celebrate skinSALVATION’s 9th birthday with us!

skinSALVATION is celebrating 9 years of helping empower people with the tools that they need to get, and keep, clear skin FOR LIFE. we would love for you to join us in our celebration on march 25th from 3pm – 6pm. we will have cocktails, an acne-safe and soy-free noodle bar from mau vietnamese restaurant, and hundreds of dollars of gifts from skinSALVATION, kabuki spa, mateo’s taqueria and more. come hang out with kim and the entire skinSALVATION crew and let’s have a great time!




join us for a casual, fun and delicious happy hour party tomorrow to celebrate the launch of our newly reformulated top 5, and release of our brand new body lotion!

all guests will receive a travel-sized set of all our new formulas, plus a chance to win your full-sized favorite.

you’ll also get a chance to film your own video testimonial, to help spread the word on how working with us has changed your life – and how others can achieve skinSALVATION too.

AND…. a very special gift from the founder of methodology premium paleo food delivery: the first 10 party attendees will receive a yummy paleo meal to take home and prepare!   (ps – use code skinsalvation and get 10% off your first week 😉 ).

hope to see you there 🙂

xo, kim + team sS

our top 5 products – new and improved! (plus new body lotion too)

hey sS’ers –

heads up that we’ve spent the last year reformulating our best sellers, and they’ve finally arrived in-clinic for purchase!


illustration by janice chuang

our original formula used to have wheat protein in it for skin conditioning, but we’ve replaced it with quinoa protein so it’s now 100% gluten free!

HYDRATING CLEANSER (replacing the green tea cleanser)
this new formula now removes makeup!!  with a base of aloe vera, glycerin and sunflower seed oil, it also contains healing aloe vera, rosemary, honey; antioxidant gluconolactone and an active form of vitamin b to improve water retention.

has been reformulated to absorb better into the skin, and moisturize without leaving it greasy.  the honeysuckle extract in it has been used in traditional chinese medicine to reduce inflammation.  bisabolol derived from chamomile soothes the skin, and fructooligosaccharides derived from cane and beet sugars help bind moisture to the skin, and promote the growth of healthy bacteria to strengthen skin immunity.

no longer blue, artificially fragranced or sticky, this new formula is chock-full of moisturizing, healing, and anti-aging ingredients: honeysuckle, feverfew, sodium hyaluronate (part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor), bisabolol, peptides for anti-aging, and powerhouse antioxidants gluconolactone and mangosteen.

the same great, aloe vera based formula, but now in 1.75 ounce tubes for easy dispensing, and better product preservation.

and introducing our newest baby..

after derma-e abruptly discontinued our beloved and acne-safe body lotion, we got to work on our own, sS approved formula.  after several revisions and testing, we’ve finally got our own body lotion in stock.  formulated for everyday use, we’ve infused it with lots of healing and anti-itching ingredients, to aid in the post-treatment process (like, after a back chemical peel).

please let us know how you like the new formulations – we hope you love them as much as we do, but please do let us know how we can improve them!

we are delighted to be able to continually improve our products and processes with your support.  we couldn’t do it without you, and we look forward to expanding our reach with you at our side!

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.


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.