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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 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.)

Determining which serum is best can get very confusing so I created this chart to help provide more information on the various types.

The truth is that none compare to the free radical neutralizing, collagen synthesis promoting, UV protecting L-Ascorbic Acid, nor is it completely guaranteed that they will penetrate the skin or if they do, convert into the active form of vitamin C, (l-ascorbic acid). And worse, they will still degrade over time even though they are referred to as "stablized" forms of vitamin C.

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 but we think you'll agree the time spent was worth it. We were able to formulate a true, vitamin c serum made with real l-ascorbic acid. 

We developed a way 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. 

liposomal vitamin c

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. It is referred to as liposomal vitamin C serum.

Unlike other Vitamin C Serums, we don'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.

Naturally, we're always looking for ways to improve the results you get with our vitamin c. On a hunch, we decided to experiment with adding a small amount of raw kombucha to the formula. We reasoned that since the skin has a natural bacteria barrier that acts as a shield to keep your skin from being invaded by non-friendly organisms, feeding that barrier with natural, organic pro-biotics should improve the strength of it.

We were not prepared for the results. After testing the new formula with some of our customers, we were thrilled with the reports regarding the effectiveness of this new addition of kombucha. We had reports that the kombucha had an enormous impact on the power of the vitamin C and that customers could actually see the difference within a few days of trying it.

We then set out to source the raw kombucha to begin production of the new formula but after testing several batches with the outsourced kombucha, we were very disappointed. We finally decided that to get the same level of results experienced with our test formula that we would have to make the raw kombucha ourselves. We do and our newest formula is very popular. If you haven't tried it yet, please put it to the test and see if it produces the same results on your skin. Remember, we guarantee your satisfaction on everything you order so the only way to lose out is to miss out by not trying it.

The viscosity of the new formula is more gel like. It glides on and is absorbed quickly into your skin cells instead of sitting on top of your skin like so many others do. 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.

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


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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.

      RUN REPAIR TIP!

      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 [email protected] 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!  

      My Skin's Friend Organic tanner

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