Not wanting to be left out of the BB (Beauty Balm) trend, Jergens is on board with this self-tanning lotion available in two shades, Light and Medium-Deep. The main difference between the two is the amount of the self-tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The Light Skin Tones version contains less. Also, the Medium-Deep Skin Tones formula has a bit more shea butter, giving it a slight edge for dry skin.
You can ignore the BB association because it's only marketing hype. In fact, most BB creams are not self-tanners, so, if anything this confuses an already confusing skin-care category. Instead, consider this product for what it is, which is a self-tanner that can be used on the face and the body.
BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream won't lead to perfect skin in any way (this is not skin care, it's self-tanning), and its moisturizing ingredients aren't all that impressive. However, either shade works to create an attractive sunless tan, and each formula contains erythrulose, another self-tanning ingredient whose effects show up after the initial color you'll see from the DHA.
If you were hoping for a benefit-packed body lotion, both formulas contain more fragrance than they do state-of-the-art ingredients, so again, consider this a good self-tanning lotion, nothing more.
Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream delivers flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days. This revolutionary body lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly, and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use.
All Light Skin Tones: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Tapioca Starch, Ceteareth-20, Steareth-2, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Esters, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Fragrance, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Methylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethiconol, Propylparaben, Erythrulose, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ethylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Panthenol, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Yellow 5, Orange 4, Red 33, Blue 1.
All Medium-Deep Skin Tones: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Tapioca Starch, Steareth-2, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Dimethiconol, Propylparaben, Erythrulose, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Ethylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Yellow 5, Red 33, Orange 4, Blue 1.
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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