As has previously been documented, I am a pale, pale girl. So when a product promises to give me a gradual, sun-kissed glow, I am all over that.
Bonus points for it not smelling to high heaven.
So when April’s GlossyBox came with a tube of Jergen’s Natural Glow 3 Days To Glow Moisturizer, with a little sticker on it that said, “Finally! Great Color Without Odor!”*, I was, needless to say, very excited.
First of all, let’s talk about the colour this product turned me.
It was the most beautiful, glowy colour you can imagine. (Bet you thought I was going to say orange, didn’t you?!) It did have some yellow undertones to it, but so does my skin, so it worked for me. If you are a pink-toned gal it’s going to look orange & gross.
Secondly, it was incredibly moisturizing. My skin felt absolutely drenched in moisture for the time I used it. Not a leg scale to be seen! However, if you are prone to breakouts you might find this problematic—it can be a little oily.
I read some online reviews of it, & maybe they had been written before the product had been reformulated, because it apparently used to be filled with sparkles. Thankfully, not anymore. Not that I don’t love glitter, but not all the time, & not all over my body.
I also love the way it evens out the skintone on my legs. I was a clumsy kid (& continue to be a clumsy adult), & it makes my old scars (& new bruises) far less noticeable.
Okay, so those positive things are really great. But the product is not without its flaws.
As I mentioned, it claims to have no odour. Well, that’s not actually true. What they mean is “no self-tanner odour”, which, if you’ve ever used self-tanner, is a pretty awful smell. The product itself has a light, flowery scent, which is not unpleasant. However, there is an undercurrent of self-tanner. It’s not super-noticeable when you first apply it, but when your body heats the lotion up (don’t even think about hitting the gym) it is definitely there. If that’s a scent you’re particularly sensitive to, you might want to give this a pass.
If you don’t mind the smell all that much but are conscious of others around you being grossed out by it, try applying it before bed (best if you sleep alone!), & then showering before you leave the house in the morning. Do be careful & give it some time to sink in before you slip between those white sheets though, as the product can stain white fabric.
Also, I noticed a significant amount of streaking on my inner wrists & tops of my feet after a couple of days. Since I lotion up after my morning shower, I still mostly have the sleep-dumbs when I’m doing it, so I acknowledge that this might be completely due to user error. I could probably use a little better exfoliation as well, as with any self-tanner.
I suppose you could also try moisturizing before using it, but…
This is one of the better self-tanners on the market. In fact, I think that the only one I like better is the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, & that stuff’s not inexpensive! If you don’t mind the smell & really take your time applying it, this might be a great product for you, however I think I’ll be sticking to my natural pale.
*Their old formula absolutely reeked.