Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer is a classic formula that remains popular among gradual sunless tanners. The formula combines body lotion with dihydroxyacetone (DHA) -- the active dyeing ingredient in tanners -- for a watered-down effect that adds a slight amount of color with each application. It's available in two shades: fair/medium and medium/tan.
Like all gradual tanners, Jergens Natural Glow 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. Although some users don't like the added shine from the mica it contains, most agree that Jergens Natural Glow produces realistic color. 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. Once you stop applying Jergens Natural Glow, experts say that it will fade within two to five days.
Paula Begoun says that compared to other self tanners, Jergens Natural Glow has a decent amount of plant oils that makes it "more emollient than most." Users at Drugstore. com, MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com agree. Most say the formula is moisturizing enough to use in place of a regular body lotion. Begoun suggests having a separate lotion available to use when you have reached your desired color with Jergens. See our report on Body Lotions for recommendations.
Like all sunless tanners, Jergens has a distinct odor. Most reviewers agree that it isn't as strong because it contains less DHA. Still, some cannot tolerate the smell at all.
Self-tanning lotions typically take longer to dry than sprays, gels and mousses. Although some users say that Jergens only takes 10 minutes to dry, experts typically recommend waiting 30 minutes before dressing to avoid staining clothing.
Users at MakeupAlley.com say that it takes at least two applications of Jergens Natural Glow to see results -- and even then they are very subtle. If you are looking for a deep tan, reviewers say that you should allow several days for the tan to develop. If you prefer instant results, experts say Mystic Tan UV-Free Spray-On Tanning (*Est. $25 per session) or Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel (Est. $35 for 4.4 oz.) are better options.
We chose to list Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer in our Best Reviewed section because the classic formula has stood the test of time and remains a popular, easy-to-use option among reviewers.
Paula Begoun only gives Jergens Natural Glow a "fair" rating, but she is rating it primarily as a body moisturizer. Compared to other self tanners, she says that it contains a high amount of plant oils, making it "more emollient than most."
Review: Natural Glow Revitalizing Moisturizer by Jergens, Paula Begoun, Feb. 22, 2012
Allure editors and readers choose Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer as one of two best sunless tanners. It has made the list of winners for six consecutive years. Editors say that it imparts natural-looking color with no streaks.
Review: 2012 Readers' Choice Awards, Editors of Allure magazine
About four dozen reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give Jergens Natural Glow a high overall rating. Most are pleased with the natural color and moisturizing feel of Jergens gradual tanner. Several complain of the smell, but that is typical of all self tanners. A few reviewers suggest applying the tanner before bed so that the scent has plenty of time to wear off during the night.
Review: Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
4. Woman's Day magazine
Woman's Day editors ranked 10 self tanners on color, streaking, scent and effectiveness for an overall score on a scale of 1 to 5. Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing 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 Woman's Day magazine, June 29, 2010
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test Jergens Natural Glow and five other sunless tanning products in this report on sunless tanners. Each product is rated on fragrance, color, length of tan and ease of use.
Review: How to Get a Good Tan Without the Sun, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2007
Nearly 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.
Review: Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, Fair to Medium Skin Tones, Contributors to Drugstore.com
Reviewers at TotalBeauty.com have mixed opinions about Jergens Natural Glow and give it a mediocre overall rating of 7 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 Reviews, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com
After testing several sunless tanners, writer Kim Forrest says Jergens Natural Glow is the most affordable and the most natural looking, but it involves the most work, because it must be applied daily. Forrest ultimately decides, however, that she doesn't like sunless tanners because they often impart an orange hue.
Review: Sunless Tanning, Kim Forrest, July 1, 2006