skinSALVATION is celebrating 9 years of helping empower people with the tools that they need to get, and keep, clear skin FOR LIFE. we would love for you to join us in our celebration on march 25th from 3pm – 6pm. we will have cocktails, an acne-safe and soy-free noodle bar from mau vietnamese restaurant, and hundreds of dollars of gifts from skinSALVATION, kabuki spa, mateo’s taqueria and more. come hang out with kim and the entire skinSALVATION crew and let’s have a great time!
by: kerry watson
need a little yoga in your life? we’ve found the perfect thing! it’s the down dog yoga app! i have been meaning to get myself into better physical shape for many months now and after many failed attempts i’ve finally found this awesome app. it’s free, fun and something that i think i can stick to. it’s like having a private yoga class in the comfort of my own living room. i love the music and the routines. you can choose from yoga flow or restorative and there are beginner and intermediate options for both. you can choose the length and pace of your practice as well. i’ve been doing 30 minutes a day at the normal pace.
sticking to a regular yoga practice is a great way to calm and balance the stress response which helps to control inflammation. it also helps to improve sleep which has a positive effect on the skin. the other apps that we’ve found to be helpful with stress management are insighttimer and headspace. these are great mindfulness mediation apps. insighttimer is my personal fave. you can search for different guided mediations. i love to do the true north sleep mediation right before bed. here it is on youtube as well. it works like a charm anytime i’m having trouble falling or staying asleep.
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:
- see a naturopathic doctor who can run a test in office
- do a test at home by purchasing a diy kit from nutritionaltestingkits.com which you send in to have the test completed
- 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,
happy wednesday sS family!
this week kim, kerry and i are embarking on a back to basics diet called whole30. whole30 is pretty much the acne safe diet taken to the next level. the idea is to strip your diet of dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar for 30 days. these foods can be difficult to digest, inflammatory and not to mention – potentially acne causing! swapping these ingredients for real whole foods allows the body can repair and rebuild.
here are the rules:
- no added sugar of any kind, real or artificial (that includes honey, agave, and stevia)
- no alcohol in any form (even for cooking)
- no grains
- no legumes
- no dairy
- no additives like carrageenan, msg, or sulfites
- do not try to recreate baked goods, junk food, or “treats” with approved ingredients (maybe the number one difference between whole30 and paleo)
- you aren’t allowed to step on the scale or take body measurements throughout the 30 days, although you can before and after.
find the complete list of rules, grocery shopping list, and helpful tips by falling this link to whole30.com.
why are we doing the whole30?
kim: “i am doing it for health reasons – it was prescribed by my naturopath, and to lose some weight (pre-diabetic blood sugar levels). also, i have noticed sensitivities when i eat certain foods that i shouldn’t, so that’s a good motivator too, to not feel sick, bloated, allergies or get headaches.”
liesse: “to be the most clear and healthy version of myself. it has been very empowering to get my acne under control but along the way i fell off of the exercise bandwagon. i’m coupling the whole30 diet with a new gym membership to get my body and mind in tip top shape.”
kerry: “weight loss and energy gain!”
i am making this awesome one pot meal for dinner tonight! click the image for the recipe. i’ll be using homemade bone broth and bacon fat instead of butter.
if you have stubborn inflammatory acne or digestive issues that are influencing your skin, the whole30 diet is a great way to press the reset button on your body. if you are interested in joining us on our journey to sustainable health and clear skin, follow us on instagram @skinsalvationacneclinic or email email@example.com