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Trader Joe's Skin Care

Mineral Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 30

0.53 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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Trader Joe’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a great, straightforward way to help you apply sunscreen on-the-go.

This fragrance-free sunscreen is, as stated, a solid stick. It’s packaged in a compact, swivel-up container that’s easy to stash in your purse, handbag, or even tucked in a pocket. The real surprise here is from its texture: Rather than being chalky like many mineral sunscreen sticks, this is remarkably emollient, thanks to its inclusion of several moisturizing ingredients, among them argan, coconut, and avocado oils, which also have antioxidant benefits.

Because this water-resistant sunscreen is so moisturizing (shea and cocoa butters are also in the mix), it’s best for those with normal to dry skin. Though this dries down to a remarkably non-greasy finish, the number of emollient ingredients might make this less-than-appealing for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

As advertised, the broad-spectrum sun protection comes from a 22% concentration of zinc oxide. Most mineral sunscreens with that much zinc oxide have an obvious white cast, though this blends in incredibly well. Still, those with deeper skin tones will be able to see a slight white cast even after this has dried down, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Still, it’s a great sunscreen in convenient packaging with some good ingredients to boot. As for those ingredients, we need to mention that the list of inactive ingredients is presented in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although permissible for an over-the-counter drug product (which sunscreens sold in the U.S. are regulated as), it doesn’t help consumers understand how much of a given ingredient they’re getting.

Pros:
  • Emollient texture is moisturizing without being greasy.
  • Provides mineral broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Includes antioxidant-rich plant oils.
  • Water resistant.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Has a slight white cast that will be apparent on deeper skin tones.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Our Mineral Sunscreen Stick is formulated with natural mineral zinc oxide to protect skin from sun exposure and sunburn. Our stick formula glides on smoothly with added coconut and avocado oils and natural waxes to moisturize. Featuring a compact design, this twist up stick offers easy, quick application on-the-go.

Active: Zinc Oxide 22%. Inactive: Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Octyldodecanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.

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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