Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Skin MD Natural

I thought it was about time to review a couple things for all of the mama's reading, and what better way to do it than with a shielding lotion, AKA Skin MD.    It is a shielding lotion that "Exceptionally enhances your skin's hydrating and protective abilities."  I'd never heard much about a shielding lotion before this product, and I'm guessing many of you haven't either.  Before I outline the pros and cons of this product, here is an exert from Skin MD's website about shielding lotions:

"Shielding Lotions are a new type of skin care product based on years of research into how skin heals. They form a protective shield with the outer layer of skin and help keep out irritants. They allow the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better and they're light in texture so they go on without a greasy mess. Your skin needs help to keep out these moisture-robbing irritants.

A fundamental difference between Shielding Lotions and traditional skin care lotions is that Shielding Lotions enhance the skin's own natural protective abilities by turning the outer layer of skin into what could be described as a hydrating invisible shield making them many times more effective than mere protective lotions and moisturizing creams."

Dr. Brian Zogg
board certified dermatologist
Albert Lea, Minnesota

Pros:  When I received Skin MD Natural in the mail I immediately wanted to try it.  I have extremely dry skin, I like to call it lizard skin.  :)  I am constantly struggling with dry itchy skin, hangnails, and dry cuticles.  I noticed on one of flyers that came with the lotion that it said:  "A little goes a long way."  I poured about a dime size of the lotion into my palms and rubbed it in.  I couldn't believe how quickly it soaked into my hands and how nice and silky my hands felt afterward.  I could tell an immediate different in my cuticles  and the overall appearance of my hands.  It was nice to be able to not use much and get great results.  This is a definite plus as I wash much hands a ton throughout the day and they tend to get really dried out.  This lotion has an SPF in it and I LOVE that.  I think more lotions should have sunscreen as the sun and other irritants can be brutal on our skin.  
Some other great aspects of this lotion:
• No animal products or testing
• Dermatology tested
• Fragrance and colorant free
• Hypoallergenic
• Paraben free
• Non-comedogenic
I like that is is paraben free .  Parabens are chemicals that are used widely in many makeups, lotions, shampoos, etc.  They are supposedly "low toxic," but then again, why would you want to put anything toxic on your body, no matter how toxic it is.  
I also decided to try to give this a try on my boys.  You shouldn't use these lotions on infants under 6 months, but since we are past that milestone, I wanted to try it on both of them.  Chandler has had bouts of exzema since he was 2 months old.  He has been on prescription creams and we have tried just about every lotion out there.  I finally found one that seems to do the job, but I was curious to see how this one would work.  He's had some horrible patches on his elbows that I just can't seem to get rid of.  I started using a dime size on each of his elbows twice a day.  2 days later, the exzema was almost entirely gone and he had that baby soft feeling again.
I'm sold.

Cons:  One thing I did notice as soon as I put this lotion on was that it seemed a bit shiny and greasy.  I thought it would be just another lotion and went to wash it off.  When I got to the sink I noticed it had completely absorbed into my hands and they felt so soft.  I guess this wasn't an actual con as the shine was gone within 20 seconds as my hands had absorbed it.  How cool is that? It does smell a bit like sunscreen which I don't exactly love either. (This is only the one that has SPF in it.)  One other thing that may be an issue with consumers is the price.  For $18 you only get 4 oz.(This is for the original shielding lotion.)  However, we've had our bottle for 3 weeks and it's not even half gone, so they aren't kidding when they say a little goes a long way.  Definitely worth the money.

The Bottom Line:  A wonderful quality shielding lotion!

Price:  $18 for 4 oz bottle of original, $25 for the one that has SPF 15

Where to Buy:  Skin MD Site

Rating:  Excellent

PS - If you head over to their site you can get a sample of this skin care product for free!  You just have to send them a self addressed stamped envelope.  And they guarantee your product, so you know it must be good!