Monday, March 1, 2010

Review: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion

Last month, I received a bottle of the SKIN MD Natural Shielding Lotion, which was perfect timing since I'd finished my DHC Q10 set. I was excited to try it after seeing the website and reviews from both Mona and Diana.

Just a quick background on why I'm such a moisture freak: My skin type is sensitive and very dry in the winter. Somehow, my skin just doesn't seem to maintain moisture well and the weather/humidity in Southern California can get very dry, which doesn't help and makes my skin vary from dry to combination, depending on the seasons (due to varying humidity levels).

Here's some information taken from the Skin MD Natural website.


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.


Deionized water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract (Chamomile), Achillea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol

You can view the webite for a description of each ingredient.


$18 for a 4 oz bottle


♥ affordable
♥ 93% all natural; free of parabens and other controversial ingredients
♥ gentle and non-greasy formula
♥ Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic
♥ fragrance-free


♥ packaging is not ideal if used only as a facial moisturizer (harder to control for small amounts)

My Thoughts

It sounded very promising, and two qualities that immediately attracted me were that it's made of natural ingredients (over 93% all natural), and the price is very affordable, especially if you were to use it only as a face moisturizer (it'd be equivalent to $4.5 per ounce, compared to say Boscia which would be equivalent to $27 per ounce, and the DHC Q10 Milk would be about $10.90 per ounce). I have an affinity for natural products because they promise the benefits of nature and are usually more gentle on sensitive skin; also they are sometimes (but not always) more effective since they don't have any or as many of the chemical "fillers" (ingredients that don't actually benefit your skin) you might typically find and therefore there is the added promise of higher quality.

The Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion can be used three ways: hands, body, and face. I used it on my face as I found it worked best for me there.

What made it best for my face? The texture is lightweight, comparable to DHC Q10 Milk (like a very fluid gel). It absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue, so it does not cause breakouts.

However, since my skin has been dry due to the lack of humidity and seasonal weather, on days when my face was very dry (like when I was dehydrated because I was sick), it did not work as well for me as I would have liked. I think this will be a better moisturizer for me in warmer seasons when my skin is less dry and more combination, and I would recommended it for sensitive and normal-to-oily skin, but not for very dry skin. I have read reviews that it's great for eczema but I can't attest to that since I don't have eczema, just very dry skin.

Interested in trying it yourself? You can get two free samples either by sending a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) or order online and pay $2.00 for shipping and handling.

*This item was sent to me for review on my blog.


  1. sounds really good. I wish someone send me samples to try out., haha!
    but this stuff, gosh! a lot of blogger is haveing giveaway with this items and reviews <3 <3

    how are u lately? busy?

  2. I love body lotions that absorb quickly! Thanks for reviewing this lotion, Diana! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing!
    This is a WONDERFUL idea how they offer free samples. I think more skin care companies should do this. It gives people a chance to test it out & buy if it works out.

    More times then likely, if i get to try a sample & I like it..then I buy it.

  4. I love this product! i have been using it on the back of my hand at a very dry eczema patch. it's been working so great! i have yet to try it on my face, can't wait to try it! Thanks for the review :)

  5. I've been hearing about this *everywhere*! I really want to try it now since the ingredients look so good.

  6. I like this lotion too! The texture is very light and finish effect is very smooth!

  7. Everyone's been raving about this! I should go order the $2 sample! LOL!

  8. Hm.. interesting..
    Awesome detailed review btw!

  9. I got to win this...& I like it cuz' it so lightweight...

  10. Great review, really informative. Usually any product that can be used on face, hands, and body scare me which is why I haven't tried it despite all the great reviews people are writing on this product. My skin type is very similar to your skin type, I have very dry skin during the winter and combo during the summer.

    Thanks Diana! I think I'm going to finally bite the bullet and try this product. One question though, would you re-purchase this product of go back to your DHC?

  11. sounds really great and just what i'm looking for. it's great that it'll absorb quickly and I hate the sticky feeling after applying lotion most of the time. Would give this a try def. :D


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