Monday, May 23, 2011

Product Review: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion

Now that I am home full time with my kiddos, it seems like I am always up to my elbows in some kind of mess. It may be a sink full of dishes or a pile of dirt from our latest "gardening" experiment, but whatever it is, I feel like I am washing my hands/arms about a hundred times a day. This has not been so good for my once soft and supple skin. So when I heard about Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, I was very eager to give it a try. I was given some samples to review, and I checked out their website for more information before testing it out myself.

Here is what Skin MD has to say about their product:

A shielding lotion does the real work to prevent dry skin in two ways.

First, it assists the inner layers of skin to absorb moisture. The humectant
(an ingredient that attracts moisture) used in Skin MD Natural is unique to
it and has been laboratory tested to be 6 times more effective than any
other you will find in common creams.

Second, a shielding lotion enhances the power of the top layer of the skin
to resist environmental irritants while protecting the inner natural

This can be a big benefit for those who cook, wash dishes and garden because
Skin MD Natural helps skin retain its natural moisture and oils in the face
of all those irritating soaps and chemicals.

The manufacturer's website has hundreds of
dermatologist and user reviews including many addressing severe dry skin
problems such as eczema and psoriasis. People with sensitive skin -- and
those of us who like to live as naturally as possible -- will appreciate
that Skin MD Natural is hypoallergenic, free of fragrances, parabens and
colorants. It is made with more than 90% natural ingredients and 100%
food-grade ingredients that are on the FDA's "most safe" list.

Desperate for something to help protect my skin from the day-to-day abuse that a mommy must inflict upon it, this sounded like the perfect solution. But I get bored with the daily use of most lotions/potions/creams, so I allowed myself a good month of using this product regularly to see if it would make a difference.

I am thrilled to say, that, YES, this stuff is exactly what I needed!! Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is designed to create a barrier to protect your skin and it also keeps the moisture in. But it does it without a greasy, I-can't-touch-anything-for-an-hour feel. In fact, my skin was drinking it up instantly and I could move on to my next task without delay. Following the directions, I used the product every 2-8 hours to restore the moisture, and then, once my skin felt better, I continued using every 12-24 hours.

Three weeks into the daily use of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, my hands felt smoother, looked less leathery and stayed soft all day long. I was so pleased, I decided to try it on some other parts, including my perpetually sun-damaged chest, and my alligator elbows. The results have been incredibly positive. My elbows feel much softer now, which is no small miracle, and I have been using their Shielding Lotion + SPF15 on my chest to keep it constantly protected, something I should have started doing years ago. 

I have to say, thanks to my success with Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, I can give this product, two soft and supple thumbs up!!  Mommy 2.0 recommends it for dry-skin sufferers who want a non-greasy, effective skin protectant that delivers on its promises. And since it is manufactured in an eco-friendly, solar-powered facility, you can feel good on the inside about using this product too!

Visit to find out where the product is available near you, or to order it online.
Skin MD Natural provided me a free sample of this product for review. I was not compensated for this review.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mommy 2.0 Featured Today on the Mom Pledge!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

We Made It!

Tonight I am dedicating my post to all the mommies out there who made it through Mother's Day flying solo with their kiddos.

For lots of different reasons, many of our husbands couldn't be around today to entertain the little angels while mommy got some of that elusive extra sleep in the morning. We had to fix our own breakfast and make the bed, rather than luxuriating in it with a mug of hot coffee and the Sunday paper.

Our "spa" treatment consisted of a hurried shower, set to the soundtrack of bickering children and the too-loud TV attempting to distract them so mommy could rinse the shampoo out AND shave her legs before the Backyardigans headed to somebody's house for the day's snack.

We may have stayed at home and conducted our day just like any other. Or we may have braved the brunch front with our kiddos in tow, praying that today just might be the day that our toddler wouldn't morph into a screaming, sticky mess long before the entrees even hit the table. Perhaps there was a special outing - the zoo, the park. Plenty of spots just perfect for watching Daddies chase around their minions while Mommies bask in the warm sun. Nevertheless, we packed our diaper bags with conviction, and managed to keep our chins up as we tackled the day.

Those of us who have already survived some of these solo Mother's Days may have started the day with pretty low expectations, because we know that our kids are way to young to understand that Mommy needs to be treated "extra-special" because it's her day. There is no Santa or Easter Bunny anywhere to be found, so to our small kids, this day seems just like any other, and there are needs that must be meant.

But in some way or another, the sippy cup stayed half full.

Maybe the diapers were just a little less stinky, and the flowers we managed to get in the ground in time for Mother's Day looked a little brighter. The giggles and gasps of joy as the swings flew high in the air, sounded just a little happier today, and whether we got one hug or a hundred, the gentle embrace of our beloveds felt even warmer than usual.

Because let's face it, Mother's Day is about more than feeling appreciated as a mom. It is about appreciating the fact that you are a mommy, and no matter how much or how little the rest of the world does today to make you feel special, there is no better celebration than the love we share with our kids. Today and everyday.

Happy Mother's Day!!