kayla’s morning rituals

rise and shine!

mornings can be rough and for some, nearly impossible! however, it is important to set good intentions each day for internal health as well as spiritual wellbeing. try to call a truce with the sunrise and learn to love it by treating yourself each morning!

to get things going, start with hydration. your body is dehydrated from sleeping, so i find that a glass of water with a squeeze of organic lemon provides optimal replenishment. try heating the water up on the stove for a few minutes, as cold water can be harsh on your system. warm lemon water jumpstarts your digestion, which affects and improves all other body functions.

jam out! put on your favorite playlist to set the good vibes, spark some inspiration, stimulate your brain and produce dopamine! maybe even do a little dance – why not?

or better yet, stretch! doing brief, easy stretches in the morning increases circulation and energy levels. concentrate on your breathing, making them deep and full. this promotes mental focus, self soothes and relieves stress.

finally, ground your thoughts and intentions by envisioning your day and the people with which you will spend it. focus on positive thoughts and intend to be your best self. skip the social media binge and instead write a note to someone you feel grateful for, give a compliment or send a friend the song you’re listening to! love resonates love.

and of course, last but not least, don’t forget to cleanse, ice, tone and apply that spf 😉 if you weren’t awake before, icing is guaranteed to do the trick!

what are some of your morning rituals? share with us in the comments below!

acne-safe ranch dressing

here’s a recipe that we found for acne-safe ranch dressing. check out the video below of chelsee whipping it together!

1 can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (do not use light coconut milk)
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper, to taste

1. open the can of coconut milk or coconut cream. scoop the coconut cream off the top of the can and add it to a large bowl, leaving the coconut water within the can.
2. add 4 tablespoons of the coconut water into the coconut cream and whisk until smooth (reserve the leftover coconut water, as you may need to whisk in an extra tablespoon or two after refrigerating your dressing depending on your desired thickness).
3. add in the shallots, garlic, apple cider vinegar, chives, parsley, basil, dill, sea salt, and black pepper. stir to combine and refrigerate dressing for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
4. enjoy this dressing over your favorite salads or dip your favorite vegetables into it!

cocktails 101: for the acne-safe diet

when living the acne-safe lifestyle and adhering to the acne-safe diet, limiting your sugar intake is key! sugar, even in its simplest form, can cause inflammation. processed sugars like white bread, pasta and common table sugar can be some of the biggest culprits. here is a good article that breaks down to effects of sugar on the body.

so you’ve already vowed to leave the sugar out of your black tea every morning and cut down your late night pantry raid for dark chocolate to one night a week (or two)! however, there might be one thing you’ve yet to consider: those pitchers of margaritas, glasses of sangria and delicious summer shandy’s!

while alcohol itself is made through the process of distilling sugar, there is no actual sugar left in the spirits once they have been distilled. FUN FACT: you can make alcohol out of ANYTHING that contains sugar, like this carrot eau de vie which would make for a deliciously vegetal bloody mary! so as long as the producer hasn’t added any sugar after distillation to reach a desired taste or color, drinking spirits straight is the best way to avoid the high sugar intake. however, the cocktail trend is on the rise and there are so many awesome cocktail-driven bars and restaurants, especially here in san francisco. we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to give up a friday night out with friends for healthy skin!

there are plenty of delicious cocktail recipes that call for little to no sugar at all! even the notoriously sweet, and beloved, tiki drinks can be made to fit in with the acne-safe diet. you can still get the toy umbrella without the break out!


when making cocktails at home:

lots of classical cocktail recipes call for simple syrup, a solution of sugar and water, as the primary sweetening agent. when making cocktails or other non-alcoholic drinks at home, try making your own simple syrup using stevia instead of refined sugar! agave syrup is also a good alternative to sugar due to it’s naturally lower glycemic index.

here are some of our favorite at-home cocktail recipes that call for little to no sugar!

– a piña colada either frozen or served over crushed ice, is sure to transport you straight to the island of puerto rico (even if it’s just in your head!)
the skinny margarita made with un-aged tequila (reposado and añejo tequila may have sugar added in the form of caramel coloring so always be sure to check the labels! FYI this is common in whiskey as well) and this organic apple cider vinegar limeade drink with 0 grams of sugar makes for a deliciously tart margarita that won’t throw off your diet!
– this kombucha “moscow mule” has only 1g of sugar in each drink, PLUS tons of gut-healthy probiotics, so you can afford to have more than just one, or two, or…

when enjoying cocktails at a bar or restaurant:

sugary ingredients, like juice and flavored syrups, can be over-used in some bars to appeal to the masses. additionally, these ingredients are more than likely masking a cut-rate spirit that may be economic, but not very nice to sip on when served “neat.”

– to avoid this, opt for the simpler cocktails on the menu, i.e. the ones without a million ingredients that are certain to have less sugar!
– always ask if the bar carries agave syrup and can substitute it for any use of simple syrup or raw sugar in your preferred cocktail.
– and when all else fails, beer is almost always the safest bet, sure to have less than a few grams of sugar in each serving!

whereEVER and whenEVER you are consuming alcohol:

it is always important to stay hydrated, but even more so when consuming alcoholic beverages! your skin, and tomorrow morning ‘you,’ will thank you for it. a good rule of thumb is one glass of water for every alcoholic drink consumed. try mixing it up with sparkling water instead of regular tap water, or soda water with a dash of bitters and lime juice. the combination is simple, hydrating and delicious!

happy sipping!

treats without the tricks!

halloween is just around the corner and with it comes a plethora of tempting candy! to help you navigate the aisles of hauntingly delicious treats, we have compiled a list of mouth watering acne-safe candies for you to indulge in, while still staying on track. note that the treats listed below are free of dairy and soy but still contain a lot of sugar which can cause new acne to form and inflame existing acne. proceed with caution and be sure to all read labels!

airheads (V)
atomic fireball (V)
brach’s candy corn classic, brach’s candy corn mini
blow pops (V)
dots (V)
dum dum lollipops (V)
jujy fruits
jelly belly (except jelly bean chocolate dips, cold stone chocolate devotion®, cold stone mint mint chocolate chocolate chip®, chocolate pudding, and dark chocolate)
jolly ranchers (V)
now and later (original flavor is vegan)
pez (V)
pixy Stix (V)
skittles (V)
smarties (V)
sour patch kids (V)
sour patch watermelon (V)
starburst, starburst fruity slushies, favereds
starburst fruit flavored candy corn
swedish fish (V)
sweeTARTS (V)
tootsie charms blow pops, charms pops, charms mini-pops, charms candy corn pops
trolli gummy bears
trolli sour brite frite crawlers
trolli sour brite eggs
trolli extreme sour bites
twizzlers (V)

***(V) signals all vegan treats

acne-safe halloween candy inforgraphic

although prepackaged candy can be enticing, the best way to stay on the road to clarity while going about halloween festivities is to make your own! a classic treat that we suggest is rice krispies! you can even make your own marshmallows!

rice krispies
6 cups rice krispies cereal
3 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) marshmallows
4 cups miniature marshmallows (you can use store bought ones that are dairy and soy free or make your own!)


dearest skinSALVATION’ers!

happy summer from the sunny mission neighborhood.  i hope this newsletter finds you well!  christine and i have been extremely busy settling into our new home at 16th and bryant, and have so many new things to share with you.  here goes!

first off, i want to THANK YOU so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support of sS.  it has been over 3 years since i started sS in february 2008 and it is amazingly grounding to have such an awesome client base that continues to inspire and motivate the growth of me as a person, and sS as a holistic institution!

our new scheduling site is ready to launch.  while christine and i have been figuring out the new scheduler, some of you may have gotten some random system-generated emails.  sorry about these, and thank you for your patience as we get over the humps and bumps of conversion!  the new site will allow you to not only manage your appointments 24/7, but also purchase product online – and you can choose to either pick them up in-clinic or have them shipped to you.  below are a few important tips about the new scheduler you should know:

1.  to access the site, please reply to this email with your choice of username and password (the password has to have at 6 characters with at least 1 numerical character).  once we enter you into the system, you should be able to log in, complete your profile, and schedule appointments/purchase products to your heart’s content!  after your login/password has been entered, you will receive a login information email to confirm your account.
2.  the new system requires payment at the time of scheduling your appointment.  if this cramps your style (ie, you are a student or you pay in cash), let us know and we will enable your profile to book appointments without paying for them in advance.
3.  popzits and product pickups are free to book, and you can book these the same day you want to come in.
4.  3 words: online shopping cart!!  you can now purchase products online and choose to have them shipped or picked-up in clinic.  YAY!
5.  a good deal of you have series of treatments with us – so if you try to book and the system asks for payment even though you have prepaid sessions leftover, let us know so that we can manually enter in these treatments, enabling you to book them online.

thanks again for your patience as we work through the learning curve of the new scheduling system 🙂

ok this one is for the ladies.  many of you have complained about broken compacts and/or brushes from colorescience, and they have agreed to replace any broken units – FOR FREE!  so please bring in your broken pieces, and we will get replacements ordered for you.  the broken pieces are a must to bring in, as we need to ship them back to corporate for the reimbursement.

this one is still in the works, and should be launching in the next few weeks.  our new site will include a direct link to our blog, so you can keep abreast of sS news as well as seasonal acne tips – like remembering to apply sunscreen on your ears and the back of your neck in the summer heat!  i also want to be able to upload photos of acne-safe products and foods i come across when im out and about in the city – and beyond.  it’ll be a great way for us to keep in touch, without sS bombarding your email every time we make a great acne-lifestyle discovery 🙂

to show our gratitude for all the support over the years from our ever-loyal and always-awesome skinSALVATIONers, we are planning a thank you barbecue!  tim truvillion of t’s catering specializes in down home, mississippi style barbecue.  yes, there will be meat on the bone to chomp down on, but also lots of delicious dairy-and-soy-free veggie options!  we are thinking saturday, september 24, 2011, downstairs at the double play (the bar/resto downstairs from sS).  we’ll keep our fingers crossed for beautiful weather so that we can have it be an outdoor event!  we will send out an evite as we get closer to the date.

thank you, thank you, thank you.
see you all soon!

peace and many many blessings!
kim (and christine!)