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This is nearly identical to Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 for Fair to Medium Skin Tones. The only likely difference is a higher amount of the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone. Otherwise, the same review applies: This body moisturizer with built-in self-tanner and sun protection works fine as a self-tanner for its intended skin tones. It contains the same ingredient (dihydroxyacetone) that shows up in most self-tanners. Also included is erythrulose, a self-tanning ingredient that takes longer to develop color, but when combined with dihydroxyacetone can provide prolonged results for your sunless tan.

The problem is the sun protection, and it’s twofold: the SPF is low (SPF 20, and SPF 30 or higher is recommended), so it cannot be relied on for adequate protection. The second issue is that in order for sunscreen to be effective, it must be applied liberally. But with self-tanners, liberal application can produce streaky, uneven, or too-dark results. Because of this, we don’t recommend using a self-tanner with sunscreen as your sole source of sun protection. This is an option for self-tanner, but not for broad-spectrum sun protection. The formula is OK for normal to slightly dry skin, but note that it’s fragrant enough to provoke irritation.

Last Updated:11.06.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Gradually creates natural-looking color. Combines natural-looking color, and sun protection for gorgeous summer skin. Skin Cancer Foundation recommended daily use.


Active Ingredient(s) Octinoxate 6%, Oxybenzone 2%. Inactive Ingredient(s) Water, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dihydroxyacetone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Steareth-2, Polyacrylamide, Dmdm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Laureth-7, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caramel, Erythrulose.

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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

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