I had never heard of Skin MD Natural before this review. I am so glad I know about it now! It is made in the U.S. in a 100% solar facility, is never tested on animals, and does not contain any animal ingredients, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or fragrances.
I received a 4 oz. (full size) bottle of the shielding lotion to try. Initially, $18 seemed a little steep for a 4 oz. bottle, even though they estimate it will last 1-2 months with daily use. I was wrong again! The literature suggested a pea size amount for hands, but I needed even less than that. I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and my bottle still seems full.
The ingredients are 93% natural and the lotion hydrates and protects your hands. The bottle says to apply it every 2-8 hours initially, then every 12-24 hours after your skin’s moisture improves. I’ve been using it pretty much any time I think about it. Every time I wash my hands, any time my hands feel a little dry, any time I walk by the bottle…
I’ve mentioned before that I suffer from eczema on my hands, which is exacerbated by the constant hand washing that goes hand in hand (har har) with motherhood.
Here’s why I really love this lotion: it truly soaks into your skin and does not feel greasy. I am really weird about that. I’m not afraid of getting dirty, but I am totally squicked out when I have anything on my hands, and I have to wash them right away. I have gone so far as to squirt lotion on the backs of my hands and rub them together to avoid getting any on my palms. With Skin MD, even when I used way too much, my hands just felt soft. Not the slightest bit sticky or greasy.
It does not have added fragrance, but it has a very light, pleasant smell. It smells very familiar, but I am terrible at putting my finger on scents. I am going to guess that I’m smelling the aloe and chamomile!
With other lotions, even if it doesn’t feel terribly gross on my hands, it feels slimy rinsing off my hands the next time I wash them. Not so with Skin MD! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that Skin MD worked miracles and cured my eczema, but it is noticeably improved. The skin between my fingers isn’t flaking anymore, and my hands don’t snag on diapers when I stuff them (ick!).
I also received some samples of the Skin MD lotion with SPF 15.
I was really surprised that it also had a great texture. Usually if I apply sunscreen, or even a lotion with added sunscreen, I have to wash my hands 3-4 times to get the greasy feeling off. I was able to put this on the palms of my hands with no such feeling!
If you want to try it yourself, you can request a sample by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope!
Giveaway: Skin MD is offering a reader her own 4 oz. bottle of Shielding Lotion. (ARV $18) Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. I love comments, but comments don’t count as entries. Mandatory entries include your name and email address. You may elect to receive a bonus entry if you are a new or current “liker” of Skin MD Natural on Facebook . You may receive another bonus entry if you follow Skin MD Natural on Twitter .
I will accept entries until Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
# of entries received as of January 5th at giveaway close:137
FTC compliance: I received the pictured products at no cost in order to write this review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.