for our in-clinic clients: an update on sS’s now + future (plus new location + shop info)

CHANGE IS HARD, but necessary – this is what is going on for me + sS.

i know that there have been a lot of changes with skinSALVATION in the last several months, and i want to personally thank each client that’s been understanding and supportive of me personally and my business professionally – especially those who’ve directly reached out to me and allowed me the chance to reassure them that skinSALVATION is here to stay.

sS has been my life’s work for the last 11 years (come 3/18, our birthday) and to be honest, it’s grown too big for me to manage on my own. don’t get me wrong – i’ve had some really great employees that have come and gone but every time someone leaves, i end up being the one filling those positions – from answering the phones, packing orders to seeing clients. it takes a ton of time and energy to find and train new employees, and because of the highly-detailed oriented nature of the work along with my unwillingness to compromise my high standards, many don’t work out for the long term. all this this leaves little room for the rest of my workload as a business owner, and for self-care. (remember the acne book i’ve been talking about writing for years? this is why it’s not published yet).

between running the clinic and trying to recover from my own personal nervous breakdowns and adrenal / hormonal exhaustion, running the business the way i have for the last 10+ years is not sustainable. this is why i have chosen to restructure sS in an effort to keep sS around, and to keep the quality high. i’m doing the best i can with the resources and waking hours i’ve got, and i really REALLY appreciate your support and understanding with all the changes that have and are to come.

by moving our product sales to online only, this reduces our need for client-facing employees and store hours (which were the hardest positions to fill). by reducing our clinic size, we are able to focus on providing client care, lowering our office maintenance overhead in order to ensure our therapists can afford to stay in SF. by changing the structure of my business, i can provide opportunities for women (especially women of color) to create their own economic independence (more on this to come in the next few months).

by making these changes, i will actively improve my physical and mental health so that i can be present, inspired and strong to continue working on growing sS, instead of shutting it down completely. walking the talk we preach to our clients about self-care is super crucial for me right now, and i have decided to really focus on this with the spirit of my own and my business’ vitality for the long term.

there is much work to do with the old and new offices, so will leave this statement at that, and will write more as we settle into our new digs, and as things develop. every decision i make is thought through with the highest quality possible with everyone’s best interest in mind, and i trust that those who have spent time with me through the years know this to be true. it is my character as a person functioning in this world – i do things with purpose, meaning and larger impact in mind.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your understanding, support, words of encouragement, and love.

so much love <3,
kim.

NEW LOCATION STARTING SUNDAY 3/17/19!

as of march 15, we are now operating out of activspace, the small business community oriented building that i started sS out of 11 years ago. check kerry out in her new treatment room, ready to see clients starting sunday march 17! please continue on to see details of how sS will continue to operate.

NEW LOCATION DETAILS

  • our new location is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • come to 3150 18th street @ treat avenue.
  • allow extra time for parking! you can try using the spothero app to find a space ahead of time, as street parking can be unpredictable.
  • enter on treat avenue, and dial 233 + CALL at the call box to be let in for your appointment at your scheduled time
  • kerry will be taking over reception for clients, so please EMAIL in lieu of a phone call for assistance, as she may be with clients and unable to answer the phone
  • use our new scheduler to book your appointments, or add yourself to a treatment waitlist for specific days + times
  • we sent out account invitations but if you have trouble logging in, email us!

NEW ONLINE SHOP DETAILS

  • with our new location, we will no longer be offering walk-in product pick ups
  • please use our new online shop to place orders
  • enjoy 10% off your first order by signing up on the mailing list, and free shipping for orders over $200
  • for the remainder of march, get free shipping with a purchase of $100 – an offer exclusive to clinic clients – please check your email for our latest newsletter sent out 3/15/19 for the promo code!
  • we sent out account invitations for the new shop site, but if you have trouble logging in or accessing clinic client products, email us!

acne safe toothpaste testing results are in!

we have some good news and we have some sad news about acne safe toothpastes:

first the sad news: our beloved kiss my face toothpaste gels that our clients have been using successfully for many years have been discontinued, as the manufacturer – kiss my face – appears to have shut down. they are no longer available.

the good news is that kim found several natural great looking alternatives and we have been testing these out on ourselves and on our clients for the last couple months. the testing results are in and the following toothpastes and gels have been deemed to be acne safe and can be found online and at many whole foods stores.

AS ALWAYS, make sure to double and triple check the ingredients of what you are looking to buy and use, because manufacturers often will change up ingredients to non-acne-safe ones without any notice. rest assured that skinSALVATION brand products are always acne-safe, and we would never reformulate with cloggy ingredients!

the safest bets

schimdt’s wondermint toothpaste is our favorite, and is so minty! most natural and acne-safe toothpastes are very mild and not minty at all. rainbow grocery doesn’t carry this, so you’ll have to find it at a whole foods or online. we’ve only tested the wondermint so far, and will update as we test out other flavors. to be safe, avoid the coconut-lime flavor!

ingredients: water, hydrated silica, glycerin, xylitol, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, magnolia acuminate bark extract, sodium phosphate, zinc citrate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, stevia rebaudiana leaf/stem powder, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil, lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract, ubiquinone (coenzyme q10), tocopherol (vitamin e; sunflower-derived), natural flavor, xanthan gum, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium benzoate

this spry xylitol peppermint toothpaste was also safe, easily found at rainbow grocery here in sf.

ingredients: water, glycerin, silica, xylitol, erythritol, lauryl glucoside, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, zinc citrate, cranberry extract, aloe vera, xanthan gum, cellulose gum, stevia, natural peppermint flavor, sodium benzoate, titanium dioxide

the maybe’s

this nature’s gate creme de peppermint one has mixed reviews – kerry broke out the first day she started using it, so took a break to clear up. but the second time around, she didn’t break out. we have another client who said that this broke her out too, so it may be best to avoid this one to be super safe, but are including it on this list for folks who can’t find the others above.

ingredients: calcium carbonate, glycerin, water (eau), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, xanthan gum, flavor (aroma/arôme)*, mentha piperita (peppermint/menthe poivrée) oil, quillaja saponaria (soap bark/buisson à savon) root extract, camellia sinensis (white tea/thé blanc) leaf extract, punica granatum (pomegranate/grenade) fruit extract, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry/canneberge) fruit extract, vitis vinifera (grape/raisin) seed extract, zingiber officinale (ginger/gingembre) root extract, sodium bicarbonate, calcium glycerophosphate, bisabolol, menthol.

sensodyne has long been a questionable one as well. christine, skinSALVATION’s first esthetician hire, cleared up dramatically after seeing kim for several months. she still broke out around her mouth though, and once she stopped using the acne-safe-on-paper sensodyne and switched to kiss my face, she cleared up completely. thus, we’ve always written it off as not acne-safe.

however, another long-time sS’er AK has used this exact sensodyne pronamel gentle whitening formula with no problems. so, we’ve included it here for those brave enough to try.

active ingredients:
potassium nitrate 5%, sodium fluoride 0.25% (0.15% fluoride ion)
inactive ingredients:
water, sorbitol, hydrated silica, glycerin, peg-8, cocamidopropyl betaine, flavors, xanthan gum, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, sodium hydroxide

the definitely not’s

this would include most all toothpastes commercially available – even ones marketed as being ‘natural’ (like tom’s! big eye roll). if the ingredient listing reads any of these 4 cloggers, move on to investigating the next tube!

  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • sodium laureth sulfate
  • carageenan
  • coconut oil

makeup brush washing 101

keeping clean makeup brushes is a big deal if you have acne-prone skin, even if you are using acne-safe makeup. old makeup and your skin’s oils build up, potentially causing new breakouts to form.

there are makeup brush cleaning sprays on the market that are (in my opinion) totally not necessary and can actually add to the gunk that accumulates on your skin. brush cleaning sprays are like dry shampoo for your hair – imagine using dry shampoo for a straight month! gross.

actually washing your brushes with our charcoal face wash is akin to shampooing your hair in the shower with water – a much more thorough and preferred method of personal hygiene. we suggest you wash your brushes at least every 1 or 2 weeks and of course, only use skinSALVATION approved acne-safe mineral makeup.

in this video, we also show you how to wash your brushes with our charcoal wash, but also how to clean them with rubbing alcohol for everyday use, in between your weekly washings.

enjoy!

 

 

2018 winter break holiday hours

 

hey ya’ll, it’s that time of year for us to close down, reflect, rest up and gear up for the new year! we hope you find time to enjoy the city while it’s quiet and take good self-care of you. it’s easy to get caught up in doing everything for everyone else, and then getting sick as a result. prioritize yourself so you can show up and be the healthiest, calmest and most present version of YOU that you can be for your community.

looking forward to seeing you all in 2019, and revealing all that i’ve been working on in 2018 to grow sS 🙂

xx,
kim

easy peasy pumpkin recipes + holiday closures

this beautiful photo is from monica at themovementmenu.com and the pumpkin soup recipe she’s got there is more robust than the lazy one i’ve got below, is delicious and acne-safe too! (just use ghee instead of coconut oil) 🙂

i am so thankful for all our loyal sS’ers that have trusted us with letting us help take care of you, your health and your skin.

this would be impossible without open and honest communication and i sincerely appreciate every single opportunity to dialogue with you about everything: your clear skin program and how tough it can be, when our online shop was broken and wasn’t accepting credit cards (ugh!) and our fave, words of encouragement to keep sS going strong for clients all over the world that need our help!

THANK YOU for keeping us going, we love optimizing quality of life for you through our work <3

HOLIDAY HOURS!
in november, we’ll be closed wednesday 11/21 and will reopen sunday 11/25.
in december, we’ll be closed friday 12/21 and will reopen sunday 1/6/2019.

* please note that online orders placed on days we’re closed will be shipped out the first monday we are back in the shop.

SUPER EASY PUMPKIN RECIPES
i cooked up a pumpkin earlier this month and since it was so good and easy, i wanted to share a few ideas with you on how i used my first pumpkin purchase of the year and hope it inspires you too!

PUMPKIN PREP: 
take one sugar pie pumpkin (about 6-8″ tall), place it whole on a baking sheet and roast at 350F for an hour-ish (you can do other things while it’s in there), til the insides are soft. cut it in half, remove the seeds (i love using a serrated edged grapefruit spoon for this) and scoop out the flesh for any use!

SAVORY GARBANZO MISO PUMPKIN SOUP: 
i quickly made some pumpkin soup this weekend by blending up some garbanzo miso (you can find this at rainbow grocery’s bulk section, or just use good quality stock/broth) into hot water and once that was combined, added the prepped pumpkin flesh and blended it all til smooth. add some smoked paprika for flavor, a chopped up hard boiled egg and/or avocado for extra protein & healthy fat, maybe some crumbled bacon on top for salty crunchiness!  i love this because it reheats very easily and when put into a thermos, i had an easy lunch for an intense all day + night conference this past weekend.

SWEET PUMPKIN CRUMBLE:
scoop the prepped flesh into a baking pan, and top with candied nuts and call it a day, or top with your own easy homemade strudel topping: combine 1c oatmeal, 1/2c coconut sugar, 1/2tsp cinnamon, 2tbsp melted ghee and 1/4c honey. crumble over the pumpkin and put back into the oven at 350F for about 10-15 mins til the top browns. serve warm with acne-safe ice cream or whipped coconut cream.

* bonus points for pouring a bit of brandy or rum over the whole thing right before serving!