This water-resistant, fragrance-free sunscreen is an acceptable option for use from the neck down (though it can be applied to the face, too). It includes avobenzone for UVA protection, but the amount is on the low side compared to many other sunscreens rated SPF 30. We’re not questioning the SPF rating, but it’s worth pointing out that 1% avobenzone isn’t as reassuring on the label as a 2% or 3% concentration.
The presence of synthetic active ingredients doesn't make this a slam-dunk for those with sensitive skin, but that really depends on whether or not your skin reacts to sunscreen ingredients like these (most people tolerate them just fine). Otherwise, this is well worth considering and the price is great.
Because this product is regulated in the U.S. as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Although this may be the standard, we have more respect for companies that choose instead to list their inactive ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other skin care or makeup product.
Our reformulated version replaces Zinc (a physical sunscreen) with Avobenzone and a handful of other chemical UV filters. This approach reduces your exposure to a broad spectrum of ultraviolet rays—without making you look like a white fright.
The lightweight, permeable lotion won’t clog your pores, nor will it irritate your skin since we’ve left out the PABA, oil, and fragrance. And, the inclusion of vitamins C & E will “refresh” your damaged epidermis. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also very water resistant. You won’t need to pause as often to reapply—just about every 80 minutes should do!
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS (SUNSCREEN): Avobenzone 1.0%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 0.80%, Oxybenzone 4.0%. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol Acetate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer.
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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My earlier review of this sunscreen where I thought TJ's had changed the formulation is in error. They actually have 2 spf 30 products but only one on the shelf. The one with physical blockers is not available and an employee was not sure if it has been discontinued. Sorry for the confusion.
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