Good Molecules is an affordable skincare brand based in the US and available to the UK via Beautylish. I’ve been interested in the brand since last year and I have tried a few of their products. Today’s post will be an in-depth review of their Overnight Exfoliating Treatment.
The Overnight Exfoliating Treatment is a 10% AHA & BHA serum that promises to resurface and renew the skin for visibly glowing skin.
The 10% AHA and BHA is glycolic and lactic acids (AHA) and salicylic acid as the BHA. The directions are to use up to 3 times a week only. It has a natural scent.
I have had this serum for a while now, I use as directed once in a while when I need to shift texture on the skin or when it needs a little boost. I’m almost half-way down the bottle.
My skin is used to high acid content but I still feel a little sting after I use this. When I incorporate this into my routine, I don’t use any other acids or other active ingredients in order to reduce any potential irritation. I would add this to my PM routine only, use after cleansing, then perhaps use a hydrating mist afterwards and a hydrating serum. I use it for 3 days in a row only before switching back to my normal routine. I haven’t experienced any irritation with using the serum alone.
Results? This serum delivers on its promises. It leaves the skin smoother and more radiant. It helps to reduce texture on the skin. It stings but nowhere near what you would feel if you used The Ordinary’s 30% AHA BHA. This is a leave-on serum so there is no need to rinse off.
I REALLY like this serum. At 10% it’s high but it’s also a perfect serum if you want to move up from 5% AHAs. It is important to follow the instructions and use as directed. Storytime: ok so I also have the Honeymoon Glow serum from Farmacy which is 14% AHA. For some reason, I thought it would be fun to use the Good Molecules serum for 3 days take a 1-day break and use the Honeymoon Glow serum too. What did I get? A damaged skin barrier! My skin was dry with a crepe-like appearance with texture. SMH. I had to switch back to ONLY hydrating and soothing products and it took about 2 weeks for my skin to fully heal and go back to normal lol.
This is why I recommend to only use this as the only acid in your routine if you want to try this. To be clear, when I used it as directed I had no issues and I have been using it ever since that episode with no problems. It is only when I followed this serum with another high acid serum, is when I had issues which to be honest is not surprising.
I would definitely recommend the Good Molecules Overnight Treatment. At 10% you will get the renewing and re-surfacing benefits from the AHA and BHA as promised. It also helps to reduce texture and leave the skin radiant. It goes without saying that you would use this at night and you MUST use sunscreen in the AM. Use as directed. You can follow up with hydrating products after using to add hydration to the skin. If you have sensitive skin, please patch test first. If you have normal to combination skin like myself you will really like it but still patch test if you are not sure. If you are an experience acid user and love chemical exfoliation, then girl get this. I wouldn’t call this a dupe for Farmacy Honey Glow but it’s a lower percentage but you will get smoother skin which is what HG promises as well. It’s pretty comparable in terms of results. You don’t need both serums.
Overnight Exfoliating Treatment is $6 on Beautylish