Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes
Trader Joe’s Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes utilize micelle technology, which is a method of cleansing in which a cluster of cleansing agent molecules are suspended in a solution. These clusters are naturally attracted to dirt, oil, and surface debris on skin, which is supposed to allow for easy removal. In the case of these face wipes, the result is just so-so.
Inside the plastic pouch with a resealable tab, you’ll find the soft wipes lightly steeped in cleansing solution. The wipes do an OK job of removing most kinds of makeup, but we had to tug at skin more than we would have liked and still had to use a separate makeup remover to get our mascara off. This much tugging encourages sagging, something we’re fairly certain most people don’t want to happen to their skin!
That aside, our biggest complaint is how strongly fragranced the formula is—especially since the claims specifically call out how gentle these wipes are supposed to be for the eye area and sensitive skin. Although we get the appeal of using beautifully scented products, the More Info section below explains why that’s a bad move for skin.
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- Soft cloth material.
- Removes most makeup.
- Requires some extra tugging, which isn’t great for skin long-term.
- Strongly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
Fragrance in skin care: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Unique micellar technology works gently to remove impurities from your skin. These cloths help remove dirt and makeup and are mild and gentle enough to use around the eye and on the most sensitive skin.
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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