult classic for skin so clean it tingles.

Why we love this product

I'll be the first to admit that I'd forgotten all about this absolute gem of a product. As part of my job and as a skincare addict (I'm not ashamed), I try all different kinds of cleansers, toners and moisturisers - so you know that when I keep coming back to something, it has to be worth it.

So when I rummaged through my skincare drawer and pulled out the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser, you could practically hear my skin cells cheering already. There's something about it that just works with my dull, dry skin to make it feel cleansed to within an inch of its life - and honestly I'm all about it. This year marked the ExfoliKate Cleanser's second birthday, but it's just as good as new in my eyes.

The cleanser is formulated with AHAs and natural fruit enzymes, which give your skin an ever-so-slight tingling sensation when you're using it to wash away the day's makeup and grime. According to the description, "Pineapple, pumpkin and papaya enzymes purify skin whilst glycolic acid and lactic acid help to clear buildup", and I can confirm that it does feel clearer.

I occasionally use my ExfoliKate cleanser in conjunction with the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment if I need a really deep scrub (generally only if I've worn a full face of makeup or used SFX makeup), but for the most part the daily cleanser is enough to keep me going.

I like to use mine to remove my makeup, and then follow up with a few swipes of my Face Halo to really get those last bits of muck out. Follow that up with a face mask and frankly my skin has never been happier.

At first I was worried when it first started to tingle because I do have quite sensitive skin, but it was simply the ingredients working on my skin to polish me up. While it did feel a little like pins and needles in some of the more problematic areas of my face, it wasn't uncomfortable and considering how sensitive my skin is, that's a big deal.


The ExfoliKate Cleanser is a little on the pricier side as cleansers go, coming in at $55 for 120mLs, but it's worth every cent. A little does go a long way with this product because it does lather up quite nicely, so I could get away with a pea sized portion for my whole face so each tube lasts me a long time.

Where can you buy it?

Kate Somerville products are available for purchase from eBay, Cult Beauty, Nordstrom and of course direct from the Kate Somerville website.

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