*This isn’t sponsored, or an ad, and there are no affiliate links in this post. This is purely a Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Body Mousse Review with my own thoughts and money*
What’s a primarily Irish and Polish girl going to do when she steps foot into the sun? Burn. When I would go to the pool when I was younger up until I was around 14 years old, my mom would make me put on sunscreen with an SPF of 100. And I would still burn somehow. I now know that anything about 50 doesn’t really work and really isn’t good for you. But what happens when you get a bad sunburn? It turns into a nice tan, right? Nope, not for me.
I truly think I have been given the most-prone-to-burning skin in my immediate family because they all tan in the sun, effortlessly and with minimal burns. Yeah, not me. I haven’t always been insecure about the color, or rather lack of color, on my skin. It definitely started when I was in middle school and high school when people would do the thing where they compare their beautifully tanned arm to my practically see-through skin.
Needless to say, I haven’t been comfortable in my own skin in a really long time. I hate that I would literally glow in the sun – in a blinding way. And I hate that you can see such prominent blue and purple veins all over my body. Not to mention that my skin gets weird splotches to the point where it almost looks like that I’m so pale you can see white blood cells. So, my skin is my biggest insecurity. But not in the usual way where I’m prone to severe acne or anything.
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of artificial tanning or self-tanning
Self-tanning is something that I’ve been wanting to do for years now. I never pulled the trigger on experimenting with self-tanner up until a few weeks ago. There were a few things that held me back from testing it out:
- I’m going to look like when Ross from Friends got four twos on his back so he was an eight.
- Or I’m going to look like the cast of Jersey Shore in 2009.
- It’s going to get on everything and everyone. My white comforter will turn orange. Max will turn orange. Everything will turn orange.
- I will ruin every single piece of white clothing that I own.
- Or I will waste my money for nothing to happen.
I’ve watched countless YouTube videos and read countless blog posts about self-tanners. I even almost went with the St. Tropez brand, but spending over $15 for an experiment seemed too pricey for me. Finally, I decided to bite the bullet one day when I was mindlessly walking around Target. I figured that worst comes to worst, I will be orange for a few days if it backfires or it’s a lesson learned if it doesn’t work.
It says to put it on exfoliated and clean skin, so I used my dry brush before hopping into the shower. After my shower, I threw my hair up into a scrunchie and it was time to get down to business. I don’t have one of those tanning mitts to keep your hands clean and prevent them from getting orange so I just suck it up. It doesn’t really leave your hands stained if you wash them right after though.
My overall experience using Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse for Body
Color: light bronze or deep bronze available. I went with the light bronze and I think it covers nicely, plus it’s buildable which is ideal for those of us with pale skin. I see fewer veins and I don’t blind others when I step into the sun. You can see the color when you put it on and it deepens within the hour.
Dry time: the bottle says 60-seconds and I would say that’s accurate. I do wait about 15 minutes to be completely sure but that’s probably just my anxiety taking control.
Orange risk: low. I would go easy around your ankles, knees, elbows, and wrists because that’s where the build-up will occur and you’ll see the orange color.
Natural-looking: I was worried that because I am so pale and never really had a tan that people would see that it wasn’t natural looking on me. To my surprise, it did! I mean I don’t know if this one girl that I was talking to was just being sweet, but she said it looked natural and nice on me and seemed a little surprised when I told her that it wasn’t from the sun.
Struggles: My only issue with this isn’t really with the product, I had a hard time reaching around to my back and shoulders and getting it to cover nicely.
Lasting: the color lasts a couple of showers if you don’t reapply each time you shower. This is something I struggle with because I like my beauty routine to be short and simple, but I guess that can’t always be the case, unfortunately.
Scent: I was worried that it would have a strong or unpleasant smell, but I was wrong. I’m actually obsessed with the way this smells. It has a nice light and airy beachy smell which makes sense.
Overall happiness with the product: I love it and will definitely have this in my cabinet at all times.
Before and After using Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse for Body
I truly am the worst blogger because I didn’t repaint my nails for these pictures nor did I remember to take a before and after picture of using this product.
Make sure if you use this not to put it on your face. They do offer a Jergens Natural Glow Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer for Face that has SPF in it. I didn’t end up buying that and instead I just bronze up my face when I do my makeup with the bronzer from Too Faced in Sun Bunny. Jergens also carries more in their Natural Glow line like their firming, moisturizer, and moisturizer for wet skin.
I promise that this isn’t an ad, sponsored, and none of the links are affiliate ones. This post is because I am absolutely obsessed with this product because it works great and is budget-friendly and I know other pale gals are struggling out there with finding something that works.
Let me know if you’ve used this product before or any type of self-tanner because I’d love to hear your thoughts! All I can say is that I love it and I understand that suntan confidence boost.