hi lovely sS’ers,
i hope you are enjoying summer! as you know (from our last newsletter back in march right before our move!), in addition to getting some downtime to rest and reset, i am also working on some major sS restructuring. you can expect all the details on that shortly in a clinic-wide email blast, but i thought i’d start off with a list of products we are going to discontinue carrying (along with where you can continue to purchase them, and any other notes i conjured up).
at the time of this writing, these products are still acne-safe, i am just on a quest to streamline our offerings to make running sS more sustainable to provide better service for our clients! please take a look at the list and stock up on our online shop, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
if you are a client using any of these exfoliating toners:
- 7.5% mandelic blend
- 7.5% mandelic + d2o blend
- 10% mandelic toner
- glycolactic toner
- sterilizing toner
please contact me if you are interested in helping me research what alternatives will work best for you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
many thanks for your understanding and continued support of my business through these transitions!
|PRODUCT||SIZE / COLOR to be discontinued||REPLACEMENT||NOTES|
|10% benzoyl peroxide gel||entire formula||5.25% benzoyl peroxide gel|
|10% mandelic tonic||entire formula||please contact us to be part of our research + development to find a suitable replacement|
|15% glycolic acid serum||entire formula||10% glycolic serum|
|alima blushes||all shades||alimapure.com||we only have tested + therefore recommend their loose mineral makeup products!|
|alima bronzers||all shades||alimapure.com||we only have tested + therefore recommend their loose mineral makeup products!|
|benzoyl peroxide face wash||all sizes, entire formula||beyond complexion benzoyl peroxide face wash|
|charcoal cleanser||just the 2oz + 4oz sizes||8oz charcoal wash will still be available|
|clearing scrub||entire formula (due to its plastic scrubbing beads)||our new biodegradeable scrubbing medium is currently under development and will launch soon; please contact us to get a sample!|
|getting started kit - classic normal to oily||travel size||full sized kit|
|getting started kit - moisturizing normal to dry||travel size||full sized kit|
|glycolactic toner||entire formula||please contact us to be part of our research + development to find a suitable replacement|
|healing + moisturizing acne-safe body lotion||just the 2oz size||8oz size|
|healing kit||travel size||full sized kit|
|hemporganics lipsticks||all colors||your local health food store!|
|hydrating cleanser v3.0||2oz, 4oz||hydrating cleanser v3.0 - 8oz|
|hydrating cream||.5oz jar||2oz jar will still be available|
|hydrating gel v1 - blue formula||all sizes, entire formula||hydrating gel v3.0 (clear)|
|hydrating gel v2 - white formula||all sizes, entire formula||hydrating gel v3.0 (clear)|
|illuminare liquid mineral foundation||sample packets + tubes||illuminare sample pack (3 colors, 3 formulas)|
|kabuki brushes||-||your local health food or beauty supply store!|
|lightstim LED for acne||-||you can purchase directly from the manufacturer at https://www.lightstim.com/acne/|
|lightstim LED for wrinkles / anti-aging||-||you can purchase directly from the manufacturer at https://www.lightstim.com/acne/|
|magic mandelic + d2o 2.5% toner||just the 2oz size||4oz will still be available|
|magic mandelic + d2o 5% toner||just the 2oz size||4oz will still be available|
|magic mandelic + d2o 7.5% toner||entire formula||please contact us to be part of our research + development to find a suitable replacement|
|magic mandelic 2.5% toner||just the 2oz size||4oz will still be available|
|magic mandelic 5% toner||just the 2oz size||4oz will still be available|
|magic mandelic 7.5% toner||entire formula||please contact us to be part of our research + development to find a suitable replacement|
|optizinc vitamin||entire formula||your local health food store (or GNC)!|
|organic bug spray||acne-safe formula discontinued by manufacturer||make your own!||you can make your own: combine distilled water and several drops each of essential oils: lemongrass, citronella, lavender. you'll need to experiment a bit to figure out the water:EO ratio that works for you. alternatively, many companies make mosquito essential oil blends you can use.|
|periowash||entire formula||your local health food store!|
|phyto pumpkin foaming face wash||entire formula|
|retractable kabuki brush||discontinued by manufacturer|
|rosewater + glycerin spray||entire formula||your local health food store!|
|sterilizing tonic||entire formula|
|youngblood mineral foundation - LOOSE||all shades||we will still stock the pressed formula, or you can get the loose directly from the manufacturer's online shop||ybskin.com|
|youngblood rice setting powder - LOOSE||all shades||we will still stock the pressed formula, or you can get the loose directly from the manufacturer's online shop|
|zyflamend||all sizes, entire formula||your local health food store!|
|zyflamend nighttime formula||all sizes, entire formula||your local health food store!|
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,
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!
the safest bets
potassium nitrate 5%, sodium fluoride 0.25% (0.15% fluoride ion)
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
- coconut oil
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.