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Is Affordable Skincare Really Worth It?

Move over The Ordinary, there is a new affordable skincare brand taking over and so far, everyone seems to be loving them! Good Molecules is a new skincare brand launched by Beautylish, and I have been lucky enough to try some of their products recently. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on the new affordable range.

The idea behind Good Molecules is simple: skincare that works at a fair price. Founded by a team of beauty industry veterans, Good Molecules creates skincare solutions with best-in-class ingredients, backed by research and formulated for effectiveness. By working directly with top labs, Good Molecules offers products that target skin issues—like acne, redness, and hyperpigmentation—without the traditional retail markup. See a difference in your skin, starting at just $6 - Beautylish


Squalene Oil$8 USD

Treat dry, dehydrated skin to a boost of weightless moisture. Good Molecules Squalane Oil is made with 100% plant-derived squalane to soften and seal in moisture for a healthy, hydrated complexion.

Squalane is a non-comedogenic emollient found naturally in healthy skin, nourishes and protects against dehydration. This oil contains 100% Plant-Derived Squalene Oil in the cutest little 13ml bottle. I have a few thoughts on this little oil and I am going to start with the negative. I honestly thought this was a sample size bottle. It is TINY! While I haven't finished it yet, the way that I apply oil, this probably won't last me a massive amount of time.

I have been using this only when my skin needs it, which is also why it's lasted as long as it has. I use this when my skin is feeling particularly dry. After I've finished applying my serums, I take a couple of drops and pat it into the skin. It always helps my skin feel fresh and instantly hydrated. Is it amazing? No. Is it bad? No. Is it a good, entry level oil? Yes!

Niacinamide Serum* $6 USD

Promote smooth, even skin and minimize the appearance of pores with Niacinamide Serum from Good Molecules. Formulated with 10% Niacinamide (vitamin B3), this lightweight serum helps to refine skin tone and texture for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.

Niacinamide is clinically proven to improve the look of enlarged pores, uneven tone, texture and dullness. It is also designed to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and reduce moisture loss for a healthy, hydrated complexion. It is ok for daily use, morning and night.

I have been a fan of Niacinamide for a while now as I find that it can help with my acne scarring and texture issues. I have been loving this serum! It is lightweight, soaks into the skin easily and has been improving the texture of my skin over the weeks I have been using them.   


Discolouration Correcting Serum* $12USD

Improve the appearance of skin discoloration and uneven skin tone with Discoloration Correcting Serum from Good Molecules. Formulated with tranexamic acid and niacinamide, this lightweight serum improves the appearance of age spots, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

This serum is designed to target skin discoloration and promote a clear skin tone with tranexamic acid, a brightening powerhouse derived from the amino acid lysine while also improving the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture, dullness, and enlarged pores with niacinamide.

I am currently only using this in the evenings (as I use my Vitamin C in the mornings). After toning, but before applying the Niacinamide Serum. I definitely feel like it's been helping with keeping my skin tone looking even and helping with the healing of my blemishes. I wouldn't say it's my favourite of the products I've been using, but using it in conjunction with the other products has been working well.


Overnight Exfoliating Treatment* $6USD

Wake up to a smoother, clearer complexion with Overnight Exfoliating Treatment from Good Molecules. This blend of 10% alpha and beta hydroxy acids helps to resurface and renew, smoothing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores to reveal visibly radiant skin.

This treatment is designed to diminish the visible signs of aging with smooth and brighter skin caused by glycolic acid and lactic acid that exfoliate the skin’s surface. It is also designed to help reduce breakouts and blemishes as salicylic acid penetrates deep into pores to dissolve clogs.

This probably has been my favourite product of all of the Good Molecules products I've tried so far. I only use this really once or twice a week, mostly when I need it. I tend to use it when my skin is particularly bad - texture problems, lots of blemishes and just generally unhappy with how it's looking. I applying a few drops of this after cleansing and toning and then put a moisturiser on afterwards. I don't use it in conjunction with other serums, just on it's own and I find it works really well that way.

I love that I always wake up with fresh skin that looks even, with a smooth texture and blemishes looking less angry, reduced in size and starting to heal - everything I want from a good overnight treatment!

Silicone-Free Priming Moisturiser* $14USD

Smooth, hydrate, and prep your skin for makeup with Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules. Formulated with macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and a naturally derived silicone alternative, 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.

A plant-based, naturally derived alternative to silicone helps smooth skin texture and plump up fine lines with a lightweight, breathable feel. It contains macadamia seed oil nourishes and promotes skin cell regeneration while shea butter helps soothe and heal skin with antioxidant vitamin E. With essential fatty acids from olive oil help protect and strengthen the skin’s barrier function while delivering moisture deep within the skin.


This is the newest member of the Good Molecules family, and I am loving it. I would describe it as a pretty no-fuss moisturiser that is perfect under make up. It is thicker than I expected it to be, but I find I only need two pumps to cover my whole face (too much and it is hard to massage in). I love that it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, allowing make up to sit comfortably without sinking into your pores. It has definitely become one of my favourite moisturisers for during the day.

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You might also notice in the photos that there is the Niacinamide Brightening Toner* ($14USD) but I haven't got around to trying this yet. I have heard amazing things about what it has done for other peoples skin texture, while also helping to heal scarring and brighten the skin, but I haven't had a chance to test it out yet as I am using another toner and loving it and want to finish it before moving on. I'll share my thoughts once I do try it!

Overall I have actually been really impressed with Good Molecules and would say that for the price point, it is pretty good! I was never too impressed by The Ordinary - it left me expecting more, a good entry point skincare brand but nothing amazing. I do feel like this is a step up though and for a similar price point. I would definitely consider repurchasing some of their products, particularly the moisturiser and overnight treatment. I do have my eye on some other products I want to try, especially after hearing such good thoughts about their Instant Cleansing Balm.



Have you tried any Good Molecules yet? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below (please note that if the comment box doesn't appear, you may need to refresh the page) xx



 







*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.
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