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Crema Deep-Conditioning Oatmeal
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8 fl. oz. for $6.49
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:03.21.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an improvement over the previous formula, in that it’s more emollient and contains a more sophisticated mix of ingredients to improve dry skin. Despite the name, this does not contain oatmeal but instead contains oat extract, which is a good anti-irritant, though it’s present in a very small amount here.

Note: Normally, we'd comment on the jar packaging being a problem for keeping important ingredients stable during use, but because this formula lacks those ingredients, the only issue the jar packaging presents is one of hygiene. That is, each time you dip your fingers into the jar, you're introducing bacteria, which stress the product's preservative system.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Boring, dated formula lacks the range of ingredients dry skin needs to significantly improve.
  • Does not contain oatmeal as claimed.
  • Jar packaging presents a hygiene risk.
  • Contains a sensitizing preservative not recommended for use in leave-on.
Claims

Treat your extra-dry skin with the richest moisturizer in the Crema collection. Harness the naturally healing and smoothing properties of this oatmeal formula to condition and replenish your skin with this indulgent body moisturizer.

Ingredients

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

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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