My New Favorite Self Tanner

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My new favorite self tanner is Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer.  I have used Jergen’s self tanning lotion in the past and really like it, but this was even better!  It dried much faster than the lotion, so getting dressed right after application was not an issue, and it did not leave a greasy feeling.
I used this product 4 days in a row, and I really like the results.  It is gradual color that looks natural.  I had no streaking, no orangey spots, and the scent was very mild compared to most.  I noticed color right after the first application, it took me from quite light to a color that looked like I put a powder bronzer on.   By the third application, I had enough color for my husband to notice.  Jergens has 2 kinds of Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizers, fair to medium (what I used), and medium to tan.

A little goes a long way, so go easy with your first pump– it comes out fast.  I think one bottle will last me quite awhile, after 4 applications I am happy with my color and will now only use it every few days, if that.  I started using it to have some color for a night out, to celebrate our wedding anniversary, so I am not sure if I will continue to use it on a regular basis.  We’ll see if the fun feeling of being “girly” with beauty products, will outweigh my desire to keep things simple and natural.  I am not over-top-tan, but have color and do not feel paste-y anymore, which is nice!

The only prep I do, is in the shower.  I use an exfoliating soap pouch that looks like the one above, which I LOVE.  It makes my bar of soap last forever, and keeps my skin exfoliated.  Ever since I started using this soap pouch and a natural bar (made locally with no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate and a coconut oil base, like this one), the little bumps on the back of my arms have vanished, and there has been no irritation when I shave (I use the same natural soap to shave).  I’ve seen a huge difference in my skin!
 In the review of the pouch above, some people have said that their soap falls out the bottom.  I have never had that problem, but if I were to buy a new one, I might try one like this:

AquaBella Loofah Soap Pouch

                                                AquaBella Loofah Soap Pouch
or this:

Body Crystal Ayate 100% Agave Soap Pouch

                                         Body Crystal Ayate 100% Agave Soap Pouch
The only other tip I have for you is right after I put the self tanner on, I take a tissue and wipe my knees and elbows, just because these are the areas that tend to grab onto product and turn darker.  I don’t know if it is necessary with this foam, but I’ve always done it with the lotion so now it is habit.  When I use it on my face, I do the same with my eyebrow area and right around my lips.

Do you use a self tanner?  If so, what brand?

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  • Amy Bennett
    August 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve used Jergens bronzing lotion and have been really happy

  • Ashley
    August 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I just might have to try this one. I have used Jergens in the past but didn’t like the color at all. Maybe the foam will work out better. I’m sure my husband would appreciate it too. He always jokes that he needs to put on his sunglasses when I have shorts on since my legs are so white! Sad, I know…lol!

  • Amanda
    August 3, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Thank you for the tanner review. I have used Jergens in the past, but now I want to try this!

  • Busy Working Mama
    July 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Ooo, I’ll have to try it. I love self tanner 😉 I’m using up some Nivea tanner I won in a sweepstakes and it’s not bad but kind of runny. Normally I like the Jergens natural glow or the Dove brand.

  • Robyn
    July 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    so excited about this Amy! I’m as pale as you are for sure, and the hubby and i are taking a quick football-related vacation in October to Las Vegas! this will help me lay by the pool all morning without blinding anyone else with my skin! sweet!

  • Misty
    July 29, 2010 at 3:00 am


    I just tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and it is hands down the best one that I have tried. It sprays evenly and with a fine mist.

  • Amy Bowman
    July 29, 2010 at 12:53 am

    @ Stevie-checked out your great blog, nice to meet you. Let me know what you think of the foam
    @Megan-Did you exfoliate? I do to get dead skin off for a smoother application, and to prevent it from rubbing off when I towel dried. Was the lotion tinted? (meaning did it have a bronzer in it?) It could have been a build up of that. Let me know if you try the foam..
    @Melanie-I’m fair, too, being a natural red head.:P
    @Tricia-I hope you like it, let me know!
    @Elizabeth-I think exfoliating is key, they also went away when we started eating less junk foods, but don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Thanks for reading, love your comments!

  • Tricia @ This Happy Home
    July 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Oh, good to know on the self-tanner! I’ve been meaning to buy more and I get the regular Jergans lotion. I’m heading to Target today, so I’ll pick some up!

  • elizabeth @ twelvecrafts
    July 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I get those little bumps on the back of my arms too. I use soap with no sls or parabens, but still get them, so I’m curious how you got yours to go away. I would LOVE to say goodbye to those little things forever!

  • Melanie
    July 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the suggestion! I am SO fair that it is hard to get a realistic-looking self tan. I will give this a try!

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  • Stevie @ Home is Where My Heart is
    July 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I’m a self tanning addict lol. I have used the Jergens lotion but not the foam yet, and I’ve always wondered if it was any better so I’m excited to try it now! 🙂 Thanks for the post.

  • Megan
    July 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I used the jergans lotion one year. I liked the color I got from it- but after a couple weeks of using it- the color would rub off my legs and onto my towel when I dried off after my shower. Not sure what I was doing wrong, but I havent used it since.

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