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By Mike Smiley, founder MS Naturals, LLC

With more and more skincare enthusiasts vying to go ‘earth friendly’, organic and vegan products are more popular than ever.

 However, natural skincare is not something new. A holistic approach to beauty has been around for decades. Many skincare addicts like us have been on the natural and organic soap box since the 80s as we talk about the healing properties of simple, inexpensive household products like  apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, for example.

 Unfortunately, as the natural and organic beauty sector grows, the ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ tag is becoming more and more desirable with health conscious shoppers.

 But like “fat free” “low fat” “sugar free” etc, as sellers of skin care products adopt these ‘natural’ tag, it can become abused, too. So, how can you be sure of which natural skincare products will work, and which brands to trust?

The Science of Natural and Organic Skincare

Your body inherently knows the difference between organic and non-organic substances. It can decipher what is a ‘natural’ product by the molecules in it.

Think of your taste buds. Do you think you can you tell the difference between corn flakes and card board flakes even with your eyes closed? Same with your skin cells. They know. That’s not to say you can’t put chemicals on your skin to get an effect. But the artificial chemicals can’t be used by your skin cells to repair and heal themselves any more than card board flakes can be used to nourish your body.

 There are some notable exceptions though. Your body absorbs and uses different molecules in different ways. This means that whether you’re using a salicyclic acid that was formulated in a lab or using a salicylic acid which was found in nature, the results remain the same.

Get to Know Your Skincare Products

While the science above is very important, many people still choose to go ‘natural’ due to ethical reasons or due to a distrust of the big beauty corporations.

This is perfectly fine and understandable. That’s exactly how My Skin’s Friend was born. My wife and I have been in the natural and organic camp since the 1980s when we both realized that what we put into and onto our bodies affected our overall health. We were on the leading edge of healthy eating and fitness long before everyone else.

I was in Whole Foods shopping for a clean lotion during one winter. I picked up one bottle after another that had clean sounding names and pictures of avocados, almonds, apples and other wholesome looking fruits and vegetables thinking the product was made from them.

Without fail, when I read the ingredient list, it was full of chemicals with the food product pictured prominently on the front listed as the very last ingredient—when mean it was only in there because by law, it had to be. There wasn’t enough of it to make any difference at all in the formulation.

I got frustrated and left empty handed and as I was walking to my care I was thinking, “why can a company make truly organic products with real food instead of trying to fool people into thinking their chemicals concoctions were natural.” At that moment, my brain responded with “why not you?

I dismissed the idea but it kept nagging me until finally I paid a visit to a person I knew who was an expert in formulating organic skin and hair care products. Beyond that, he actually made each product from scratch starting with whole, fresh, organic foods.

 That was in 2014 and we’ve launched My Skin’s Friend to fill that gap I never seemed to be able to fill before. What it does mean, however, is that you need to get to know your skincare a little better. And whatever you see on the label is what is inside the bottle or jar. We start every batch from scratch with whole, fresh, organic foods. They are truly the cleanest and most effective organics you can buy.

THE Top Natural Skincare Ingredient

Some of the most effective, scientifically-proven ingredients in beauty products are naturally sourced. This means that if you do want to try out a natural skincare routine, there are plenty of different solutions for different skin types. But there’s one that stands out above them all.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been, without a doubt, one of the biggest beauty breakout stars of the past few years. In fact, if you’re not using some sort of vitamin C product, then we urge you to do so straight away.

My Skin’s Friend Vitamin C serum is one of the very few that uses real ascorbic acid—which is an antioxidant. It helps to brighten, smoothen, and tighten skin by promoting healthy collagen production and skin-cell renewal.

Vitamin C is found in many natural products, such as citrus oils, pomegranate seeds, and seaweed. You can even make topical vitamin c at home. The problem is that vitamin c goes bad very quickly so if you decide to try your hand at making it yourself, be sure an throw it out after three days.

So how does My Skin’s Friend Vitamin C Serum last up to two years?

Ascorbic acid is a very unstable molecule and that’s why most Vitamin C Serums on the market use something called M.A.P. (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) or S.A.P. (Sodium Ascorbyl Phoshate).

The makers of these products bind the ascorbic acid and magnesium (or sodium) molecules together to keep the ascorbic acid molecule from oxidizing. This gives it a long shelf life. The only problem with this method is that your skin does not contain any “digestive” enzymes required to break these two apart so it just sits on your skin.

Our formula is quite ingenious. We use a special process to encapsulate our ascorbic acid molecule inside a plant fat cell. The process is called microencapsulation. You can discover more about the actual process by Googling it.

It effectively coats the vitamin c cell to keep it from oxidizing while still in the bottle. That’s anoher way we protect it until you apply it. Instead of putting into a cheap dropper bottle like everyone else does, we bottle ours in an expensive air and light resistant pump to keep it fresh for up to two years.

The genius behind the microencapsulation is that once you apply it to your skin, that protective fat capsule releases the vitamin c molecule and actually assists it in getting into your skin cells. Both are bio-available to your skin cells.

But wait . . . there’s more.

Like all My Skin’s Friend products, we like to over deliver. To our organic Vitamin C serum we also add raw, unpasteurized kombucha. Why? Because our skin needs to maintain a ph of about 7 because we all have a protective bacteria barrier that prevents bacteria from getting into our cells and causing white heads, black heads and pimples.

This raw kombucha (which we also make ourselves from scratch because the commercial brands were not effective) helps restore that bacteria barrier that soaps and other things can destroy.

We also ad humectants and other nutrients. You can get the whole story of this amazing anti-aging formula here.

Investing in organic skin and hair care is a good investment not only in the way you look but the way you feel too. Long term health issues may be reduced or even eliminated by removing offending chemicals that are most likely sneaking into your body in the processed foods you are eating and the chemical-laden products you are putting on your skin.

Our goal is to give men and women worldwide a choice as to what they put onto their bodies. We think there are other organic fanatics like us and we’re here to serve them.



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...Organic Sunless Tanner


Stopping here first was a good call.

We used to enclose a printed version of this booklet with our tanner but we continually get suggestions and recommendations from the hundreds of customers who love this tanner so we decided to convert it to a more dynamic forum so you always have the latest information for getting the perfect tan.

One you learn these simple secrets, you can keep that sexy, natural looking tan all year long while you're also pampering your skin.

You'll get more than just a tan.

My Skin's Friend Sunless Tanner is on of the very few liposomal tanners on the market. It actually helps moisturize your skin as well as tanning it so it's like getting two products for the price of one.

These simple secrets will guarantee an even, natural looking tan
Getting an even, natural looking tan shouldn't be difficult yet we hear from customers who have tried so many sunless tanners on the market only to be disappointed in the look of their tan. 
We set out to make the best organic tanner on the market and from the emails and customer reviews we get, looks like we've accomplished it.
If you don't get the perfect tan, let us help
Sure, we occasionally get a customer feedback that says they got streaks or some uneven spots but even then, we work with them to help correct those issues and start over. Without exception, the outcome is positive so I urge you to write to us if you experience anything but a perfect tan and let us help.
Getting an even, natural looking tan is definitely possible without covering your body with chemicals, baking in a tanning bed or enduring the funky smell most tanners leave you with.
If you follow these simple steps, you too will be sporting a tan so natural looking that your friends will ask you where you just vacationed!
First things first. 
My Skin's Friend SUnless Tanner


Don't rush the process o.k.?

You want a natural looking tan, not a cheap paint job right? Just like getting a real sun tan, it takes a little time and patience but the outcome will be well worth it.
My Skin's Friend doesn't tan you, it causes your body to tan itself. In fact, when you spray it on, you won't see any color because there isn't any in it. That's why it doesn't look fake like a lot of others but there are "secrets" to getting the best, most natural looking tan with it.

Before you spray, make sure your skin is clean and exfoliated.

Use a regular wash cloth, loofah or anything else you might already like to exfoliate with. I discovered this helps speed up the process because it starts with new, fresh skin cells, not the old dead ones. Don't scrub so hard that you cause an abrasion. Just a nice firm scrub.

Exfoliate before using My Skin's Friend sunless tanner
There are two reasons for this.
  1. One, the organic tanner interacts with your skin to create the tanning process so the more fresh, clean skin it can contact (without oils or creams between) the faster, deeper and more even your tan will be.
  2. Secondly, dead skin cells tend to get darker than fresh cells and may cause some spotting so your outcome will be much more even once you properly clean and exfoliate your skin.
My Skin's Friend sunless tanner prep

When your done, dry off and go to the next step.

I put plastic grocery store bags on my feet from the ankle down to keep the tops of my feet from getting tan from the falling mist.
    Some customers have told me that they apply a thin layer of cocoa butter or other natural lotion like MSF Sweet Potato, Melon Fresh or Honey & Aloe to theirs.
    My Skin's Friend sunless tanner prep
    They also apply to elbows and knees because those areas tend to get darker faster and the lotion acts to help avoid that.

      O.k. with those bases covered, it's time to apply the spray.

      It is much easier if you have a friend who can spray you but almost all of our customers report they spray it on themselves with little problem. It might take a little practice to perfect it but it's done every day.

      My Skin's Friend organic sunless tanner application

      I apply it to myself most of the time but when I can get my husband to do it, it is easier to maintain a more even coverage.

      VERY IMPORTANT. The main cause of streaks or runs is OVER SPRAYING.

      Because My Skin's Friend sunless tanner is clear (no colorants or staining chemicals), it is hard to tell where you've sprayed.

      For this reason, it is important to plan to cover in a methodical way to make sure you don't over spray and get runs or streaks.



      1. Do right leg, left leg to thigh front.
      2. Right arm, left arm front and sides.
      3. Abdomen front (pubic bone to under neck unless you want au natural all over tan).
      4. Then back from hairline to butt. Then back of left leg, back of right leg.  

      If you have someone applying the spray to you, have them hold the bottle about a foot from your body and spray evenly from side to side, making sure to get an even coat. Applying too much each time will cause runs and you don't want that or you'll have streaks. Just a very light coat works like magic.


      If you see a run or large droplets during or after spraying, don't panic. It can be fixed before the streak shows up.

      Once you've finished your third and final application for that day, simply let the last coat dry a few minutes and then apply an organic lotion to the entire area to blend the overspray into the rest of the area. In almost all cases, this will completely eliminate any spots or streaks and you'll wake up with a very nice, even, natural looking tan.

      Over spray also happens because you will swear you're not getting enough on you but I assure you that you are. We chose the very fine mister pump to make sure you get a very light application each time to prevent runs or streaks.

      When one coat dries (which is very quick and can be accelerated with a blow dryer set to cool), apply the next one until you've sprayed three consecutive coats in one treatment.  I know you won't feel like anything is happening but trust me, it is.

      Once the third coat is dry, you're ready to get dressed. My Skin's Friend tanner won't color hair or clothes so don't worry about having to cover your hair or having it rub off on your clothes or bed linens.

      Cover your whole body or the areas you want tan with that first coat and wait 3 minutes or so for it to dry. One of the things people love about it is that it dries very fast.

      Repeat this process no more than three days straight.

      Once you've done if for three days, STOP and wait for 48 hours for your tan to “mature” and show you the final shade. If you want to be darker, simply continue to apply it as above until you reach your ideal shade. Once that happens, you can usually maintain your tan with a once or twice a week application. Remember, you won't see the final results for 48 hours
      after the final coat.

      That's it! That's all you need to have a cool looking tan. And when people ask where you got your beautiful tan, tell 'em Tahiti!

      If you have any problems, questions or tips you'd like to share with us and your fellow tanners, please contact us at We love hearing from our customers and always appreciate tips you've learned to help get the best looking organic tan under the sun.

      Want to share what you've learned? Click here to send a link to this page to your friends!

      Now, go show off that beautiful tan of yours!  

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      Thank you for being My Skin's Friend.



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