finally.. bicycle racks for our cycling friends!

after waiting a year and a half for the SFMTA to install bicycle racks on the busy intersection of 16th and bryant streets, they have finally arrived!

we encourage EVERYONE to ride a bicycle.  it’s great for your overall health, mind and body.  it is a great source of meditation and helps empower people with an overall new sense of awareness and uplifting energy!


sugar smart – even fruit counts!

we’ve all heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but how many apples is too many? in a culture that stresses the importance of fruit in our diets, its hard to imagine that there is a downside to eating too much of it but for the average person, and especially for the acne prone, there is.

the nutrients and minerals found in fruit make it a great part of anyone’s diet, but excess sugar, even from fruit, can lead to weight gain, more belly fat, increased triglyceride levels, and candida overgrowth which for the acne prone means worse acne!

the recommended daily sugar intake according to the USDA for women is a maximum of 26g and for men is 36g or just 2 cups of sliced bananas. grapes are an even worse offender in terms of sugar and just 2 cups add up to about 47g of sugar – which is more than a 12oz can of coca cola which has 39g!  this isn’t to say that fruit isn’t an important part of one’s diet, because it is. the key is to be informed so you can make healthy choices and like anything, practice moderation! next time you go to the grocery store, keep in mind these numbers:

comedogenic ingredients list – UPDATED june 19th

as if the list of cloggy ingredients wasnt long enough, we’ve added a few more!
please keep these things in mind as you read through the comedogenic ingredient list:

-new ingredients are invented all the time but they are rarely, if at all, tested for comedogenicity. our list is largely based on dr fulton’s study in the 1970’s, where he tested each ingredient on bunny ears (bunny ears clog in 2 weeks as opposed to human skin, which can take 6 months). unfortunately, this study was done several decades ago, and any ingredient that has been invented in the meantime has not, to our knowledege, been tested.

-2/10/13 – we’ve updated the list to include ingredients that dr. mark lees, another prominent and respected researcher in the skincare industry denotes as comedogenic..  though we have found that some of these ingredients don’t always clog (notes are added to explain these)

– some product ingredients look ok on paper (like bare minerals or sensodyne toothpaste) but they can still clog – there is something comedogenic in the formulation that is not being fully disclosed. trust your experience. if the ingredients of a product look safe but you are breaking out, stop using it.

-we cannot say with 100% certainty that non-sS products you bring in are acne safe. even if the list of ingredients look ok, we dont know for sure until we test them (which we do with all of the products we sell).

-just because you’re not putting something like laundry detergent directly on your skin does not necessarily mean it won’t aggravate your acne.  using a shampoo with a cloggy ingredient (usually sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate) can cause not only breakouts on your face, but on your back and chest as well.   cloggy toothpaste can break you out around your chin and upperlip, even if you’re not conscious of it touching those areas.  don’t underestimate the potential of a product to spread and cause breakouts on wide surface areas of your skin!

-hair products in general, are formulated to leave a residue, to coat the hair shaft and make it shine, for example.  so, even if the ingredients look ok, they might be leaving a residue on surfaces that are not washed off regularly (wash your hair every 2-3 days?)  or easily (like pillowcases).

-with these things in mind, here is the updated list:

Acetylated Lanolin 5 Coconut Butter 8 Glyceryl Stearate SE 1
Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol 5 Coconut Oil 8 Glyceryl Stearate 15
Ahnfeltia concinna 11 Colloidal Sulfur 6 Glyceryl-3-Diisostearate 1
Alaria esculenta 11 Corallina Officinalis 11 Grapeseed Oil 14
Algae Extract  11 Corn Oil 15 Haslea ostrearia 11
Algin 6 Cotton Awws 8 Hexadecyl Alcohol 1
Ascophyllum nodosum 11 Cotton Seed Oil 8 Hexylene Glycol 14
Avocado Oil 15 Crithmum maritimum 11 Himanthalia elongate 11
Black Kelp 11 D & C Red # 3 10 Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil 8
Bladderwrack 11 D & C Red # 17 10 Hydrolyzed Lola implexa 11
Blue Algae 11 D & C Red # 21 10 Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea 11
Blue Green Algae 11 D & C Red # 30 10 Hypnea Musciformis 11
Brown Algae 11 D & C Red # 36 10 Irish Moss 11
Butyl Stearate 4 Decyl Oleate 4 Isocetyl Alcohol 1
Carrageen moss 11 Dilsea carnosa 11 Isocetyl Stearate 1
Carrageenan 11 Dioctyl Succinate 4 Isodecyl Oleate 4
Carageenan moss 11 Disodium Monooleamido PEG 2-Sulfosuccinate 1 Isopropyl Isosterate 4
Cetyl Acetate 1 Dulse 11 Isopropyl Linolate 4
Cetearyl Alcohol + Ceteareth 20        (only when both are within the same product) 1 Ecklonia (all 9 species of it)  11 Isopropyl Linoleate 14
Chlorella Botanicals 11 Enteromorpha compressa 11 Isopropyl Myristate 4
Chondrus crispus 11 Ethoxylated Lanolin 5 Isopropyl Palmitate 4
Coal Tar 14 Ethylhexyl Palmitate 4 Isostearic Acid 14
Cocoa Butter 8 Fucus vesiculosus 11 Isostearyl Isostearate 4
Isostearyl Neopentanoate 4 Octyl Stearate 1 Sargassum 11
Kelp 11 Octyldodecanol 14 Seaweed 11
Knotted Kelp 11 Oleic Acid 14 Sea Whip 11
Laminaria digitata 11 Oleth-3 1 Sesame Oil 14
Laminaria longicruris 11 Oleyl Alcohol 14 Shark Liver Oil 9
Laminaria saccharine 11 Olive Oil 14 * Sodium Laureth Sulfate 3
Lanolic Acid 14 Padina pavonica 11 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 3
Lanolin 15 Palmaria palmate 11 Solulan 16 5
Lanolin Alcohol 15 Peanut Oil 14 Sorbitan Oleate 12
Laureth-4 1 PEG 16 Lanolin 5 Soybean Oil 8
Laureth-23 1 PEG 200 Dilaurate 1 Spirulina 11
Lauric Acid 4 PEG 8 Stearate 1 Squalene 14
Lauryl Alcohol 15 Petrolatum 9 Steareth 10 1
Linseed Oil 14 Petroleum 9 Stearic Acid TEA 7
Lithothamnium Calcareum 11 PG Monostearate 1 Stearyl Heptanoate 4
Lola implexa 11 Phytessence Wakame 11 Sulfated Castor Oil 8
Marine Algae 11 Plankton 11 Sulfated Jojoba Oil 13
Mastocarpus stellatus 11 Porphyra 11 Sunflower Oil 15
Mineral Oil 15 Porphyridium Cruentum 11 Syearyl Heptanoate 4
Mink Oil 8 PPG 2 Myristyl Propionate 4 Tocopherol 14*
Myreth 3 Myristate 14 Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate 1 Ulva lactuca 11
Myristic Acid 4 Potassium Chloride 6 Undaria 11
Myristyl Lactate 4 Propylene Glycol Monostearate 1 Wakame 11
Myristyl Myristate 4 Red Algae 11 Wheat Germ Glyceride 1
Nori 11 Rockweed 11 Wheat Germ Oil 8
Norwegian Kelp 11 Safflower Oil 15 Xylene 7
Octyl Palmitate 7    


acne-safe calcium alternatives

you probably all know by now that dairy is a big no-no as far as the sS acne free lifestyle is concerned. that doesn’t mean though that you cant reap its benefits because there are tons of other great sources of calcium out there that will easily help you get your recommended daily 1,000-1,300mg of calcium.
many leafy green vegetables such as kale, turnip greens, spinach, collards, bok choy, dandelion greens, broccoli and artichokes offer as much as 175-350mg of calcium per 1 cup.  an easy and simple way to prepare your greens is by throwing some garlic and olive oil in a pan and sauteeing the vegetables for a few minutes.   adding just a teaspoon of water can help cook the greens faster.  you could also add some eggs in the mix for an easy, filling and healthy breakfast.

nuts and legumes can be a great source of calcium.  just a handful of almonds, for example, can add up to 75mg to your diet.  eat them raw, add some slivers to your breakfast, or use almond milk as your milk substitute. sesame seeds and tahini are also high in calcium and just 2tbs can offer up to 130mg of calcium. put some sesame seeds in your salad or add some tahini to your hummus or pita bread for a quick and easy snack. peas, black eyed peas, and white beans offer similar nutrition and can have over 200mg per 1 cup.

so now that weve given you some alternatives for dairy, we don’t want to hear you were trying to get calcium from that ice cream you ate before coming in for your facial!




makeup sale!

hello sS’ers!
we are having a sale on some of our colorscience products!

the powder spf, the blushes, and the bronzers are all on sale from $50 to $39.50. you can either drop in during our normal hours or order them online to have them shipped to you. get ’em while supplies last!