Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer
Like almost all Jergens products, this is a mineral oil– and Vaseline-based moisturizer. This one claims to tone and tighten cellulite-prone areas, but it can't do that. Its formula is strikingly similar to some of the Jergens Natural Glow Firming products, minus the self-tanning ingredient. It also adds collagen and elastin to the mix; although neither of these can firm skin, they do serve as moisture-binding agents—but nothing more. They cannot shore up or add to the collagen and elastin in your skin (meaning they don't provide any skin-firming benefit in that regard). Besides, cellulite isn't about a loss of firmness (young women have cellulite as much as older women, well before their skin start losing firmness). Cellulite is most likely about the skin's underlying structure and how that affects the way fat deposits show through on the surface.
This body lotion is just OK for dry skin because it contains a high amount of the absorbent ingredient aluminum starch octenylsuccinate. There are many things that would have made this better, but as is, it is a benefit only for your budget, not for your skin.
Note that this contains a film-forming ingredient (think hairspray) that may make your skin feel tighter, but it won't change the appearance of cellulite. And, skin feeling tighter isn't the same as actually becoming tighter, but some may perceive a subtle benefit. If you consider this, make sure it's for its merit as a moisturizer, not as an anti-cellulite treatment.
- Contains some basic but effective ingredients to improve dry skin.
- Cannot tighten or tone skin as claimed, though the film-forming agent may make skin feel tighter (a temporary effect).
- Has no impact on the appearance of cellulite.
- Contains an absorbent ingredient high up on the ingredient list, making it less desirable for very dry skin.
Jergens Skin Firming Daily Toning Moisturizer gives cellulite-prone skin a more toned and tightened look.
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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