We caught up with the celebrity skincare guru, brand founder, and goat milk lover.
Kate Somerville isn’t just a skincare miracle worker to the Hollywood elite in her clinic—she’s also the founder of one of Sephora’s favorite skincare brands. Her latest collection takes a wholesome farm-to-bottle ingredient, goat’s milk, and serves it as a dream come true for those with dry, damaged, or sensitive skin. The Sephora Glossy talked to Somerville about her personal relationship with skincare, the many benefits of goat’s milk, and more. JESSICA VELEZ
When did you first become passionate about skincare?
“Growing up, I suffered from eczema all over. This inspired me to go into skincare, because I knew what it was like to feel uncomfortable in my own skin, and it gave me the compassion to care for others’ skin issues. My skincare collection is also created in direct response to the challenges I see on a daily basis in my clinic—the same skin health issues men and women of all ages and ethnicities face everywhere.”
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of skincare?
“I love going to my refrigerator and seeing what I can experiment with—like trying raw mango on my face!”
Do you have a guilty pleasure that’s bad for your skin? If so, how do you counter the effects?
“The sun! I love the beach, as we all do. The warmth of the sun and staying out all day feels so great. But if I’m out in the sun, then I always have sunscreen on—always!”
Tell us about the skincare benefits of goat’s milk.
“Lactose from goat’s milk helps soothe and moisturize dry, sensitive, and damaged skin. My Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream contains lactose with added natural milk proteins to deliver deep hydration and help repair skin’s natural lipid barrier. Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm and Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser also contain the nourishing benefits of mānuka honey, coupled with other soothing ingredients like aloe and jojoba.”
We heard that when you were a young child, your mom used to give you milk baths to soothe your skin—and that it inspired this collection. How else has she influenced your outlook on beauty?
“My mom showed me that real beauty comes from the inside. She was always very natural and taught me by example that when you feel good, you look good too.”
What do you personally love about your Goat Milk collection?
“It’s gentle and healing, which makes it great for anyone with sensitive or dry skin. I love my Goat Milk collection because each product contains nutrients that literally soothe my skin, and that’s essential now that my allergies are so high—my eczema is flaring up and can be really painful.”
What routine do you recommend for the collection?
“I use the cleanser morning and night. I love it in the morning because it’s so gentle, and at night I double cleanse with it because it feels so hydrating and is a great makeup remover. I use the eye balm next as it’s a great product to soothe and revitalize tired, puffy eyes. It’s so lightweight that I can use it under and over makeup. I then put on the cream—even though it’s super light, it’s also super moisturizing at the same time. You barely feel that it’s even there, and that’s what makes it different from heavy moisturizers on the market.”