I received 2 new Products from Good Molecules – The Glycolic Exfoliating Toner and BHA Clarify Gel Cream, and have been using them for a little while: So I wanted to show you some swatches and provide a first impressions review before I eventually publish my in-depth reviews!
- Both products are Available on the Good Molecules Website HERE
Glycolic Exfoliating Toner – Where to Purchase: Available on the Good Molecules Website HERE
What is it and What does it do?: A Glycolic Acid Toner that helps exfoliate the surface of the skin and promote and even tone and texture. This is meant to be gentle (gentle = lower %, which means you can use this more frequently but also that it takes slightly longer to see results) so sensitive skins should be able to use this/tolerate this a bit better than something like the Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toner 7%.
Good for: All Skin Types (I would say so far – I think sensitised skins shouldn’t use this as it may sting).
Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid (an AHA that exfoliates the skin and improves skin tone + texture), Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (This also helps exfoliate the skin gently). Salicylic Acid (a BHA – Pore Unclogging and helps with blackheads). Niacinamide (also helps with skin tone + Pigmentation). 3 Forms of Hyaluronic Acid (Small, Medium and Large to both sit on top of and within the skin to provide hydration).
Full Ingredients: Water – 79.0%, Dipropylene Glycol – 5.0%, Glycolic Acid – 3.5%, Propanediol – 3.5%, Sodium Citrate – 3.0%, 1,2 – Hexanediol – 2.0%, Glycerin – 1.5%, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate – 0.9%, Butylene Glycol – 0.5%, Salicylic Acid – 0.2%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – 0.1%, Pentylene Glycol – 0.1%, Niacinamide – 0.1%, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract – 0.1%, Ethylhexylglycerin – 0.05%, Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract – 0.04%, Rhododendron Chrysanthemum Leaf Extract – 0.04%, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate – 0.02%, Sodium Hyaluronate – 60 ppm, Hyaluronic Acid – 50 ppm, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid – 50 ppm
My Thoughts: I like that this contains 3 forms of HA (instead of just 1) as it provides hydration to the skin (not just a stripping toner). I also like the addition of Galactomyces to provide the skin with some gentle resurfacing, and the addition of BHA is great for me as I require some pore care (I’ve been using the Geek & Gorgeous Cheer Up Exfoliating Liquid for this), so I got 2 for the price of one!
Texture Video Swatch:
This is a glass bottle with a screw cap.
- As you can see from the video – the texture of this is exactly like water. This is lightweight so that’s why I think oily, oily-combo and those living in hot and humid weathers would really enjoy it, but of course dry skins could use this too.
My Thoughts + Overall Impression: I’ve only been using this for a week but I’ve been able to use this every other day without stinging or irritation (so far). It’s not insanely hydrating but it also hasn’t been irritating or drying. I look forward to continue using this. I love that it’s unscented/ has no essential oils and has low % of acids and provides gentle exfoliation. I am someone who likes to be able to use acids without irritating the skin and doing gentle exfoliation due to my skin being sensitive.
I’m hoping this will keep those blackheads at bay and overall keep the complexion looking smooth without drying out the skin.
So far I really like it and would recommend for GENTLE exfoliation (don’t expect results overnight as the % are low!)
Note: This can be used in conjunction with the BHA Cream if required for extra pore care (Which is what I’ve been doing).
BHA Clarify Gel Cream – Available to Purchase on the Good Molecules Website HERE
What is it and What does it do: A Gel-like cream made to both soothe blemish-prone skin. Contains Salicylic Acid to help exfoliate pores.
Good For: Blemish-Prone Skin / Blackheads
Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (A BHA 0.4%). Cica (To soothe the skin). Green Tea Extract (Also to soothe the skin). Pomegranate + Grapeseed oils (Supposedly hydrate without clogging pores).
This also contains Liquorice root extract to help brighten the skin and Allantoin to soothe the skin.
Full Ingredients: Water – 87.0%, Propanediol – 5.0%, Diheptyl Succinate – 2.5%, Glycerin – 2.0%, Ammonium, Acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer – 1.4%, Salicylic Acid – 0.4%, Phenoxyethanol – 0.35%, Caprylyl Glycol – 0.35%, Tromethamine – 0.3%, Ethylhexylglycerin – 0.1%, Triethyl Citrate – 0.1%, Benzoic Acid – 0.1%, Allantoin – 0.1%, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil – 0.1%, Bisabolol – 0.1%, Punica Granatum Seed Oil – 0.1%, Vitis Vinifera, (Grape) Seed Oil – 0.1%, Centella Asiatica Extract – 0.1%, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid – 0.09%, T-butyl Alcohol – 0.06%, 1,2-hexanediol – 0.06%, Capryloyl Glycerin/sebacic Acid Copolymer – 0.05%, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, (Licorice) Root Extract – 100 ppm, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract – 0.5 ppm, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – 0.25 ppm
NOTE: Incidecoder have an Ingredient Breakdown: HERE
My Thoughts: I like the addition of soothing and hydrating ingredients to prevent this product from drying out the skin. I like the lower % of BHA as I prefer gentle exfoliation.
Texture Video Swatch:
The tube itself is metal and has a screw top lid.
- As you can see from the texture – this is definitely a gel/cream hybrid. It’s smooth, it’s not sticky or tacky and seems to layer fine under moisturisers and on top of serums without palling or pilling up. Also I like how big the hole is to dispense product out, I can get out the right amount quite quickly.
NOTE: This cream can be used in conjunction with the toner for an added BHA, pore-tackling effect.
My Overall Thoughts and First Impressions: Just like the Toner, I like the lower % Exfoliant so it’s more tolerable for my reactive/sensitive skin. I like BHA as I like to tackle my pores. So far, this hasn’t seem to sting or irritate my skin UNLESS SENSITISED ALREADY. So so far, I wouldn’t recommend this to already irritated skins as it may sting. Because this is a gel/cream, this is hydrating/moisturising and I don’t find that I need a moisturiser or a thick moisturiser on top of this, especially in the AM. I also like that this is unscented/ essential oils free.
Overall: I will continue to use both products, I do think I like the Glycolic toner just slightly more due to the extra skin-beneficial ingredients (and because it also contains BHA as well as AHA) and because it is lighter in texture (practically water), where of course the gel/cream is a bit thicker/more moisturising.
Stay tuned for my in-depth reviews and more recommendations down below!
My Other Good Molecule Recommendations!
Other Good Molecules Products I have Reviewed can be seen HERE
Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel Available on the Good Molecules Website: HERE
My Full Review: HERE
- Love eye gel. Not that moisturising but definitely hydrating and nice to de-puff the eyes. I’ve been using this daily and STILL haven’t finished the tube!
Niacinamide Brightening Toner Available on the Good Molecules Website: HERE
My Full Review: HERE
- Second to the Glycolic Exfoliating toner. This is a wonderful product that is quite thick so it’s definitely more hydrating than the Glycolic toner, and has a higher % of Niacinamide. It also contains Vitamin C so it’s definitely more focused on hyperpigmentation and skin brightening.
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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