Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun – Review

I love a good tan.  But when my dermatologist starting cutting spots out of my skin, I decided my days of baking in the sun or going to tanning beds were done!  So what’s a girl to do when it’s shorts weather and her legs are a blinding shade of white?  Turn to sunless tanning, that’s what ๐Ÿ™‚

Over the years, I’ve tried a number of sunless tanners but always go back to Faux Tan by bareMinerals.  Recently, however, I tried this new Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun and it’s FANTASTIC!

Jergens Instant Sun – Deep Bronze

What’s so great about this sunless tanner?

  • For starters, the price!  It retails for around $12.  While it’s a little more pricey than other formulas from the drugstore, it’s a whole lot cheaper than Faux Tan from bareMinerals and other high-end formulas.
  • Foam formula blends easily onto skin.
  • Dries fairly quickly (not 60 seconds like it says on the bottle but within 20-30 minutes). Once dry, there is very little transfer to clothes or sheets.
  • Guide color of the foam gives skin an immediate dose of color and helps ensure even distribution of the product so you don’t end up with streaks later.
Jergens Instant Sun has a great “guide” color!
  • Provides a long lasting tan – looks great for 4-5 days without reapplying.
  • Wears off evenly….no crocodile looking skin ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Light, clean scent (don’t worry, it’s not that typical offensive sunless tanner smell and I find it does fade completely after about 2 hours)
  • Available in 2 shades ~ Light Bronze and Deep Bronze
  • Although this is not a “green-based” tan, it does not look orange on me at all.  Those with fairer skintones might want to test it on a small patch of skin before applying all over just to be sure.

Tips for successful application:

  • Exfoliate skin really well before applying
  • Apply a light weight moisturizer to skin first before applying sunless tanner. St. Ives spray lotion is perfect for this.  It’s quick to apply and soaks into the skin almost immediately.
  • Use a tanning mitt to apply sunless tanner (several brands make these tanning mitts…I usually buy mine at Ulta or Sephora)
  • Wait as long as possible before dressing.  I like to put on a swimsuit coverup while doing my makeup and hair to allow the sunless tanner extra drying time.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes or a tank and shorts on the day you are tanning to help the tan to develop undisturbed.
  • Try to avoid splashing water or getting arms/legs wet for at least 4 hours.
  • Apply 2-3 days in a row to achieve the desired amount of color (after just 2 applications of the Deep Bronze shade, I have a very nice, deep tan).

Hopefully that was helpful and encourages you to give sunless tanning a try!

Happy Tanning ๐Ÿ™‚

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