Finally, something that can be reviewed that doesn’t need to be eaten. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing this, but once in a while it is so much fun to do something other than just cook and eat. Here is the newest addition to the Health and Beauty aisle: Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer.
Now that winter is over, we will be seeing the disappearance to a perennial seasonal favorite: Trader Joe’s Rose Oil. That oil, if you can get past the fragrance, is what I would call ultra hydrating. This product only smells of the ingredients without any additional fragrance. So there is a smell to this, but I wouldn’t describe it as a fragrance. If anything, it smells more like the aloe than anything else.
Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is not an oil, it’s a gel. But can it be “ultra-hydrating?”
My answer is no.
But I still like it. Hear me out on this.
First off, this is priced at $8.99. So for Trader Joe’s, this is one of their higher priced items. But go into your local CVS and you’ll see quite a few moisturizers in the double digits. This is also a generously sized bottle at 2.5 ounces.
Then there is the packaging on this. Unlike say, Trader Joe’s Blueberry Acai Scrub which feels expensive. This is as plastic-y as it gets. But on the flip side, the packaging eventually is discarded.
So despite the packaging feeling cheap. The product in here is pretty decent. In fact, it’s pretty good as long as your hopes for ultra moisturizing is kept in check.
I used this for the past week. I only used it once a day, in the evening after a shower.
The next morning my face wasn’t what I would call moisturized. It was more balanced. Not oily, no breakouts to report. So would I use this as a “depth of winter, my skin is parched” moisturizer. Heck no.
But after a week, is this a great non-winter moisturizer. Heck yeah. At the size of this jar, this is going to last me quite a while, so it is a good value. My face wasn’t dry and it wasn’t oil. It was ready to go for the makeup and get ready for work routine without needing an additional primer.
Now, with any skin care item, your results are going to vary. My skin tends to be dry and sensitive.
But if you are looking for an affordable skin care item to try, I’d recommend this. And when I run out, I’ll probably be picking up another one. It doesn’t compete with my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in terms of moisturizing ability. But, it left my skin balanced and neither dry nor oily in the morning. A total win at under $9.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer:
The ingredients and directions for:
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The Bottom Line
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Trader Joe's Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
Product Name: Trader Joe's Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer
Product Description: Trader Joe's Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is a gel moisturizer
Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is an affordable moisturizer, that is sold in a generous quantity, in lackluster packaging.
- Worthy of Repurchasing
- Left my skin balanced with in most cases is better than “ultra hydrated.”
- After a week I had no break outs
- Not as “ultra” as the label would suggest
- The fragrance wasn’t something I was wild about.