It’s a poorly kept Hollywood secret that the facial glow you see on actresses come award season has less to do with the California sun or potential Oscar wins and more to do with Kate Somerville; since opening her West Hollywood Clinic in 2004, the skin specialist has helped combat dull, dry skin with her DermalQuench Oxygen Therapy treatment. “It is particularly beloved by celebrities who are about to hit red carpet events because it ups the hydration level in their skin, keeping it supple, hydrated, smooth, and dewy,” explains Somerville. At her West Coast location, it’s a multi-step process, but now New Yorkers can get a quick fix at Kate Somerville’s new counter at Bergdorf Goodman.
The just-opened spot, one of a handful across the country, but the first in Manhattan, offers up 20-minute complimentary sessions right on the beauty floor. A tattoo machine-like device alternates between product (a combination of vitamins and hyaluronic serum) and cold air. Although you shouldn’t swing by minutes before a big date or important interview—you might have a bit of redness right after the treatment—an hour later you will look like an airbrushed version of yourself. “What is great about this treatment,” notes Somerville, “is that there is no downtime and results are immediate. I find that my clients come back for it on a weekly basis.”
It’s an easy winter skin remedy, but for long-lasting results Somerville recommends that women use products with glycolic acids and retinols, as well as to make “sure to get those omegas in your diet to boost your skin hydration.” No surprise, then, that one of Somerville’s earliest products, Quench Hydrating Face Serum, is still one of her biggest sellers during the colder months. And if you’d like to extend that DermalQuench glow a bit longer, there are the Somerville 360 Body Tanning towelettes.
“They are not only quick and easy to use,” says Somerville, “but they also prevent uneven tone or streaking and won’t stain hands.”