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Jergens

Natural Glow Foaming Moisturizer, Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 8.49
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As an inexpensive self-tanner this works as well as any. The big selling point with the self-tanning foam is that it dries in seconds so you don't have to wait to get dressed after applying it. Although the lightweight formula sets quickly, the ingredients it contains aren't impervious to rubbing off on your clothing and don't hold up to perspiration. In other words, use caution and make sure this is completely dry to the touch before you get dressed, or you could end up with streaky, blotchy results and stained clothing.

Like almost all self-tanners, this contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to darken your skin. Also on hand is the slower-acting self-tanning ingredient erythrulose, which prolongs the color.

This fragranced self-tanning foam is suitable for all skin types and, like all self-tanners, is the only way to have tan skin without exposing your skin to the damaging rays of the sun or, even worse, a tanning bed.

Pros:
  • Lightweight foam dries quickly and won't leave your skin feeling greasy.
  • Provides light hydration that's suitable for blemish-prone skin.
  • A safe way to get tan without exposing your skin to damaging sunlight or a tanning bed.
Cons:
  • Isn't impervious to rubbing off on clothes and can't hold up to perspiration, so it's not as "apply-and-go" as it claims.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer gradually creates natural-looking, streak-free color with a subtle skin-darkening complex.

Water, Glycerin, Isobutane, Dihydroxyacetone, Butylene Glycol, Propane, Polysorbate 20, Laureth-3, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Ceteareth-25, Polyquaternium-4, Cetrimonium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Erythrulose

Jergens At-A-Glance

Strengths: Jergens provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site; an abundance of self-tanning products for fair to dark skin tones, and the best options contain antioxidants.

Weaknesses: Self-tanner with sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) protection; mostly unimpressive body lotion formulas.

Jergens has been a household name in the United States and Canada for more than a century. It fills drugstore shelves in the skin-care section with a range of products, accompanied by exceedingly low prices and relatively overblown claims.

Really, the star attraction of Jergens is their Natural Glow body lotions with built-in self-tanner. The ability to moisturize pale, dry skin while adding buildable sunless color and a touch of shine (from the mineral pigment mica) works for many skin types. To that end, Jergens offers numerous options for different skin tones, and all of them perform reliably; in the long run, however, they are just inexpensive self-tanners that contain the same ingredient for coloring skin as every other self-tanner.

Jergens also offers a wide selection of body lotions, each affordably priced and sold in generous-size containers outfitted with a pump for convenient dispensing. Regrettably, some of the body moisturizers from Jergens either have dated formulas or contain problematic ingredients research has shown cause irritation. The others are better, and definitely come close to being state-of-the-art with their range of antioxidants and plant-based emollients, but they still lack the outstanding group of ingredients that all skin types need to look and act younger.

Based on your budget, you may find some Jergens body lotions to be great choices, but watch out for some of the too-good-to-be-true claims, such as those concerning cellulite, tightening skin, and repairing all types of skin damage in one night. Those claims look good on the label, but the ingredients and the published research tells a different, far less exciting story.

For more information about Jergens, call (800) 742-8798 or visit www.jergens.com.

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