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Julyne Derrick

Best Self-Tanners: Department Store & Drugstore

By June 29, 2008

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I'm not a fan of new beauty products, I'd much rather keep in my beauty bag a staple of the best, tried-but-true products that stand the test of time. So I was pleased to see two of my favorite self-tanners named in Allure Magazines "Clear Winners" contest.

The readers chose Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel (about $26) as their favorite department store tanner and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (about $6) as their drugstore fave.

Clarins is my self-tanner staple. I love it because it gives my skin a natural glow (no orange here). I tried Jergens when it came out a few years ago and was surprised when it did what it said it would do (provide a gradual tan over the course of a few days).


July 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm
(1) ec says:

Haven’t tried the Clarins, but I absolutely hate catching whiffs of that feisty aroma that most self tanners still create. Can it be that my body chemistry reacts with tanners to create a nastier “needs a shower badly” aroma than most people seem to experience? The Jergens product was so offensive that I gave it away after only two uses! Can anyone suggest a product that doesn’t reek after it starts to “work”?

July 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm
(2) Tiffany says:

Yes! I had to stop wearing Jergens because my husband said I stunk! I tried Aveeno’s tanning lotion (Continuous Radiance) and had no complaints. It works a lot faster, too. You might want to give it a shot it you want to stay in the drugstore. price range

July 29, 2008 at 6:50 am
(3) solomeeeo says:

I agree about the jergans Natural Glow. It smells so bad, my dog snorted when he smelled my leg….now that’s BAD!:)
I am going to try the Aveeno someone suggested.

May 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(4) sarah says:

I don’t remember jergens smelling bad. But I do remember it sucking. I put it on & the next day it was uneven and streaky.

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