Safe and natural ingredients in Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion™ help you maintain smoother, healthier skin – the real dry skin treatment
Our goal from the beginning has been to guarantee that Skin MD Natural is as healthy and beneficial as it is effective – and it is very effective, as well as the best moisturizer for dry skin. We use the highest quality, safest ingredients and never use cheap, irritating perfumes.
The word “natural” is widely used in the personal care products and cosmetic industry and is a relative term. At 93% natural ingredients, Skin MD Natural is among the highest echelon of products based on the percentage of natural ingredients.
Ninety–three percent of the ingredients in Skin MD Natural are all natural and/or plant–based natural ingredients. The balance of ingredients are food grade or medical grade products that are on the Food & Drug Administration’s most safe list.
In actual fact, there are almost no skin care products that are 100% natural that are any more marginally effective than Skin MD Natural in the battle to cure dry skin.
A variety of factors account for this.
For example, if all the skin or cosmetics products you used were produced locally and consumed in a short period of time, and never subjected to less than ideal conditions, then it would be far easier to formulate lotions that are 100% natural. The fact of the matter is, shipping methods don’t guarantee constant temperature; products are affected by the cold of winter and heat of summer. Also, few consumers have the patience to store a 100% natural product properly or shake the bottle before each use.
The above are some of the hurdles that any formulation must deal with.
How many skin care companies disclose their ingredients fully? Not many – and if you don’t know the scientific name, you can be fooled into thinking the skin care product is healthy! At 21st Century Formulations, we believe that transparency is best and the best policy! Every ingredient in Skin MD Natural is disclosed below, followed by a detailed description, to ensure you understand what you are putting on your skin.
Deionized water (Aqua)
(purified water/demineralized water)
Pure and extremely soluble, leaving much less drying residue than water used in other products.
Deionized water is water that lacks ions, such as cations (positive charged ions) from sodium, calcium, iron, copper and anions (negatively charged ions) such as chloride and bromide. This means it has been purified from most ions. This type of water is produced using an ion exchange process.
Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful for where the presence of impurities may be undesirable. The lack of ions causes the water’s resistivity (resistivity to an electrical flow) to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – that is why there is little or no residue left after applying Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion™.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Long known for its healing and moisturizing properties as a dry skin moisturizer.
Aloe Vera has a long history as a safe and effective medicine and skin care aid that has traditionally been used to treat various skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, inflammation, burns and wounds. A great dry skin moisturizer, it helps keep your skin supple by bringing oxygen to the cells, increasing the strength of skin tissue.
Studies show that Aloe Vera improves the skin’s ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal of dead skin cells and has an effective penetrating ability that helps transport healthy substances through the skin.
The aloe plant contains over 75 different ingredients including:
- Vitamins – Aloe contains 8 of the 13 recognized vitamins, including important antioxidants A, C and F,
- Enzymes – catalysts enabling chemical reactions in the skin, which also produce analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects,
- Minerals – including magnesium that prevents the formation of histamine responsible for many allergic reactions accompanied with itching and pain,
- Phenolic compounds – potent antimicrobial agents having powerful analgesic effects, they can absorb ultra violet light, reduce the formation of melanin and decrease tendency to hyper-pigmentation,
- Lignin – possessing a unique penetrative ability that allows to carry other active ingredients of topical preparations deep into the skin to nourish the dermis,
- Saponins – cleansers having antiseptic properties,
- Amino acids – building blocks of proteins. Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of the 22 necessary amino acids required by the human body and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot synthesize,
- Salicylic acid – aspirin-like compound with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, additionally, it has a kerolytic effect which helps to debride a wound of necrotic tissue.
A non-toxic silicone known for waterproofing and lubricating qualities. Leaves skin silky-smooth and is a great dry skin remedy.
Cyclopentasiloxane is a colorless, odorless, transparent, non-greasy and non-toxic silicone fluid. One of the many types of silicones known for the ability to lubricate and waterproof, water-thin. Cyclopentasiloxane helps spread heavier silicones and is often used in combination with Dimethicone.
A quick-evaporating fluid without greasy residue that leaves skin feeling silky, it is widely used in cosmetic applications as a base fluid and carrying agent.
Prevents water loss, protects your skin, making it an essential ingredient of a dry skin moisturizer.
Dimethicones are non-toxic, hypoallergenic unmodified silicones, which form a protective layer on the skin that helps retain natural moisture thus preventing transdermal water loss (keeps the moisture in!). This layer must be renewed as the skin sloughs off. Dimethicones stay on or near the surface of the skin without getting below it.
Dimethicone molecules are too big to penetrate past the outer layer of dead skin cells and cannot pass into the deeper layers of living skin cells. They naturally are attracted to the outer most layers of skin. They also dislike both the water and proteins inside cells. They evaporate quickly after helping to carry oils into the top layer of epidermis from where oils may be absorbed by the skin.
* Skin MD Natural™ uses a proprietary blend, consisting of several different dimethicones, that offer a very high degree of protection to the skin.
Methyl Gluceth-20 (Glucose Moisturizer)
A natural ingredient that retains moisture and improves hydration and helps to rejuvenate skin.
Glucose is a natural component of the stratum corneum layers of skin that binds water and hydrates your skin. Glucose moisturizers, including Methyl gluceth-10 and -20, are water-soluble emollients (allow oil and water to mix), humectants (water retention) and moisturizers derived naturally from corn sugar and cornstarch.
Methyl Gluceth is considered a special moisturizing agent due to its moisture rententive qualities and ability to open pores and follicles. Therapeutic uses include atopic eczema, clogged pores, skin dryness, roughness and itching and wrinkles. Noted for its safety, it also imparts a smooth, silky feel on the skin, often used in dry skin creams and cosmetics along with other ingredients to improve skin hydration.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Protects cell membranes, diminishes negative effects of pollutants, making it a great ingredient as a dry skin treatment.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant* that helps your body to protect cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body. It may also be beneficial for slowing the aging of cells (getting rid of wrinkles) and tissues, protecting from frostbite and other cold-induced injuries, diminishing the negative effects of environmental pollutants, improving anemia, speeding wound and burn healing, reducing scarring.
* “Antioxidant” is the collective name for the whole group of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and polyphenols that protect the body from harmful free radicals. The name “antioxidant” describes the way it acts to prevent disease. In human organism, natural cellular activity and/or exposure to environmental factors such as tobacco smoke and radiation makes a small but significant percentage of oxygen molecules electrically charged.
When the oxygen molecule undergoes the process of oxidation it becomes a highly reactive “free radical”, trying to steal electrons from other molecules, including DNA and cellular membranes. They will continue to react with other cellular molecules, damaging cells, in a chain-reaction mechanism. Antioxidants, however, stop the chain-reaction by giving up electrons and neutralizing free radicals so that they cannot induce any more oxidative damage. Unlike other molecules, antioxidants do not become reactive when they lose an electron.
Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica)
How to relieve itching? It’s an herb long known for healing and anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief.
Arnica Montana is an herb traditionally used externally to heal wounds, prevent bruising and swelling after traumatic skin injuries. It has a pain relieving effect, reduces inflammation and clears fungal and bacterial infections. Arnica can also be used successfully for insect bites (relieves itching) and burns, including sunburn.
Arnica contains essential oil (thymol), sesquiterpene lactones (arnicin, arnicolides, helenalin), flavonoids (eupafolin, pattuletin), polysaccharides, mucilage, bitters, carotenoids, inulin, tannin.
Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey)
Antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
Comfrey, having an ancient reputation of a wound-healer and rejuvenating skin, is an effective remedy for a great variety of conditions. It is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal treatment, helps in reducing swelling and inflammation, relieves pain, shrinks blood vessels, stimulates the blood clotting and cell growth, expedites the healing process.
Comfrey contains protein, vitamins A, C and B Complex Vitamins including B12, mucilaginous fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sulphur, copper, zinc, selenium, and germanium.
Achillea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow)
Repairs damaged tissues, stretch marks, treats inflammation and reduces pain.
Yarrow is very resourceful as a medicinal herb; it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Additionally, it is a styptic (stops bleeding), astringent (makes tissue contract), vulnerary (helps in repairing damaged or worn out tissues in the body), and possibly anesthetic. It makes yarrow a versatile remedy which when applied externally is useful in curing cuts and wounds, burns and ulcers as well as swollen and irritating (inflammatory) skin. It’s even effective in preventing stretch marks!
Yarrow contains flavonoids, alkaloids, volatile oils (including camphor), phytosterols and tannins. It also contains salicylic acid, which may account for its use in treating inflammation and reducing pain.
Chamomilla Recutita Extract (Chamomile)
Softens and soothes skin, reduces puffiness, cleans clogged pores, and much more and helps to reduce under eye circles.
Chamomile has carminative (promotes digestion and peristalsis), emollient (softens and soothes the skin), healing, tonic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the most widely used botanicals in the world. It contains phenolic derivatives, which have antiseptic and healing qualities, azulene, which helps in reducing puffiness and cleans the clogged pores of the skin, alpha-diabolol, which provides tissue regeneration. Flavonoids and lipophilic compounds help reducing fragility of capillaries, thus strengthening the skin.
Chamomile can be applied externally as a wash or compress for skin problems such as rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hypersensitive skin and allergic conditions, sunburn, burns, rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings, besides it, chamomile can be added to bath for relaxing tired, achy muscles and feet, and softening the skin and softens feet.
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
A non-toxic thickening agent that enhances the pleasing feel of the lotion. Helps it glide on smoothly, making it a really great dry skin cream.
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer is a non-toxic thickener suitable for use in formulations, which demand superior appearance, exceptional clarity, smooth flow (shear-thinning) and suspending or stabilizing properties. It delivers effective performance across a broad pH range, with greatest viscosity efficiency at pH 5.0. This, along with broad compatibility with typically used cosmetic ingredients, makes the polymer ideal for use in hair and skin care applications. The polymer imparts a light, cushiony feel in applications, helping to promote an enhanced tactile experience in use.
One of two ingredients in our proprietary, extremely effective humectant which makes Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion™ the best lotion for dry skin.
Skin MD Natural™ contains a proprietary formulation, consisting of 1,2 Hexanediol and Caprylyl Glycol, that is one of the most, if not the most, effective humectant* available today.
1,2 Hexanediol consists of several fine chemicals:
- Alpha-Lipoic Acids – efficient antioxidant, which has been shown to protect against cholesterol oxidation,
- Chrysin – bioflavonoid, possessing anti-inflammatory, antiviral, vasodilatory (relaxing the smooth muscle in blood vessels, which causes them to dilate) properties,
- Diosgenin – the compound used in the maintenance of healthy blood cholesterol levels,
- Glucosamine Hydrochloride – the compound clinically proven to retard the progression of degenerative changes in the joints,
- Indole-3-Carbinol – the promising nutrient that may be helpful in the prevention of various forms of cancer in humans.
The companion to 1,2 Hexanediol in our humectant.
Skin MD Natural™ contains a proprietary formulation, consisting of 1,2 Hexanediol and Caprylyl Glycol, which is probably the most effective humectant* available today. It is naturally derived from coconut and has the unique property of protecting against microbial growth from bacteria and yeast while giving the finished product exceptional feel, making it a superior dry skin cream.
Organic ingredient that makes our product extremely soluble.
Butylene glycol is a non-toxic, hypo-allergenic organic humectant and solubilizer used in cosmetic and food preparations. Its safety and usage has been well documented and approved by such agencies as the US FDA, the US EPA, and the CTFA. Butylene glycol is not a skin sensitizer, is not considered a skin irritant and is the safest of a class of chemicals called solubilizers.
Controls solubility, thickens.
Aminomethyl Propanol is used in the formulation of creams and lotions, hair sprays, wave sets, hair dyes and colors, eye and facial products, and other hair and skin care products as a thickener and PH-adjuster. It controls the water solubility of the resin film in hair sprays, and makes the finished film more resistant to humidity.
A safe antiseptic and anti-microbial preservative, which helps to treat dry skin.
Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound, known as a glycol ether. One of the most widely used safe and effective preservatives in dermatological products such as skin creams, it also works as a topical antiseptic, providing a broad spectrum anti-microbial activity against either gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria, yeasts and molds.
Thousands of hours of research and testing
To achieve our goal of a safe, natural, and effective product, we engaged nine cosmetic formulating chemists as well as dermatologists and doctors over a 7-year period. More than 700 test batches were rejected before this formulation was approved. We hope you will read some of the many reviews by independent testing laboratories, doctors and consumers plus hundreds of publications and conclude for yourself whether Skin MD Natural has achieved its goal as a cure for dry skin. As you’ll see, even women and men who are especially sensitive to conventional petroleum-based creams, chemicals, greasy lotions and perfumes chose Skin MD Natural because Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion™ protects and soothes sensitive skin, making it the best moisturizer for dry skin.
Thank you for being an educated consumer! If you ever have a question or comment about our ingredients, write to us via the “Contact” page on this site and we will be happy to answer them.