Natural Product Review: Trader Joe's Nourish Facial Cleaner & Moisturizer

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Pros
I knew I wanted a gentle, rich cleanser because it would be better for my oily skin, but I still wasn’t sure if the Trader Joe’s Nourish skin care line would do the trick. I thought maybe it would be too gentle, and I was skeptical at its claim to be an “exfoliant.” If a face wash exfoliates, doesn’t it need to have little chunks of something to rub the dead skin cells off? It’s turns out the answer is no. Harsh cleansers with chemicals or scrubbing gritty pieces are really too rough for facial skin; using cleansers that rely on grit to exfoliate is like taking sandpaper to your face! It kind of feels like you’re really getting the dirt out, but the truth is that a gentle, nourishing wash and a little patience will have a much healthier and more lasting effect.

A little patience? By that I mean that I’ve been using this cleanser and moisturizer set for over a year now, and my face has never been healthier. The longer I use it, the more I love it. I didn’t see much of a difference at first, but after 6-8 weeks of washing and moisturizing morning and night, I noticed a dramatic difference: clearer, brighter, tighter, and more balanced skin!
These products definitely work hand-in-hand—I’ve noticed the best results when using both Nourish products consistently. I’ve also found that it’s important to apply the antioxidant-rich moisturizer before applying any other creams or oils. After washing, your pores are open to soak up the benefits of the Nourish moisturizer, which, by the way, are plentiful. Both the face wash and the moisturizer contain nutrients your skin will love, such as coenzyme Q10, green tea, and vitamins A, D3, B5, E and K. The moisturizer has even more to absorb: aloe vera, chamomile, pomegranate, and coffee extract too! All this plus both are paraben-, sulfate-, petroleum-, and fragrance-free. Totaling in at about $12 makes TJ’s Nourish skin care line a win-win.

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Cons
One small setback on this pair is that since it contains retinol (vitamin A), it could make your skin more sensitive to sun. This is because retinol encourages skin cell turnover, thus decreasing fine lines and improving skin texture, but the new skin it generates is delicate. Unlike many cosmetic products, TJ’s Nourish skin care line isn’t claiming to be “anti-aging” or “skin-renewing” and retinol is listed at the bottom of the ingredients list on the moisturizer, which is more highly absorbed than the cleanser. This tells me it’s not something to be very worried about; although, if it’s a concern to you, it could be used only in the evening or as a wintertime skin care routine.

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Ingredients
Nourish All-in-One Facial Cleanser: Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q-10, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Copper Peptides, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

Nourish Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate-60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Xanthan Gum (Thickener), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Solluble Collagen, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Punica Grantatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Menadione (Vitamin K3), Hydrolyzed Silk, DMAE (Dimethylamnoethanol), Copper PCA, Retinol (Vitamin A), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thioctic Acid (a-Lipoic Acid), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Polysorbate-20, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phospholipids.

Originally posted 2013-03-20 00:53:00.

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