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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review: Skin MD Shielding Lotion

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Disclaimer: A Skin MD representative sent this to me for consideration and review.

Wow, a skincare review Ti_Amo, you say? Yes! Why? Well, to be honest, because a company sent this to me and I really was curious about it. Supposedly a good for you lotion that helps heal the skin? Color me skeptical. It's toted to be able to help burns or rashes or anything else that you might want to heal. Well, I didn't have many things that I wanted to fix, but I gave it a try anyways.

Surprise! I like it! Maybe its the texture [a light gel, something like an Aloe Vera gel would be like. Well surprise, one of the ingredients is aloe vera!] and the cooling sensation (thank you, Aloe) and the way it sinks in so fast.

Anyways, enough from the rough description and onto the real review.

What is a shielding lotion? Taken from Skin MD's site, "
A Shielding Lotion is far more effective as a dry skin treatment than conventional moisturizing lotions or protective creams. If you suffer from dry skin, you know that just using a moisturizing lotion doesn't solve the problem.

A shielding lotion keeps moisture-robbing irritants away from the skin while the proprietary "super" humectants hydrate the skin throughout the day.

An accumulated effect of Skin MD Natural is fully realized after only a few days of daily use. Depending on how dry your skin is the first few days may require reapplications after only a few hours. Usually, after a few days of continuous use, only one or two daily applications are necessary to see the improvement."

So pretty much, using a shielding moisturizes and locks the moisture in, and depending on how dry your skin is, you may have to reapply several times a day to only once or twice a day.

Well, after weeks of not using lotion on my my legs (oi, I know) one quick application of this and they feel so much better! Whats better is that its not thick and it sinks in quickly so it doesn't rub off on my clothes.

*Paraben Free & uses natural ingredients*
There is a slight scent, noticeable once you put it on--really it just smells like aloe and a little soapy. You can still smell it after it sinks into your skin but you'd have to really sniff at where you applied it to notice. After it sinks in, it does leave my hands a little slippery--not because its an excess of lotion, but it leaves a sort of ''shield''? It doesn't cause too many problems.

The packaging is very utilitarian with a red push-down cap. It sometimes gets stuck and you have to push harder, but the lotion also doesn't dry inside the cap (so you don't end up with a semi-hardened blob of lotion, ew!).

But wait--Shielding lotion claims to be able to use on the face! I tried this and it did give some moisture, much like an Aloe Vera gel I also own, but Chicago winters seem to be too harsh, because I need to use a heavier cream. However, I think this would be perfect for hot summers!

Shielding Lotion comes in a red top bottle which is the regular version and a yellow top bottle with SPF15. You can order Shielding Lotion here at the Skin MD site, 18$ for 4 oz (120 ml), or find a store here with their store locater. (P.S. you can even request that Skin MD be stocked at a store near you with this form).

I know what you're thinking--18$ for a 4 oz bottle? Ridiculous! However, I've been using this for about 3 weeks and have used 1/6 of it. It should last you at least 1-2 months according to Skin MD.

Intrigued? Skipping it? Let me know what you think!

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