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Is YOUR sunscreen in EWG's "Hall of Shame?" June 21 2016

We know sunscreen is a good idea. It is especially important during the summer months when most people are spending lots of time outdoors. 

While most of us probably have the words "sunscreen" linked up pretty tightly with the words "beach", keep in mind that sun protection is a good idea any time you're skin is going to be exposed to the sun's rays for more than a few minutes at a time. 

Many women make adding a base of sunscreen part of their foundational ritual every day to help protect their skin from aging and that's a smart idea. Normally, a sunscreen of from SPF-7 to SPF-15 is fine for every day use. Of course, My Skin's Friend SPF-30 is also used by many customers as their foundational base because more and more people are understanding the importance of using natural, organic sunscreen vs the chemical formulas sold.

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, they drive consumer choice and civic action.

We salute and commend the EWG for their efforts to help educate the public on which products adhere to their strict standards of skin friendly products by evaluating and verifying their safety.

Since this is the time of year that people are covering large parts of their skin with sunscreens, we wanted to remind you that there are choices when it comes to sun protection and encourage you to use only those sunscreens that are made with natural, organic skin friendly ingredients. 

Sometimes, the products applied to your skin can be even more dangerous than the sun exposure. Before heading to beach or pool, please check EWG's Sunscreen Hall of Shame to find out which ones you and your family should avoid. 


Curing Skin Problems Is Often An "Inside" Job . . . May 20 2016

“25% of what you eat keeps you alive. The other 75% keeps your doctor alive.”  Egyptian proverb

Clearing up skin issues from the inside out

Our company’s goal is to help customers get relief from recurring or chronic skin issues permanently. It is not uncommon for our customer care team to recommend potential solutions that do not require a purchase from My Skin’s Friend.

When asked for advice about clearing up chronic skin problems, our recommendations often include consulting with their health care provider to check hormone levels and taking a serious look at their diet.

I’ve seen friends and family members (and I have personally) cleared up or improved skin problems by making a few simple changes in the kinds of foods I eat. Our body is made perfectly and chugs along pretty well most of the time in spite of the abuse we often subject it to by eating nutritionally empty foods. But for many—or dare I say the majority of us—there comes a time when our bodies scream “no mas!”

While reading through a new book by Dr. Josh Axe, titled “EAT DIRT” I realized that this was going to become recommended reading for our customers. Dr. Axe provides a logical thesis on the relationship between the state of our alimentary canal and the way we look and feel.  

Acne, ruddy complexion, bags and/or black circles under the eyes, dull and brittle hair and chronic itchy skin can often be a result of an unhealthy intestinal tract. Depression, chronic fatigue and even the onset of more life threatening diseases begin in the gut. Dr. Axe eloquently explains how helping his mother escape decades of debilitating diseases including the big “C,” was a result of healing the stream from which all nutrients flow—the digestive tract.

There was a time (not that long ago) when food was grown and consumed locally. Water was the main beverage of choice (because for the most part, there were few other choices), and the food we ate was processed very little from farm to table.

Now a days, reading ingredient panels tell you that our food supply has strayed a long way from the time it leaves the family farm till it arrives on our tables. The main objective now is not nourishment, but a long shelf life. 

The migration from real food to what some call franken foods, has been so slow and subtle that we’ve hardly noticed that we’re eating ice cream and cheese that doesn’t melt, canned meats with a ten year shelf life, sugar laden drinks (even fruit juices as Dr. Axe points out) and a host of other biological bomb shells that are wrecking havoc on our digestive system.  Of course, there’s always a pill you can take to tell your gut to shut and deal with it.


I’ve been on the healthy food/whole food side for decades. Not because it was cool but because I healed a so-called “incurable” disease in 1980 by accidentally stumbling across a book that recommended organic, raw foods and no sugar or flour. Back then it amounted to pure poppy cock to think food could have any effect on one’s health.

It sounded preposterous to me but I figured I had nothing to lose.  Boy was I wrong. I lost 25lbs (I only weighted 160 at the time) and my “incurable” disease incrementally disappeared using the “Homer Simpson simple” diet plan recommended in the book. That was my awakening.

As usual, my doctor, an M.D., world class physician who traveled with the US Olympic Team and a close personal friend, said he obviously misdiagnosed me when I told him my story. Getting and staying healthy is actually not that complicated. Just stop doing what's making you sick.   The main stream medical union makes it seem complicated to keep you thinking that they, and they only, hold the keys to your health.

Dr. Axe takes you through the chronological climb from where we were decades ago to where we’ve come to nutritionally. He explains how and why our diet has negatively affected our overall health by transforming out gut from an osmosis grade, super fine filter to a leaky tube that allows nutrients that were never supposed to be admitted into the blood stream to pass through. In his easy to understand, down to earth explanation as to the cause, effect and cure for leaky gut syndrome, you’ll be armed with an easy to follow path back to a healthy gut and in turn, a resurrection of your overall health including healthy looking skin thrown in as a bonus!

Are we worried that following Dr. Axe’s advice will make your skin so soft, supple and smooth that you won’t need My Skin’s Friend?  Nah. We all love to hydrate and moisturize our skin and we know there’s no one that makes the freshest, cleanest and most effective skin care products in the world right now than My Skin’s Friend.  We just think you should know there’s  a way to put your skin recovery project on fast forward by working on the inside too by following Dr. Axe’s advice on healing your leaky gut syndrome.

This team approach will have you looking like a million bucks and hauling in the compliments in no time. Your friends will beg you for your secret and when they do, don’t tell ‘em to go pound sand, tell ‘em to Eat Dirt!

 

Mike Smiley is the founder and managing partiner of MS Naturals, LLC. The company formulates and creates a line of organic, chemical free skin and hair care products in Nashville, Tennessee under the brand name of My Skin’s Friend and can be ordered at www.MySkinsFriend.com. My Skin’s Friend formulates and distributes authentic, hand crafted, chemical free, organic skin and hair care products worldwide. For more information about My Skin’s Friend products or if your natural health practice, spa, salon or health food store would like to offer My Skin’s Friend products to your customers, please contact us at support@MySkinsFriend.com.

 
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS is a certified doctor of natural medicine, doctor of cDr. Josh Axehiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get healthy by using food as medicine.  Dr. Axe has created one of the top 10 most visited natural health websites in the world at at  www.DrAxe.com which has over 7,000,000 monthly visitors, where the main topics include nutrition, natural medicine, fitness, healthy recipes, home remedies and trending health news.

Young women's cancer risk linked to tanning beds February 01 2016

Young women who use tanning beds or booths have up to a six fold increase in their likelihood of developing melanoma, a new study found.

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Why Vitamin C "derivitives" don't work November 23 2015

We love answering questions about how our products are made and why we think they are superior to some other brands. The truth is, there are a lot of good organic skin and hair care products out there today compared to twenty years ago when we became enlightened to the health benefits of organics and natural foods and the dangers of fast foods and chemically crammed hair and skin products.

One of the questions we get is why My Skin's Friend Vitamin C Serum is supposedly better than many (or most) other brands. That's a really good question because in that category, we are a small player compared to companies like SkinCeuticals, Oz Naturals, Kleem Organics and many, many others.

We entered the Vitamin C Serum space last year after spending a lot of time researching the science behind why Vitamin C was so good for the skin. We suspected that due to the apparent popularity of it, we needed to become more educated about it and possibly formulate it for our customers too.

After months of research, we concluded two very important things. One was that vitamin c in the form of l-ascorbic acid was indeed an exilir to the skin and could help rebuild lost collagen, help fade dark spots, repair sun damage and much more. In fact, after our research, we realized we had to find a way to bring this to our customers as soon as possible.

We researched the various forms of popular vitamin C serums on the market to determine the best of them and what we discovered was both confusing and troubling. 

Our research showed that the only form of vitamin c for topical application was in the form of l-ascorbic acid. Only one or two of the brands we researched claimed to contain real ascorbic acid. The others named their main ingredient as ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (M.A.P.), ascorbyl tetra-isopalmitoyl, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (S.A.P.)

The truth is that none compare to the free radical quenching, collagen synthesis promoting, UV protecting L-Ascorbic Acid, nor is it completely guaranteed that they will penetrate the skin or if they do, once there, convert into the active form of vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid. And they will still degrade over time.

This made no sense to us. Why use formulations that had so many unknowns--especially when the l-ascorbic acid had been proven to work the best.  Well, we found out why almost nobody uses it.

First, l-ascorbic acid is very unstable. It oxidizes very quickly (usually within a few days or a week). That made using it for a commercial serum impractical.  

The second reason is that research shows that it works best in formulas that remain anhydrous, or water-free. L-ascorbic acid is normally liquefied using water.

Armed with that information, we realized we had to start from scratch if we were going to make something that was effective and that would remain effective for a longer period of time.

It took over a year to identify a way to do it butwe think you'll agree the time spent was worth it. We were able to formulate a true, vitaminc serum made with real l-ascorbic acid. We discovered how to encapsulate it in a liposomal broth to keep it from oxidizing while in the bottle and to deliver it to the skin cells more efficiently once it was applied. 

It is the most effective form of vitamin c for topical use you can buy and thanks to the liposome base, it is absorbed quickly.

Unlike other Vitamin C Serums, we didn't use any vegetable glycerin to give it a "rich" feel so that'll likely come a surprise the first few times you use it. The thin viscosity allows more rapid absorption and efficient cellular contact.  You can watch a short video showing the best way to apply it. 

Like all My Skin's Friend products, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee so there's no risk to try it and I think once you see how it improves the look of your skin, I think you'll agree what they say is true. Vitamin C in the form of l-ascorbic acid is the very best investment you can make in your face.

Click here to read more or order.

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Mike Smiley is the founder and CEO of My Skin's Friend.


Chemicals in Personal Products May Stimulate Cancer More Than Thought October 27 2015

At My Skin's Friend, we absolutely refuse to sell anything that isn't organic, natural and chemical free. It isn't hard to understand that when the body is subjected to certain chemicals that there may be negative health consequences. 

Live Science has published an article that says that chemicals in some personal care products may stimulate cancer more than originally thought. You can read the article in its entirety here.

 


HOW A NEW KIND OF CLAY IMPROVED MY COMPLEXION IN 30 MINUTES April 15 2015

 "My wrinkles have dissipated and my skin has become firm again. I’ve used so many products on the market, and have spent a small fortune, but MSF Detox Clay Mask is by far the most effective product I have used.”

-Stephanie Baldwin, age 36  

-It pulls out toxins while pushing nutrients deep into the dermal layers of your skin.

-No other clay mask has almost 80 minerals in an organic form that your cells can instantly use to repair and renew your skin.

-The main ingredient is based upon an important discovery regarding why certain groups of people living in a few isolated areas of the world (the Ural Mountains of Pakistan, the Caucus Mountains of Russia, the Andes of Peru, the Himalayas of China, and the Wasatch Mountains of Utah) can live to the age of 120 to 140 years old.

- My Skin's Friend Detox Clay Mask™ is the only product available which utilizes this rare clay as its main ingredient to deliver rapidly these vital nutrients through the skin.

- It also includes the essences of 24 proprietary extracted organic and/or wild-crafted herbs that have been proven to restore, rejuvenate, or regenerate the skin. Finally, we add a mixture of deeply penetrating oils along with the delicious fragrance of essential oils to create the most powerful, all natural skin rejuvenation product ever developed.

-It infuses nutrients, removes damaging toxins, Anti-age-fighting and skin regenerating. You'll experience outstanding exfoliation, hydration, and superior anti-oxidant protection. The pores will become smaller; the skin will appear smoother, more toned, and tighter. Your skin will radiate with a healthier and more vibrant glow

-Free of synthetic dyes & fragrances


A Salute To L'Oreal For Getting Real October 29 2014

We’ve been told that the Baby Boomers have been controlling the economy and cultural direction throughout the world since the 1950’s. We’ve just seen another verification of that with L’Oreal’s naming of a 69 year old Helen Merin as the “new” face of the company.
Helen Mirren: new face of L'Oreal Paris UKSixty is being characterized as the new 40. WHAT-ever. The bottom line is that as we age (at 63 I am one of those baby boomers) we expect everyone else to age but us. At 82 my dad used to be telling us a story about a person and refer to that person as “an old guy”. I guess it’s all relative.

My wife and I stopped paying attention to Victoria’s Secret when they started using teenagers as their models."

That’s another reason why the action by L’Oreal carries much more impact than just stating that it is o.k. to be over 35.

I've spent 41 years in media. Radio, television, newspaper, etc. I’ve been very aware of all the fakery and phoniness in advertising since college. It was just the way it was. I had a 65 year old bank CEO we were photographicing for their annual report ask me if we could get rid of the wrinkles on his face. I assured him we could but when people saw him at the annual stockholders meeting they would be shocked at how much he had aged between the time the annual report was published and the meeting. He decided to leave the photos un-retouched.

When it comes to fashion, skin care, etc. you really cannot believe your eyes

I can tell you from first hand experience nothing is as it appears to be. Our job was to make sure photos were perfect, clothing was styled to the “T” and of course, all blemishes, shadows and lines were magically erased before going to press. It was just standard procedure. No one even gave it a second thought.

Same with copy writing. I’ve written advertising copy for thousands of radio, TV and printed advertising pieces. Copy is always designed to sell the product. At forty, I began to resent that part of my industry. I wondered what would happen if a car dealer came on TV without shouting or having some other carnival like component and just stated, “Our cars are basically the same as the one’s over at the other dealerships but here’s why you should buy from us.” Well, there was one that did that and his dealership did, and continues to do, quite well. I think there is such a thing as B.S. overload. Lord knows all of us must suffer from it.

Weary of Hype

So L’Oreal decided to take a very different stand starting now. According to the article in the U.K. news, the move is designed as a celebration of natural beauty. Although all of us have our own ideas about what constitutes natural beauty, I applaud the move to help dissolve this unreachable goal of flawless perfection that keeps the majority of women and a lot of men in a constant state of “not enough” and steals their joy.

I may not agree with a lot of L’Oreal's cultural beliefs but support this gesture to send the message that humans are beautiful at every age. I salute anyone who embraces who they are versus always striving for a fleeting feeling of biological perfection that, even if achieved, is too soon gone.

My wife and I launched My Skin’s Friend with the goal to offer a really good, really healthy organic line of skin and hair care products. There's nothing buried in the ingredient list that isn’t in the product. No use of the term “organic” just because it has become popular. Good, honest value for the money. That’s our basic mission.

We agree that all of us can benefit from helping each other have better, healthier lives. That is determined in large part by what we eat and put on our bodies. Since the skin is our largest organ, be careful about what you put on it because it is just a matter of minutes before it gets into the body.

To be fair, you can find “organic” lotions, skin tighteners, moisturizers elsewhere (like the car dealer I mentioned earlier) but you won’t find many companies who put quality as an absolute, non-negotioable component. We’re one that does.

Let's all get real

So if you’re ready to get real, you’ve come to the right place. And we hope the move by L’Oreal is the beginning of the end for the hyperbolic advertising that misleads, misinforms and mistreats customers through brain washing and false claims. Kudos L’Oreal. Welcome back to the future.

 


A mistake that cost a lot of people to lose hair October 27 2014

Who doesn’t want to look younger and beautiful?

Research shows that Americans are not known for their lush locks. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the diet high in harmful fats, lots of sugar and heavy animal protein and dairy contribute to hair loss and breakage of health.

Other big contributors of hair damage are the harsh shampoos and the chemicals in the water but there is hope. By changing a little the way you eat …like cutting the consumption of sugars and processed carbohydrates and introducing organic chemical-free shampoos your hair can restore their natural oils with time and get the original shine again.

Want an abundant lustrous mane?

Most people don’t make the connection between diet, harsh shampoos, and chemicals in the water and hair loss. HRT Organic ShampooTraditional Chinese Medicine believes that big consumption of sugar is the main culprit of loosing hair. This would be the explanation why Americans suffer from hair loss in greater number than most. People do not realize the hidden places where sugar could be found. Even excessive fruit consumption can lead to thinning hair. On the other hand the overeating of animal protein and dairy also will contribute to balding due to acidic blood.Did you know that unhealthy fats also contribute to balding?

Yes, it is a major contributor of balding because they congest the hair follicles. That is why specialists recommend cleaning up the toxins accumulated for years by use of harsh chemical shampoo and bad eating habits. They emphasized to use a gently shampoo that will clean your hair without stripping of the natural oils then to help stimulate those dormant hair follicles for new hair to grow.

Do not make the mistake that cost a lot of people to lose hair. The Shampoo you choose is very important in hair loss treatment because they are filled with harsh cleaners, hidden chemicals and additives. Even natural brands strip the hair of natural oils so you need a conditioner to tame the created disorder subsequently clogging follicles that won’t let new hair grow.

Make the change right now. Let your hair grow back again. Let people admire your healthier, shinier hair.

For now, to your health


Weight Loss, Pregnancy, S-T-R-E-T-C-H Marks and Sweet Potatoes October 21 2014

You finally succeeded at losing those extra pounds. Congratulations! You did it!

But now, there’s another problem. It’s the inevitable result of weight loss (even if that weight loss was a new baby!). S-T-R-E-E-E-E-C-H marks.

It means you’ve succeeded at your primary goal. An epidermal badge of completion if you will. No worries, now let’s get started on your next goal . . . minimizing those stretch marks. The good news is, minimizing those stretch marks won’t require the discipline, deprivation and demands you faced losing the weight or weathering your pregnancy. In fact, this part will be enjoyable!My Skin's Friend Stretch Mark CreamWe’re going to do it using My Skin’s Friend Sweet Potato Lotion. This one of a kind product is quite possibly the very best formula available for skin tightening, healing and repair. Here’s why.

Our Sweet Potato lotion starts out as whole, hand selected organic sweet potatoes. Using our proprietary extraction method, we distill all the magnificent nutrients from these tubers into a rich broth packed with high concentrations of natural vitamin A (including natural retinol in just the right ratios for skin cell repair),B, C, E (well known for its skin healing properties), D and naturally occurring enzymes that provide key cofactors to the skin.

“My hair dresser asked me what I was using on my face. I told her it was a sweet potato lotion and asked her why. She said my face looked pinkish and fresh and she thought I had discovered a new miracle treatment. I guess I have! I love it.” Linda G., LA

To this extraction we add organic, hand-filleted aloe vera from a farm in Arizona that has been growing organic aloe vera since the 1970s. Filleting by hand is a time consuming process but it is worth it as you will discover. We use only the inside gel—the most powerful part. The results are nothing short of amazing.

“My 15 year old granddaughter asked me what I was using on my face and neck because she said my face looked so pink and healthy. I had just been using the Sweet Potato Lotion for about two weeks and was very happy with the results I was getting on my face and neck but for her to notice and ask me about it was a big surprise. I love this lotion.”  Kay H., TN

Sweet potato lotion users also report dark spots (age spots) lightening and even sun damage from sunburns sustained decades earlier improving with continued use. It is truly a modern day skin elixir.

If you have got stretch marks either from weight loss, pregnancy or any other reason, why not give My Skin’s Friend Sweet Potato Lotion a try. We’re not saying it will eliminate your stretch marks completely but you will definitely see an improvement and possibly the eventual disappearance. Like all our organic products, It comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you have nothing to lose but your stretch marks and damaged skin!

 


FDA Warns of dangers lurking in popular topical acne treatments October 19 2014

Are you using skin care products that contain these ingredients that are causing potentially dangerous allergic reactions? If so, the FDA is urging you to be aware of the potential dangers before you find out like some others have.

NBC NEWS broke a story related to an FDA warning cautioning women about possible severe allergic reaction to some of America’s best selling acne treatment products.

FDA officials are warning that ingredients in some of the most popular acne products including brands such as PROACTIV, NEUTROGENA, AVEENO and CLEAN & CLEAR have been linked to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions because of benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid in them. FDA warns agais Saliciica cid and Benzoid peroxide

Officials said that there had been no deaths linked to the reaction, the warned users of products with these ingredients be at a heightened level of awareness and seek medical attention if they should experience tightness in the throat and difficulty breathing or other signs of an allergic reaction. According to reports, 44% of those who have had a reaction have required hospitalization.

When it comes to beauty products, the effects of the ingredients they contain can be more than skin deep. “Whatever goes onto the skin goes into the body,” said Angelica Chadwick, VP of Customer Relations for My Skin’s Friend, an organic skin and hair care company in Tennessee. “We’ve been vigilant to keep ingredients foreign to the human body completely out of our products from simple body lotions to our Fast Firming Facelift System.”

Chadwick said the product in the My Skin’s Friend that has shown some effectiveness in helping quiet the symptoms of acne is the company’s Detox Clay Mask. “MSF Detox Clay mask addresses the cause of acne instead of the symptoms. The cause is the plugged pores in the skin. Our clay is a montmorillonite clay that, when hydrated, has a negative electrical charge. When you apply it to the skin, it penetrates so deeply that anything it encounters with a positive charge will be attracted to it like a magnet.”

According to Chadwick, this method causes most toxins, dead skin cells, dirt, and other substances capable of causing a skin plugs to get lifted out of the skin when the clay dries and you rinse off the clay mask.

Here’s a run down of some of the products and their ingredients that person’s should be alert for when buying skin care products.

The first is an ingredient that is ubiquitous in many products. Matrixyl 3000 one of the leading ingredients on the most popular cosmetics right now. It is a synthetic compound that even the creators of the product advise the consumers to take care when purchasing products that include matrixil 3000 as an ingredient.

The best known brands with Matrixyl 3000 are Crème De La Mer, Perricone Cold Plasma, Kinerase, Obagi NuDerm, Lancome Renegie, L’Oreal Revital Lift and Avon Anew among many others. It’s worth nothing that all clinical studies concerning the safety of matrixyl 3000 were conducted in house and were funded by the manufacturer. You can read more about the study here. http://www.letstalkbeauty.com/wrinkles/matrixyl-3000

The cosmetic industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, in everything from lipsticks and lotions to shampoo to shaving cream.

Many of the substances used in cosmetics are also used in industrial manufacturing processes to clean industrial equipment.

One thing we can all agree on is that an ingredient that effectively abrades a floor may be not the best choice for facial cleanser.

Many untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, and we have seen breast cancer incidence raised dramatically. The USA allows the cosmetics industry to put thousands of “synthetic chemicals” into personal care products, even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defect or other health issues. I thought the FDA’s job was to protects the consumer from this kind of thing.

Here are some guidelines from the Breast Cancer Society on how to choose safer products.

Use Fewer Products With Simpler Ingredients.

Avoid products that contain any chemicals. A lot of beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Read the labels. Be smart.

Avoid “Fragrance”

Fragrance is a little word that contains hundreds of chemicals including hormone disrupting phalates, synthetic musks, and ethylene oxide. Better to opt for products that are fragrance free or where the fragrance comes naturally from the ingredients like, organic vanilla or peppermint.

Use Truly Natural Cosmetics

In the USA as we know that many toxic chemicals can be found in the most common makeup, shampoos, lotions and all the other personal care products. Read, read, read.

Beware Of Empty Organic and Natural Claims

Read labels for specific information on a product’s ingredients. What does USDA mean? USDA-certified means that 95% of the ingredients are organic BUT still leaves plenty of room for harmful synthetics.

Read The Labels To Avoid Synthetic Ingredients

Good ingredients: Aloe, Honey, Sweet Potato.

Bad ingredients: Anything you cannot even pronounce or they just are letters.

The Most Important Of All They Recommend To Avoid These Offenders

  • Anti-Aging Creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids
  • Hair dyes, especially dark permanent dyes
  • Liquid hand soaps with triclosan/triclocarban
  • Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde
  • Skin lightener with hydroquinone
  • Scented products
  • Moisturizers, ointments and skin creams with petrolatum
  • Shaving creams, hair gels and hair coloring containing nonylphenol
  • Hair spray, gel, mousse or shaving cream that contains isobutane
  • Sunscreens with UV filters that mimic estrogen
  • Creams and lotions that contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemical

My Skin's Friend products start and finished with organic foods, fruits, oils,veggies, nuts and herbs. We never add any chemicals of any kind. It is literally body food. It is the very BEST for your skin and hair health.