Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Should I Be Encouraging Hand-Holding?

Grandma 4444's has narrow (AAAA) feet. Mr.4444 ended up with size A-width, and Kendall has to choose her shoes carefully but only inherited the freaky feat on a mild level.  That said, I'm sure she'd take the AAAA feet over the dry skin that she inherited from me. I have shame-filled memories of embarrassing "OMG--Your hands are so dry!" comments back in my Rollerina Days. However, Kendall's skin is even more dry than mine. She has  embarrassing memories, too, such as the time she lent a boy a pencil in 7th grade and their hands touched for a second, inspiring him to cry out, "Holy crap! Your hands are really dry!!"  Poor kid avoids high-5ing anyone, having been called out for having incredibly dry hands.  Now that she has a "real" boyfriend, the status of her hand moisture has become high on her priority list; every morning on the way to school, she applies lotion (just before arriving school, of course, because everyone knows hand lotion doesn't last all day. She's gone through many, many brands of lotion, and she's finally found one that she loves!

When I won some Skin MD + SPF 15 Shielding Lotion on a blog, I gave it to Kendall to try. She said it worked, but she just couldn't get past the scent of sunscreen in it. I chalked it off as another lotion for the back of the cupboard, as far as Kendall was concerned, but then I got the opportunity from the Skin MD folks to review their lotion (for free!) and learned that they also have Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, so that's the one I chose. I'm very happy to report that Kendall loves it!!

From the website:

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 moisture.

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.

Personally, I don't have anything against sunscreen in my hand lotion (especially since I've started to get age spots, and am not ready to have "grandma hands"). I don't have to wear lotion all the time, honestly, but I really like the Skin MD Shielding Lotion +SPF 15 and easily understood how it got its name--I can put it on and wash my hands later without it washing right off; it's water resistant, but not greasy.  It held up really well, and I felt like this aspect of the lotion is worth the price--It's not cheap, but it's not cheap, you know? Not sure it's worth it? Go to their website and request a free sample.  All you have to do is send them a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and the samples are yours. If you like it, you can buy five bottles for the price of three--Mother's Day is right around the corner.... :)

This time of year, my skin becomes especially dry, and I have a bad habit of picking at my hangnails. Using the Skin MD skin care products is making a difference for me (and for Kendall!).  I highly recommend it.


  1. Since I've become older, dry skin has become a constant, especially my hands. I often look at my hands and bemoan the fact they look like they belong to a much older woman. Your post came at a great time as I can now tell my kids what I want for Mother's Day. Thanks!

  2. I'll check it out. My Charlie has really dry skin and bad allergy-induced eczema. A free sample is worth giving it a try.

  3. I need to check this out. I get a bad rash if I'm out in the sun without sunscreen and I hate how greasy most sunscreen is on your hands!

    Thanks for the recommendation =D

  4. Good girl! Another public service!

  5. I have incredibly dry hands! I will go to the site and request some samples! Thanks for this post!

    My hands are so dry, Kylie says can't we get her a gift cert to get her hands done, like a facial, to make them not dry!?

  6. OK. I did it! I should be receiving my samples soon! Really soon, since I live so close, about an hour away from them!

  7. I'm so with Kendall. You should see my hands - especially in the winter. It's brutal! I'll have to check this one out; thanks for the rec!

  8. Woohoo!!! Maybe this is just what I need for my dry heels! Let me tell ya'll their not a pretty sight!


    Hey sweetie, thanks for enterin' my Happy Easter Giveaway...good luck!

    God bless your day! :o)

  9. I may have to give it a try. I have never in my life had dry skin anywhere until the last year or so (welcome to the 50s) and now it is the bane of my existence! Glad to know there is relief to be had!

  10. I just might try it! I have really bad eczema and my hands have the look of it and my job of cleaning lady:) I don't wear gloves because they make me itchy! Iknow what you mean by a cupboard full of lotions in the "back". I will let you know if this one is different for me as well....thanks :) Lisa R.

  11. I am so fortunate I only get dry skin in winter but that sounds like good stuff


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