This simply formulated, water-soluble cleanser is a very good (and inexpensive) option for normal to dry or combination skin. While not quite thorough enough for oily or breakout-prone skin, the gentle gel formula feels silky and works quite well to remove makeup, all without leaving skin dry or tight. The vitamins this contains look good on the label, but their antioxidant benefit is rinsed down the drain. The same holds true for the copper peptide, though we love that this cleanser is fragrance-free. As such, it is also a great option for sensitive skin.
This All-In-One Facial Cleanser is the result of a close collaboration between Trader Joe's and a dermatologist. This doctor sells a similar cleanser, with fewer antioxidants than ours, for about four times our price. The major difference? Brand names and marketing. Obviously, we don't spend a whole lot of money on marketing. And while we consider our brand name to be valuable, it's not a "big brand" in the skin-care industry.
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-10 Sorbitan Laurate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Green Tea Extract, Copper Peptide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid
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.