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!

kayla’s experience with venus viva skin resurfacing for textural acne scars

i’ve happily been bouncing between 90%-100% clarity for almost 2 years now and it feels like a true victory. i still follow the acne-safe lifestyle and get frequent treatments to take care of my skin. my pigmentation is nearly completely gone, but the textural scarring in my cheeks & between my brows is severe and keeps me from being truly happy with my skin.

we often refer clients to medical spas for more invasive procedures once they are clear, so i went in to a local one see what they would recommend for my textural scarring. i was initially thinking microneedling would be the route for me, but after their examination, the venus viva was strongly suggested.

VENUS VIVA (vs micro-needling)

venus viva is a skin resurfacing treatment with significantly less downtime than the commonly used CO2 lasers. it works by pressing tiny pins into the skin while the handset simultaneously delivers heat, creating micro-wounds (and stimulating the skin’s collagen-producing healing response). it is similar to the popular micro-needling, but the tool is ‘smart’ in that it can detect areas in the skin that need more attention as well as penetrate deeper than micro-needling.

THE PROCEDURE + HEALING

i did 2 rounds of venus viva, 5 weeks apart. my first round was at the end of march, and the second one at the beginning of may. the treatment itself is very quick (15 mins) and very painful. i applied their BLT numbing cream 30 mins prior – which appears to be acne-safe whereas most numbing creams don’t disclose ingredients – but it was still really painful. luckily, like i said, it was very quick. she was essentially pressing a tool into my skin that had 160 pins to puncture the surface and the nano-fractional radio frequency caused a strong (painful) zapping sensation.

when i left, my skin looked & felt like it was extremely sunburnt. i was advised to not put anything on my skin for 24-hours and to stay out of the sun.. so i hid out at home. after 24 hours, i was back at work wearing makeup. and honestly, you couldn’t even tell that i had a procedure done! if you looked really closely, you could see a distinct pattern of tiny dots on my face, which were teeny-tiny scabs that felt like sandpaper. the redness was gone within a few days, and by day 5-6 i felt like my skin was completely healed. did my textural scars magically go away? no. did i see a difference? not in my scars, but overall, my skin appeared more supple and refined. when i went back for my second round, my esthetician assured me that since the healing starts from the inside-out, it can take 3 months for the full results to show, post-procedure.

round two was a bit different. she focused the tool specifically on my scarred areas, rather than evenly dispersing, which i was very happy about. again, the healing was fast and painless.

RESULTS..?

it’s been about 3 months since my last treatment and to be totally honest – the results are underwhelming. i don’t see a major improvement in the textural scars, especially the deeper ones. i think the mild ones are less noticeable, but overall i think to see a true difference i would need a few more (costly) rounds.  each session was about $800, and i expected much more visible results to justify the cost, so my search for textural scarring rejuvenation will continue for now..

please do share any information you may have if you’ve gotten successful results from the venus viva, or any other textural scarring treatment! we’d love to hear 🙂

 

acne-causing heavy metals in protein powders – how a client’s own detective research cleared him up!

the team at skinSALVATION does a lot of investigating in order to find the safest and best quality foods and products to recommend to our clients to keep their skin clear long term. we absolutely love it when our clients become detectives in their own right and bring our attention to potential acne triggers that we haven’t discovered yet. yay for teamwork!!
recently, one of our savvy male clients, TB, came across this super interesting report on protein powders put out by an organization called, “the clean label project”. they “use data and science to reveal the true contents of america’s best selling consumer products. products are tested in an accredited analytical chemistry laboratory for 130 harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins, and their results are published as product ratings.” the clean label project currently tests baby food, pet foods, and protein powders. there are some people out there that weren’t as impressed with the clean label project as we were and in an effort to provide all perspectives and information available. we want to share this link where the writer talks about some of the clean label project’s shortcomings and issues with it’s research.
TB, a very active vegan athlete looked up protein powders, and unearthed information on the one he had been taking – which looked acne-safe (meaning, it didn’t contain soy or whey or other acne-causing foods we look for). through this report, he found out more about its’ nutritional value, heavy metals, pesticides and mycotoxins and we were shocked by the findings.
CASE STUDY
TB came to us in september of 2017 with over-exfoliated, inflamed and picked-at skin. his clarity at the time was about 60% and 95% of the acne lesions that he did have were inflamed. being a gluten-free vegan, his protein options dramatically decreased after learning that he’d need to stop eating acne-causing soy in order to clear up his skin. on top of this, we discovered that he was likely suffering from a systemic candida imbalance after he scored high on this candida questionnaire. he decided to embark on a vegan candida cleanse but because the diet was so restrictive he only lasted on it for about 3 weeks. (generally, folks stay on this whole + natural foods diet for 2-3 months to clear up the candida. candida can cause sS-resistant acne, among other more serious long-term conditions).  he also started taking this anti-fungal candida control tincture which is the other necessary component to getting candida successfully and fully under control. (ideally, you need to avoid all sugars in your diet to starve the yeast, and supplement by taking anti-fungals to clean out and purge the excess yeast. there are many other components to this; check out our other posts on candida). he continued to work hard to avoid soy, sugar, gluten and eat as close to the candida diet as he could and we started to see his inflammation calm down and his clarity improve.
in addition to the dietary changes and supplement regimen, he was coming in for regular treatments and using our targeted skinSALVATION home care products. unlike most clients we see, his acne was really not extractable (he was too inflamed), so instead of focusing on extractions during his treatments we opted for chemical peels, high frequency (a machine that kills acne bacteria, reduces inflammation and speeds up healing) and 20 minutes under our LED panel to further heal the skin and combat inflammation at a deeper level.  we continued to do extractions where we could. by his 4th treatment on november 26, 2017 he was 80% clear and showing vast improvement in terms of inflammation and overall skin health. by january 21, 2018, he was 95% clear. check out his amazing transformation below!
THE PROTEIN POWDER DISCOVERY
after moving away from the bay area, TB reached out to us, letting us know about the clean label project study. he had been taking vega protein powder every day, even several times a day for about 6 months before seeing us. his skin had got really bad, super inflamed with very deep cysts in april-aug 2017, around the time he starting taking the vega protein powder.
at his consultation appointment in 9/2017, his clarity was 60% and most of that was the inflamed and cystic type of acne. he was baffled as to why his skin had gotten so bad over the last few months when really nothing had changed. looking back we both really think that this protein powder is the main reason it got so bad. another major factor was probably physical stress from all the intense working out he was doing at that time – he himself said his body looked it’s best but his skin looked it’s worst!
we didn’t think of the protein powder to be a major acne-causing factor for him at the time because the ingredients seemed acne safe (no soy or dairy/whey) – and he was eating so much soy up until we told him how much soy breaks all of our other clients out. shortly after his first treatment at the end of 9/2017, he started the candida cleanse, had two colonics and backed off the protein powder because he wasn’t working out as much anymore. we started to see a big improvement in his skin towards the end of november, 2017 at his 4th treatment and it quickly improved from there. by january 2018 (3 months after first starting with us) he was 95% clear and has been able to maintain that after moving away from the bay area.
through the clean label project’s research, vega was found to be one of the worst rated, containing high levels of toxic heavy metals (!!!). after sharing his story of clarity working with sS on social media, several folks on social media contacted him regarding vega protein powder, citing similar acne experiences while consuming the same thing!
here are some interesting facts from the study to note:
  • organic protein powders had on average 2x the heavy metals than conventional ones
  • egg protein was the cleanest with the least heavy metals/toxins
  • plant-based powders were on average, the most toxic
  • 75% of plant-based tested most positive for lead (they are doing more research on how and why toxins get into these foods so stay tuned for another post once this research comes out)
after reviewing the study findings, we are no longer recommending vega protein powder to our clients and we are currently looking into safer options. so far we have found the following to be acne-safe and clean-project-label-clear on paper, but have yet to actually see clients through using these powders for an extended period of time:
protein source: hemp protein
EAT REAL FOOD
it’s also important to keep in mind that protein powder is a dietary supplement which may be helpful in a pinch, but is not going to be the best option to replace actual real whole natural food meals humans should be eating every day. remember, these are SUPPLEMENTS and NOT everyday meal replacements! instead of making a protein powder shake your daily go-to breakfast, try some of these quick + easy, make-ahead options instead:
steel-cut, gluten-free oatmeal topped with hemp seeds and fresh berries (you can easily no-cook this by soaking them them overnight in the fridge, they’ll be ready in the am)
sprouted grain toast and eggs
hardboiled eggs, fermented veggies (like saurekraut or kimchi) and avocado (super easy to get ready the night before)
avocado toast with kite hill “cream cheese”
avocado and sugar-free lox
low sugar granola and unsweetened almond milk (kim loves this over cut up papaya)
TAKEAWAY

a mantra from kreation organic juicery in the LA area – you are what you eat. don’t be cheap, fast, fake or easy!