Trader Joe's At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection; good cleanser and shave cream.
Weaknesses: Limited options; body-care formulas contain irritating fragrant oils; Trader Joe's is better for groceries than skin care.
California-based specialty grocer chain Trader Joe's isn't the first place you may think of when shopping for skin care, and rightly so: the bulk of this store's inventory is, not surprisingly, foods and beverages. However, they've recently ventured into sun care and offer a couple of worthwhile, inexpensive sunscreens as well as a remarkable facial cleanser. The sunscreens from TJ's we recommend aren't knock-your-socks-off spectacular, but are quite the beauty bargain. If you have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood, some of the sunscreens are definitely worth a look, especially if you have a family to cover from head to toe during summer months when more of us are outdoors for long periods of time. For more information about Trader Joe's, visit www.traderjoes.com.
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This is a thinner, smoother sunscreen than I have been able to find anywhere. (I love the CeraVe pm lotion, but I find the am lotion with sunscreen to be thick.) The Trader Joe's lotion doesn't aggregate my eczema, doesn't have fragrance, doesn't reek of sunscreen, doesn't leave a shiny or greasy residue, and doesn't cost a lot. What's not to like?
Great price, non-irritating, used this on body during vacation (not swimming) and did not burn. Not greasy, nor did it dry out my skin after showering as many mineral sunscreens do. Strongly recommended for a lightweight sunscreen for face and body.
I actually use this as a daytime hand moisturizer because it's so hard to find a hand cream with sunscreen that's fragrance free (and affordable). I want to protect my hands from sun damage but I'm allergic to the fragrance in most products marketed as hand moisturizers. It has a good texture and absorbs nicely!
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