Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 20 Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan
2 fl. oz. for $8.49
Last Updated:03.21.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight facial moisturizer with sunscreen and built-in self-tanner has two significant shortcomings that cannot be ignored. First, the active ingredients do not provide sufficient UVA protection (see More Info for details); second, combining sunscreen and self-tanner in one product is problematic. Why? Because to be effective, sunscreen must be applied liberally, but liberal application of self-tanner can result in color that’s too dark or that looks blotchy or uneven. Products like this force you to choose between getting adequate sun protection or getting a natural-looking sunless tan, so it's far better to keep sunscreen and self-tanner separate.

Ultimately, there is little about this product worth recommending. It's not worth considering over numerous other self-tanners sold at the drugstore, including others from Jergens.

  • Smooth, lightweight texture.
  • The sunscreen fails to provide adequate UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
  • Sunscreen and self-tanner in one is a problem because sunscreen must be applied liberally to get the stated level of protection, and liberal application of a self-tanner is a quick way to get uneven, blotchy results.

More Info:

This self-tanner with sunscreen does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits.The sun's UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active" to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources:Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).


Jergens Natural Glow FACE Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen gradually creates fabulous, natural-looking color with a subtle skin darkening complex. Specially formulated for your face, this advanced formula contains SPF 20 protection to help defend against the effects of everyday sun exposure.


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 6.0%, Oxybenzone 2.0%. Other: Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Peg-100 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Dmdm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Citric Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caramel, Erythrulose.

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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PC Should Reevaluate!

I love this product for lightweight moisturizing, a bit of color that I can control, and moderate sun protection. I wouldn't count on any self tanner for my sole sun protection, but I hope Paula's Choice reevaluates this one, as the formula now DOES contain avobenzone.This provides a very natural tan depending on how often you apply.Reasonably priced as well. I highly recommend it!

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Dawn P.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Jergens is still listing the actives as Octinoxate and Oxybenzone (per their website here: http://www.jergens.com/products/natural-glow/daily-facial-moisturizer.aspx) but we will keep an eye on it!

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