Daily Moisture Dry Skin Moisturizer

by Jergens  
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$6.49 - 21 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
9/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This body lotion is similar to the Jergens Daily Moisture Fragrance-Free Dry Skin Moisturizer, except this version contains fragrance and a tiny amount of fragrant plant juices, all of which are potentially irritating. Otherwise, it's one of the most bare-bones body moisturizers from Jergens, and that's an understatement.

The formula lacks just about any beneficial ingredients for skin, except glycerin and mineral oil. Despite its similarity to the aforementioned Jergens moisturizer, this isn't worth considering because the citrus juices it contains are irritants, and the lemon juice can cause a phototoxic reaction when applied to skin that will be exposed to sunlight.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Does not contain elegant skin-repairing, soothing, or antioxidant ingredients to help sensitive, dry skin.
  • Formula is very ordinary, leaving any skin type wanting and needing far more.
  • The fruit juices have strong potential to be irritating (see More Info).

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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 Aging and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Enriched with Moisturizing Silk Proteins, this formula leaves dry skin looking and feeling silky and smooth all day long.

Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance, Ceteareth-20, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Arginine, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Juice, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Juice, Hydrolyzed Silk.

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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