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Trader Joe's Skin Care

Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 18.00
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Trader Joe’s Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum is one of the brand’s better offerings in the skin care realm, though a couple of hitches keep it from earning our top rating.

Housed in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this gel has a silky texture (thanks to the amount of silicone it contains) that’s easy to apply. While it doesn’t necessarily feel hydrating, it does give skin an immediately smoother appearance.

What really impresses us here though is the number of antioxidants in the formula. There are the stalwart vitamins  E, and C, resveratrol (an antioxidant found in red wine grapes), vitamin K, pomegranate, and bayberry fruit extract. There’s even a good amount of wrinkle-fighting retinol.

In fact, as a whole the ingredient list is quite solid, save for the inclusion of a small amount of pomelo seed oil, a citrus seed oil that puts skin at risk for irritation.

Another drawback is that this is in clear packaging, and since antioxidants (including retinol) can degrade in the presence of light, that means this should be stored in a dark place to keep those ingredients potent.

Otherwise, we’re happy to see this budget-friendly entry from Trader Joe’s (good job!).

  • Has a silky texture that makes skin look immediately smoother.
  • Contains numerous antioxidant ingredients.
  • Includes wrinkle-fighting retinol.
  • Contains a small amount of pomelo seed oil, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
  • Bottle must be stored out of direct light.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This luxurious feeling Antioxidant Serum will leave your skin feeling velvety smooth while supplying it with an abundance of antioxidants including Resveratrol and encapsulated Vitamin C beads.

Cyclopentsiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Textrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thiotic Acid (a-Lioic Acid), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Retinol (Vitamin A), Resveratrol, Copper Amino Acid Chelate (Tripeptide-1), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed, Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf (Chamomile) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Citrus Grandis (Pomelo) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Water, Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract.

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 Its skin care products are sold in-store only.

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