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Safe Sun Review: Kate Somerville

5 21 2012

Etro, 212 872 2871

May is Melanoma Awareness month and we’re really proud to partner with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to support Melanoma research. All month long we’re supporting the MRA through a host of exciting initiatives in-store, on our blog, and through social platforms like TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Today, Skin Health Expert Kate Somerville explains how to get a flawless tan, sans sun. . .

I just love the summer months for beauty. Hot weather gives me an excuse to wear less make-up and enjoy a more natural look. This season, I’m heading to the gorgeous islands of Fiji and Hawaii, where the sun shows skin no mercy.

It’s no secret that daily exposure to the sun’s UVB and UVA rays is the fastest way to accelerate the skin’s aging process…and risk life-threatening skin cancer. This month also happens to be Melanoma Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time for us to think about the benefits of using self-tanning products before heading to the beach.


As a Skin Health Expert, finding a way to look natural and glowing without the help of the sun was a real challenge! Ultimately, it was my celebrity clientele who inspired me to develop Somerville360 (212 872 8824) – my solution for safe tanning.  These gorgeous ladies need to maintain a sun-kissed color all year round, but can’t risk the signs of aging that come with tanning or the pitfalls of most self-tanners (like streaks or unnatural color). Somerville360 isn’t a bronzer, dye or a messy cream — it’s so easy to use as it goes on clear. It dries in just 2 minutes and won’t rub off on clothes, meaning that you can jump into your white summer dress right away!

Personally, in the summer, I like to keep my beauty routine as simple as I can. I just want to look fresh and healthy. I’ve found that, for me, a little extra color hides flaws and allows me to wear very little make-up.

So my routine is this:

First, I cleanse and exfoliate. It’s so important to buff away any rough patches that might make a self-tanner look uneven.

Then it’s time for some color — apply Somerville360 in circular motions to ensure even coverage. I love it because it reacts with your skin’s own proteins to bring out the same natural color you’d get if you were in the sun, and it lasts 7-10 days!

That’s it – a safe, sunless glow!

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Kate Somerville

 The creator and director of a renowned skin care Clinic in Los Angeles and an extensive line of skin care products, Kate Somerville has devoted her life to creating flawless faces. Her solutions-based strategy has made her one of the most trusted names in skin care today. In fact, she is personally responsible for the glowing complexions of hundreds of leading ladies whose livelihoods depend on their looks. By partnering early on with top dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, Kate pioneered the integration of skincare and medicine, paving the way for the field of paramedical esthetics and laying the foundation for the bourgeoning medi-spa industry. It was after she developed the Skin Health PyramidTM, however, that Kate truly solidified her standing as an industry leader. For more than 20 years, a dedication to research and development has kept Kate at the forefront of skin wellness, and her intuitive approach continues to set her apart. Committed to innovative new products and the continuous creation of revolutionary treatments, the name Kate Somerville has become synonymous with complexion perfection.

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