Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer

by Jergens  
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$7.49 - 16.8 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 could have been a very good body moisturizer for dry to very dry skin, but it has a drawback that keeps it from earning a higher rating. This contains shea butter, a natural source of antioxidants, as is cocoa butter, and both of these "buttery" ingredients are excellent for uncomfortably dry skin. The formula also contains glycerin and urea for repair and moisture retention, two key components those with dry skin need to improve.

What keeps this from earning a good rating is the inclusion of the problematic preservative methylisothiazolinone. This preservative is known to be sensitizing and generally is not recommended for use in leave-on products (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, July 2011, pages 330–336, and August 2010, pages 96–101). The amount is low, but why tolerate the risk this presents when there are many other body moisturizers (such as those from CeraVe, Olay, and Paula's Choice) that do not contain this potential troublemaker?

Pros:
  • Contains some excellent ingredients to soothe and protect dry skin.
  • Contains antioxidants that help repair damage and reduce inflammation.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Contains the sensitizing preservative methylisothiazolinone, which is not recommended for use in leave-on products. See More Info for details on why irritation is bad for all skin types.

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 this reason, 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 Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

Blended with pure African Shea Butter, this rich mix of vital nutrients instantly relieves dryness, replenishes depleted moisture and enhances the performance of skin's own moisture barrier.

Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Mineral Oil, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Esters, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Arginine, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Caramel, Tocopheryl Acetate.

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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