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Trader Joe's Skin Care

Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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Overall, Trader Joe’s skin care line is solid, with many straightforward yet beneficial entries – and its Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is no exception.

Housed in a large plastic tube with a flip-top cap, this sunscreen has a creamy texture that’s not greasy but is somewhat emollient, so it’s best for normal, dry, and combination skin (those with oily skin might find this doesn’t work best for the face because of its dewy finish, though will likely be fine to use for body).

This fragrance-free sunscreen is powered by synthetic active ingredients that combine to provide broad-spectrum sun protection. While this isn’t packed with a diverse range of antioxidants (antioxidants are always welcome sunscreens because they boost protection and shield skin against environmental damage), it does have vitamin C and vitamin E, taking it a step beyond the most basic sunscreens.

While not the most advanced formula on the market, it’s still a solid, fragrance-free sunscreen that comes at a price that encourages liberal application.

Note: since this is a sunscreen, and thus considered an over the counter drug, the inactive ingredients in the formula are listed in alphabetical order instead of in order of concentration. Although this type of listing is permissible, we’re not fans of it since it leaves consumers in the dark about how much of each ingredient they’re likely to be getting.

Pros:
  • Formula is creamy and moisturizing without being greasy.
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Contains antioxidants vitamins C and E.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Enriched with vitamins C and E. Lightweight formula.

Active: Avobenzone 1%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 0.80%, Oxybenzone 4%. Inactive: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, VP/Hexadene Copolymer.

Trader Joe’s is a California-based grocery chain best known for its eclectic mix of gourmet, organic, vegetarian, and staple food products, most sold under the Trader Joe’s name. Its stores are generally no-frills and utilitarian, with a focus on lower-priced products that are still of high quality.

That same low price, high quality philosophy informs the store’s house brand of personal hygiene products, including its skin care line. There isn’t a lot that’s flashy or innovative; rather the focus is on staples, with some skin-boosting products in the mix as well.

For the most part, Trader Joe’s gets it right, with basic but reliable ingredients. There are a few items that include fragrance ingredients (including a face wash and rose face mist that absolutely should be avoided), but overall, if you’re looking to pick up a does-what-it-says, stripped-down moisturizer while you’re out shopping for groceries, the options here are better than you might expect given their prices.

You can find out more about Trader Joe’s as a store at https://www.traderjoes.com/. Its skin care products are sold in-store only.

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