That’s the promise made by the folks at Jergens with their Natural Glow Express moisturizing lotion. While I was a little skeptical (I’ve never had much luck with self-tanning moisturizers), I bought the express and firming lotion yesterday. I could hardly wait to try out the express — one day until my pasty legs look a little more tanned? I’m sold.
When I got home, I rushed to the bathroom to try it out. The instructions say to apply an even layer and wait 5 minutes for it to dry. I started on my legs since they haven’t seen the light of day in a few months, and I was pleased by the texture of the lotion. It was thick, and therefore easy to track where I’d applied it. My legs were dry anyway, so they really soaked up the moisture.
I quickly applied the lotion to the rest of my body and waited. And waited. Nothing really happened after two hours, so I applied another coat to my legs. After a few more hours, I went to bed, still skeptical.
When I woke up and trekked to the bathroom to check on their progress, I heard the boyfriend say, “Look at your legs!” Thinking he meant that they looked tan, I got very excited… then he said “You missed a big spot behind your knee.” Aw man! I tried really hard to get even coverage, but I guess I need to try harder next time. But this was encouraging, at least he could tell that some spots had gotten more tan. I was also happy that there was no tan residue left on my hands. (Note: I washed my hands twice with a lot of soap…)
The instructions say that once you use the Express enough to get the color you want, you follow up with the normal Firming lotion to maintain. I don’t think I’m at that point yet, so I’m planning to use the express a few more times to bump up my color.
So in summary, I’ll say that I am really pleased with Jergens Express. I’m getting really nice color (not orange at all) without having to visit the expensive (and harmful!) tanning beds, and saving a lot of money compared to spray tanning. I will stay vigilant in applying even coats and update you all to my progress.
Purchase Info: about $12 after tax for both the Express and Firming lotions at BJ’s Wholesale Club
Under $8 for Express only at Amazon: Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer for Medium to Tan Skin, 4 Ounce