safe looking brown pencils

brows

we’ve recently had a bunch of clients having trouble clearing up in or around their eyebrows, and we’ve linked it to cloggy brow pencils.  we did a quick search and after a visual + comedogenic search box look, here are some promising brands (some contain ingredients rated a 1 or 2, like tocopherol or talc).

***please note that we have not tested these in-house, so we do not vouch for any of them at this time!

try them out and let us know how you like them, and if they keep your skin clear!

nyx micro

NYX cosmetics : micro brow pencil

ingredients: Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ozokerite, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, C20-40 Alcohols, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Zinc Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcrystalline, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

ulta

ULTA: ultra slim brow pencil 

ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Triethylhexanoin, C20-40 Acid, C20-40 Alcohols, Polyethylene, Synthetic Wax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Ethylene / Propylene Copolymer, Ethylcellulose, Boron Nitride, VP / Eicosene Copolymer, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019).

benefit brow

BENEFIT cosmetics: instant brow pencil

ingredients: Paraffin, Mica, C11-12 Isoparaffin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Cyclohexasiloxane, Talc, Hydroxystearic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499).

it brow

IT cosmetics: brow power universal eyebrow pencil

ingredients: Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract (Saw Palmetto), Biotin, Urtica Dioxica (Nettle) Leaf Powder, Iron Oxides (77492), Iron Oxides (77499),Ceresin, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Lecithin, Pantothenic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Iron Oxides, BHT, (77491), Retinyl Acetate.

tarte

tarte: amazonian clay waterproof eyebrow pencil

ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Triethylhexanoin, C20-40 Acid, C20-40 Alcohols, Polyethylene, Synthetic Wax, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Ethylcellulose, Boron Nitride, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Kaolin. Mica. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

nyx auto

NYX cosmetics: automatic eyebrow pencil

ingredients: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Candelilla Cera / Cire De Candelilla, Ceresin, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Zinc Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butylparaben, BHT. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77491, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

happy brow-sing!  

weleda lip balm discontinued at sS

skinSALVATION is committed to providing and recommending products that are completely acne safe. this includes products that you use on your lips and mouth like toothpaste, lipstick, lipgloss and lip balm.

we have been working with a rockstar client who is on point with her diet, lifestyle and regimen. all of her products are acne safe and she is clearing up nicely, except for some pesky pimples on her lip line. her toothpaste and cooking oils are acne safe and she has been using the weleda lip balm (orange tube) that we carry here at sS as her only lip product. as an experiment, we had her stop using the weleda and switch the the skinSALVATION lip balm with spf. when she swapped balms, her lip line cleared.

weleda

during this time we also emailed all of our previous clients who purchased the weleda lip balm from us to see if they had any adverse reactions. (if you were one of these clients, thank you for your feedback!) turns out that no one else seemed to have a problem with it.

if you are still using weleda with no problems that’s great! we would love a quick email from you so that we can keep track.

we consider one client breaking out enough to discontinue a product. with other great alternatives out there, it isn’t worth taking the chance.

if you are breaking out along the lip line, between the mouth and nostrils, or on the chin, here are a few things to look out for:

  • cloggy lip balm the only ones that we are currently recommending as 100% safe are skinSALVATION spearmint + lavender mint, and annemarie borlind “for lips”
  • cloggy lipgloss check out the hemporganics lip tints instead!
  • cloggy lipstick hemporganics has a ton of beautiful shades in matte and shimmer
  • cloggy toothpaste our recommendation is kiss my face gel *note that they are discontinuing their mega large tubes and their travel size so stock up while you can. ingredients to look out for in toothpaste are coconut oil, sodium laurel sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and carrageenan (aka irish moss).
  • cloggy cooking oils coconut oil, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil + avocado oil. easy to avoid these at home but not so easy when you eat out, so limit the taqueria visits to stay your clearest.
  • waxing / threading / shaving can irritate the skin. make sure that your shaving cream, aftershave, etc. is acne safe. threading is preferred over waxing because it is less harsh on the skin and the wax itself can contain cloggy ingredients. make sure either way that they aren’t using products on your before or after, like oils and powders (pure witch hazel is okay).
  • kissing not the act itself, that can be a great way to relieve stress 😉 however, you want to make sure that your partner is using acne safe lip products, mustache wax, beard oil, lipstick, etc.

if you do experience breakouts around the mouth:

  • keep icing! to reduce current inflammation, prevent future inflammation and help your products penetrate better.
  • stick to your regimen morning and evening, as recommended by your esthetician.
  • stay away from foods that are not acne safe dairy, soy, coffee and sugar!
  • take a breather deep breaths or a quick meditation can help reduce stress and prevent inflamed and non inflamed breakouts.

new alima pure makeup, probably cloggy!

alima pressed photo

i was excited for about three minutes when a client told me that alima pure is now selling a pressed powder foundation formula. i checked their website right away to investigate. thankfully the company discloses what ingredients they put in their products, so checking them for comedonecity was a breeze. alas, and to my disappointment, in the pressed formula they have included a handful of oils known to be cloggy. the ingredients list shows that it contains tocopherol, squalane, evening primrose oil, and argan oil-all cloggy! they have also included perfume, and the contents of which aren’t disclosed so that may be cloggy too. occasionally a product will seem cloggy but it’s not, but i wouldn’t quite hold my breath for this one, given all the different oils. i love this brand and this is total bummer but at least they have kept the original formulas for their loose powders so they are still 100% acne-safe. if we give the pressed formula a test run there may be an update soon!

happy hair, clear skin

i have had a ton of clients asking about acne safe hair styling products lately so decided to write a quick post about what we’ve found so far. i found a couple of promising brands via an article written by teen vogue on acne safe hair products. you can check out the article here.

the tricky thing about hair products is that even when they contain safe ingredients, they are more likely to be cloggy because of their intended use. these products are designed to stay in your hair through sweat, humidity, working, twerking, etcetera. while it’s great that a product can withstand all of this it can also be making it travel from your hair on to your face and body, causing breakouts.

whether you are using an sS approved product or experimenting with something that looks safe, here are a few helpful tips to prevent hair induced breakouts.

  1. make sure to change your pillowcases! use one side of the pillow, flip it the next day to use a clean side, then switch your case and repeat.
  2. cleanse + tone into your hairline and behind your ears! these are often neglected parts of the face that only get washed when we shampoo. use your facial cleanser and toner to prevent buildup and make sure you are rinsing shampoo, conditioner, and facial cleanser thoroughly from these areas.
  3. never touch your face after touching your hair! when i’m getting ready for the day i do my hair, then wash my hands using acne safe soap and THEN do my makeup etcetera. be mindful of this throughout the day as well.
  4. having your hair tied back off of your face and using no product is your best bet. this list should be used as a reference for what products to use if you must for a hot date or a wedding. on the day to day we prefer that you aren’t using styling products at all. (or at least until you are completely clear, then can introduce a hair product (or other variable, one at a time for at least a month) to isolate any new breakouts to it).
  5. manufacturers often times will change ingredient lists without announcing it so make sure to check the ingredients each time you refill. tip: a change in formulation is often accompanied by packaging changes!
hair
tried and tested acne safe shampoo & conditioner: these products have gone through our testing products and received the sS stamp of approval!
 
– shikai shower gel – double duty shower gel + shampoo available at sS
– earth science unscented shampoo available at sS
– AG fast food shampoo available at sS
– AG ultramoist conditioner available at sS
– AG colour savour conditioner available at sS
– skinSALVATION conditioner available at sS
shikai body wash - doubles as acne-safe shampoo!
 
promising shampoo & conditioner: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
 
– various nature’s gate shampoos and conditioners, read labels to make sure the one you are after doesn’t contain any cloggy ingredients. fragrance and tocopherol are the number one questionable offenders in these shampoos.
– selsun blue shampoo – great alternative to cloggy head + shoulders but may still be cloggy for some.
promising hair spray: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
hair

promising gels, waxes and pomades: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.

*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
 
– giovanni wicked texture pomade this product has been used by several sS’ers and is safe!
promising leave it tx: the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
*make sure you wash any leave in product from your hair before going to bed! even products that look safe can break you out if transferred to your pillowcase and then your face, night after night.
 

promising products for color treated hair: 

the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
promising products for curly hair:
the ingredient listings LOOK safe but by no means have been tested by sS to ensure their safety. we don’t recommend that you use these products during the initial clearing process. after you are clear you can introduce them as a single variable in your regimen and see if you break out.
this list is ever growing. we will update it as products are tested to let all of you out there know if things gained the sS stamp of approval or if they may cause breakouts. we value your input and experiences. please let us know if you have tried any of these products in the past or if you introduce them into your life. if you come in for a treatment, mention what you’re using in your hair and we can identify if you are having breakouts around your hairline as a result.
may happy hair and clear skin be with you all!
xoxo,
liesse and team sS

mineral foundation makeup conversion chart

Aside

hey sS’ers, we’ve finally been able to get enough real-life people in to accurately see which colors look best on our former colorescience users.  below is a chart that we’ve made up, we hope that this makes it easier for you to convert to our new youngblood and illuminare makeup lines.

there are several more shades in the youngblood line than the colorescience (which is great!).  for example, if you used to be ‘all even’ but that was a bit dark, ‘barely beige’ might be a better fit.  or, if ‘all even’ was too yellow, then ‘rose beige’ would probably work out.

of course, the best way to color match is to come in and try out the colors in real life. we recommend coming in early and testing colors before your appointment (skin is often redder than it normally would be after extractions and/or peels, so it’s harder to get the right match). also, if you can come in the daytime (when the sun is still out!) that would be ideal.

we’ll update this chart as we get feedback from more clients, but it’s a great place to start when you’re ready to switch over to youngblood or illuminare.

COLORESCIENCE YOUNGBLOOD ILLUMINARE
{ even lighter } pearl (warm)
ivory (cool)
alabaster
light as a feather cool beige (cool)
neutral (cool)
barely beige (warm)
porcelain
all even barely beige (warm)
soft beige (warm)
honey (neutral/cool)
tawnee (neutral)
warm beige (warm)
rose beige (cool)
fair
california girl rose beige (cool)
toffee (warm)
fawn (neutral)
sun
girl from ipanema toffee (warm)
fawn (neutral)
toast
{ even darker } sunglow (cool)
coffee (warm)
hazelnut (warm)
mahogany (cool)