Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
Good Molecules’ Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is an okay option for physical exfoliation - with a few ingredient missteps that keep it from being one we strongly recommend.
Packaged in dark brown bottle, this fragrance-free powder has a silky, ultra-fine texture. You’re instructed to simply pour out a little into your hand, then mix it with water to create an exfoliating paste you can smooth across skin. Good Molecules encourages putting as much or as little water as you want to customize the experience, but we recommend going with more. Just a couple of drops causes the powder to clump up a bit – sort of like getting flour wet – which makes it difficult to spread over your face.
That said, this is an extraordinarily gentle physical exfoliant. The exfoliation comes from rice starch, which is milled so finely here that while you feel the sensation of a scrub, there’s no abrasiveness whatsoever. There’s also silk powder, which aids with the gentle feel. The formula rinses cleanly with no residue.
As claimed, this contains vitamin C, along with kiwi extract, and while both have antioxidant properties, you’re not getting as much benefit since this is rinsed from skin.
What about the pineapple extract included? It also has antioxidant benefit, but Good Molecules claims that its enzymes (primarily bromelain) provide additional exfoliation. There is some research showing pure pineapple in high concentrations can have mild exfoliation benefits (it’s a natural source of citric and malic acids), but it’s not as proven as other AHAs, such as glycolic or lactic acids. That’s especially true here, as this is a rinse-off formula, and the pineapple is not on skin long enough for much exfoliation to occur.
Another issue is that this contains counter-irritant calamine, which can sensitize skin (a counter-irritant sends a greater irritation signal to skin than something internal, like the itch signal, does). Again – this isn’t a leave-on product so it’s not a huge concern, but even brief contact with sensitizing ingredients can still be an issue for skin. All told, it’s best to skip this and select an alternative from our list of best exfoliants instead.
- Rice powder provides gentle manual exfoliation.
- Rinses cleanly with no residue.
- Contains antioxidants.
- Fragrance free.
- Powder easily clumps if not enough water is used.
- Pineapple extract is not as effective as other acids for exfoliation (especially in a rinse-off product).
- Contains calamine, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
Formulated with fruit enzymes, vitamin C, and rice powder to soften, brighten, and gently exfoliate. It encourages gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin.
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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