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