Recently, I got an opportunity to try Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion and I am glad I did. As we all know, my face likes to give me trouble, starting from when I was a teenager. Compared to the previous years, this year my skin is relatively well-behaved but as vain as I am, I want it to be crystal clear. When the offer to try Skin MD Natural landed in my mailbox, I was a bit reluctant because what else can any lotion do for me? I have been trying a lot already and I started to lose hope. Anyways, I decided to try the lotion out of curiosity and I am very glad I took that chance.
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, at a glance, is a "plain vanilla" lotion to me: it does not have any active ingredients such as retinol and feels very lotion-ey. As it is a water base lotion boosted with Aloe vera, it feels soothing. The first day I tried it, I had huge zits on the left side of my face and the other lotions I used did not do much to calm it down. While my face felt oily, my skin did not feel hydrated (and I have oily skin!) The bottle indicated this product is for face, hand, and body so I squirted a drop of it and applied to the zitty area that antagonized me. Immediately, my skin felt a lot calmer but still dehydrated so I applied another drop to my face. After this initial application, I went on with my day and forgot about the lotion.
Before going to sleep, I washed my face and noticed that same area felt less painful, so I applied the lotion all over. Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is neither thick or thin. The consistency is similar to a regular body lotion but it does not have any filmy feeling afterward. It does not smell like anything, which makes me call it "my plain vanilla" lotion. Every time I apply it to my face, I feel a warming sensation for about a minute and it went away, which is the only thing that's not plain about it. In a sense, this lotion does not look like it can do much but as my skin felt better, I thought it would not hurt to give it a longer trial period.
So, I tried it for about 2 weeks and guess what? My zits have become less and less painful to me. As of today, I only have a few zits on my face and some of them are on the way down. Also, I notice my skin is feeling smoother and more hydrated. The good part of it is I only use a drop of it at night (Skin MD does have a version with SPF but it contains chemical sunscreen that my face does not like.)
The back of the bottle
To deconstruct the formula, the humectants are: methyl gluceth-20, 1,2-hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, and butylene glycol. It is water-base, with DI water being the first ingredient, and contains Aloe vera to sooth skin. This formula also contains some herbal extracts from arnica, comfrey, chamomile, and yarrow that have skin healing and soothing property. Vitamin E is also included as an antioxidant. Cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone are there to make the skin feel silky and smooth while acrylates cross polymers and aminomethyl propanol are used as thickening agents. The last ingredient in the list, phenoxyethanol, is a preservative. Therefore, this product is paraben-free.Ingredients: 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
While I griped at dimethicone, which gives my skin blackheads, I did not experience any breakouts because of this lotion. (I do have small breakouts because I have been stressed out of my mind!) I do enjoy this plain vanilla lotion a lot but one thing I do not love is the price: it costs $18 USD for a 4 oz bottle and shipping is expensive. However, if you buy 3 or more bottles, shipping is free. If I only use it for my face, it will last more than 2 months but for those who prefer to slather it all over the body, this is a pricey lotion.
Will I buy it again? I really don't know. I like it a lot and hope somebody will sponsor me a gallon to use (smile.) For those who are blessed with good skin, you may not need this. However, for those with problem skin, I think you should give it a try. The company that sells this product does offer samples, you only need to send them a stamped envelope so they can send you the goodies (look at the bottom of this link for information.)
For more information, please check out Skin MD Natural website.
Disclaimer: I received this product after being contacted by a publicist and did not have any monetary gain from reviewing this product. While I enjoy it, this is my own experience and therefore, the product does not guarantee to work for you. Any other information is available at Skin MD website. Please refer to my blog disclosure regarding my reviews.
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