I have been using the Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel religiously for over a year now, and I can’t seem to find any products that match up to it for a lower price. I love this product and think it is worth every penny, but I keep thinking I will find a cheaper and equally effective product. I love this peel because it works on your skin while you sleep and helps to fade scars, dark spots, wrinkles and brightens your skin tone. I also find it to be super helpful in speeding up the healing process when I have a pimple.
I use the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliator at least once or twice a week on the days I am not using the overnight peel. I find that both of these products work effectively when they are alternated throughout the week. Both of them last a long time and I only have to buy them once or twice a year. I wanted to test out some other brands to see if they matched up to Kate Somerville but for a lower price point.
The first product line on my list was the L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal line. I started off my routine with the Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser to see if it matches up with the ExfoliKate treatment. It says that you can use it twice a day as a cleanser but I found it to be a little harsh so I opted out to use it at night. I found that it gave the sensation of exfoliation because of the rough texture, but my skin felt a little dry and tight after. I could only use it for a few days before I had to cut back to once a week. Perhaps it would be ok to use it every day on other skin types.
The Revitalift Bright Reveal Dual Overnight Moisturizer has similar claims to the RetAsphere Peel because they both contain glycolic acid and retinol. The ingredients in the RetAsphere Peel are more potent containing 10% glycolic acid compared to the 4% in the L’Oreal moisturizer. I wouldn’t call the L’Oreal treatment a moisturizer because its lightweight texture feels more like a gel like a serum than a moisturizer. I ended up putting a moisturizer on top before I went to bed for that extra layer of moisture.
This is a great daytime cream with SPF 30 that works well in conjunction with the exfoliating night treatment. I enjoyed using this moisturizer because it is super lightweight and works well under my foundation. It also contains glycolic acid and pro-retinol like the night treatment.
I bought this toner a few years ago when I was trying to save money by exfoliating my skin at home instead of getting a chemical peel. I liked that it had 10% glycolic acid to help aid in the cell turnover. I started off by using it twice a day which was way too much because after a few days my skin was so dry and irritated. I eventually phased it out to once a week for a quick pick me up. I would recommend this toner as a quick skin refresh once or twice a week.
I was randomly browsing the beauty aisle at my local grocery store this week and felt inclined to try the Garnier Clearly Brighter Over Night Leave on Peel in hopes that it would be a miracle product. I feel like I am inclined to buy anything that says peel and overnight on the package. I like the idea of having my skin exfoliate while I sleep, it just satisfies me. This peel has a clear gel-like texture that absorbs quickly. It makes your skin tingle a little from the vitamin C and glycolic acid. When I woke up in the morning, my skin did look bright and refreshed. It didn’t feel dry or irritated, so I think I will try it out for a few more nights to see if it continues to brighten my skin.
All of these Kate Somerville alternatives are quite good for a fraction of the price, but in the end, Kate Somerville still comes out on top. I think these are excellent options if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.