Wake Up Eye Serum
Good Molecules’ Wake Up Eye Serum seems like the perfect product to pep up your peepers, but unfortunately its ingredients mean it winds up being kind of a snooze.
Like almost all of the brand’s products, this comes in a frosted glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Since the packaging isn’t opaque, that means you should store this out of direct light in order to protect this serum’s light-sensitive ingredients.
The serum itself is lightweight, yet slightly viscous, with a soothing feel. It sinks into skin quickly, working well either over or under other skin care products.
Ingredient-wise, this contains antioxidant Japanese goldthread extract, cocoa seed extract, and pumpkin extract. They’ll provide environmental defense against free radicals and other damaging molecules, an always welcome for the delicate skin around the eyes.
This product also claims to reduce puffiness, and it does contain caffeine, which anecdotally has been linked to reducing eye-area fatigue. Unfortunately research doesn’t consistently bear that out, so if you’re hoping this will significantly improve eye-area puffiness, you’ll likely be disappointed. Caffeine also has some astringent properties which aren’t the best for skin.
In the end, the skin around the eyes needs a much more robust blend of antioxidants, skin-brightening ingredients, and soothing ingredients to look firmer and more rested. You’ll find products that can do just that on our list of best eye creams and treatments.
- Serum texture is lightweight and soothing around the eyes.
- Contains antioxidant Japanese goldthread, cocoa, and pumpkin extracts.
- Formula would be more impressive with a greater complement of beneficial ingredients.
- Bottle needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its antioxidant ingredients.
Brighten, firm, and reduce puffiness around your eyes with this targeted eye serum.
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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