My skin doesn't change colors in the sun, I don't even really burn. I do, however, change colors with the help of sunless tanners. That color is usually orange. So, I'm left wishing for skin that was tanner, but not orange.
I'm also a bit lazy/impatient. I want minimal effort, a quick result and I want it to be a good, natural looking result. I'm tired of the traditional sunless tanners, I waste so much time only to look streaky in the end. And orange due to the high DHA content.
Enter my experimentation with sunless moisturizers. I've tried Dove (I was pale until I suddenly turned bright orange on day 5), L'Oreal (this is a very picky formula that resulted in streaking), and I've also tried Jergens. I got an ok result after about a week with the Jergens, but I couldn't take the smell.
So, you can imagine that when Jergens asked if I wanted to try their new Natural Glow Express, I was a bit reluctant. But, the PR rep assured me that the formulation was very different. She even confided that she was also a pale girl, had issues with the first formula, but that this one worked much better. Okay, I will experiment on my legs. If I turn orange I have lots of body scrubs that I've been experimenting with, and I can wear pants to work for a week.
Well, it turns out that I actually do like this formula. It still has pretty much the same DHA that all sunless tanners have (they give the products those oh so great scents), but in this formula I don't turn orange. The moisturizer is formulated to work over three days of gradual color build up. It really does need those three days, but getting there is very easy. The formula is very forgiving, no streaking or issues with color buildup (I did apply a light coat of regular lotion to my elbows, ankles and tops of my toes first). It is a bit thicker than regular lotions, but I didn't find it hard to use.
Overall, this was an easy way to get a great tan. I love that the formula is so forgiving, I prefer using it for just one or two days (a lighter tan is better for me), then working on maintenance. The company does suggest that you maintain the tan with their regular Natural Glow Moisturizer (which is much cheaper). I'll be stocking up on this for summer!
Ingredients (For medium skin tones):
WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PETROLATUM, MINERAL OIL, DIMETHICONE, CETEARETH-20, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED BUTTER, TOCOPHEROL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, ISOHEXADECANE, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, TROXERUTIN, POLYSORBATE 60, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, STEARETH-2, XANTHAN GUM, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, BHT, FRAGRANCE, ERYTHRULOSE, CARAMEL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, MICA, DIHYDROXYACETONE.
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Jergens Natural Glow Express