Skin Renewing Daily Moisturizer
This is another nicely formulated body lotion in the Jergens Naturals line. Although these products are not all natural, they contain a good range of beneficial natural ingredients. Unfortunately, this particular formula contains a plant extract that's cause for concern.
Chelidonium majus, also known as greater celadine, is known to cause a phototoxic reaction when applied to skin and then exposed to UV (sun) light. It seems to reduce the skin's immune response to sun damage and cause inflammation (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2010, pages 11–18). This isn't an issue if you'll be applying this body lotion only at night, but it deserves mention. Other research has shown this plant extract to be helpful for dry skin, so it's not all bad news (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, November 2011, pages 398–403).
The texture of this body lotion makes it best for normal to dry skin. It contains some great plant-based fatty acids as well as vitamin-based antioxidants, so aside from the concern over its use during daylight hours,as mentioned above, this is recommended. Given the relatively low price, however, you have to wonder how much of these pricey ingredients is actually present.
Note: Although this contains fragrance, the amount is low and the scent is subtle.
- Emollient lotion texture is well-suited for dry (but not very dry) skin.
- Contains a range of plant- and vitamin-based antioxidants.
- Fatty acids help repair the skin's surface so it is less likely to become dry.
With powerful antioxidants from Pomegranate & Grapeseed Oil, Jergens Naturals Skin Renewing Daily Moisturizer boosts elasticity and resilience while simultaneously rejuvenating skins texture-leaving it powerfully hydrated and renewed after just two uses.
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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