Niacinamide Brightening Toner
Good Molecules’ Niacinamide Brightening Toner is a strong entry in the brand’s lineup! This brightening toner does exactly what it says without exposing skin to any irritating ingredients.
Packaged in an opaque dark brown bottle that protects its beneficial ingredients from light and air exposure, this lightweight liquid absorbs quickly without a sticky feel. It works well both over and under other skin care products, and is suitable for all skin types.
As the name states, this has a high amount of niacinamide, an ingredient with proven antioxidant, brightening, and pore-refining properties. Boosting the brightening factor are vitamin C, licorice extract, and arbutin, which have research showing they can improve an uneven skin tone. Rounding out the ingredients are antioxidant plant extracts, including cocoa.
This combination means that this toner can fulfill its claims of brightening skin and improving the look of pores – plus, it avoids drying, astringent, or fragrant ingredients seen in many other toners. Good job, Good Molecules!
- Lightweight, fluid texture is suitable for all skin types.
- Includes niacinamide, vitamin C, and arbutin, which can improve an uneven skin tone.
- Contains non-fragrant, antioxidant plant extracts.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Promote bright, even skin and less visible pores with this alcohol-free toner from Good Molecules. Niacinamide Brightening Toner is formulated with a soothing blend of brightening ingredients that work to reduce the appearance of dullness, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.
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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