Though I’m not the most consistent self-tanner applier, I have tried several tanning products over the course of my adolescent and adult lives. I believe I was 12 or 13 when I tried self-tanner for the first time, and I can honestly say I had NO idea what I was doing. Unfortunately, I had an orange phase. Like a really, really orange, streaky, splotchy phase and I’m not proud of it…yikes.
Then it finally hit me: stop trying to force your skin to be something it’s not meant to be! I have very pale skin, so as you would imagine, going 10 shades darker wasn’t exactly the best way to approach things.
While I used to not like the Jergens Natural Glow Fair to Medium formula because it didn’t ‘do anything’ for me, I have actually really grown to like the subtle color that it creates. It adds a hint of color without completely altering my appearance and making me look unnatural.
I’ve tried all kinds of tanning products from different brands (both high-end and not), and I always come back to Jergens because they have really great products. They have been in my life on and off for over 10 years! Besides, you’re supposed to moisturize your skin everyday anyway, so I figure why not add a subtle color into the mix for summer.
The three products featured here today are the Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tanner ‘Fair to Medium‘, Jergens Natural Glow Face Gradual Tanner in ‘Medium to Tan’, and the Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse in ‘Deep Bronze’.
You’re probably thinking, “That’s a broad range of skin colors you got going there.” It seems crazy, but I have my reasons!
I use the tanning mousse very sparingly, once every week or two whenever I feel like I need a boost. They didn’t have the ‘Light Bronze’ mousse at the store the day I went, and I reeeally wanted to try it so I went ahead and bought the ‘Deep Bronze.’ It actually doesn’t give that much color initially! The formula is definitely buildable; I used it for a few days in a row and got pretty tan (a bit too tan for my taste), so I think if you’re looking to build some color this is a great affordable option! It’s also a long-lasting formula; it lasts several days before it starts to fade. The consistency is very foamy and there is a slight color guard so you can see what you’re doing. The formula is a bit sticky after it’s been sitting on your skin for awhile, but I apply it right before bed and shower in the morning so I don’t really notice. It smells alright for a self-tanner, too!
The gradual tanner lotion in ‘Fair to Medium’ is what I use to moisturize and maintain color throughout the week. I apply every night before bed, and in the morning I wake up with a hint of color and soft skin! This is the product I’ve been using on and off for years and it’s always been my go-to tanning product. The only places I notice it gets a little funky is on my feet and wrists, but that’s just a common thing in all self-tanners. Other than that, it’s smooth, even color all around!
For my face, I use the gradual tanner lotion for the face in ‘Medium to Tan’. The reason I go darker for my face is because I’ve noticed that it tends to wear off quicker on your face than it does on your body. Since I wash my face twice a day and exfoliate occasionally, the color payoff just isn’t enough in the lighter version.
Normally, I’m really bad about keeping up with my self-tanning routine, but when I’m in the mood for a little color I love using Jergens’ products. They’re my favorite that I’ve tried over the years!
What are some of your favorite self-tanning products? Let me know in the comments!