PRODUCT ALERT – derma-e hydrating eye cream no longer acne-safe

hey sS’ers, lots of changes with manufacturers these days it seems. our latest shipment of the derma-e hyaluronic and pycnogenol eye cream came in a newly designed box, which signals change. often times, manufacturers will loop new formulation AND packaging changes together, to use up excess packaging that’s purchased in large quantities far in advance.

upon closer inspection of the ingredient list, derma-e has replaced an acne-safe emulsifier, “glyceryl stearate”, with a non-acne-safe one, called “glyceryl stearate SE”. tricky because they are so similar, but thanks to us, your acne detectives, we’ve caught the culprit!

for your reference, above you’ll find a picture of the old packaging with the SAFE formula, and the new packaging with now unsafe-acne formula, which we would recommend you avoid if you are at all acne prone, especially on your upper cheeks or temples.

until we research, test and find a suitable cream replacement, we suggest max + jane’s lovely eye nutrient. it’s an ultra-rich, silky gel that provides hydration, protection and rejuvenation within a beautiful, all natural formula.  we sell this at the clinic and in our online shop for $34.95.  (ps, this eye serum is made by our clinic manager, liesse’s mom, in new mexico!)

here are the max + jane’s eye nutrient ingredients:
vegan hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, cucumber hydrosol, vegetable glycerin, jasmine sambac, rosemary, xanthum gum, silk peptides, calendula oil, and carrot seed oil.

thanks for supporting us, your patience with our research, and your continued trust in us!

PRODUCT REPLACEMENT ALERT : vitamin a serums

THANK YOU to all of our sS’ers who have been so patiently waiting for our mandelic cleanser, vitamin a serums and superlight spf 15 sunscreens to be restocked. after several months of frustrating and inconsistent communication from our custom manufacturer of these products, we’ve FINALLY found out that they have decided to head in a completely new direction. they are going to stop making products for smaller companies like ours. unfortunately, they did not give us any notice which has resulted in the months-long waitlist for these top sellers. we deeply apologize for the delay, and appreciate your patience as we grow and deal with unforeseen circumstances as they come up!

needless to say, we are on the search for a reliable and professional manufacturer to pick up where that one left off. in the meanwhile, we’ve found some excellent replacements for these beloved products! (BTW, we have about 250 superlight spf 15’s left in stock – and once they’re gone, they’re gone. the vitamin a serum that will replace a1 and a1+peptides is scheduled to arrive in-clinic next week!).

you may remember that dr. fulton, our acne guru who (literally) wrote the book on acne – acne rx – had a lab in miami where he did all his research and experimentation. his right-hand female researcher in that same lab, olga valencia, has begun to formulate her own product line, beyond complexion. this is the line we have chosen to carry while we find a manufacturer to refine our formulas.

if you peruse her website, please remember to exercise caution: we are intentionally cherry picking from her line and will be introducing new products of hers into our curated selection one at a time. as with all products and processes we incorporate into sS, we are EXTREMELY nitpicky and need to make sure each product is evaluated in-house before making it on the ‘approved’ list.

as a general rule, beyond complexion products are much more potent than our former formulas, so they may require you to gradually introduce them into your existing regimen. too strong of a product, too quickly, can irritate your skin. we don’t want this! so please start slowly and watch your skin’s reaction. if your skin gets red, irritated, itchy or otherwise unhappy, the products are probably too strong for you. you’ll either need to:

  • use the product less frequently, (instead of jumping into the new mandelic wash 2x/day, try it in the mornings and your charcoal wash at night) or
  • use less of it (ie, one pump of the vitamin a serum vs. two), or
  • if your skin is really sensitive, give your skin a break. stop using the new thing altogether, and then slowwwwly work it back in (ie, use your charcoal wash 2x/day for a week, then switch it out for the new mandelic say in the mornings, 2-3x/week).

keep your eye out for our new products from beyond complexion in the coming weeks. let us know how they fit into your current regime as you fold them in! your feedback is super important to help us refine our processes for future sS experiences🙂

thanks again for your patience, support and trust.
kim

acne-safe deodorant

as the hot weather approaches, we all want to radiate fresh, yet delicate, aromas, right? but how can we keep our bodies smelling as fresh as a bouquet of dew-dropped roses while avoiding acne breakouts? we’ve got a few recommendations for acne-safe deodorants for you to check out, and as a bonus, all are aluminum-free!

  • tarte – tarte’s light-weight clean queen product is a natural vegan deodorant stick to satisfy your edgier side. adherents swear that it dries clear and that it lasts all day. it’s great as a first-time foray into the world of aluminum-free deodorants.
  • aesop – though this gender-neutral spray deodorant is a bit pricey, it lasts a long time and truly performs! it’s a personal favorite of some sS staff, and with hints of vetiver and citrus, this woodsy scent is to die for. the specific blend of essential oils prevents the formation of odor-causing bacteria.
  • crystal essence – these handy roll-on deodorants are easy to toss in your gym bag for a quick mid-day refresher. a popular chemical-free deodorant, crystal essence uses natural mineral salts and essential oils to stop odor in its tracks.
  • lavilin – this floral roll-on deodorant is the winner of new york magazine’s best aluminum-free deodorant competition. while it won’t necessarily keep you totally dry, this hypo-allergenic product boasts 72-hour odor-masking abilities even with physical activity and bathing in between.
  • desert essence – this is a solid, natural brand at a reasonable price. they’ve created several fun scents like tropical breeze and spring fresh, but you might need to reapply at some point during the workday
  • erbaviva – this brand crafts simple and unique scents from alcohol and essential oils but proponents of the natural deodorant phenomenon agree that these fresh scents last only around 5-6 hours. blends like jasmine grapefruit and lemon sage can satisfy anyone’s olfactory preferences.
  • weleda – these swiss spray deodorants have great reviews in the performance department. similar to aesop, the citrus in these sprays helps keep bacteria at bay. you can find them at any whole foods or natural foods store across the us.

as always, when buying new personal care products, use our comedogenic database to double check ingredients. though many of the above brands make acne-safe deodorants, their other products might not pass the test.

quickie post : smoothie shortcut!

saw this online and had to share.  on your meal prep days, chop up and portion out your smoothie ingredients to make for quick breakfasts on the go!  i like to add a couple TB of chia seeds for protein and fiber, and if i don’t have nut milk on hand, i’ll throw some nuts into the bottom of the blender cup and whip up all the ingredients with water.