Skincare for the times

Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF GOOD MOLECULES

One would think, in the current pandemic, that having more time staying at home means having enough time to rest, let alone time for oneself.

But as all stay-at-home moms, work-from-home warriors and home-based entrepreneurs know, time remains a treasure we don’t always get to have. Daily tasks can fill a day so fast, one barely has time to slather on a moisturizer.

But skincare is more important now as we go back to the essentials — and having bare, healthy skin that would look good on Zoom should mean the bare minimum effort for our skin regimen every morning and night.

Discoloration Correcting Serum.

Forgive this Gen X-er, but having a 10-step ritual for glass skin is simply impossible to sustain unless you are a princess in a Korean castle.

Three is all I can manage at best even when my eyes are barely open from exhaustion at the end of the day.

I can swear by a few brands that have given me satisfying results over the decades, but I am always on the lookout for the latest.

I recently got introduced to Good Molecules, which interested me from the very name itself to the simple packaging and easy application.

The story behind it is what caught me, however. The brand was created by a team led by Nils Johnson, the dynamic founder of Beautylish (a US-based e-commerce platform that retails various global beauty brands) who “realized the world has enough products that don’t work and cost too much.”

Yerba Mate Wake Up Gel.

Using his “extensive experience in the personal care segment” and “working directly with the top labs,” Good Molecules came up with “science-backed skincare solutions for acne, redness and hyperpigmentation.”

Johnson explained, in a Zoom chat with beauty editors and writers, that Good Molecules “is the first ever brand to display the specific percentages of each ingredient on their labels.”

While it is admittedly “practically giving away the formulas” to potential competitors, Johnson believes transparency is good customer service as it “allows the purity of ingredients and clean formula to speak for themselves.”

Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil.

He promises the products are effective, and they are also easy on the wallet. His skincare solutions come without the traditional markup. “Our goal is to keep the prices very accessible and make sure that the service is high for the customers that do want to try out the products,” he said.

Good Molecules is available in the Philippines through local beauty distributor Painted Ladies Cosmetics.

Audrey Dy, creative and Marketing director of Painted said, “Usually my problem with skincare is you don’t usually see a difference. I’m very acne-prone, but when I used Good Molecules I instantly saw a difference in my skin and thought this is exactly what the Philippine marked needed.”

From San Francisco-based Beautylish, Good Molecules is available through BeautyMNL.

Super Peptide Serum.

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