Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches
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Good Molecules

Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches

30.00 sets for $ 18.00
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Good Molecules’ Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches have some real potential to help improve the look of eye area skin – but suffers from packaging that diminishes some of its good ingredients.

These comma-shaped, gel-like patches are saturated in a fragrance-free skin care solution, and are easy to apply, adhering gently to the eye area. You’re instructed to wear them for 10 minutes, then remove them and pat the remaining solution into skin.

The patches feel instantly soothing and cooling (though thankfully, not because of any “cooling” irritants like menthol). The solution left behind once they’re removed it slightly sticky initially, but absorbs quickly.

Scanning the ingredients, there’s a high amount of skin-brightening niacinamide, along with acetyl tetrapeptide-5 – a peptide that some research has shown has soothing, hydrating, and even firming benefits. Supporting ingredients include licorice, which has additional brightening properties; soothing allantoin, green tea, and aloe, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate. The end result of this mix is that you’re likely to see hydrated, brighter under eye skin, always a bonus!

Unfortunately, this product’s packaging is an issue. The gel patches come in a jar, and while a small spatula is included to help remove them, the patches are so slippery that you’ll likely have to use your fingers to completely get them out (like we did). Dipping your fingers into the jar creates hygiene issues in water-based formulas such as this, not to mention the repeated exposure to light and air compromises some of the beneficial ingredients included (such as the green tea and aloe – see More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem).

While we appreciate the approach of this product, you’ll likely get better results from one of the options on our list of best eye treatments.

Pros:
  • Gel-like patches feel soothing and cooling (without containing harmful ingredients).
  • Easy to apply.
  • Contain brightening niacinamide and licorice root extract + a peptide that calms and hydrates.
  • Includes skin-soothing allantoin and green tea.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Packaged in a jar, not the most hygienic option, plus it compromises some beneficial ingredients.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Many types of beneficial skin care ingredients such as all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Get a bright, wide-awake look—no matter how much sleep you got the night before—with Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches from Good Molecules. These caffeine-infused hydrogel masks work to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. They’re the perfect quick pick-me-up for puffy, tired-looking eyes.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Get a bright, wide-awake look—no matter how much sleep you got the night before—with Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches from Good Molecules. These caffeine-infused hydrogel masks work to brighten, hydrate, and reduce puffiness around the eyes in just 10 minutes. They’re the perfect quick pick-me-up for puffy, tired-looking eyes.

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Carrageenan, Caffeine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Cellulose Gum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glucomannan, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Arginine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Lactate, Sucrose, Calcium Chloride.

Good Molecules is the house skin care brand of online retailer Beautylish. Beautylish got its start in 2010 in San Francisco and features articles on makeup and skin care topics, community reviews and feedback, and of course sells beauty products from a variety of brands.

Good Molecules launched in 2019 because the team behind Beautylish wanted to create a skin care company that focused on effective ingredients with a bargain price, not unlike the line’s most direct competitor, The Ordinary, which Beautylish also sells.

To that end, Good Molecules focuses on a small core of booster and treatment-like products, some being notably better than others. Just like The Ordinary, some of the formulas are one-note (focusing on a single ingredient or a pair of ingredients, instead of offering a more well-rounded option). This isn’t what research has shown is best for skin any more than eating only one healthy food would be a wise dietary choice; however, at these prices, some of these one-note products can make a nice addition to a great skin care routine.

Another concern is that almost all of the packaging is in bottles that need to be stored out of light to protect their ingredients. And we’re not thrilled that one or two products include citrus ingredients known to be irritating and the drying type of alcohol. Unlike many of the options from The Ordinary, however, the textures of the Good Molecules products are generally quite nice and layer well.

Still, the line’s philosophy is solid and there are some worthy entries, as long as you keep your expectations realistic (a single ingredient isn’t the solution to any skin concern). For more information about Good Molecules, visit https://www.beautylish.com/b/good-molecules.

 

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