Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I was sent a sample of this lotion to try about a month ago. What is unique about this product is that instead of just penetrating your skin like most moisturizers do, this not only penetrates and moisturizes, but it also acts as a shield - it keeps the irritants out and the moisture in. Now as I've already written, my first quest is that I'm always looking for that "perfect" hair conditioner for my dry hair -but my second quest is to find a lotion for my dry hands that is long lasting - through hand washing. (And just so you don't worry about me, I know that dry skin and hair are classic thyroid symptoms and I am actually on thyroid meds. I think God just musta made me with dry hair and skin - thanks for worrying though :-) .) In winter especially, my hands crack and bleed and I am constantly putting lotion on. (Good thing I'm an Avon rep - I keep my own self in business, heh.) Also, my DD has eczema intermittently, and we're always looking for the magic (non-prescription) cream for that too.
So, I've been using the Skin MD Natural, and I have to say, I am pleased with the results. Besides keeping my hands moisturized, they feel so soft and smooth, which I really like. It's also a lot less sticky than Avon's Silicone Glove, which is what I normally use in winter. Now of course, it's not winter, so this Skin MD has not yet faced it's toughest challenge, but I have to admit, my hands have never felt so soft and smooth. You can also use it for your face and body, and it says it's safe for sensitive skin (I can't speak to that, I have seemingly put hundreds of different products on my face and I've never had a problem (not that, you know, I buy a lot of Avon stuff or anything, heh).
I have tried it on DD's eczema, but it doesn't seem to help any better than any of the other creams we've used. But, if you have eczema, you know that everyone is different - what works for one person may not work for another; eczema is tough to successfully treat. But if you check out the website, many people have had a lot of success with this product for eczema and psoriasis and other skin problems, so this may be worth a try if you're still searching for a non-prescription treatment. Also, if natural skin care is important to you, it's made from natural ingredients. It has a really nice, but faint scent, also.
Did I mention it makes my hands really soft and smooth? :-)
The website is surprisingly informative - check it out if you're interested, it has everything you'd ever want to know including before and after pictures, store locator, reviews, videos and graphics illustrating how it works and more: Skin MD Natural. Even if you're not that interested, the website is pretty cool, especially the before and after pics (but the beginning ones are kinda gross - so don't go there if you're squeamish).
The only downside is that it's somewhat pricey - it's $18 plus $4.95 shipping for a 4 oz. bottle. However, the lotion is very concentrated and you do only need a little bit per application - they say that a 4 oz. bottle would be a 1-2 month supply. And besides, some people don't mind spending money on good skin care. You could easily spend more than $18 at a department store counter for moisturizers, that's for sure.
But for all of you that are of a frugal mindset like me, the good news is that if you think this might be something you want to try you can send away for a free sample! Now I give that a big thumbs up! :-)
And if you're a fellow blogger and would like to request a bottle to review on your own blog, you can contact Pete Grimaldi at firstname.lastname@example.org with your blog URL and mailing address.
Now me and my soft, smooth hands are going to go get some soft, smooth vanilla fudge ice cream. All this reviewing works up an appetite you know! :-)