As some of you may know, earlier this year – in the middle of lockdown – I found out I was expecting my first baby. Pregnancy brings along so many changes, but one of the main things that affected me from those early days of knowing was my skincare, and what I can/cannot use on my face anymore.
Let’s face it: I was (and still would be) a die-hard salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid fan. Those who have struggled with acne, pigmentation and scarring will know that these acids are powerhouse ingredients at keeping acne prone, marked skin in the best condition possible. They don’t always ‘cure’ it, but they sure do help.
Then comes along a little fetus growing in my belly, and it’s time to ease off the acids and be a little more gentle with my skin. Of course, me being me, it’s important I still use professional products with quality ingredients. My skincare regime is super important to me, and is something I’ll never cut back on, and this wasn’t going to change.
For those who are in the same situation as me, or have sensitive, compromised skin, here’s a review of the Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Cream, Serum and Cleanser.
Kate Somerville Delikate Range Review
The first thing you might be drawn to here is the beautiful packaging. There’s something about this intense lilac colour that is feminine yet premium. So soft looking and pretty. Before this collection arrived with me I don’t think I’d ever owned a collection of skincare products in gorgeous lilac bottles – it’s certainly unique.
The range consists of three hero products designed to work together:
Kate Somerville Recovery Cream £69
Kate Somerville Soothing Cleanser £33
Kate Somerville Recovery Serum £70
The DeliKate range was first created for Kate to use in her skincare clinic to calm the skin of clients after treatments such as peels, or if a client had inflamed skin that needed cooling. The products are talked about as being ideal for those with redder than usual skin, or skin so sensitive it plays up after treatments.
Along with having skin treatments, the Kate Somerville brand have realised that along with those who have sensitive skin or invest in skin treatments, there are many people out their who can be quite ‘intense’ with their skincare regimes. Over-exfoliating, carrying out at-home peels and trying out lots of different brands and ingredients can be quite common, but it can make people prone to stressed out, over sensitised skin, which is where the DeliKate range can help soothe, calm and treat.
Kate Somerville Delikate Recovery Cream
I’m going to start with the DeliKate Recovery Cream, because out of the three, this is the one that I got excited about using the most when I first switched up my skincare regime back in June. I was heavily reliant on exfoliant creams, pigmentation lotions and retinol treatments (the DermalQuench Liquid Lift +Retinol Advanced Resurfacing Treatment by Kate Somerville was a product I loved using earlier this year, which I’ve had to pause for now, but was fabulous for those with early signs of aging whilst still needing to fight off breakouts and marks), so it was a big change for me to use a calming cream instead.
However, every time I use this Recovery Cream, each go feels like a special occasion, and I know that sounds a little OTT. The cream is kind of like a balmy texture, which feels soft, luxurious and almost velvet like, so the application experience is always a joy. My skin looks smooth, glowy and calm almost immediately after using it, with almost a subtle gloss-like finish.
I’ve been applying it at night time, and always felt that fresh-faced glow was that little brighter in the mornings after sleeping in this cream. If you have sensitive skin, or are looking at stripping back your skincare without compromising on results, I think you’ll love this cream. The glow it gives is phenomenal, and I don’t think I’ll tire of applying this sightly rich texture to my face.
Here’s a list of the combination of peptides and three essential ceramides which work to sooth the skin:
*Peptide Complex + Ceramides relieve redness, calm irritation & restore skin’s protective barrier
*Ginger root, green tea extracts and honey, which aid reducing irritation
*Tasmannia Lanceolate Fruit Extract which aims to help calm the skin
I love how my skin feels soothed immediately when using this, yet also super hydrated and nourished, as well as glowy and healthy as I keep saying above! Another plus is that it doesn’t aggravate my breakouts, or make them worse. I wouldn’t say this is a product designed to help acne, but it definitely works with mine to soothe any irritation and calms the redness down. I feel it makes my angry red marks look so much less ‘mad’, and I like to think it eases my scarring a little, although I’m not sure if that’s just something in my head at the moment. Perhaps a little more time will tell there…
Great for using on the days after a treatment too, if you’re one who is very active on having facial treatments carried out (like I was, boo hoo, before I’m now not allowed!)
Kate Somerville DeliKate Soothing Cleanser
As I mentioned earlier, I was relying on acids for my skincare regime, which meant my cleanser was rich in Salicylic Acid. With that being a no-no, the DeliKate Soothing Cleanser was the first cleanser I tried to transition me away from any harsh ingredients, and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint.
It’s aim – along with calming and soothing the skin – is to use gentle yet effective ingredients like the three essential ceramides, to deep cleanse and care for skin that has been over-exfoliated or suffers sensitivity. It aims to help relieve any visible redness and irritation, along with working to restore the skin’s protective barrier.
Trust me when I say this really is gentle, there aren’t any harsh ingredients in this and I feel like my skin usually goes a little red after using any cleanser, but there was none after using this. It has a lovely, extremely light barely-there fragrance which is how I like it (I prefer the more unfragranced products) and my skin was moisturised and glowy after using. Great to use morning and night to deep cleanse, as I always use micellar water first on a cotton pad before taking to the sink for a water and cleanser wash.
Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Serum
If you’re not a serum user already, I have to stress how much I really believe in serums for that ‘treatment step’ of your skincare regime. At one point I hated the thought of ‘layering’ too many products, but around 5 years ago I truly fell in love with using a treatment based product in the form of a serum before applying my moisturiser/night cream, and I’ve never looked back. You can obviously tailor your serum to your skin type, but in this case, I was using the DeliKate Recovery Serum to see how it works for soothing, calming and beautifying my skin without relying on acids.
Ingredient wise, this serum is packed with peptides, ceramides and omegas which work to help restore the skin’s protective barrier. If you’re skin is going through a blotchy stage, playing up or a little sensitive, it’s a beautiful one to use to kinda of ‘reset it’, calming it and ensuring no irritation. When I researched into the DeliKate range, you don’t see too much emphasis on the glowing, fresh results, but I found using the serum and then layering on the recovery cream after this really helped locked in that healthy glow, which is definitely an added bonus.
A tiny bit of this serum goes a long way- just one or two drops massaged into the skin lasts such a long time. I’m sure I’m not even half way through my bottle yet. It is slightly pricey, coming in at £70, but it’s going to last me aaaaages and I can guarantee that even after the baby, I can safely use the whole DeliKate range no matter if my skin decides to stay as it is, go hormone crazy and skitz out, or decide to be super sensitive.
You can explore the full Kate Somerville DeliKate collection at Kate Somerville online or shop the range over at Space NK too.