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.

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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.

candida cleanse: week 1

hello skinSALVATION!

it is almost february 1st, which marks day 1 of our 28 day candida cleanse (i chose the shortest month to get us going). we will be posting weekly meal plans 1 week ahead of time to give people time to grocery shop and meal prep.

we are so excited to do this cleanse with you and achieve our happiest bodies and clearest skin. feel free to email your esthetician with questions or post on our Facebook or instagram!

xo,

team sS

WEEK 1: GET PUMPED

MONDAY

breakfast egg white crepes stuffed with scrambled eggs and avocado
snack olives, tomato, basil salad drizzled with olive oil and herbamare
lunch salad with kale, cucumber, tomato, quinoa, and chicken breast. dressed with macadamia nut (or olive) oil, herbamare and spice blend.
dinner roasted chicken with lemon (use olive oil instead of butter), garlic mashed cauliflower 

TUESDAY
breakfast 2 poached eggs over garlic mashed cauliflower
snack egg white crepes with almond butter
lunch roasted chicken with kale, avocado and macadamia nut (or olive) oil
dinner burger patty (beef, chicken or turkey) with caramelized onion in a lettuce wrap

WEDNESDAY
breakfast chia pudding with coconut milk, coconut shreds and a squeeze of lime
snack burger patty (beef, chicken or turkey)
lunch salad with kale, black beans OR quinoa, avocado and salsa
dinner asian chicken thighs (cover with coconut aminos, fresh ginger, salt and pepper and bake at 350 for 30 minutes) and broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic

THURSDAY
breakfast chia pudding with coconut milk, cinnamon, nuts and stevia
lunch asian chicken thighs (with coconut aminos and fresh ginger) and garlic broccoli
dinner egg white crepes stuffed with chicken or beans

FRIDAY
breakfast 2 poached eggs with candida crackers
snack celery and almond butter
lunch egg white crepes stuffed with chicken or beans
dinner zucchini noodles with basil pesto (use olive oil + zucchini noodles instead of squash) and chicken or avocado

SATURDAY
breakfast eggs + hot quinoa with coconut milk and cinnamon
lunch zucchini noodles with basil pesto (use olive oil + zucchini noodles instead of squash) and chicken or avocado
dinner asian chicken thighs with salad

SUNDAY
breakfast eggs and left over chicken
snack celery and almond butter
lunch salad with kale, chicken breast, basil pesto and avocado
dinner salmon with sautéed zucchini and fennel

sugar free february! (team sS is doing the candida cleanse)

maintaining a healthy balance of microorganisms within the body helps us have strong immune systems, productive digestion and clear skin. if these microorganisms are disrupted by an overgrowth of candida, it can throw everything off and can prevent you from achieving the acne free complexion that you desire. if you think that you may have candida you have a couple of options:

  1. see a naturopathic doctor who can run a test in office
  2. do a test at home by purchasing a diy kit from nutritionaltestingkits.com which you send in to have the test completed
  3. just do the diet. the most cost effective route but it takes a little will power to do a diet without knowing if you actually have a candida overgrowth. bonus* even if you don’t have candida, the diet is pretty great for your skin and body over all.

the entire skin SALVATION team has decided to do the candida diet for the month of february. kim and i have done tests and neither of us have a candida overgrowth problem however, we are excited to eliminate sugar from our diet for the month to reset and feel great.

throughout the month of february we will be blogging weekly meal plans, how we are feeling and photos of our skin. we will be posting on instagram with #sugarfreefebruary #candidacleanse and #healthybodyclearskin. follow us @skinsalvationsf. you can also find great candida safe recipes on our pinterest board.

we invite you to join us on this journey to clear(er) skin and healthier bodies. 

wishing you joy and happiness,

team sS

PRODUCT ALERT: charcoal cleanser

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hello clear skinned beauties!

most of you have used our signature charcoal wash in the past, which does an amazing job of removing makeup, dirt and oil from the skin. the formulation that is on our shelves right now is the same one that we have used for years. some of you may have experienced recently that the charcoal seems to have settled to the bottom of the bottle, leaving the top of the bottle clear and the bottom black. this happened because charcoal is a natural ingredient that is heavier than the other ingredients in the cleanser and when left over time without motion it can settle.

easy fixes:

  1. after you cleanse, set the cleanser bottle upside down so that the charcoal can fully immerse again. 
  2. vigorously shake the bottle to mix the charcoal back in!
  3. a client told me that she put hers upside down for a day and then put it in her 2oz bottle – at this small size she hasn’t noticed that it settled again.

although this is an easy fix, we know that it’s kind of a hassle. so, what are we doing about it? we are currently reformulating the charcoal wash with a new emulsifier that will keep the charcoal particles suspended. in addition to this, the new formulation will include quinoa protein instead of wheat protein to make it completely gluten free. this being said, please note that we have had many people (myself included) who are allergic to wheat be able to use this cleanser topically without a reaction. i personally keep my mouth closed during cleansing to be sure that none effects me internally.

reformulating a product is a long process. the new cleanser will have to go through testing at the lab, client testing, and stability testing before it can be made available to you. please be patient with us while we work hard to bring you the best possible product to help you achieve and maintain clear skin. in the meantime please continue to use your current cleanser and put it upside down or give it a good shake if need be.

thank you for your continued support! we love you guys!

meal prep monday: the candida cleanse

some of you have heard us talk about the candida cleanse before and how it can positively impact your skin if you have a candida overgrowth. we’ve written blog posts about what candida is and how to treat it. you can read those popular posts here and here.

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the most important aspects of the cleanse are taking your supplement to wipe out the candida (we recommend cansol) and strictly following the candida free diet. just because there are things that you can’t eat doesn’t mean that this diet has to be boring! here’s a meal plan to get your through the first week of candida cleanse. prep all of this food on your day off and keep it in the fridge throughout the week.

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THIS WEEK’S MENU

  1. cauliflower tortillas are a super yummy candida safe alternative to corn or flour tortillas. wrap scrambled eggs in them for breakfast, meat to make tacos, or use as a “mini pizza crust.” find the recipe here.
  2. toasted pumpkin seed guacamole to eat with raw veggies or later on tacos! we left out the serano from this recipe.
  3. barbacoa from this chipotle copycat recipe for tacos or on top of salad.
  4. nappa cabbage, almond & chicken salad sub soy sauce for coconut aminos in this recipe
  5. marinated zucchini with mint sub the white wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar to keep this recipe candida free.
  6. roasted fennel & artichoke salad find the recipe here

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AN AVERAGE DAY

  • breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with green onions and a cauliflower tortilla
  • snack: toasted pumpkin seed guacamole with celery stalks
  • lunch: nappa cabbage, almond & chicken salad
  • dinner: barbacoa and marinated zucchini with mint over arugula

HOW TO PREP IT ALL

  1. start your roast in the crockpot and bake your chicken breasts for the salad.
  2. make the cauliflower tortillas
  3. cook the zucchini
  4. roast the fennel
  5. combine remaining salad ingredients
  6. make nappa cabbage salad
  7. make guacamole
  8. enjoy! 

THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST

fats:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 cups organic raw pumpkin seeds
  • organic cold pressed sunflower seed oil
  • sesame oil
  • 1 cup raw almonds

protein:

  • 2 dozen free range organic eggs
  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 1/2 lb organic free range chicken breast

veggies:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower
  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 3 organic zucchini
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 can whole artichoke hearts in water
  • 1 bag organic spinach or arugula
  • 1 bunch organic celery

fruit:

  • 2 limes
  • 2 lemons

herbs:

  • celtic sea salt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 head garlic
  • bay leaves
  • oregano
  • cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • green onions

packaged:

  • bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar with mother
  • coconut aminos
  • organic chicken broth (best to make it yourself or purchase handmade frozen from your local butcher. packaged broth often contains sugar and lacks the essential vitamins that homemade contains)