{"id":605466329394,"title":"Good Molecules Review: Can Cheap Skincare Be Effective?","created_at":"2023-05-29T17:36:35-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Good Molecules Review: Can Cheap Skincare Be Effective?\",\n \"keywords\": \"good molecules, good molecules review, good molecules reviews, good molecules discoloration correcting serum, good molecules niacinamide serum, good molecules discoloration correcting serum reviews, good molecules discoloration serum, good molecules skincare, ulta good molecules\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in two of the most popular Good Molecules products (Discoloration Correcting Serum and Niacinamide Serum) to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/good-molecules-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The company claims their products can help you “see a difference in your skin,” and their cosmetics are sold at a fraction of the price of similar retailers? \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does a lower price mean lower quality, or is Good Molecules just a great deal? Does the brand use research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality? Are there any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Good Molecules?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Good Molecules products (Discoloration Correcting Serum and Niacinamide Serum) based on medical studies to give our take on whether the products are likely to be effective or if they’re a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also provide a cost comparison featuring which retailer sells Good Molecules for the best price, and highlight real, unsponsored user reviews of the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDiscoloration Correcting Serum Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Good_Molecules_Discoloration_Correcting_Serum_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1685396346\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is the first cosmetic product we’ve ever reviewed on Illuminate Health that includes the concentration percentage of each ingredient, and this transparency is a sign of a high-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product does contain some research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality and reducing discoloration.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e can improve skin hydration and facilitate skin barrier repair according to a 1999 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/10598752\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNiacinamide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin hydration as we documented in our review of another brand containing this ingredient called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/itk-skincare-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eitk Skincare\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCetyl tranexamate mesylate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32588531\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to successfully treat hyperpigmentation at a very similar concentration as exists in Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe study authors found that after two weeks, 79% of trial participants experienced an improvement in skin tone, 79% reported a reduction in dark spots and 77% experienced a reduction in facial redness.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eCeratonia siliqua\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e (carob) gum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was described as having “depigmentation properties” in a 2015 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/26201055\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, suggesting that this is another effective ingredient for a discoloration product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eTamarindus indica\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e seed gum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was described as having potential anti-aging effects in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5560182\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAdvances in Dermatology and Allergology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on the available research, we consider Discoloration Correcting Serum highly likely to treat discoloration and potentially likely to improve skin hydration and provide anti-aging effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is arguably the best-formulated hyperpigmentation product we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and it’s entirely free of inactive ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective. We would recommend this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut before analyzing the ingredients in Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum (the brand’s skin quality promoter), we’ll feature some unsponsored Good Molecules user reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Good Molecules User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “the krys cam” used Good Molecules products for a full year and shared her experience:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/udgVOPmFIps\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Keyshana Dupuy shared before-and-after images from her use of Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/hjLuCz2codU\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNiacinamide Serum Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Good_Molecules_Niacinamide_Serum_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1685396311\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eniacinamide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e were already established to be effective ingredients for skin hydration and wrinkles in the previous ingredient analysis section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetaine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may be effective for skin lightening according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6049772\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFood Science and Biotechnology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal. In our opinion, this makes it a strange ingredient inclusion for a product that’s not used for skin lightening but for promoting smooth skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile there are some effective ingredients in this formulation, there is one we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e1,2-hexanediol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was clinically shown to be toxic to humans as we documented in our article on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/function-of-beauty-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis Function of Beauty good\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which analyzed another cosmetic brand that uses this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Niacinamide Serum likely to improve skin quality and appearance given some of the research-backed active ingredients, but we don’t recommend this due to the potential skin-lightening agent and the inclusion of 1,2-hexanediol, and we consider this product inferior from a formulation perspective compared to Discoloration Correcting Serum.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut what do medical experts like dermatologists have to say about Good Molecules? We’ll review in the next section:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMedical Experts Discuss Good Molecules\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA dermatologist and popular skincare influencer named “Dr Dray” reviewed Good Molecules in an unsponsored YouTube review:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/b-MKBCkJBFM\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA doctor named Vanita Rattan reviewed Good Molecules and shares her thoughts on whether the brand’s formulations are likely to be effective in black and brown skin:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/nm_GUR_8eAE\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy Good Molecules for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s a price breakdown for the two Good Molecules products we’ve reviewed in this article at the time of publishing:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDiscoloration Correcting Serum (75 mL)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUlta: $25 (plus shipping,\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/discoloration-correcting-serum-pimprod2023928?sku=2597510\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/discoloration-correcting-serum-pimprod2023928?sku=2597510\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: \u003c\/span\u003e$25 (plus shipping,\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.goodmolecules.com\/products\/discoloration-correcting-serum?variant=40398185693284\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003cstrong\u003e$25 (free shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3ZrOssF\"\u003elink to Amazon listing\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNiacinamide Serum (30 mL)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWalmart: $13.98 (third-party seller, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/GOOD-MOLECULES-Niacinamide-Serum\/1470865947\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUlta: $6 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/niacinamide-serum-pimprod2023927?sku=2597509\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $6 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.goodmolecules.com\/products\/niacinamide-serum?variant=40398184808548\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$6 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e depending on plan – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3oEZU6c\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, Good Molecules products are nearly 100% more expensive on Walmart than on the brand’s website because they’re listed by third-party sellers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Customers Review Good Molecules\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum has been reviewed over 1,400 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Leandra N.” who claims the product successfully treated hyperpigmentation:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“I honestly wish that I took before and after photos. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eI deal with hyperpigmentation on my chin and I started seeing results after 2-3 days. I’ve read reviews that it doesn’t work for some but I definitely wanted to try it for myself. I’m impressed with the product so far.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e I’m gonna try their other products as well soon”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Jimmybean21” who claims the product has a foul odor:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“Unfortunately as soon as I went to open the Amazon package there was a strong smell that was extremely potent. It smelled like the calamine lotion used for to treat poison ivy. This smell was just not something I could get over\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, so I processed a return on it right away, and did not try it.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Skincare Picks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Products_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664754145\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the official brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2174\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eHydraglow\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top moisturizer pick.\u003c\/span\u003e It features \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebakuchiol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24471735\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"clinically proven to have anti-aging effects.\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cstyle\u003e\u003c!--\n.katalys-iframe-container {\n position: relative;\n width: auto;\n height: 100%;\n max-height: 420px;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n display: inline-block;\n content: \"\";\n padding-bottom: 58.82%;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container iframe {\n position: absolute;\n width: 100%;\n height: 100%;\n }\n @media (max-width: 660px) {\n .katalys-iframe-container {\n width: 300px;\n height: 600px;\n max-height: 600px;\n margin: 0 auto;\n }\n .katalys-iframe-container::after {\n padding-bottom: 0%;\n overflow: hidden;\n }\n }\n--\u003e\u003c\/style\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"margin-bottom: 25px;\" class=\"katalys-iframe-container\"\u003e\u003ciframe style=\"margin: auto; border: none; width: 100%; height: 100%;\" src=\"https:\/\/1o.io\/checkouts\/ffccd0c3-b4bc-4d88-aea3-38e8de7f1296\/#placementId=good-molecules-review\/placementId2=HydraGlow\/placementId3=inline\" allow=\"payment\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBulletproof Collagen Powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOral \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e supplementation was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJournal of Drugs in Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eto improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNone of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Good Molecules\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Good Molecules in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVery affordable\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand publishes ingredient concentrations\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth products reviewed contain research-backed active ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve skin quality\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSkin discoloration product is best we’ve reviewed for an OTC product\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMostly positive Amazon customer reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProducts we reviewed are free of fragrance and harsh preservatives\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNiacinamide serum contains ingredient clinically shown to be toxic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShipping costs may double price for single orders\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Molecules is a unique cosmetics brand and we applaud the brand for its transparency in publishing concentrations for every ingredient in every product. This helps consumers (and researchers like us) make informed decisions about the potential efficacy and safety of their formulations, and we’ve never before seen a cosmetics brand do this.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth Good Molecules products we reviewed contain research-backed ingredients, and we consider Discoloration Correcting Serum to be likely effective. It’s a product we would recommend given that it’s free of any questionable ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not currently recommend Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum due to the inclusion of an ingredient clinically shown to be toxic in at least one trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, the brand’s website and Amazon have the best prices on the Good Molecules products we’ve reviewed, while Walmart has the worst prices.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGood Molecules is one of the most affordable skincare brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and may be a good option for consumers on a budget.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-05-29T21:00:02-04:00","updated_at":"2023-09-20T16:58:13-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Good Molecules products (Discoloration Correcting Serum and Niacinamide Serum) to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money.","template_suffix":"","handle":"good-molecules-review","tags":"_related:skincare"}

Good Molecules Review: Can Cheap Skincare Be Effective?

Good Molecules Review: Can Cheap Skincare Be Effective?


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Good Molecules is a popular and extremely affordable skincare brand. The company claims their products can help you “see a difference in your skin,” and their cosmetics are sold at a fraction of the price of similar retailers? 

But does a lower price mean lower quality, or is Good Molecules just a great deal? Does the brand use research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality? Are there any questionable additive ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Good Molecules?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Good Molecules products (Discoloration Correcting Serum and Niacinamide Serum) based on medical studies to give our take on whether the products are likely to be effective or if they’re a waste of money.

We’ll also provide a cost comparison featuring which retailer sells Good Molecules for the best price, and highlight real, unsponsored user reviews of the brand.

Discoloration Correcting Serum Ingredient Analysis

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum ingredients

The ingredients in Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum are shown above.

This is the first cosmetic product we’ve ever reviewed on Illuminate Health that includes the concentration percentage of each ingredient, and this transparency is a sign of a high-quality brand.

This product does contain some research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality and reducing discoloration.

Glycerin can improve skin hydration and facilitate skin barrier repair according to a 1999 clinical trial.

Niacinamide is clinically shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin hydration as we documented in our review of another brand containing this ingredient called itk Skincare.

Cetyl tranexamate mesylate was shown in a clinical trial published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology to successfully treat hyperpigmentation at a very similar concentration as exists in Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum.

The study authors found that after two weeks, 79% of trial participants experienced an improvement in skin tone, 79% reported a reduction in dark spots and 77% experienced a reduction in facial redness.

Ceratonia siliqua (carob) gum was described as having “depigmentation properties” in a 2015 clinical trial, suggesting that this is another effective ingredient for a discoloration product.

Tamarindus indica seed gum was described as having potential anti-aging effects in a medical review published in the Advances in Dermatology and Allergology journal.

Based on the available research, we consider Discoloration Correcting Serum highly likely to treat discoloration and potentially likely to improve skin hydration and provide anti-aging effects.

This is arguably the best-formulated hyperpigmentation product we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and it’s entirely free of inactive ingredients we consider questionable from a health perspective. We would recommend this product.

But before analyzing the ingredients in Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum (the brand’s skin quality promoter), we’ll feature some unsponsored Good Molecules user reviews.

Real, Unsponsored Good Molecules User Reviews

A YouTube creator named “the krys cam” used Good Molecules products for a full year and shared her experience:

A YouTube creator named Keyshana Dupuy shared before-and-after images from her use of Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum:

Niacinamide Serum Ingredient Analysis

Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum ingredients

The ingredients in Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum are shown above.

Glycerin and niacinamide were already established to be effective ingredients for skin hydration and wrinkles in the previous ingredient analysis section.

Betaine may be effective for skin lightening according to a clinical trial published in the Food Science and Biotechnology journal. In our opinion, this makes it a strange ingredient inclusion for a product that’s not used for skin lightening but for promoting smooth skin.

While there are some effective ingredients in this formulation, there is one we consider questionable from a health perspective.

1,2-hexanediol was clinically shown to be toxic to humans as we documented in our article on is Function of Beauty good, which analyzed another cosmetic brand that uses this ingredient.

Overall, we consider Niacinamide Serum likely to improve skin quality and appearance given some of the research-backed active ingredients, but we don’t recommend this due to the potential skin-lightening agent and the inclusion of 1,2-hexanediol, and we consider this product inferior from a formulation perspective compared to Discoloration Correcting Serum.

But what do medical experts like dermatologists have to say about Good Molecules? We’ll review in the next section:

Medical Experts Discuss Good Molecules

A dermatologist and popular skincare influencer named “Dr Dray” reviewed Good Molecules in an unsponsored YouTube review:

A doctor named Vanita Rattan reviewed Good Molecules and shares her thoughts on whether the brand’s formulations are likely to be effective in black and brown skin:

Where to Buy Good Molecules for the Best Price

Here’s a price breakdown for the two Good Molecules products we’ve reviewed in this article at the time of publishing:

Discoloration Correcting Serum (75 mL)

Ulta: $25 (plus shipping, link)

Brand website: $25 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $25 (free shipping, link to Amazon listing)

Niacinamide Serum (30 mL)

Walmart: $13.98 (third-party seller, link)

Ulta: $6 (plus shipping, link)

Brand website: $6 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $6 (free shipping depending on plan – link to official Amazon listing)

At the time of publishing this article, Good Molecules products are nearly 100% more expensive on Walmart than on the brand’s website because they’re listed by third-party sellers.

Real Customers Review Good Molecules

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum has been reviewed over 1,400 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Leandra N.” who claims the product successfully treated hyperpigmentation:

“I honestly wish that I took before and after photos. I deal with hyperpigmentation on my chin and I started seeing results after 2-3 days. I’ve read reviews that it doesn’t work for some but I definitely wanted to try it for myself. I’m impressed with the product so far. I’m gonna try their other products as well soon”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Jimmybean21” who claims the product has a foul odor:

“Unfortunately as soon as I went to open the Amazon package there was a strong smell that was extremely potent. It smelled like the calamine lotion used for to treat poison ivy. This smell was just not something I could get over, so I processed a return on it right away, and did not try it.”

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Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

None of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.

Pros and Cons of Good Molecules

Here are the pros and cons of Good Molecules in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Brand publishes ingredient concentrations
  • Both products reviewed contain research-backed active ingredients
  • Should improve skin quality
  • Skin discoloration product is best we’ve reviewed for an OTC product
  • Mostly positive Amazon customer reviews
  • Products we reviewed are free of fragrance and harsh preservatives

Cons:

  • Niacinamide serum contains ingredient clinically shown to be toxic
  • Shipping costs may double price for single orders
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Conclusion

Good Molecules is a unique cosmetics brand and we applaud the brand for its transparency in publishing concentrations for every ingredient in every product. This helps consumers (and researchers like us) make informed decisions about the potential efficacy and safety of their formulations, and we’ve never before seen a cosmetics brand do this.

Both Good Molecules products we reviewed contain research-backed ingredients, and we consider Discoloration Correcting Serum to be likely effective. It’s a product we would recommend given that it’s free of any questionable ingredients.

We do not currently recommend Good Molecules Niacinamide Serum due to the inclusion of an ingredient clinically shown to be toxic in at least one trial.

At the time of publishing this article, the brand’s website and Amazon have the best prices on the Good Molecules products we’ve reviewed, while Walmart has the worst prices.

Good Molecules is one of the most affordable skincare brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, and may be a good option for consumers on a budget.