Giveaway: Good food is sexy; soft hands whilst cooking are even sexier!

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I know this doesn’t seem like it’s food related, but hear me out for a minute.

Now I don’t know about you all, but I am rather obsessive when it comes to washing/rinsing my hands while I’m cooking. I don’t know if it’s just a personal thing but I HATE feeling sticky, greasy, grainy, doughy, or anything other than skin-like on a regular basis. When you’re with me in the kitchen I probably spend more of my time rinsing my hands than using them in the cooking process (it’s kind of annoying, actually; I can never seem to get anything done). So when the lovely folks at SkinMD contacted me about checking out their product, which they dubbed a “skin shield”, I was all over that like you wouldn’t believe. I mean, c’mon….. a hand lotion that’ll actually shield your skin as opposed to just temporarily moisturize it? I was definitely curious.

As a moisturizer junkie I like to try whatever’s out there, particularly if it makes me smell super feminine or – especially during the holidays – like a baked good (c’mon, I’m a food blogger; smelling like pecan pie or chocolate cake is awesome). I have almost as many lotions & creams as I do lip glosses (my addiction to lip gloss is far worse), but sadly, I’ve had to put these on hold because the new job has a “scent free” policy that will not allow employees to wear anything scented. As luck would have it, I got my SkinMD sample in the mail and was quite stoked to find out it was completely fragrance free. Still, I was skeptical that it would be THAT much better than anything else. I thought this would be just another one to add to my collection, but no…. this actually surpassed my expectations.

First of all, you don’t need to use much; a pea-sized amount really is more than enough (unless you have ginormous hands). This really helps considering that the price is nowhere near what something like Suave will offer you, so the value is simply incredible. It’s fragrance free and made with natural ingredients so you can feel good about using it. It absorbs quickly and you can feel the difference in the smoothness of your skin almost immediately. You’re never greasy or sticky or impatiently waiting for anything to either evaporate or absorb into your skin, so for those of us who are always pressed for time, this is quite a perk. What really got to me was how young my hands looked afterwards! And it’s not like I have wrinkly skin or anything (thank GOD for good genes in that department!), but I could actually see a difference even after the first application. I’ve been using it for about 5 days now and I’m obsessed. With all the paper handling I do at work and the excessive hand washing in the kitchen, I’m glad that my hands are starting to feel a little more normal as a result of this great little lotion. And it’s not just for hands, either! This is okay for the hands, body and face, and apparently a lot of dermatologists recommend it. And now Poor Girl does too. :)

So what’s all this have to do with me, Poor Girl? Well, not only was SkinMD generous enough to send me a bottle, but they are giving away a full-sized bottle of Shielding Lotion to one lucky PGEW reader! This is an $18 value, so it’s a good little prize for sure. But you’ll have to work for it just a li’l bit. ;)

To enter to win your bottle of SkinMD Shielding Lotion, please take a moment to visit their website at When you’re done reading through the site, come back to PGEW and post one (or more) things that you learned about their product.

For bonus entries, head over to Twitter and post the following tweet about the contest: RT Win a bottle of SkinMDNatural Shielding Lotion from @PoorGrlEatsWell & @skinmdnatural! Not on Twitter? You can also earn bonus entries on PGEW’s Facebook Fan Pageby posting a SECOND fact that you learned about SkinMD products (you have to post here and there to get the bonus entry. I’ll be checking to make sure!).

You have until February 22nd to enter, so get to it so you, too, can have uber soft hands. And stay tuned for new recipes this weekend! I’ve been playing with a fun new dessert shot idea and I have the feeling you folks may like it. :)

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34 Responses to "Giveaway: Good food is sexy; soft hands whilst cooking are even sexier!"

  1. Gamermom81 says:

    SkinMDNatural Shielding Lotion is full of humectants that help keep the skin moisturized. It is also a "complete" product in that it moisurizes and protects your skin from the sun with spf.

  2. 52kitchenadventures says:

    The Skin MD Natural formula has a moisturizing factor at least 6 times that of glycerin. The lotion also focuses on urging the skin to be "active," to use its own moisture to heal itself.

  3. Chelle*J says:

    I learned that shielding lotion was created based on years of research into how skin heals.

    I love that its natural. I don't mind that that statement is cliche . So many things in the world are supposed to be great products or "the best" for your skin but they are just marketing for money. I feel that this product is well made, with great information on the website and

  4. Foy Update - Garden Cook Write Repeat says:

    My secret to smooth hands is making chicken broth. Picking the meat off the bones and skimming the fat – makes my hands and cuticles so soft. I think the gelatin in the bones has something to do with it too. I wish someone would make a lotion with the same super softening effect. Although Chicken Broth isn't the most appetizing of flavor for a lotion!

  5. Bev says:

    SkinMD is an entirely new concept in skin care products because it is a 'shielding lotion'. That is, it keeps moisture-robbing irritants from the skin while it hydrates the skin all day.

  6. Kathe Walters Scott says:

    Once I read the ingredients I *knew* this was different – arnica is what I use to heal cracks and cuts in my skin, so this stuff has gotta be great!

  7. missjavaj123 says:

    I find it amazing that they not only list all their ingredients, but also explain what each is. I also love that they don't use glycerin in their products.

  8. Ronnie Moye says:

    I learned that "Shielding lotion forms a protective barrier on the skin and keeps out irritants and chemicals. It also allows the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better".

  9. Michelle says:

    Not only does SkinMD list their ingredients, but they continue with an explanation of what each ingredient is, and how it is utilized. I love that!! :)

    As my current apartment doesn't have a dishwasher (only a manual one – me), and I'm a secretary at a law firm by day (can we say papercuts and hand abuse galore?), I really, really, really hope I win!

  10. Arica A says:

    While looking on the website I found that the closest place that sells this to me is an hour away! But I also found that it helps with skin conditions due to hypothyroid and hyperthyroid. Also the lotion has a ph of 6-7. I read the MSDS and got a little laugh.

  11. Judy says:

    The proprietary formulationof this product is six times more moisturizing than glycerin.

  12. Bryna says:

    Sounds great, but hard to find! The closest place for me to get it is 45 minutes away from my house! Boo!!!

  13. Kimberly Alexandra says:

    You guys are awesome! Lots of good stuff on here.

    And I agree that it's a bummer that it's not EVERYWHERE yet; I think it's mainly been something dermatologists have given out. BUT you can buy it online, and maybe the fine folks at SkinMD will see that folks want this to be easier to find, so you never know!

  14. Jody Tracy says:

    I wants one! I have read previously about how this stuff is used by nurses as an additional barrier against blood-borne disease, etc. The website says, it transforms the outer layer of skin into a hydrating invisible shield. But it also does double-duty – you can use it as (expensive but very moisturizing) sunscreen – and I bet that would be perfect at the beach with the salt water that is

  15. Andrea says:

    I learned that normal soaps, even the moisturizing ones, actually rob skin of moisture, while the shielding lotion actually creates a breathable layer to keep moisture in. Neat!!

  16. Nikka says:

    Best news ever…. no animal products and NOT tested on animals….

  17. djgmom says:

    Have the same problem as you and my hands are regularly dry. Glad that not only moisturizes my skin, but keeps it safe from sun exposure with the SPF 15. Really cool!

  18. Sunflower says:

    "A sheild lotion takes away moisture-robbing irritants away from the skin…"
    That would be so nice. I am also my own dishwasher.

  19. Dana Taylor says:

    Skin MD Natural products have been dermatology tested and uses no animal products or testing.
    Products are fragrance and colorant free, as well as,hypoallergenic and paraben free.

    Dana Taylor

  20. Tiffany says:

    I learned that Skin MD Natural moisturizes 6x greater than glycerin. My hands are always dry and red, particularly in colder weather, and I have psoriasis. I would love to try out this product to see if it would improve my skin.

  21. renee1226 says:

    Amazing product! I also constantly wash my hands while cooking/cleaning so this sounds like a definite win against the battle of dry hands. What i liked most about the product was how it combats dry skin by acting as a protector rather than a temporary moisturizer and best of all – it's natural! My mind was blown when I found out that most lotions containing steroids to fight dryness could

  22. Neena says:

    Skin MD Natural is promptly absorbed without any greasy or oily feeling or residue. WOuld love to try it!

  23. Erin says:

    Your skin doesn't lock in moisture from regular lotions.No bueno. My poor shins would hold up a Walgreens for this stuff.

  24. katrinamarie2 says:

    I learned that skin md moustrizers are 6x greater than glycerin.

  25. katklaw777 says:

    I learned that they do not use any animal products and best of all do not test on animals, I refuse to purchase anything that does not state this.
    I can buy it at my local health food store about 20min away. katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
    Great giveaway, thanks. Glad you are working again, details….?…..8-)

  26. Aura says:

    One of the natural ingredients in SkinMD Natural's lotion is Arnica extract. Arnica has skin-healing properties.It is known to reduce inflammation and treat fungal infections as well as aid in healing wounds. I like using products that contain natural extracts and essential oils, especially those that are healthy for the skin.
    aura_fedora at backstageonthebayou dot com

  27. Friendliest Ghost says:

    I had always wondered why skincare products contained glucose and the ingredients list on the skin MD site set me straight: it opens pores, soothes roughness, and leaves skin feeling silky. I like all of those things!

  28. Friendliest Ghost says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway:

  29. Jenn says:

    I loved seeing Arnica listed as an ingredient and learning more of it. I would love to try this since my hands are always so beat up and lotions I have found (as stated on their site) are temporary help and any of the more creamy or balm type products are terribly greasy.

  30. Rebecca Marie says:

    I looked over their website and the products look wonderful – the praise they get from customers is fantastic! The great fact I learned regarding their SPF 15 lotion was that it helps block up to 5X that of normal skin for UVA rays, and blocks 92% of UVB rays. It makes me curious how much difference higher SPF lotions/sunscreens are if SPF 15 has that much blocking power…

  31. Anonymous says:

    I learned that this isnt tested on animals and is 6 times more moisturizing than glycerin. Sounds like great stuff that my hands would love. After cooking and dishwashing tonight I was rubbing in olive oil on my hands to try to get some relief!

    Elizabeth L

  32. PamY says:

    i learned that it helps retain natural oils and moisture, isn't tested on animals (which is awesome), has an spf15, and according to kimberly its the greatest kitchen hand cream! :D

    glad to hear you have a job, am hoping things are looking up for you

  33. RSDouglas says:

    6x stronger than gycerine!!!
    I work with paper all day long, so I could use some of this!!

  34. stef says:

    while shielding, doesn't feel greasy, and still allows your skin to breathe – sounds impossible…


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