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

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

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!

 

PRODUCT LAUNCH PARTY with us!

product-party

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!

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illustration by janice chuang

CHARCOAL WASH
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.

HYDRATING CREAM
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.

HYDRATING GEL
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.

BENZOYL PEROXIDE GEL
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..

BODY LOTION (!)
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!