Despite the claims, this exceedingly ordinary and poorly formulated body moisturizer doesn't exfoliate skin. The ingredient lactamide MEA may make you think of the AHA lactic acid, but it's not the same ingredient. Although derived from lactic acid, lactamide MEA does not share the real version's ability to exfoliate skin. The pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon extracts don't exfoliate either, but they can irritate skin, making this moisturizer even less desirable. This body moisturizer isn't worth considering over others from Jergens or those one shelf over from Olay, CeraVe, or Eucerin.
- Lightweight texture for slightly dry skin.
- Lacks a range of proven anti-aging ingredients to help dry skin look and act younger.
- Does not have the ability to exfoliate skin or enhance cellular renewal.
- Citrus extracts are a source of irritation.
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.)
A mild exfoliator and nourishing hydrator, Jergens Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer delivers 24-hour moisturization for smoother, silkier skin.
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Lactamide MEA, Isopropyl Isostearate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tridecyl Salicylate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Juice, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Red 30, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarines
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.