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Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturizer
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16.8 fl. oz. for $7.49
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:02.22.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

No matter how you look at it, this below-average body lotion is non-soothing and, if you have dry skin, also non-moisturizing. What puts it out of step with other options from Jergens is that this one contains the skin irritant eucalyptus. You have to ask, where are the soothing agents? The cooling effect eucalyptus imparts is not a skin benefit—it's your skin telling you it is being irritated. Please see More Info for details on why irritation is bad for all skin types.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Antiquated formula leaves dry skin wanting (and needing) more.
  • Contains the potent skin irritant eucalyptus.
  • Lacks proven skin-soothing ingredients.

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.)

Claims
Jergens Soothing Aloe Relief Skin Cooling Moisturizer helps relieve uncomfortable dry skin when the wind, cold and sun take their toll. Used daily, it increases moisture content—helping skin look healthier and feel softer.
Ingredients
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Mineral Oil, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance
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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09.08.2014
Thanks for the confirmation!

Thank you for confirming my experiences with this product! I thought I was imaginging it when my dry hands were left feeling drier after using this lotion than before! It states Aloe on the front in big bold letters but when you open it and start to use it you can smell nothing but the eucalyptus. It's supposed to be a brand new formula from Jergens--but they should stick to the old. Won't buy this again!

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