Saturday, January 3, 2009

Skin MD Natural Product Review

I was recently asked to review Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion (+ SPF 15) and jumped on it. I work in a hospital boutique where we set up nebulizers for children with RSV and all kinds of contagious illnesses. I wash my hands many, many times a day and use an alcohol hand gel (which is supposed to contain moisturizers) in between. My hands end up dry, itchy and sometimes even flaky, and I don't have time to apply a hand lotion every single time I wash. There's nothing worse than using lotion and then getting that slimy wet lotion sensation when you wash your hands fifteen minutes later. I'm sure you can relate.

That's what is great about this Shielding Lotion. It goes on in a thin layer and actually dries rather than leaving a greasy film on your hands. I applied it for the first time in the bathroom with the door closed and was able to easily turn the doorknob to get out. It may not sound like a big deal, but I couldn't do that with most of my previous lotions. When I washed my hands, the lotion stuck with me and protected my skin from overdrying.

What I love most is what's not in it. Over the past few months (mostly because of Suzi) I've done my best to minimize our use of lotions and other products containing parabens and strong fragrances. Several weeks ago I was all set to purchase some yummy-smelling hand lotion--until I paused to look at the label. You'd be suprised how many natural-looking lotions actually contain parabens and irritants, including the one I was going to buy, which I promptly placed back on the shelf. But Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is paraben-free, colorant free and fragrance free.

Many people with eczema and other extreme skin irritation and dryness have had great success with their Shielding Lotion. I don't have any serious skin problems, but because I received the Shielding Lotion + SPF 15, I am looking forward to using it this spring and summer in place of a regular facial moisturizer or greasy sunscreen. Most of the sunscreens I've tried have been entirely too oily and have had a negative impact on my skin. Since teenage acne skipped over me in high school and is just coming to torment me now that I'm in my mid-twenties, I am particular about what I put on my face! This lotion is lightweight and smooth, and these qualities are hard to find in a product containing a sunscreen. It will be the perfect moisturizer for warm days spent outdoors.

I may pick up a bottle of the original lotion to take to work. Apparently, it's available at Publix in Anderson--one of the stores we frequent! You can find out where to buy a bottle in your area here.


Wendy aka CalvaryGirl said...

Thanks for the review! It was helpful.