Why Be A Natural Beauty?

Taking a more wholesome approach to beauty is no longer just a trend.  No only are you exposing yourself to fewer chemicals, but the benefits go beyond better skin and a healthier lifestyle, as many natural and organic products also create a smaller environmental footprint.

The common misconception is that if a product is “natural” then it won’t work.  The fact is natural ingredients deliver results and can be as effective as synthetic ones! You actually can heal your skin more on a cellular level through flowers, plants and herbs without damaging your skin.  If you think botanicals and herbs aren’t powerful, you are really missing out.

We know that swamping everything out can be tough…you might not be ready to toss out all the brands and go clean, but if you try just one nontoxic anti-aging product, you’ll be convinced it works just as well as your regular serum.  So go slow with the transition and it is easier. For instance when going clean with your eating, you can’t expect to just toss everything out and start fresh. It is overwhelming to do that. Clean out things as you run out or can invest in clean, safe nontoxic options.

People are starting to realize what we put into our body and on our skin is just as important. Our skin is an organ and we absorb 60% of what sits on our skin. Just think about that. Make safe choices for your skin and really why not if you are getting the same benefits it is sort of a no-brainer.

What is amazing about many of the big ingredients coming out right now is that they are plant derived and bio-identical options! The days of stripping the skin with acne with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are over!  We can now actually heal the skin of acne with plant oils!

Do your research too, because just because a product is natural doesn’t mean it has the proven technology behind it. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics was one of the first Korean natural, luxury skin care companies to powerfully combine advanced technology with ancient herbal medicine. We are proud to have between 35-65 powerful and, active ingredients in a single formulation, compared to most products on the market that have 1-3 active ingredients. Everything about SMD Cosmetics is meticulous, and held to the highest standard of excellence. In South Korea we continue to be the only cosmetic company to have been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence. We remain dedicated to being all-natural, safe, non-toxic, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, cruelty free, paraben free, and environmentally friendly. We never test on animals.

SMD Cosmetics is vertically integrated; we own every step of the process from research, to manufacturing which means our advanced technology is years ahead of other skin care brands. In addition, our Inhyunjin line has been certified by the Korean FDA to be an attested and proven anti-aging group of products. While SMD manufactures over 400 different products in South Korea, we are proud to be launching 14 exclusive formulations, here in the United States.  So get your natural beauty on!!  SMD Cosmetics


Before and Afters…

I love sharing our before and after posts…it is so exciting and rewarding to see people skin heal of acne, scarring, age or sun spots from SMD Cosmetic products.  Here are some that came through today on FB!

Post number 1:

OK, my sweet daughter is such a sport for letting me share her before and after pics! THIS DRASTIC TRANSFORMATION HAS TAKEN PLACE IN TWO WEEKS!!! We are so thrilled with the results of the SMD Cosmetic’s AloGel Skin Perfecting Botanical and the Replenishing Volcanic Ash Mask from Fenix that she isn’t bothered by her teenage acne anymore!! This hit her out of nowhere! We tried everything! Who would have thought? The partners of SMD both experienced this miraculous transformation (adult acne) with this product and told me that I had to try this on her. It is FABULOUS! This gel is all natural and non toxic. And, it’s a rare aloe formula that absorbs into the skin so you can apply makeup over it. She puts this on morning and night. And the mask by Fenix draws out impurities and is also toxin free. She is thrilled and so am I!!! The direct links are below. If you have a membership you get 25% off all of your orders! www.shopmkc.com/carolinebryan


Post number #2 Liliana has been using the Saromae Brightening line for age and sun spots for just 3 weeks now!  She has has the Inhyunjin travel set!  They are rocking!!


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The Story Behind SMD Cosmetics…

After a decade of a friendship Lauren Ing and Amoreena Berg had gone through years of struggling with acne prone skin. Together, they had tried all types of products: expensive, mass, organic, prescription and cosmaceuticals, loaded with harsh chemicals, and even concoctions prepared at home, such as coconut oil. They changed their diet, cleansed, cut out dairy, and still they faced irritated angry skin. And, unfortunately, nothing showed lasting results. Lauren started to see real results with Saimdang Cosmetics’ line of natural, herbal-medicinal based products, which she shared with Amoreena. When both of them saw AMAZING results, they were hooked!! Coincidentally, Saimdang Cosmetics was exploring the idea of launching its premium, natural, herbal medicinal based skincare products in the United States. Saimdang, founded over 20 years ago, was one of the first natural skincare companies based on herbal medicinal formulations. This began the start of SMD Cosmetics International.

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My vision was to provide EFFECTIVE, UNIQUE, PREMIUM, LUXURY skincare
that was also natural, safe and non-toxic. I knew there was natural skincare out there
and also luxury skincare, but nothing that provided both of these qualifications in a
way that didn’t feel like a sacrifice of one or the other. I want women to feel that they
are making their skin more beautiful, youthful, radiant but without sacrificing peace
of mind and health.

I am like many of you, I, too, struggled with terrible skin. I suffered from acne, acne-
scarring, allergic-reactions, sensitive skin, dry-patches, oily-patches, redness, and breakout. It caused me to feel self-conscious, depressed and hopeless about myself
and my skin. I had tried all types of products: expensive, mass, organic, prescription
and cosmaceuticals, loaded with harsh chemicals, and even concoctions prepared at
home. I changed my diet and cleansed and cut out dairy and still I faced irritated and
angry skin. And, unfortunately, nothing showed lasting results. I started to see real
results with Saimdang Cosmetics’ line of natural, herbal-medicinal based products.
When I saw AMAZING results, I was hooked!! Coincidentally, Saimdang Cosmetics,
was exploring the idea of launching its premium, natural, herbal medicinal based
skincare products in the United States. Saimdang, founded over 20 years ago, was one
of the first natural skincare companies based on herbal medicinal formulations. This
began the start of SMD Cosmetics International.


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I found myself as an adult fighting acne, so by the time I met Lauren, I was already deep
into my search to find relief. I sought out weekly facials, dermatologists, medication,
supplements, eliminated food groups, experimented with chemical peels…ect.. You name
it, I have tried it! I was truly at my wits end. After testing positive for the BRCA cancer
genetic gene several years ago I decided I needed to take a walk down the natural, safe and non toxic path. I found out that natural meant that it was not only ineffective, but it still caused breakout! It was starting to effect my self-esteem, which made me feel depressed. I finally resorted to using organic coconut oil and organic sunscreen. It did somewhat help, in the sense that it wasn’t harming my skin, but it never gave me a youthful radiant glow… One of my fears, when starting this journey, was how my skin would react to SMD Cosmetic’s products. My first reaction was, “ I can’t sell skincare! My face is a wreck!” To my shock and surprise, my skin has never looked or felt this good! I am continually amazed that I no longer have to fight the constant acne war. It is now my passion to share with others my story and help others feel good about their skin!

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The Powerful Connection Between Psychology and Skin

Having good skin has more to do with psychological well-being than just sheer vanity.
For the millions of people who struggle with their skin, it’s something that can have a major impact on their life. Skincare problems can lead to serious psychological issues, that have long-term effects. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that millions of people are affected by skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and that each of these issues are linked to depression and anxiety. The emotional impacts can continue to impair the individual long after their skin condition has cleared up. Our body image accounts for a large part of a person’s self-esteem and our overall psychological well-being.

“Skin problems can be the source of extreme distress in people, causing a loss of self-
confidence, anxiety, feelings of shame and embarrassment, which often results in a
sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Poor skin quality has been linked to everything from suicidal thoughts, PTSD, social isolation to higher unemployment rates,” explains Lauren Ing, president of SMD Cosmetics International, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. “The mind/body connection between skin and psychological well-being is strong. We know that when we feel good about our skin, it directly links to feeling better about ourselves.”

Psychodermatology, an emerging area of science, looks at the relationship between psychology and one’s skin, because it has been identified in numerous studies as such
an important issue.

“We know the psychological damage that skin problems can lead to,” states licensed
psychotherapist and vice president of SMD Cosmetics International, Amoreena Berg.
“The good news is that with products like SMD Cosmetics, we can help just about
anyone’s skin look more radiant, helping them to love what they see when they look in
the mirror.”

South Koreans are known for taking great care of their skin, using up to 10 to 18
products on their face, twice a day. Their dedication to their skin may be the reason why
they are known for having some of the most beautiful skin in the world. It is a
preventative approach, because the Korean beauty philosophy is to use top quality,
natural ingredients that are safe and non-toxic, like those found in SMD Cosmetics,
which products are based on over 2,000 years herbal medicinal wisdom.

The SMD Cosmetics exclusive line is considered one of the most popular and
prestigious skin care lines in South Korea, and is now available in the United States. In
addition to the Saromae Snail Serum, SMD Cosmetics also offers the celebrity favorite
INHYUNJIN collection, which is a natural, anti-aging line that includes a purifying cream
toner, “essence” age defying serum, “emulsion” refining moisturizer, intensive night
repair cream, and their reversing miracle eye cream. The innovative collection is
patented, award-winning, and uses Asian herbals along with probiotics to help reverse
the signs of aging and provide skin renewal. They also offer specialty products like the
skin perfecting AloGel and the Saromae Collection, which uses beer yeast and bear
berry extracts to help brighten the skin and help the look of acne scars and/or dark
spots. The luxurious line of skin care products is now available in the U.S., online. They
are sold at Hollywood's premier beauty supply company, Nigel Beauty Emporium in
North Hollywood, Ca. For more information, visit the site at: www.smdcosmetics.com.

About SMD Cosmetics:
SMD Cosmetics offers a premium line of award-winning, natural skincare products from
South Korea. Founded over 20 years ago, SMD Cosmetics has perfected their patented
formulas by using the most advanced natural skincare technology in combination with
Asian herbal medicinal wisdom that is truly authentic. SMD Cosmetics is one of Korea’s
most prestigious, top-selling skincare lines formulated by a team of researchers and
chemists to revive, replenish and rejuvenate your skin using the power of nature and
innovative technology. For more information, visit the site at: www.SMDcosmetics.com.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology. Acne. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/conditions
American Academy of Dermatology. Eczema. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center/what-to- watch-for/mood

American Academy of Dermatology. Psoriasis. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/research- links-psoriasis-depression
Psychology Today. The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/skin-deep/201001/the-emotional- impact-skin- problems