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Did I ever think I’d have a must-have skincare brand that I could have a near 100% loyalty to? Nope.
With Good Molecules (available at Beautylish and now on their own website) my must-have winter skincare picks are aplenty and, at the top quality and low price-point, I don’t see any other product or brand knocking them out of that best in beauty top spot any time soon. Bonus, the entire brand is cruelty-free!
For reference, my skin type is combo. Yes, I said combo.
I’m 40 now and have noticed some major changes. I’m still oily and sensitive, but different products work better for me now. I’ve found that my t-zone remains oily while my forehead, cheeks and chin are super dry. I’m still acne-prone (gee, breakouts, thanks for sticking around) but TBH I’ve narrowed that down to happening when I eat eggs. Which murders my soul, because I love eggs.
As a brand, Good Molecules prides themselves on being 100% transparent on all ingredients. Which is amazing. You know exactly what is in their product, which I appreciate since I have to stay away from common skincare ingredients such as coconut and alcohol (which is unfortunately more common in skincare and makeup than you’d think).
Below (in order of which I use them) are my favorite products from Good Molecules. Please note, even if our skin types appear similar, we may have different experiences and that is totally okay. One of the things I’ve learned the most when adjusting my skincare routine is that you have to play around a bit.
Clarify & Cleanse Bar ($8.00). Washes away impurities from face and body to leave skin clear and even—never tight, irritated, or dry.
My love for this was truly by the hands of fate. I’d placed an order online and this just happened to come with it as a free sample. I couldn’t believe the change in my skin. Even those tiny little bumps on my chest are helped by it. I find that this bar soap really helps me control breakouts and leaves my face feeling clean but not dried out.
Since it’s Winter now I actually think I might switch to the Hydrate & Cleanse Bar to see if it’ll help a little more with the dry areas. If you decide to pick up a bar, make sure you also pick up a Stone Soap Tray ($6.00) to keep it on.
If you’re just not here for the bar life their Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel ($12.00) is awesome too!
Pineapple Exfoliating Powder ($16.00). Gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin.
An actual powder that transforms with water. Perfect for even the most sensitive skin (me!) to use daily. My skin looks so glowy after and it isn’t harsh at all. Be warned, it doesn’t smell great. BUT, that is easy to look past because the outcome is totally worth it.
Niacinamide Brightening Toner ($14.00). A soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.
It’s not easy to find an alcohol-free toner but here you go! This toner works hard to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.
I only use this 3x a week and anyone that seems to have a weird experience with Niacinamide from ANY brand I encourage to do the same. This one is listed as suitable for daily use, but sometimes when you’re sensitive you just need to adjust in order to still use the product and reap the benefits.
Niacinamide Serum ($6.00). This lightweight serum helps to refine skin tone and texture for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
This should go on before all other oils and moisturizers. I use this 2-3 times a week for the same reason I mentioned above with the toner, usually on days I don’t use the toner. I try to give my skin 2 days of a break.
Squalane Oil ($8.00). 100% plant-derived squalane to soften and seal in moisture for a healthy, hydrated complexion.
This may be my favorite product of all time. I first started to use this Squalane oil before my skin fully turned on me, disrupted my routines, and became combo. It’s one of the few oils that worked with my skin instead of against it. Forever and always one of my favorite parts of my nightly routine is to press this into my skin, concentrating it where my fine-lines are the worst (between the eyes and my forehead).
If you’re not using squalane oil, here is why you should be.
Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer ($14.00). This lightweight daily moisturizer works to strengthen, condition, and protect skin from environmental stress—all while creating a smooth, plumped-up canvas for flawless makeup application.
Not entirely sure how I lived without this. I use it more as my before-makeup moisturizer and then follow up with an actual makeup primer. It’s got that perfect balance of being just hydrating enough but not over-saturating my face. Makeup applies that much better with this under the primer.
So, why do I only have a near 100% loyalty to Good Molecules? Because there are a few products they don’t have yet that I need to keep in my skincare routine. In particular, a moisturizer for nighttime. Still, I can’t believe there are SO many Good Molecules skincare products that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine for almost a year now.
Have you tried Good Molecules? What are some of your favorite products?
*note: I am not a doctor, dermatologist, or even a skincare guru. The above is based on my own research and experiences with the products mentioned. Before beginning any new skincare treatment or using a new product make sure you patch test it on your skin 24 hours prior to full use to gauge any allergic reaction and/or consult your doctor if you feel it would be necessary in your situation.