Skincare Review: Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

Working from home now allows me to do a longer skincare routine. Featuring this morning’s routine feature these new vegan and cruelty-free drops from Good Molecules.

The Clarify & Cleanse Bar claims to be a gentle soap-free cleansing bar that clarifies and detoxifies the using salicylic acid, kaolin clay, rosehip oil, and grapeseed oil. This cleansing bar instantly makes a foam. As with most soaps, it was also easy to rinse off my face. It left my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and clean. The only con I could think of is that dissolves easily.

The Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches contains caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-5, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. As with most eye patches, this is relaxing and soothing to the skin. I like using this while I work because it feels so hydrating and relaxing. I have yet to see it’s brightening benefits but this definitely de-puffs the eye area.

The Good Molecules Clarify & Cleanse Bar and Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at getgoodmolecules.com

Makeup Review: Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

Before makeup, my oily skin plays better when I only use serums. For about two years now, I would combine hydrating serums and mattifying or hydrating primers, depending on what my skin needs. Moisturizers, however, is a product I only use at night. I was really hesitant to use the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules.

It promises to be a primer/moisturizer that smoothes, hydrates, and preps the skin before makeup. It contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and naturally derived silicone alternative.

The creamy texture has a little weight to it made me put off trying this even more. My skin has just recently adapted back to the weather here after being exposed to cold and dry temperatures for weeks so. I have been using my usual serums and makeup but since I got back, I be greasy-oily after just a couple of hours. I felt like it wasn’t the right time to try this creamy primer/moisturizer so I waited for my skin to normalize. That was two weeks ago and honestly, I’m impressed.

It feels creamy, yes, but it applies thin and light on the skin, like a light gel-type moisturizer. It doesn’t have a grip and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I was afraid it would make me look oilier but it didn’t. My skin felt hydrated and nourished. Makeup holds better because I’m actually less oily than usual. One busy day, I forgot to retouch and after about six hours, my makeup still looked okay. There’s still some shine, especially in my t-zone, but I didn’t look slick at all. Even when used under foundation with dewy or satin finishes, it hydrated and moisturized my skin enough that I can go for more than half a day without checking my makeup.

For $14, I would recommend this to those looking for a nourishing and hydrating primer that lasts. This is also vegan, cruelty-free and is made without fragrance, alcohol, mineral-oil, and PEG.

The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer was provided by @goodmolecules. Available at $14 beautylish.com

Skincare Review: Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Niacinamide Serum, Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, Squalane Oil

It’s always nice to hear about new brands that offer products at a very accessible price so I said yes when Good Molecules offered me the opportunity to try their products. They promise to target skin issues—like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation using ingredients backed by research while working directly with labs to avoid retail markup.

The Niacinamide Brightening Toner ($14) promises to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores using niacinamide and vitamin. This toner has light, watery consistency and easily sinks into the skin.

The Niacinamide Serum ($6), on the other hand, contains 10% niacinamide to refine skin tone and texture. This serum is thicker than I’m used to but it’s fine because I apply niacinamide at night as part of my retinol routine.

It feels moisturizing and gentle on the skin. I would prefer this to have a pump because of the thick gel-like consistency. Most of the time I have to press the dropper repeatedly to get enough product. The toner and the serum is gentle enough for those starting with skincare to use. Using both every other night provided me a brighter, healthier-looking complexion after more than a month of use.

I have a penchant for exfoliating serums so I enjoy using the Overnight Exfoliating Treatment ($6). It contains a 10% alpha and beta hydroxy acid blend to resurface, brighten, clear, and renew the skin. This is also light and it sinks in quickly, which suits my oily skin. It can sting a bit. Though the result is subtle, I immediately noticed how clear my skin looks after a week of use.

After masking, I use the Squalane Oil ($8) as it claims to soften and seal in the moisture of the skin. This is what I usually apply after the exfoliant to not make my skin angry. It’s thick and nourishing but it takes a while to sink in my oily skin so I use at night to soothe and moisturize my skin. Despite the tackiness, this leaves my skin feeling soft and plump the morning after.

I really like using the Overnight Exfoliating Treatment as I can’t believe something that costs $6 can make my skin look so healthy. The other products are also good vegan, affordable, and gentle options for those looking for a starter skincare routine.

The Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner, Niacinamide Serum, Overnight Exfoliating Treatment, Squalane Oil were provided by @goodmolecules. Available at beautylish.com