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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

What it is:A delicate exfoliant for sensitive skin.What it is formulated to do:Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment decongests, detoxifies, and refines skin to reveal a polished, flawless complexion. Get ready for your healthiest, most-radiant skin ever.What else you need to know:This formula's naturally effective complex of ingredients delivers a bevy of benefits. Scrubbing exfoliants lift dead skin cells from surface while papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes reduce pore size, stimulate circulation, and improve oxygen flow.
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Questions & Answers for Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment

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Do you apply this on dry skin or wet skin? Does it make a difference wet or dry?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
shadowi
(Los Angeles, CA)
on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
11 answers
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answer 1
I have used it with wet and dry skin. I recommend using it on wet skin as said in the directions. The product will cleanse and exfoliate better on wet skin.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
acdcviii
(Dover, DE)
answer 2
I wet my hands before I apply the product which seems to work well. Sometimes I add a bit more moisture as I distribute it on my face however I don't think you want to dilute the product too much because I would think that it would lessen the potency.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
hlmsmith
(Lincoln, NE)
answer 3
I would say only on wet skin, leave on for 2 minutes then rinse.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hulagirlnyc
(Easton, CT)
answer 4
Add to wet skin, just like the other.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
lorirene
(So Ca)
answer 5
I usually wet my skin down a little before applying. I am not sure if that is what you are supposed to do but it's how I have been using it and it works great!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
beauty05
(Federal Way, WA)
answer 6
i applied a thin layer to freshly washed skin. I patted off most of the moisture, but it still had a little dewiness to it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 7
The packaging states to apply it to damp skin. I apply it as directed and my skin comes out smooth after using it. From my opinion, I would worry that if you put it on dry skin directly it would be too aggressive as I find it already irritating when applied to damp skin. I suppose you can give it a try and find out what works best for you.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Ines
(Seattle, WA)
answer 8
apply to wet/damp skin, but suggest you save your money rather than order this one.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
sophiezoie
(RI)
answer 9
The instructions say to put on clean dry skin.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
slgrant
(Hoboken, NJ)
answer 10
I do both, depending on how flaky and/or irritated my skin is. You get a better scrub if you apply it to dry skin; however, if your skin's sensitive, applying it to damp skin's better. The directions recommend applying it in the shower, since your pores are open, but you can get the same effect by splashing warm water on your face before scrubbing.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
trinny
(Charleston, SC)
answer 11
I use on wet skin in the shower twice weekly. I leave on for approx 2 minutes then rinse off. I have oily sensitive skin. Also like that it does not sting my eyes.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
sungazer
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Intensive vs Gentle kate somerville's exfoliator (medium tone, oily skin)
Hi, I'm 33 asian female with problem skin, oily, congested pores, moderate acnes...but sensitive at the same time.

My esthetician recomended that exfoliate home using enzyme based products. I came across this exfoliator but wonder if I should use the regular & intensive one since I would assume it works more powerfully and effectively?.
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(new york)
on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
9 answers
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answer 1
If you have a Sephora store close to you just go in and ask an associate to make you a sample of both the regular ExfoliKate and the Gentle version. If you've already purchased one and don't think it suites you they are great about helping you return products that have been opened and used if your skin doesn't respond well to it.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
hlmsmith
(Lincoln, NE)
answer 2
I always start with the gentler version of any exfoliating product because its better to be gentle vs. harsh. If you are unable to go into a Sephora store to talk to a specialist directly, I would suggest ordering the gentle version and trying it out. If you see results, still with it! Sephora has a great return/exchange policy, so if it doesn't work - upgrade to normal.

Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Portsmouth, NH)
answer 3
if you are real sensitive I would say to buy a less expensive product than this one if you can't use the regular version. I found the regular worth the money, but not the sensitive version. try yes to carrots exfoliator for similar experience to the gentle kate, but much less money.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
sophiezoie
(RI)
answer 4
I would recommend using the ExfoliKate Gentle if you have a eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or any other sensitive skin condition. The regular ExfoliKate is intensive and should be massaged onto the skin and left on for 30 seconds and used once a week. When your skin gets more used to the product, you can leave it on up to 2 minutes. It does have glycolic acid and cinnamon oil, so it is normal to have a flush to the skin right after because of increased blood circulation. One does not work better than the other, you just have to use the one that is more appropriate for your skin.
answered 4 years ago
armanestra
(MD)
answer 5
I think you should def use the gentle first. I have combo/oily acne prone skin thats not sensitive at all and the regular was a bit harsh on my skin. Its not that it leaves you red or anything but it did purge my skin alot and make me breakout. The gentle is much nicer and still effective. I dont breakout on this one. Good luck
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
ilovemyyorkie
(New York, NY)
answer 6
You should not use the regular ExfoliKate if your skin's even slightly sensitive. The enzyme level is too high for sensitive skin, and will just burn the skin and exacerbate your acne.

Gentle exfoliates just as well as the regular, though it's slightly less effective as a peel. However, if you use the ExfoliKate Gentle a couple of times a week, you'll get the same results. And it's cheaper!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
trinny
(Charleston, SC)
answer 7
I would first ry the Gentle exfoliating treatment if your skin is sensitive. I have sensitive skin and am acne prone and this stuff is very good at keeping my pores clear. I think my skin looks healthier since I started using it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
ferrari88
(Montclair NJ)
answer 8
After my FIRST use, I truly felt like a film of dead skin cells had been cleared away. I use it in the evening, and after washing it all off my skin feels like I just used toner. In the morning my face looks very clear, as though I had been drinking tons of water and just exercised. I really recommend you purchase the gentle Exfolikate. I use mine about twice per week, for about 6 weeks now. I only use a lima bean size amount, and I can't tell that my tube is any lighter than when I first opened the box. It's even less expensive than the regular, for the same amount of product!

Given your sensitive skin I recommend the gentle version. I find it MORE effective than the regular. I can understand why you'd assume the full-strength one is better and more effective, but it wasn' t so for me. Also, the regular one hurt my normally gasoline-proof face. This one has a tingling sensation, but as long as you wash it off no later than the 2-minute mark you'll be fine and you'll get great results.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
petalstoo
(The Valley, CA)
answer 9
No, I think you should just try this one first. It has enzymes in it and I've found it to be quite effective at exfoliating. You don't want to overdo it and strip your skin of its oils because it may overcompensate for the lack of oil and start breaking out more. Also, acids can be irritating and you don't want to wind up with red, irritated skin.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
cherryice
(NY)
Question
Smell vs. regular ExfoliKate
does this have the same spicy smell as the regular ExfoliKate? Also why is it cheaper? Is it thinner consistency or not as gritty?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
maryann12
on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
8 answers
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answer 1
It is thinner consistently and less grittier but still gets the same job done.
answered 4 weeks, 1 day ago
juliamaute
(New Jersey)
answer 2
Less gritty and has a spa smell...
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hulagirlnyc
(Easton, CT)
answer 3
No the scent is lighter, and the consistency is thinner so it does not radically "sand" your skin while you smooth it on, like the other formula.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
lorirene
(So Ca)
answer 4
Exfolikate Gentle has a citrusy/minty scent. It is less gritty than the regular because it is meant for sensitive skin. As for the price, I'm not sure why it's less expensive and am not complaining either. =)
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
toadster
(Vallejo, CA)
answer 5
I find the smell of the Gentle Exfol to be 'spicy' or 'eucalypty', just like regular Kate. The gentleness may come from smaller, finer granules. Works well. Cost difference? Who knows. Same size/amt as regular.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
vfig
(Detroit, MI)
answer 6
same fragrance but inefective at best.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
sophiezoie
(RI)
answer 7
It is not as spicey a smell and it doesn't tingle as much. But, it works just as well as the regular. I tried the regular in a sample pack. I bought the gentle only because it was cheaper and I've been very happy.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
jwit
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 8
It does not have the heavy spicy spell from regular ExfoliKate. The consistency of Gentle is as thick as the regular, but the grains are a bit smaller and the enzyme levels are not as strong. Gentle does still work as a peel, but it's not as effective as the regular. That being said, if the regular causes any dryness or irritation (like it does for me!), the gentle is an excellent option. It still exfoliates skin and works as a peel, it's just not as abrasive.

As for the cost, I'm going to hazard a guess that the gentle is cheaper because it has lower levels of enzymes and active ingredients. That's purely a guess, though.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
trinny
(Charleston, SC)
Question
Are the results as good as the original?
Is this product basically the same at the original EXfoliKate except gentler? Meaning, will the results be as dramatic on those with sensitive skin who use this version of ExfoliKate?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
missindependent
(Dallas, TX)
on ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment
3 answers
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answer 1
I have have sensitive dry skin and this is the exfolikate that I use, I would say they all give equal results just for different skin types, if i used the orange exfoliate i will have redness. If you have sensitive skin I would use gentle.
answered 4 weeks, 1 day ago
juliamaute
(New Jersey)
answer 2
i've used both and i will tell you that the original has a more herbal smell and more of those exfoliating beads but I personally prefer the gentle because i have dry combination skin and I saw a difference after I used this for the first time today.
answered 1 year ago
tiffay
(PA)
answer 3
Yes, better and you can use it everyday...
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hulagirlnyc
(Easton, CT)
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