I’m not ashamed to admit that I suffer from major separation anxiety whenever too much time passes between visits to my beloved Trader Joe’s. TJ’s products have become staples in my everyday life — avocado toast just isn’t the same without Everything But the Bagel seasoning sprinkle, and I’m ruined for all other mineral water having tasted the perfection that is the Island Colada Sparkling Mineral Water. Trader Joe’s has a penchant for creating products that you never knew you needed, and now can’t live without.
That sentiment isn’t limited to their amazing frozen entrees or bountiful fresh produce selection either. TJ’s is also stocked full of skin and body care products that don’t play around. I’m continuously more impressed by their offerings, and I definitely don’t hate the price tag — a lot of their beauty products are even more affordable than the major drugstore brands. These are the products that I keep on rotation and never stress about the cost of repurchasing.
If you don’t take my word for any of the other products on this list, I really urge you to toss a bottle of this moisturizer in alongside the Cookie Butter in your cart. This product was brought to my attention after I wrote about my favorite drugstore moisturizers, and I’m really upset I didn’t know about it sooner. It’s no-frills, antioxidant-rich, non-comedogenic, and just a really excellent inexpensive daily moisturizer to pat on before your SPF.
You can never be too thorough when it comes to makeup removal, so level up the effectiveness of your regular facial cleansers by incorporating a micellar water cleanse first. These towelettes come completely saturated with dirt-and-makeup-busting micellar water molecules, and you only need to drop $4 for twenty applications.
A shower just doesn’t feel like a shower without a good deep scrub, but physical exfoliants tend to stress out our skin — and the results can be anything from flaky dryness to the dreaded shoulder and back breakouts. Oatmeal, however, is very gentle while still giving you the satisfaction of in-shower exfoliation, and this bar smells so temptingly delicious that you might reconsider your feelings toward washing your mouth out with soap.
I’m never one to recommend using pure tea tree oil to treat any type of skincare issue, as it’s WAY too intense for almost all skin types and can end up triggering your skin to overproduce the “bad oil” you’re trying to treat with it. However, if you’re experiencing a breakout, it’s still better to use a diluted tea tree oil product than to pick at your blemishes. Having this on hand for when a new breakout occurs is very useful, but discontinue use after a couple days.
Jojoba oil’s molecular structure is most similar to that of the sebaceous oil that causes breakouts, making it an ideal oil to balance the overproduction of sebum. If you’re still not convinced that oils are an absolute must for acne-prone skin, starting with an inexpensive product like TJ’s pure jojoba oil is an excellent introduction into oil cleansing and oil moisturizing without a hefty investment.
Argan oil has been having a moment for some time now. Josie Maran has centered an entire cosmetics line around the lightweight yet powerful moisturizing oil (which is not nearly as affordable, I might add), and it continues to work its way into more and more skin and haircare products. Trader Joe’s has by far the cheapest Argan oil on the market — $7 for the organic and non-additive pure oil is quite a bargain.
Let’s be real — shaving is a massive annoyance. TJ’s at least makes it a little more manageable with this tiki cocktail scented cream that’s loaded with Vitamin E and aloe vera to help minimize irritation. It leaves your skin adequately moisturized, so no more red bumps or rashes.
While I am less than thrilled about facial application of tea tree oil, it’s perfectly suitable for body washes and treatments since our skin below the neck is much more resilient. TJ’s entire Tingle line (which also includes shampoo and conditioner) is especially delightful in the mornings — you’ll come to rely on the cooling and energizing effect in the early morning just as much as your first cup of coffee.