The claims for this rather underwhelming moisturizer are far from reality: It absolutely cannot repair a week’s worth of damage overnight. Besides, what kind of damage happens in a week anyway; does everyone get exposed to the sun the same way or age the same way in a week? What an ambiguous claim to try and even understand!
This is a standard Vaseline- and mineral oil–based moisturizer that also contains a high amount of two absorbent ingredients (tapioca starch and aluminum starch octenylsuccinate), which take away from the emolliency of the other ingredients.
What you can expect from this fragranced moisturizer is smoother, softer skin, the same you get from almost any other body moisturizer. It contains several plant extracts with antioxidant ability and also contains antioxidant vitamins, although all of these are listed after the fragrant jasmine extract, a potential skin irritant. See More Info for details on using products with a high amount of fragrance. Even though the price is more than tempting, when you add everything up, this is neither repairing nor restoring, but if that isn’t what you are after, then it is assuredly a bargain.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Made with a rich blend of antioxidant vitamins and pure evening primrose extract, JergensOvernight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer repairs a week's worth of damage in one night, for visibly smoother skin the next morning.
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceteareth-20, Tapioca Starch, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Cholecalciferol, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Allantoin, Butyrospermm Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Glyceryl Dilaurate, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Stearic Acid, Alcohol, Carbomer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Pentylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance
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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