The Best Trader Joe's Beauty Products, According to Skin-Care Experts
Trader Joe's Beauty Products
While Cauliflower Gnocchi and Everything But the Bagel seasoning get tons (if not all) the love, Trader Joe's beauty products are worthy of attention as well. Tucked among the aisles of shelf-stable staples and surprisingly delish freezer foods is a section of skin-care goodies with equally as reasonable price tags. But don’t let their cost fool you—these beauty buys are high quality and, yup, expert-approved.
So, next time your weaving through the aisles during your weekly grocery haul or standing in the incredibly (yet amazingly) organized checkout line, grab one of these Trader Joe’s beauty products that skin-care experts swear by. (Psss...you might also want to snag some of the items dietitians would buy, too.)
Nourish All-In-One Facial Cleanser, $6
"If I could only buy one Trader Joe's beauty product, this would be my pick," says Ivy Boyd, makeup artist and blogger behind Wake Up For Makeup. "I've used this cleanser for many years and here's why: It's gentle, effective, tearless, fragrance-free, and um, did I mention it's $6?!" While it does an A+ job at gently washing away any impurities, it falls short on the exfoliating front. So you'll likely need to employ another product for sloughing your skin (something you should do regularly, btw). Other than that "it's pretty damn near perfect," according to Boyd.
Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave, $4
"I was never too particular about shaving cream before this," says Boyd. Now? It's Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave or bust. Infused with ultra-moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E, this silky product allows for an even-closer shave while filling your bathroom with a tropical scent. Trader Joe's, FTW. (Related: 'Why Not Shaving My Legs In High School Helped Me Love My Body Now')
Nourish Shower & Bath Cleansing Oil with Almond Oil, $7
Clearly the folks behind Trader Joe's beauty products want you to say buh-bye to dry skin once and for all because this soothing oil will do just that. (Related: Products and Tips to Deal with Itchy, Dry Skin On Your Face)
A blend of super-hydrating almond, grapeseed, sunflower seed, and castor oils, this cleansing oil gets a seal of approval from Dawn Turner, aesthetician and sales director and partner at Priori Skincare. "I love to use this from head to toe as it turns from an oil into a milky wash that smells amazing and leaves skin so soft. I also use it as a luxe bath soak and to shave my legs."
Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, $9
This lightweight moisturizer is ideal for both men and women and feels so refreshing on the skin, says Sarah Lucero, global executive director of Creative Artistry at Stila Cosmetics. "I like to put it in the refrigerator before applying during the warm summer months or to cool my skin down after a hot yoga class." (Related: 10 of the Best Gel Moisturizers for Oily Skin.)
Coconut Body Butter, $6
Since hitting the shelves in 2012, this thick body butter has stood its ground as a best-seller among the many Trader Joe's beauty products. Its thick consistency protects your derm from the harsh winter months while it's star ingredients—coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin E—work their hydrating magic during any season.
Just take it from Boyd, who says she has dry skin year-round: "I love the scent, texture, and hydration this offers." As a bonus, it mixes great with self-tanning drops, she says. (Sound up your alley? Check out these self-tanner application tips you won't find on the bottle.)
Rich Hydrating Face Sheet Mask, $2 per mask
"Of the many sheet masks I've tried, this one still stands out," says Boyd. At just $2 (yes, $2!) a mask, this well-priced product is packed with proven hydrating ingredients like honey, glycerin, and rosehip oil—all of which are also gentle and, thus, a smart choice for sensitive skin. (Related: The Best Skin Care Routine for Sensitive Skin)
Lavender Salt Scrub, $6
"This is the most heavenly-scented, oily body scrub that leaves your skin totally hydrated—to the point you don't have to even follow with a moisturizer," says Boyd. The combo of almond, apricot, and avocado oils nourish the skin while the soft scent of lavender leaves you feeling relaxed (and can also help with migraines).
For anyone who's ever been bamboozled into buying an expensive exfoliator, this is a luxurious shower treat at a budget-friendly price.
Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm, $4
When a pro like Lucero says she keeps at least one container of this multipurpose balm in her makeup kit at all times, you know it's a winner. You can use this balm everywhere like chapped lips, elbows, over-washed hands, cuticles, face—literally head-to-toe and everywhere in between.
"It doesn't feel greasy and it is also great for flyaway hair or even fly away beards. I also like to use it with a brow/mascara wand spoolie to tame unruly brows," she adds.
Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick, $7
A sunburn can sneak up on you, especially with hours spent running, biking, or swimming in the sun. A pocket-sized sunscreen is just what you need for quick reapplication.
This formula has a lot going for it, says Melanie Palm, M.D, a dermatologist at Art of Skin in San Diego, California and clinical professor at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital. It offers great broad-spectrum coverage against UVA and UVB as well as high energy visible light, she adds. And at $6 a pop, you can afford to stash one in every pocket and bag you own. (After all, you should be wearing sunscreen all day, every day—even if you're stuck indoors.)
Cucumber and Citrus Face and Body Wipes, $4 per pack of 64
Whether to quickly wipe down after the gym or to remove makeup before bed, a good wipe is an everyday essential. And these naturally-scented wipes from TJ's are just that—and then some. The aloe and oats in this formula would be great to soothe parched or sunburned skin, says Dr. Palm. That's because aloe soothes and cools inflamed skin while oats help to coat sunburned skin and encourage proper healing, she explains. (Up next: The Best Natural Beauty Products You Can Buy at Whole Foods, All Less Than $20.)