Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer Review (2020 Update)

Today, I’m going to discuss the popular Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer.

Does this product live up to its claims? Let’s find out. ⭐


ⓘ In today’s post, I’ll share my 2¢ on Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer

Summary: The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer removes surface dullness for visibly brighter, more radiant skin.

Best For: Brightening, Radiance

Key Ingredients:
Glycolic Acid
Lactic Acid
Pineapple, Pumpkin, and Papaya

Get It @ Ulta Beauty, Sephora

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I’ve tried many Kate Somerville products over the years, including her popular line of acne products like the EradiKate with 10% Sulfur and the D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum.

In my opinion, Kate Somerville makes high-quality products and the ExfoliKate Glow is no exception.

This moisturizer features a “duo of AHAs – Glycolic and Lactic Acids – combined with Pineapple, Pumpkin, and Papaya Enzymes” to remove surface dullness and reveal healthy & glowing skin. 🍍

Fruit enzymes, such as Bromelain (Pineapple) and Papain (Papaya), have been used for decades in food processing as meat tenderizers and as natural digestive supplements (source: Healthline).

In skincare, however, these enzymes help break down cellular structures to loosen the bonds between dead skin cells and promote healthy exfoliation (similar to AHAs like Glycolic Acid).

The ingredient list is actually pretty long though (43 in total), so if you have sensitive skin, I’d skip this one and go for a simpler formula like the Glycolix Elite 20% Glycolic Acid Facial Cream.

There’s also added fragrance (bergamot oil and orange peel oil) which smells like fruit loops according to many reviewers. Cereal, anyone? 🥣

In terms of clinical results, Kate Somerville cites an “independent clinical study” but fails to report any basic parameters like study length, number of participants, study design, etc.

This makes it very difficult to even discuss the study’s findings so I won’t include them here this time (if you want, you can find more details on the ExfoliKate Glow product page).

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In terms of user feedback, I noticed many “rave” reviews (“I love this product!”, “holy grail”, etc.), which tends to raise my “skepticism” eyebrows. Sometimes, especially for brand buyers, we want to like a product because we’ve already bought into the brand (ex. Drunk Elephant – Clean Beauty, SkinCeuticals – Patent-Protected Formulations, etc.).

Here are some of the positive reviews for Kate Somerville:

  • “I initially had a trial of this product that was large enough to use for a week. I was surprised at how quickly it helped my skin look more radiant and smoothed the texture. It feels great under make up, but does even better when I use it before bed as well. I don’t use a lot of skincare products in general, but this one will remain in my skin care routine because of how much impact I get from regular use. A lot of bang for your buck with this one.”
  • “I love this Exfoliate Glow Moisturizer! I love the smell & the feel. It is invigorating! Whenever my skin starts feeling dry, I apply this for soothing & hydrating relief. My skin glows after applying this gem! I use this all year round. I would definitely recommend adding this to your routine!”
  • “Great moisturizer that delivers, especially when it promises you a glow. I had a lot of people compliment me on my glowing complexion, because my skin used to be so dull. It gave me a healthy looking skin.”

The negative reviews tended to focus on the product’s greasiness, lack of results, or skin reactions:

  • “The worst kind of moisturizer are those that feel extremely oily on your skin. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case with this moisturizer, but it is. And it’s not great at hydrating dry skin that’s starting to flake.”
  • “I really wanted to like this product: it smells absolutely wonderful and has a great texture. Unfortunately it seemed to highlight my post inflammatory pigmentation and irritate my skin. I received this product complimentary for sampling purposes.”
  • I find this moisturizer to be just OK. It hasn’t irritated my skin, which is fairly sensitive, but I haven’t gotten any noteworthy results, either. It’s completely neutral to me. I’ve used about half the jar and will finish it, but won’t be repurchasing. It is a little tacky to the touch, and I swear it smells like how I remember Froot-Loops smelling.”

My Verdict: The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer helps clear out surface dullness with AHAs and Fruit Enzymes for a brighter, smoother, and more radiant complexion. Oh, and bring some milk too because this one smells like Fruit Loops. 🥣

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