sS + mindbodygreen collaboration

though it’s been really quiet over here on a social media front, i’ve been busy with some really big projects behind the scenes, that will be revealed in the coming months. (it also just dawned on me that most people probably don’t know that skinsalvation is a one-woman show – me! alongside kerry, who handles the treatment side in our san francisco clinic).

one of these projects i was very fortunate to be a part of was a collaboration with mindbodygreen! with this first video of the series, we hone in on the 6 super common mistakes that we see clients make when washing their face. you can really boost results of your regimen with these simple tricks without spending a dime on new products (unless you need to stock up on acne-safe products, use this tool to check your stash!).

click here to the mindbodygreen website to see the full video, and get all the nitty gritty details you know i am crazy about, and let us know what else you want to see covered in our collaboration!

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!

 

 

acne safe wedding – week two “makeup: planning ahead and day of”

makeup, planning ahead and day of (including advice from a makeup artist that can do your makeup acne safe in the bay area!)

best decision i made makeup-wise was to do a trial run well before the actual wedding day. i highly highly recommend doing this! my adorable and talented makeup artist, isabel macias, suggested we do the trial run and i agreed, without realizing how valuable it would be. i showed isabel the photos from pinterest i had found and liked – i thought the photos i shared were natural, yet defined enough to look good photographed. she did a great job mimicking those looks, but i learned the look i thought i was going for required wayyyy more makeup than i expected. from far away it looked great but up close it was too much for my taste.

so, this realization made it so that the day of i was able to articulate what i did like and what i thought we could do differently for the ceremony. we ended up using non-acne safe makeup because i wussed out – i didn’t want to be needy or bridezilla-ish with the makeup artist. i brought all my acne safe makeup and thought i had given myself enough pep talks to voice what i wanted… but the day of, i didn’t have it in me to be nit-picky and didn’t feel like micromanaging the artist was the right thing to do. plus, i saved myself stress the day of and just went with the flow.

my makeup was perfect, i couldn’t have been happier – but it did break me out afterwards. so i had a few months of pesky breakouts from the cloggy products we used. though, i have no regrets! but i wish i had the advice of bay area makeup artist rachel rockwood, who has been a skinSALVATION client since 2015.

not only does rachel personally understand the stress that goes along with having acne, but she also works for youngblood, a makeup company that makes most of the acne safe makeup we carry at skinSALVATION. (please note that some but not all of their makeup offerings are acne-safe!).

rachel has four basic tips for the day of the wedding:

  1. exfoliate beforehand (like with regular peels!) so that makeup application is even and doesn’t look cakey
  2. moisturize face, including eyebrows, to avoid flakiness when combing and grooming
  3. avoid sunscreen that’s over spf 15 because it can bounce light back in photos and make you look ghostly
  4. use a primer so makeup stays put through the kissing, hugging + tears

ok so now feast your eyes on rachel’s professional product recommendations and application advice below!

helpful hint: apply products in the order laid out below!

side note: only acne safe products that we would recommend to clients are clickable links.

primer – youngblood mineral primer or kasnoff tinted primer if you don’t want to wear foundation but want to even skin tone a bit

concealer under eyes – choose a color a half a shade lighter than your foundation and blend from the inner corner of the eye down the side of nose and out towards towards the cheekbone in a V like pattern. this will also add a highlight to the cheek bones. too much product will settle into creases so go sparingly and pat it quickly.  many sS’ers like using illuminare liquid foundation in the concealing formula for this!

concealer for breakouts – rachel loves the illuminare concealing formula we carry at skinSALVATION. set with youngblood loose foundation using a small eyeshadow brush.

foundation – youngblood loose foundation or illuminare’s moisturizing liquid mineral foundation for a more dewy look (or on drier skin).

eyes – pick eye colors that are complementary to your eye color. (for example green eyes pop in warm browns and rosy reds. blue eyes sparkle next to rose golds as well as cooler greys. brown eyes look great in purples and golds). tarte brand shadows and alima pure’s loose shadows are talc free. consider using individual lashes instead of the lash strips. you want them to blend in with your natural lashes! finish with mascara. (or get lash extensions!)

blush – apply a little more blush on than you think you need. blush tends to fade fast, but remember to blend evenly!! alima makes a wide array of acne safe blushes and a few bronzers (just choose the loose powders, as their pressed formulas are cloggy).

highlight – only the cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupids bow. you don’t want to look sweaty because you put highlighter everywhere! rachel likes the youngblood lunar dust in moonbeam. some of us at skinSALVATION (including me!) have been using fat and the moon highlighter and love it. alima also makes a few loose powder highlighters that are safe.

lips – pick a hydrating lip color. rachel doesn’t recommend long wearing lip color because they are so drying and they look dry on. she prefers the old fashion way of (1) sponging a base foundation on the lip line, (2) powdering, (3) lining the lips fully and (4) applying your color.

finish – youngblood rice setting powder or youngblood minerals in the mist. this step is a must to lock in the makeup and finish your look. their loose powder is nice for a natural look, but the pressed is easier to keep in your purse for touch-ups.

refresh – youngblood minerals in the mist or rosewater spray. when makeup moves throughout the day/night, spray again and buff with a powder brush to refresh the makeup.

according to rachel, bottom line is that healthy skin is essential for a good makeup application. 

her best beauty tip that won’t cost money: smile and laugh!! 

here is a link to rachel’s bridal portfolio:

http://www.rachelrockwood.com/portfolio/#/bridal/

stay tuned for next week’s acne safe wedding blog “easy ways to keep stress low: flowers, table settings, wedding favors, cake, vows”


all wedding photography done by heidi zumbrum