I was given a sample of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion to try out. I tested the lotion over a month, sometimes applying it to my hands and sometimes to my arms and legs. Overall I like the lotion a lot, it goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and has no discernible scent. It kept my skin moisturized, and when I applied it post-shower I found I was ready to put on my clothes much sooner than when I use a regular moisturizer. This aspect is nice when you have a rushed morning prep schedule.
Is it worth the price? I’m not sure yet. The lotion works in part by “transforming the outer layer of skin into a hydrating invisible shield.” I don’t have any serious dry skin ailments, but the lotion did cut down on some minor irritation my sensitive skin can get from the seams in shirts. A 4 ounce bottle of Skin MD Natural costs $25, and they estimate it will last 1 to 2 months. That is just expensive enough to keep me from buying a new bottle.
That said, the lotion has plenty of positive reviews online and if you have any skin trouble I encourage you to try it out. You can get two sample packets mailed to you for the price of postage ($2) from the ordering page (additional cost if shipped outside North America).
The Skin MD Natural site has a video purpotedly showing off the protective quality of the lotion. In it the demonstrator applies the lotion, then holds a rock in his hand an pours hydrochloric acid over the rock which drips down his hand. The rock fizzes, and the idea is that the lotion protects his hands from acid strong enough to (queue dramatic music) dissolve this rock! The video feels like a stunt, and watching it only made me afraid to apply the lotion to my skin for fear that the lotion would trigger my mild contact dermatitis. I quickly found this information about the demonstration on The Beauty Brains website: “It’s an interesting and compelling demonstration. Of course, it’s not as impressive if you consider that when the scientist pours the acid on the rock (probably limestone), there is a neutralizing reaction that occurs. A neutralized acid is like pouring salt water on your skin.”
I was still intrigued so I turned to the only chemist I know to find out more about it: Joseph Reardon, PhD., aka my dad. He confirmed that the stone had a neutralizing effect on the acid and that the video was a stunt, adding “What damage to tough skin (like that on the hands) would 14-15% HCl do? And how quick acting would it be? Would the demonstrator being screaming in pain if his hands were lotion-free? I suspect not.”
He had a look at the ingredients of the lotion and had this to say: “I’d bet that if you changed the relative amount of one or two of the ingredients by one or two percent, the entire texture might change — the lotion might suddenly turn thick and tacky, or watery, or coarse feeling, or whatever. Give credit to the formulators for coming up with something that appeals to the end user.”
In poking around I came across Gloves In A Bottle, which sounds very much like the Skin MD Natural lotion but the bottle is half the price and twice the size. The Amazon customer reviews make me wonder if the lotion is similar. I plan on buying some to compare.