Good Molecules is one of those affordable brands that just knows how to do a good skincare product. I have tried quite a few in the past and they make my favorite cleansing balm and their Discoloration Correcting Serum is one of my all time favorite skincare products. Will the Niacinamide Brightening Toner live up to my expectations?
In the past, niacinamide has been an ingredient that I have seen great results with in terms of skin’s texture improving over time. I have dry/ dehydrated skin that can be quite sensitive and my main skin concern is milia. They can be difficult to combat but some ingredients can definitely help.
Skincare review: Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening toner
While Good Molecules is a great brand that rode the waves created by brands such as The Ordinary and The Inkey List. Unlike those two brands, this one is not as readily available. I can only buy this through Beautylist, but if you are in the US you can also use Ulta and the official website. At $14 this is an affordable skincare product that can yet again prove that good skincare doesn’t have to be expensive.
What does this product have to offer?
I have tried several niacinamide based serums in the past, but a toner was new to me. This product is designed to even out skin, reduce the visibility of pores and sooth the skin to give the skin a less dull and uneven appearance. It is alcohol free and therefore suited for more sensitive skin.
Now niacinamide as an ingredient isn’t necessarily one that sounds like it could work for me on paper. It is often recommended for more oily skin types, but I have found that it can work as a first step in my skincare routine. It should boost collegen production and help with hyperpigmentation as well.
What does this product do?
Before we get to my experience using this, let’s have a look at the ingredient list:
- Water – 83.2%
- Glycerin – 6.7%
- Niacinamide – 3.0%
- 1,2-hexanediol – 2.2%
- Arbutin – 2.0%
- Propanediol – 2.0%
- Betaine – 0.5%
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract – 0.1%
- 3-o-ethyl Ascorbic Acid – 0.1%
- Ethylhexylglycerin – 0.1%
- Carbomer – 0.06%
- Tromethamine – 0.04%
- Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate – 0.02%
- Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract – 35 ppm
- Sodium Hyaluronate – 15 ppm
- Dextrin – 15 ppm
So the main ingredients as with many skincare products are water and glycerin. One thing that is great about Good Molecules is that they disclose the exact percentages of the ingredients in the product. So we know that there is 3% niacinamide in this product which is less than in many of the other niacinamide products I have tried.
Which brings me to the way this works for me. So far I have been using this at night and I have liked it as a first step in my skincare routine. It’s great for that: it feels very hydrating on the skin, but I feel it doesn’t have the impact I was hoping it would have. So far I have only used about a fifth of the bottle though, so I hope that the more I use it, the more it works. But I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me.
Should you buy the Good Molecules Niacinamide toner?
This is a good skincare product, but perhaps a bit too basic for it to have a true impact. Next time I would just use the brand’s Discoloration Correcting serum again. that has a slightly higher niacinamide percentage and I have found it works much better for me than this.
That said, I think this is a product that can appeal to many people. For that first step of hydration to then go in with your serum, and oil or moisturizer this nicely rounds it all out. I wouldn’t say it’s nothing too groundbreaking, but it is also gentle enough to not be aggravating my skin either. So overall, this is a decent Good Molecules product but not one that will give you instant results.
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