This is the Jergens body lotion that has been around for years, and many associate it with its artificially sweet cherry blossom scent. Unfortunately, fragrance is never a good way to remember a product, because what pleases your nose isn’t good for your skin.
The fragrance is not the only problem with this moisturizer; the entire formula is truly behind the times (think of it like using a typewriter instead of a computer). The amount of alcohol present (it’s the third ingredient) is cause for concern because it causes free-radical damage and hurts skin in other ways (explained in More Info below). Between the alcohol and the utter lack of state-of-the-art ingredients to help dry skin, you should leave this behind with the typewriters and rotary-dial telephones.
- Dated formula lacks the range of state-of-the-art ingredients modern research has shown are necessary to significantly improve dry skin.
- Strong fragrance is familiar, and perhaps nostalgic to some people, but fragrance isn’t skin care.
- Contains more skin-damaging alcohol than emollients.
Irritation from Fragrance
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.)
Irritation from Alcohol
Alcohol causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: “Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In,”Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).