JergensNatural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer Medium to Tan Skin Tones
4 fl. oz. for $8.49
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This is an exceptionally standard, lightweight yet emollient body lotion that also contains the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is the same ingredient present in almost every self-tanner being sold. It also contains the slower-acting self-tanning ingredient erythrulose and natural caramel coloring, which makes application easier because you can see where you have applied it.

As a moisturizing self-tanner this is a fine option for those with normal to dry skin, but the tiny amounts of the antioxidant it contains don't make this unique or all that beneficial for skin, and it’s also highly fragrant, which poses a risk of irritation. As a basic inexpensive moisturizer, this works, but other than that it falls flat, leaving your skin wanting so much more.

Note: The amount of DHA in this product is less than in the Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer Fair to Medium Skin Tones, which means you're getting less intense color from the Fair to Medium version.

  • Moisturizes dry skin and provides a sunless tan color.
  • Contains mica to give skin a subtle glow.
  • Lacks the range of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger.
Last Updated:11.06.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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With the exclusive Glow Perfecting Complex, Jergens natural glow express Body Moisturizer provides natural-looking summer color faster than ever before! Jumpstart your color within 1 day and get more than a full shade of color in 3 days.


Water, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Isopropyl Isostearate, Steareth-2, Fragrance, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Behenyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, BHT, Tocopherol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Troxerutin, 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 www.jergens.com.

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