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Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40

5.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Trader Joe’s Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is another great entry in the band’s lineup of sunscreens, with just a couple of minor issues to consider.

Housed in an opaque plastic squeeze tube, this has a creamy texture, yet isn’t overly emollient or greasy. It absorbs into skin quickly, leaving just a hint of dewiness, but no obvious shine. It feels moisturizing without being heavy, and as advertised, is water-resistant up to 40 minutes.

The sun protection is provided solely by zinc oxide, a gentle mineral sunscreen active ingredient that provides broad-spectrum benefits. . Couple that with the fact that this sunscreen is fragrance- and irritant-free, and you have a smart choice for use on sensitive or reactive skin (including on kids and babies).

The rest of the formula contains pretty standard emollients and some antioxidants, including two kinds of honeysuckle extract, aloe, gingko, green tea, and bamboo, though they’re lower on the ingredient list than we would like to see (antioxidants help boost sun protection and defend against environmental factors, so having them more prominently featured is better for skin).

Lastly, although Trader Joe’s says this rubs in clear – and that’s true if you have a fair to medium skin tone – this can, as many mineral-based sunscreens do, make deeper skin tones appear ashen.

Those caveats aside, this is a very good (and affordable) sunscreen, especially if you have sensitive skin.

  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 40 with a mineral-only formula.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Includes some antioxidant ingredients.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Formula would be more impressive if the antioxidant ingredients were in greater amounts.
  • Sunscreen can appear ashen on deeper skin tones.
Tested on animals: No

Mineral based sunscreen rubs in clear.

Active: Zinc oxide 20.5%. Inactive: Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Laurate, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Lauryl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Dilauryl Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Phytate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbendensis Leaf Juice, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Gluconolactone, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem 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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