Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Review

Est. $12 per 10 oz.
March 2015
by ConsumerSearch
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Review

Best tanning lotion

  • Gradual tan
  • Natural looking color
  • Easy to apply
  • Decent daily moisturizer
  • Not fragrance-free
  • Too subtle for some
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Bottom line

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a popular choice for those who want to gradually darken skin tone or want an ongoing self-tanner. The formula imparts a natural-looking color to the skin and is easy to apply for streak-free results. Natural Glow's scent is unpleasant to some, but most reviewers don't seem bothered by it. Although most say this Jergens formula dries quickly, some warn that you need to make sure it's fully dry before dressing to keep it from rubbing off on your clothes.

Breaking it down


Natural-looking, gradual color. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a top choice of experts because it provides streak-free, natural-looking color. It also includes a moisturizer that is not top-of-the-line, but is pretty good for the price. Many users say they either mix it with or apply it under their regular moisturizers, although that will dilute the color even more, and it's already pretty subtle, according to reviewers. However, that subtlety and gradual darkening effect are the selling points for many users -- they don't want to show up at the office pale one day, and dramatically darker the next. Testers say you'll have to wait at least three days to notice a difference in the color of your skin, but then the skin can darken up to two shades after a week of daily use. Many users also note that this sunless tanner seems to work better on lighter-complected people. Jergens Natural Glow comes in a wide variety of formulations, from this gradual tanning formula to quick-tan options, tan extenders, firming, and even one with an SPF of 20.

Ease of use

Apply every day for best results. Like all gradual tanners, Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is designed to be applied daily like any lotion moisturizer, allowing plenty of time for it to dry so it does not rub off on your clothes. Self-tanning lotions typically take about 30 minutes to dry, but users say Jergens only takes 10 minutes. For some, even that shorter time is an inconvenience, and a few note that it rubs off on their clothing or on their towel after their next shower. The lotion will also come off in the pool. This particular review is for the new, pump-style container, but Jergens Natural Glow also comes in a tube; most say the pump is much easier to use because it can be dispensed one-handed.

Feel and smell

Mixed reviews for the scent. Like most self-tanning lotions, Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer has a distinct odor because it contains the chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA). In addition, Jergens has added fragrance to the product to make the DHA scent less unpleasant. Most reviewers agree that Jergens' odor isn't too bad, especially compared to some other self-tanners, and that it has markedly improved over the years. Still, some say that they can't tolerate it; reactions definitely seems to depend upon one's personal sensitivity to fragrance. However, if the small doesn't bother you, Jergens is a pretty good daily moisturizer that feels good on skin, and that's a significant plus. Beauty expert Paula Begoun says Jergens Natural Glow is good for all skin types and that it, "Provides light hydration that's suitable for blemish-prone skin." Most reviewers agree the formula is moisturizing enough to use in place of a regular body lotion.

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Medium to Tan, 10 Ounce

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer Reviews


Beauty products expert Paula Begoun gives Jergens Natural Glow a rating of 2 stars out of 4. She notes that it's "an inexpensive self-tanner this works as well as any." It also dries quickly and is good for blemish-prone skin. However, it may rub off on clothes and is not fragrance-free.

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Moisturizer, Fair to Medium and Medium to Tan, Paula Begoun, March 21, 2013

2. Allure

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a 2013 and 2014 Best of Beauty Award winner as well as a Reader's Choice award winner for 2013. It's also number one on the list of Allure's round up of the best 10 self-tanners under $20. The reviewer praises its "natural-looking glow."

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Catherine Gambrell, Not Dated

3. Harper's Bazaar

Jergens Natural Glow is chosen by editors of Harper's Bazaar as a good choice for a gradual tanner. Manhattan tanning expert Kristyn Pradas says this type of self-tanner is an easy formula to use at home.

Review: 10 Flawless Sunless Tanner Secrets, Hannah Morrill, Not Dated


Author Katherine Kam interviews various experts in the field of dermatology and cosmetics. The result is an overview of the various types of tanners and bronzers, along with recommendation in each category. Jergens Natural Glow is recommended as a "good drugstore choice for building up a gradual tan."

Review: Sunless Tanning: Baking Is Out, Faking Is In, Katherine Kam, Nov. 16, 2012

5. Woman's Day

Woman's Day editors rank 10 self-tanners based on color, streaking, scent and effectiveness, grading each on a scale of 1 to 5. Two versions of Jergens Natural Glow moisturizers earn a 5 out of 5 score. The reviewer notes that results were slow to appear, but the result was a healthy, natural looking glow.

Review: WD Reviews: Sunless Self-Tanners, Editors of Women's Day, Not Dated


There are just a handful of reviews for Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer in its new pump-style packaging, which earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Elsewhere, in its various other packaging options and other formulations it earns similar ratings. The darker formulations do better, overall.

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Medium to Tan, 10 Ounce, Contributors to, As of March 2015


More than 180 reviewers give Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars; 71 percent say they would buy it again. The most recent reviews are the highest, with quite a few noting that the scent has been improved. Owner satisfaction seems to be directly related to skin tone: Those with pale skin say the immediate effect is noticeable; those with darker skin say the color builds up over a few days.

Review: Jergens - Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, Contributors to, As of March 2015


In more than 135 reviews, Jergens Natural Glow gets an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Users say it produces natural-looking color, but some say that it is too subtle and several still complain of the smell, even though many say it has improved.

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, Contributors to, As of March 2015


The tester at says she did not see enough of a difference in her skin color, even after a week. Ultimately, she gives it 2.5 stars out of 5. She also does not care for the smell.

Review: Jergens Natural Glow Review, Editors of, Not Dated

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