I noticed a difference in my skin a few hours after first performing the four-step Somme Institute skincare process. I had to try it after reading about it on countless beauty blogs. My fiancé’s bathroom has one insanely bright spotlight above the sink that makes me feel like I’m being abducted by aliens each time I wash my face. My face-washing ritual at his house usually ends with me looking in the mirror, seeing every imperfection imaginable, then shuffling out of there with way less pep in my step than when I walked in.
It was under that light that I took a long look at my skin after ‘Somming’ (that’s what I’m calling it) earlier that day. I noticed, after one application, that my complexion seemed smoother, slightly more even and sort of… glowy.
I ‘Sommed’ again before bed that night (you’re supposed to do it in the AM and PM) and woke up the next morning looking even more fresh-faced. Everyone slowly noticed—my fiancé, my sisters, my mom, my friends—and I knew I was onto something. I decided to use the line for a few months before blogging about it to ensure it delivered consistent results. Things have only gotten better since I started.
The Somme Institute works wonders in the most innovative way. The line has a formula perfected over a decade called Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5™), a compound of 5 engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C and E) attached to specific proteins that enables the vitamins to penetrate deeper into the skin at high concentrations than conventional products allow. Potent vitamins reaching more of your skin’s layers makes them much more effective at doing their jobs.
The Nourishing Cleanser, $40
You start with the non-foaming Nourishing Cleanser—it deep cleanses skin without irritation or over-drying. It also dissolves dirt and oil without clogging pores. I learned through research that starting with the right gentile cleanser is essential. Harsh face wash can suck the life out of your skin and prevent serums and moisturizers from working properly. Using cleanser packed with abrasive chemicals is like quitting the race before you’ve begun.
The Transport Pads, $58
After cleansing, you move on to the Transport Pads, which I’m convinced are the secret to the entire Somme system. These pads gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Simultaneously, the MDT5™ vitamin complex they’re saturated with helps improve the tone, texture and clarity of your complexion. Exfoliating promotes cell renewal and preps skin for hydration.
The Serum, $82
The Serum packed with vitamin C comes next. Vitamin C improves skin’s elasticity and softness, evens its tone and builds collagen. It also eliminates redness associated with acne. In my opinion, the serum is like magic in a bottle that makes my complexion feel cool, calm and collected. Other serums I’ve tried have dried out my skin, but this one makes it feel moisturized.
The A-Bomb Moisturizer, $70
The last step is the A-Bomb Moisturizer. I couldn’t live without it. This cream is light-weight, but it packs punch. It has high concentrations of vitamins A & E, antioxidants that fight free radicals in the environment that can cause breakouts. Vitamin A also speeds cell renewal to reveal flawless skin, combats fine lines and wrinkles, and helps prevent acne by reducing the production of pore-clogging sebum in the skin. This moisturizer gives you the famous Somme ‘glow’ users rave about (exfoliating every day with the Transport Pads also helps).
By day three, any blemishes I had were healing or no longer visible. Within a few weeks, I was waiting for a breakout to occur, but there wasn’t one. It’s been over three months, and I can’t begin to describe my obsession with this system. Yes, a four-step regimen twice a day might sound like a lot, but it takes less than two minutes and is worth the effort.
The products work in tandem perfectly, and for someone who’s skin tends to be dry in the fall and winter, my face has never felt softer or more smooth. I sit here typing sans makeup, and my skin looks fresh and much brighter than before. I could walk out of the house with a quick dab of under-eye concealor (and a swipe of mascara, of course) and be on my merry way.
The Somme Institute is a bit expensive, but there’s a bundled kit available for the holidays that’s the perfect way to get started while saving money. It gets you $298 worth of full-size products for $198 and includes every item featured above + the line’s Double Defense SPF 30. You can shop it below! And feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!