One of the things I feel strongly about when it comes to the health of the skin is daily use of sunscreen on the face. I wear a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher every day to protect my skin against sun exposure. This has been a daily practice for me since I was 12 years old. I have tried many facial moisturizers with SPF and can attest that the Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen is a quality product.
Admittedly, the thought of using a shielding lotion on my face was daunting. I was concerned the trademark protective layer offered by Skin MD lotion would feel sticky or oily to the touch. I was worried about my make-up refusing to blend properly. I also was troubled that I would notice the shielding ingredients and they would feel heavy on the skin.
Thankfully, my concerns were alleviated after one use of Skin MD Shielding Lotion. The formula felt light in texture. It glided across my skin, leaving the surface layer smooth beneath the touch of my fingers. Hours later, my cheeks and my forehead still felt smooth and hydrated. This is remarkable since my skin type is dry and sensitive. It was wonderful to find a product that is moisturizing and gentle, while still providing adequate sun protection.
The lotion with sunscreen does not perform like a typical product with SPF 15. Usually I have to wait at least five minutes before applying my makeup. I have often found other natural products with sunscreen to be overly emollient. The Skin MD Shielding Lotion absorbed easily. The protective layer felt very much like the natural softness of well cared for skin.
I also appreciate the neutral scent of Skin MD Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15. It doesn't have the tropical beach scent typical of many SPF products. I do not want my face to smell like sweetened coconut 365 days a year! There is a slight hint of the floral and herbal ingredients. I don't think it would be perceptible to most people not familiar with the extracts of comfrey and chamomile. There is a slightly leafy smell with a hint of golden fruit and flowers. Chamomile can smell a bit like apples.
I also noticed the scent of aloe, which has a watery and green aroma. I would classify the scent overall as lightly herbal and gender neutral. The smell is pleasant and calm. To discern any scent, I had bring the bottle to my nose. I didn't notice any particular fragrance while wearing the lotion.
Other botanical ingredients include extracts of arnica and yarrow. The formula also contains Vitamin E. I was impressed reading the ingredients list and seeing a mixture of plant extracts known for their healing and skin soothing properties.
I would certainly recommend Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15. I hope in the future, an SPF 30 formula is released. I prefer using a higher SPF in summer weather. I would like there to be one available with the hydrating and skin protective qualities found in the Skin MD formula. For all the bottles of lotion that fill my bathroom cabinet, I can't really think of another quite like it.
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15 was sent to me for review. This product can be purchased from skinmdnatural.com. For a chance to win a bottle of Skin MD Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen and the standard formula Skin MD Shielding Lotion, please visit the contest post.
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