I didn't really know what a shielding lotion was before I received the sample in the mail. According to the company:
Ever since I was pregnant and started to pay attention to ingredients, I've attempted to avoid parabens. So, the fact that the Shielding Lotion is paraben free is a plus in my book. I also really liked that the lotion was fragrance and color free.
"Skin MD Natural is a shielding lotion, a very special type of lotion helping the skin restore its integrity, enhance its protective functions so that the skin is able to heal naturally and regain its youthful appearance. Skin MD Natural works by bonding with cells of the skin's outermost layer to form what works as an invisible shield. This layer of protection prevents environmental irritants and pollutants from penetrating the skin, while sealing in the skin's own natural oils and moisture, helping resolve the dry skin condition.
Skin MD Natural uses only the finest natural ingredients, and is focused on urging the skin to be active, and to use its own moisture to effectively heal itself. It is not oily or sticky, doesn't sit on top of your skin leaving a greasy residue on everything you touch, it doesn't rub or wash off easily, is hypoallergenic, fragrance, colorant and paraben free and dermatology tested."
The first time I used the lotion, I was surprised by how thin it was. It went on smoothly and dried quickly. It was never sticky or tacky at all. Once it dried, it felt like I hadn't put anything on my skin at all. I used the lotion on my body and hands, but not on my face. So, I won't be able to tell you how it works on the face -- sorry! But I can tell you about the body and hands.
I found the lotion to be great for my body. I get really itchy, dry skin in the winter and the lotion helped with that. My shoulders tend to itch the most (weird, I know) and after using the lotion, they just didn't. This stuff definitely worked for my shoulders! And, it felt nice on the rest of my body. I noticed a distinct improvement on my elbows, too. That's an area that can get so dry and gross. The lotion helped.
Now, the hands. I don't know . . . it just didn't work as well as I expected. My hands are still dry and will probably remain so until April. Maybe May. We'll see.
I used the lotion on my hands a lot but it didn't seem to make an improvement there. More accurately, it was only as good as any other regular lotion (worked about as well as Cetaphil, but not as well as my Eucerin hand lotion). I wash my hands a lot so they are just dry. For me, I think the Shielding Lotion wasn't the best.
Overall, I liked the Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion for my body and would recommend it. For hands, though, I plan to stick with Eucerin.
Skin MD has offered to send one lucky reader a full size bottle of the Shielding Lotion.
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Review/giveaway disclaimer: I received samples of the Shielding Lotion and other Skin MD lotions to review. I was not compensated for this review/giveaway. The winner will receive the lotion directly from Skin MD.