Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is a classic formula that remains popular among gradual sunless tanners. The formula looks natural and is easy to apply for streak-free results. It can take awhile to dry (about 10 minutes) and its scent is unpleasant to some, but most reviewers are still very pleased with the results, especially for the price. Some wish the results were more immediate, but you're better off getting an instant self-tanner if that is your concern.
Natural-looking, gradual color. Beauty editors at Allure have named Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer one of the best sunless tanners for seven consecutive years in part because it provides streak-free, natural-looking color. Although some users don't like the added sheen from the mica mineral that it contains, most agree that Jergens Natural Glow produces a believable color. Some reviewers say it's a little more gradual than they'd like, but most love that it looks good on their skin. The downside is that you'll have to wait at least three days to notice a difference in the color of your skin, but testers say skin can darken up to two shades after a week of daily use.
Apply every day for best results. Like all gradual tanners, Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is designed to be applied daily. It imparts a gradual, subtle tan that increases with each application and ensures that missed spots are less likely and less noticeable. The process also minimizes the risk of streaking. Experts say the formula is easy to apply -- just rub it in like any body lotion. 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.
New formula still stinks, but feels good on skin. Like all sunless tanners, Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer has a distinct odor because it contains the chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Most reviewers agree that it isn't as strong because it contains less DHA than other products, but some still can't tolerate it. On the other hand, Jergens is a pretty good daily moisturizer that feels good on skin. Beauty expert Paula Begoun recommends it for normal to dry skin, and says it has a decent amount of plant oils that makes it "more emollient than most." Most reviewers agree the formula is moisturizing enough to use in place of a regular body lotion.
Paula Begoun gives Jergens Natural Glow an "average" rating, saying that it's a pretty standard gradual self-tanner for normal to dry skin. Compared to other self-tanners, she says that it contains, a "small but decent range" of plant oils, making it "more emollient than most."
Review: Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer Fair to Medium, Paula Begoun, Nov. 6, 2012
Allure editors and readers choose Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer as the best drugstore sunless tanner. It has made the list of winners for seven consecutive years. Editors say that it imparts natural-looking color with no streaks.
Review: 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, Meirav Devash, May 2013
3. Woman's Day
Woman's Day editors ranked 10 self-tanners based on color, streaking, scent and effectiveness for an on an overall scale of 1 to 5. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer earns a 5 out of 5 score. Notes about the review reveal that results were slow to appear at first, so the reviewer wasn't sure if she was using it correctly. But once the color did appear, she found that "Jergens did not streak, the color is natural and it has no scent."
Review: WD Reviews: Sunless Self-Tanners, Editors of Women's Day, Not dated
4. Harper's Bazaar
The editors at Harper's Bazaar asked the industry's top makeup and pros to share the best non-spray tans. There was no ranking system for the selections, but there are descriptions of why pros love it for each of the 10 selections. Jergens makes the list because it doesn't streak and creates a subtle tan that gets darker over time.
Review: Bronze Metals: The Top 10 Sunless Tanners, Kari Molvar, Not dated
More than 900 MakeupAlley.com reviewers give Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer an average rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars and only 57 percent say they would buy it again. Several of the more recent reviews note that the smell isn't as bad as it used to be, thanks to a reformulation. A handful say that the effect can be pretty noticeable on very pale skin, while others say it has to be built up for a noticeable effect.
Review: Jergens - Natural Glow, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
Nearly 900 reviewers at TotalBeauty.com have mixed opinions about Jergens Natural Glow and give it an overall rating of about 6.9 out of 10 stars. Users say it produces natural-looking color, but some say that it is too subtle and several complain of the smell.
Review: Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2013
More than 150 users at Drugstore.com review Jergens Natural Glow, giving it an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers praise the formula for going on smoothly, moisturizing well and for imparting a natural-looking tan. However, many say the product is heavily fragranced.
Review: Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, Fair to Medium Skin Tones, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of June 2013