Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer
This is a very good body moisturizer for dry to very dry skin, and affordable, too! It contains shea butter, a natural source of antioxidants, as is cocoa butter, and both of these "buttery" ingredients are excellent for uncomfortably dry skin. The formula also contains glycerin and urea for repair and moisture retention, two key components those with dry skin need to improve.
What held this back from earning our top rating is the exclusion of a more robust mix of antioxidants to stimulate repair and healthy collagen production for firmer, smoother skin. Still, for what this costs and what it DOES contain, it's absolutely worth looking into; after all, you can always mix a bit of antioxidant-rich serum with it to "supercharge" the formula!
- Contains some excellent ingredients to soothe and protect dry skin.
- Contains antioxidants that help repair damage and reduce inflammation.
- Lacks a more robust mix of antioxidants and skin-firming ingredients.
Blended with pure African Shea Butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the performance of skin's own moisture barrier.
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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