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.
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. Neither formula is knock-your-socks-off spectacular, but both provide reliable UVA protection and are quite the beauty bargain to boot. If you have a Trader Joe's in your neighborhood, 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.