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 SkinMDNatural.com. 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! www.poorgirleatswell.com Not on Twitter? You can also earn bonus entries on PGEW's Facebook Fan Page by 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. :)