When you hear the name Kate Somerville, the word “flawless” comes to mind. Kate Somerville is synonymous with top of the line skincare and cutting edge treatments that bring client’s natural beauty to the forefront. But, what many people might not realize as they reach for their nightly HydraKate serum or DermalQuench Liquid Lift… is that Kate isn’t a pseudonym crafted to build a brand. Kate is oh-so-real, and even more inspirational. With over 20 years of experience, she’s became an industry leader and the go-to gal for many of Hollywood’s elite. Her clinic, located on iconic Melrose Place, is a robust medi-spa in an effortlessly elegant and relaxing setting. Needless to say, we’re big fans. Today, Kate takes on our #5MinutesWith treatment, sharing everything from her morning routine to her definition of success:

MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
When I began my education in the field of esthetics over 20 years ago, I knew I wanted to focus on skin health. My goal was to create my own Clinic where you could experience clinic-level results, but in a comfortable, beautiful environment. A place where we would not only change skin, but also empower men and women to take control of their lives and help them achieve their skin-health goals! Every product I have is developed from a real need I see in my Clinic, and they are all tested and proven by our nurses and estheticians to ensure they’re delivering real results!

I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
I soak in an Epsom Salt bath, especially if I’ve been working out and feel sore.

SUCCESS IS:
My idea of success now is less about the “things” and more about the time. When I was in my 20s, “having it all” meant building a brand and being married with kids. I was really driven to do something big. Now that I’ve achieved that, “having it all” to me is having time. A lot of my time has been spent building the dream of my 20s. Now I want to spend my time being a wife and a mother in nature (where I think most creatively).

YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
Benefit Blush, Chanel Lip Gloss, and my IllumiKate CC Cream. I like to keep my makeup minimal and my skin looking fresh and youthful.

MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
Although Donna Karan is no longer at the helm of DKNY, I’ve always admired the leadership and vision she’s had.

THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN SANTA BARBARA:
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The setting is absolutely spectacular – beautifully fussing nature and comfort. It’s quintessential California.

WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I remember what my greatest mentor, Barbara Wells, told me. She said “You have a choice of what you want your life to be. You can dwell on the past or you can make your life what you want it to be.”

ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Stop worrying! Although, I would tell myself that now too. Have fun and enjoy freedom. I regret that I never traveled or experience the world. I was always so driven and worked so much. Experience the world while you’re young and have the freedom and energy to do it.

IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Traveling the world on the lookout for the most innovative technology for my products and Clinic

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