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Monday, December 26, 2005

Get Your Glow On - Product Review

Summer is great! Not only is it warm and sunny, but there's no need for layers of clothing or covering up our carefully pedicured toes. Hopefully, all of you are using a sunscreen to protect yourselves against the harmful rays of the sun, but at the same time a little color is a very nice thing. We look healthy, younger and it makes us feel sexier. Now that the winter is here, we are covered head to toe in turtlenecks, thermals, boots, gloves and hats....not a very sexy look. A little color right about now would be a very nice thing....just a little sun-kissed look. Since self tanners would look way too much during the cold months, there are products that can provide you with that little bit of color...not a bronzing look, but just more of a glow. The first and most popular of these products is Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (7.5 fl. oz). You've surely seen this product on shelves in your favorite drugstore or Walmart. It usually sells for around $5.00 which is a great buy. This product contains just enough of a self-tanning ingredient to give your skin a hint of color, without looking garrish or streaky. This is a rich cream, white in color with a fresh-smelling scent. If you have a keen sense of smell though, you can detect a hint of that self-tanning odor, but it's so subtle it won't be too annoying. The idea is that the more you use this cream, the deeper the color will be so if you don't won't it too be too noticeable, then don't use it every day. The cream does contain some botanical ingredients (fruit and flower extracts), and overall this is a nice moisturizing cream that absorbs quickly. This is a good buy and if you find it on sale, all the better. The second cream is it's contender and new to the market. L'Oreal, that beauty of a monster, decided that Jergens shouldn't be the only one to corner the market on getting a glow, so now they have their own version (8 fl. oz). The idea is exactly the same, a body moisturizer with a small amount of self-tanning ingredient. This one claims to have mango butter, vitamin e and sweet almond oil. It does, but in small amounts according to the ingredients listed on the back. I also think this may have less of the self-tanning ingredient in it just by the fragrance of the cream which is a little more citrusy smelling than anything else. The cream is slightly runny and peachy colored. I have to mention that this cream sells for almost double the Jergens product at over $9 for the tube. Both these creams also come in color specific types (fair to medium to darker), but like I stated earlier, the more you use it anyway the more color you will see. They are both very good products, but truthfully I like the Jergens product better. It's cheaper and the cream itself feels richer to me. It moisturizes great and leaves me with a nice, little bit of color. You can get either product in the drugstore or big discount stores like Walmart or Target so go get some color and hopefully, before you know it, summer will be back!


At 12/26/2005 9:31 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Susan,

I've always enjoyed reading your posts to the MNGV, and am enjoying your blogs. As a sun-worshipper, I love the feel of the warmth of the sun on my face and the way my skin takes on a sun-kissed glow in the summer. (Not to worry, I use #45 SPF sunscreen during exposure to the sun.) During the dreary days of winter, the lack of sunshine really gets me down, in addition to disliking the way my face looks so lifeless. I've never wanted to use the tanning beds because I think the look is fake. Your suggestion of the "natural glow" cremes may be just what I need to help me through the next four months. These cremes are safe for the face and not just the body, right?

Susan, I'm sorry about your job loss right before the holidays. Here's hoping that 2006 will bring you something even better and more satisfying!



At 12/26/2005 10:28 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Cheryl - Thanks for your very kind comments and for taking time to read. I have lots more I'll be posting on in the near future.
My best to you too in 2006!



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