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Complexion Perfection!
by Kate Somerville
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Hay House, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Kate Somerville's Complexion Perfection! is a hefty-weight tome over three-hundred fifty pages in length, including color photos of the author and her family at and away from her salon, plus before and after photos in skin treatments and health (no airbrushing here!) of both male and female clientele.

The volume is divided into four parts - Complexion Direction, Complexion Correction, Complexion Transformation, and Complexion Affection - with each section sub-divided into twelve chapters, promoting subjects including Skin-ology, My Skin Health Pyramid - Five Principles, The Emotional Connection, Your Personal Skin Strategy, and Stages of Skin Health. Side-panels within chapters offer Kate's mini-advisories with such titles as Spice Advice, Skin-telligence, Bringing It Home, and Skin-ny Dipping.

Kate Somerville is respected as a paramedical esthetician (aka clinical facialist), with over eighteen years of experience in clinical skin care. Working and studying with varied physicians, surgeons, and clinicians, this impressive CEO founded her own company, Kate Somerville Skin Care in Los Angeles. Realizing her dreams, Kate developed her own skin-care line of products. People magazine called Kate the A-list Beauty Guru, while Allure assigned her the title Hollywood's Hottest Facialist.

Complexion Perfection! is more a health-care than a beauty book, including as it does technical information on skin anatomy, makeup of food, and supplements. In the Preface, the author tells us 'I've spent most of my professional life working side by side with professionals, complementing their treatment strategies, with a focus on improving skin health. Twenty years, five days a week, eight hours a day, is a lot of time spent caring for skin! That's almost 50,000 hours. Wow - that even surprises me. Skin care is more to me than just a job - it's honestly my calling.'

Kate Somerville's approach is from the inside-out, conferring with clients in heart-to-heart conversation to establish what is going on in the person's life - who, what, when, and where they are at. Her clinic motto is Changing Skin, Changing Lives. Her field knowledge is based on years of study on the skin's chemical makeup. Hyaluronic Acid, Occlusives, HSC complex, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Botanical extracts (Green Tea and more), plus Topical Antibiotics, Peptides/Neuropeptides, and Fruit Enzymes are referenced in this exceptional book. Treatment of the following conditions are included in her regimens: Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Hyper-pigmentation, and Melasma.

This is a book I plan to keep close, refer to often, and share with friends. I highly recommend Complexion Perfection!: Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywoods Leading Skin Health Expert for all to read.

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