Shea Beauty Oil
This body oil from Jergens does contain shea, as in shea butter, but the amount in this very good emollient is minor compared with the amount of the far less exotic-sounding mineral oil and isopropyl myristate - two classic, albeit ordinary, emollient ingredients that benefit dry skin.
The formula also contains safflower, meadowfoam, and other non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils, but Jergens, regrettably, added fragrance, too, which may please your nose, but won't make your skin too happy (fragrance can be a skin irritant).
Shea Beauty Oil is an overall good option for dry to very dry skin, and it may be used alone or, better yet, added to a well-formulated body lotion at time when skin is drier than usual. The "stunning sheen" mentioned in the claims is an effect of the oils and isopropyl myristate, not added shimmer or sparkle ingredients.
- Moisturizes and smoothes dry, rough skin.
- Contains some very good emollients plus non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils.
- Despite the name, this contains only a small amount of shea butter.
- The formula would be better without added fragrance, because fragrance can be a skin irritant.
Jergens Shea Beauty Oil is here to cap off your Shea Butter moisturizing routine with a unique blend of Shea Butter and Argan oil. This total body luminizer is designed to quench, hydrate and condition your skin, leaving it 6x more radiant, with a stunning sheen.
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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