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Jergens
Crema Soothing Aloe Vera
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8 fl. oz. for $6.49
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:03.21.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This Vaseline-based body moisturizer is at best an average option, containing the tiniest amount of aloe vera imaginable, but that's OK because even in large amounts aloe isn't very moisturizing. This ends up not being all that moisturizing from any angle, as the absorbent ingredient tapioca starch is the fourth ingredient.

We wish there were more to extol about this inexpensive moisturizer for dry skin, but there isn't; it's about as basic as it gets, and your dry skin deserves more than this can provide.

Missing are state-of-the-art skin-repairing ingredients that help reinforce a healthy skin surface and cell-communicating ingredients to help skin look and act younger, or even just more emollients to soothe skin. Jergens included a tiny amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), but it will not remain stable once this is opened because Crema Soothing Aloe Vera is packaged in a jar. See More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive
Cons:
  • Boring, dated formula lacks the range of ingredients dry skin needs to significantly improve.
  • Jar packaging won't keep the antioxidant vitamin E stable during use.

More Info:

The fact that this body moisturizer is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Claims

Enriched with Aloe-Vera-long prized for its skin-soothing properties-this luscious body moisturizer is specially formulated with Vitamin E and B5.This formula enriches and refreshes your dry skin.Absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting moisture, for beautiful, visibly healthier skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Yellow 10, Green 5.

Brand Overview

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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