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Good Molecules has emerged as one of my top affordable skincare brand and recently they launched three new products. But, have they kept up their winning streak?
The first product I'll cover off was a bit of a pleasant surprise! I was kind of expecting to hate the Clarify & Cleanse Bar* | $8 | but my (admittedly low) expectations were exceeded. I've never tried a cleansing bar before because, in all honesty, I just thought they'd be drying and stripping on my skin. Whilst I wouldn't recommend it for dry skin or for daily use in general, for my normal skin it worked really well when I had some hormonal breakouts at the start of this month. You simply run it under a little water, lather up the bar then apply some to your face, massage it in and rinse it off. This is a soap-free formula that actually didn't feel too drying on my skin and definitely helped clear things up during the time I used it. That being said, on a day-to-day basis, I prefer something a little more nourishing at that feels slightly more luxurious, so I'll be keeping this for once a month courses when my skin is flaring up. My only real negative is that this doesn't come with any sort of dish, so it feels messy and fussy to use and store.
The ingredients include glycerin (to pull water into the skin) and grape seed and vegetable oils to soften the skin and seal in moisture, then the main actives are tea tree oil and salicylic acid. This is another reason why I wouldn't recommend this for daily use; these are both quite intense anti-blemish ingredients that most people don't need to use every day and might find a bit harsh with such regular application. Tea tree can be sensitising to some, but I find it amazing as a spot-treatment for soothing and reducing angry red spots, and salicylic acid can not only help active breakouts, but can also treat the scarring left behind afterwards. I would recommend this primarily for oily-skinned people on days when they're experiencing bad breakouts, or for those of us more on the normal / combination side who have occasional issues to treat them directly.
Next up I have the Caffeine Energising Hydrogel Eye Patches* | $18. Eye patches are effectively pads soaked with a concentrated serum, so be sure not to let the patches dry out and to leave them on only for the recommended time period, which is 10 minutes for this product. Then you pat in the excess and apply your face serum and moisturiser. For that reason, I do tend to use them in the morning when I have a bit of extra time and I'm going somewhere where I want to look my best. I personally find they both hydrate and depuff my eye area.
For this formula in particular - I do have to point out that (despite it having antioxidant benefits for the skin) there's actually not a lot of proof that caffeine will 'wake up' the eye area or has any particular depuffing properties. This formula also contains sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) which is a humectant, drawing water into the skin, which is naturally going to make it look plumper. That's way more likely to be the source of any smoothing or depuffing effect you might experience after using this product. That being said; I like these patches and think they're a good affordable alternative to others on the market. They're very hydrating, make me look less tired and have a cooling effect, which I absolutely appreciate first thing in the morning. There's aloe in here, which is nice and soothing, as well as castor oil, to get that moisture in and soften the skin. Also noteworthy is the niacinamide, which (for the purposes of eye patches) helps repair, strengthen and protect the skin; a great feature for a product going around that delicate eye area.
I saved the best for last... my favourite new launch of the bunch was the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder* | $16. I won't lie; I can be pretty lazy with products like this, but I guess the fact I've managed to use it consistently is a testament to how much I like it! Effectively, you pour a little of this rice powder into the palm of your hand, add a couple of drops of water so it becomes a paste, and then massage it into the skin before rinsing off. You don't have to let it sit on the skin, but I tend to apply it, brush my teeth then rinse it off. Pineapple, papaya and kiwi are rich in enzymes, which can eat away at dead skin cells to reveal smoother, more radiant skin. Additionally, this product contains ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C that's relatively stable, but as you can see still needs to be kept in tinted packaging to avoid light degrading the ingredient. This promotes brighter skin, has skin-protecting antioxidant properties and can even improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. The powder form also ensures the ingredients are all fresh on application.
I've been using this a couple of times a week for around a month as my only exfoliation and I really like it! It's very gentle, not causing me any redness or irritation, though I'd still recommend gradually introducing it into your routine if you don't use enzymes and Vitamin C regularly and / or have sensitive skin. It's given me smooth, bright, fresh and healthy-looking skin for such a good price-point. Whilst it's not the most convenient way of dispensing a product; it's worth it for me!
Do any of these new launches from Good Molecules appeal to you?