This spray-on sunscreen promises to nourish and hydrate as it protects from sun damage, and although its sun protection is legit, the amount of alcohol in the formula keeps the hydrating ingredients from being able to work as well as they would in a better formula.
Granted, the presence of ingredients like coconut and mineral oil offset the drying effect of alcohol, but the alcohol is what enables this mist to dry quickly. The issue is that there are other, non-irritating ingredients that could've been used instead of alcohol.
In the end, this is an OK water-resistant sunscreen for normal to combination skin, and the price makes it a good value. Still, for a few dollars more, you can get an alcohol-free spray-on sunscreen that would make your skin happier. See our list of Best Water-Resistant Sunscreens for our current list of top picks!
What about the claim that this sunscreen is non-comedogenic? It cannot be relied on because there are no standards governing the use of this claim. Any product can make this claim regardless of what it contains, and lots of companies do because they know it's what consumers are looking for, whether it's really true or not.
This is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that not only protects your skin from the sun; it also hydrates and nourishes your skin, using ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera, and coconut oil. It's a non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) formula that comes in an easy-to-spray, 100% recyclable can, and is water resistant up to 80 minutes.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 6.0% . Inactive Ingredients: Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Alcohol Denatured, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Tocopherol
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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