Although this silicone-based serum may seem like quite the beauty bargain, we were disappointed that the antioxidant-rich formula is packaged in a clear bottle that exposes a good portion of its contents to degrading light. Even the way this is packaged to display in Trader Joe’s stores means it’s constantly exposed to light, which doesn’t bode well for the antioxidants or for the retinol this contains.
Comparing the non-aqueous formula to the price, we suspect that it’s not as front-loaded with antioxidants as it seems. Several ingredients in this serum are quite costly to use in meaningful amounts, so while we can’t prove this does or doesn’t contain the amounts suggested (for example, it appears to contain an impressive amount of vitamin C), we’re skeptical that the formula is as impressive as the ingredient list reads. But even that is all for naught given the issues with the clear bottle packaging mentioned above.
Most disappointing is the small amount of grapefruit oil the formula contains. Like all types of citrus oils, grapefruit is a skin irritant. The amount present in this formula is likely too low to warrant much concern, but it’s not a skin-friendly addition and definitely adds fragrance to an otherwise fragrance-free serum.
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.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tetrahexydecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thiotic Acid (o-Lipoic Acid), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), 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, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Oleifera Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Citrus Grandis (Pomelo Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax, Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Extract, Gingko Biloba Extract.
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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I love this serum . I use is morning and night . I have ultra sensitive skin and I am able to use this with no problem .
I wish you got a little bit more for the money .
I bought the product from trader joes . I've been using it for 1month now. It is so light and non greasy I have oily skin and I use it @night and my skin is wonderful with a glow. I'm a 48 year old woman and it does wonders for my skin I would recommend the product it is very good and for a reasonable price.
The price is incredibly affordable! TJ's had a sampler of the serum to try in store so I tried a bit onto the back of my hand and I loved the soft and silky feel so I bought it. I am 37 and I have sensitive and acne prone combination skin. Within two weeks I have noticed a nice improvement in the texture and behavior of my skin. Does not clog my pores and I have a nice healthy glow where I used to have dry and oily patches. I use it at night 3 or 4 times a week. Nice product!
The product had a weird smell, and one of the main ingredients was dimethicone. The oily texture of the product made my skin feel slimy. While I like the Nourish products, this is one that I would leave on the shelf. There are other serums out there that don't have this consistency. I tried the product twice, and returned it.
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