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“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 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

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 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.

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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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