BRANDS I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN : GOOD SCIENCE BEAUTY FACIAL SKINCARE THAT WORKS
I love science. I was always kinda into it. All the way back to 8th grade science class when the science teacher, who was writing on the chalkboard, caught me flipping him off after he made a snarky comment about me. His response? He picked up the eraser and tossed it — no, hurled it — directly at my face. Hey, he started it. But, I had chalk dust in my mouth, eyes, hair for the rest of the class. Did I ever flip him off again? No. Did he ever get snarky with me again? Umm, no. I was a damn good student and he’d met his match!
Fast forward to the first day of high school, ninth grade. Cheshire High School in the center of Connecticut — about three hours from New York City. Earth Science class. The teacher made a wild declaration that we all just took as fact. He was the teacher. Why would we doubt him? We were there to absorb as much knowledge about the earth as we could in 10 months. He said,
“Trees make the wind blow.”
I remember that moment like it was yesterday. It’s actually been more like 10,000 yesterdays. He’d said one of the weirdest things I’d ever heard then and now. Trees make the wind blow?! WTF. Some of us may have pushed back. It’s the movement of the trees, he explained, that moves the air that in turn moves the trees. It’s just the cycle of nature. What did I know he didn’t know a whole lot more about? He was the one with all the knowledge. I was just there to learn. That was one of my favorite classes of my elementary education. I loved learning about the earth and nature and the laws of nature that hold it all together. So fast forward to the last day of class. He’s saying his good-byes to us and ends with something like this:
“Remember on our first day together, the first day of school, how I told you that trees make the wind blow? Listen up! Trees do not make the wind blow! What a stupid concept. I told you that to teach you an important lesson in life. Question everything. Don’t believe everything you hear, even from people in authority, in a position to know.”
I loved that. Wow. I’ve loved science ever since. And that love of science translates to my passion for skin care. Naturally, science heavy brands like Deciem’s NIOD and Dr. Dennis Gross are particularly appealing to me. So it’s no surprise that from the moment I discovered Good Science Beauty, I was intrigued.
Good Science Beauty is the labor of love of Dr. Suzanne Saffie-Siebert, Ph.D. She’s spent the last 10 years developing a proprietary technology that makes skincare ingredients work harder so that the product is more reliably effective. GSB’s “Chief Good Scientist” called her technology Good Silicon+.
First, it’s important to understand that silicon is a natural element, a mineral found in the body that’s part of what makes us human. In the body, silicon works to enhance the remineralization of bone tissue, helping to ensure calcium and other minerals are deposited onto the bone. Not to be confused with silicone — a controversial, manmade substance — silicon is recognized by the body in much the same way Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane are, making them all more effective as skincare ingredients.
GSB’s proprietary Good Silicon+ technology was developed to help deliver active skincare ingredients into the skin and to release their benefits over time. In fact, the technology’s silicon molecule is wrapped in skin-compatible lipids which allows the formula’s ingredients to be drawn deeper into the skin’s outer layers. Armed with this advance in skincare technology, Good Science Beauty uses it to power up well-known ingredients like Hylauronic Acid, Omega-3 and Barley Extract — all proven to be pro-skin health. By enhancing the benefits and delivery of proven ingredients, Dr. Suzanne Saffie-Siebert was able to develop more effective skin care. It’s really as simple and beautifully scientific as that.
I told you I love science!
003-Hy Hydrating Face Cream
You know how you can tell if a moisturizer is well-made? If it’s not pure white. That’s not to say that all white moisturizers aren’t good for your skin. But think about this for a second. Natural ingredients are all sorts of colors — some are green, some are brown, some are red, and on and on. One of the things I love about Good Science Beauty’s new Hydrating Face Cream is that it’s got a light beige hue to it. It’s hideous! When I first started working at Kiehl’s 16 years ago, the products were often a hideous brownish color. Why? Because Kiehl’s hadn’t used any masking colorants to make the product more appealing to consumers. That’s what big beauty companies like L’Oreal do to the brands they buy. I loved that about Kiehl’s then and I love that about Good Science Beauty now.
Authenticity is everything.
The Hydrating Face Cream is simply a really well-formulated moisturizer. Like all of GSB’s formulas, it’s powered by the brand’s proprietary Good Silicon+ technology that carries its actives where they’re needed. In this case, the formula is carrying humectant Hyaluronic Acid deeper into the skin where it can and will hold water longer so skin stays healthy and hydrated throughout the day. The HA molecule is paired with Marine Omega-3, a common fatty acid and essential nutrient, to prolong the hydrating benefits to skin. Super light texture, smells natural and skin soaks it right up!
What Good Science Beauty says about it:
003-Hy incorporates two ingredients that boost each other's performance. Omega-3 prolongs the hydrating effect of Hyaluronic Acid by slowing down its enzymatic degradation and accelerating skin barrier repair. Good Silicon+ carries Hyaluronic Acid to increase deep hydration and locks it in with skin barrier protecting Marine Omega-3 rich in DHA and EPA, only released when in the skin so no nasty smell.
It locks in moisture to plump skin
It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
It boosts lipid content to restore your natural skin barrier
004-Br Skin Brightening Cream
Oh I do love a good brightening treatment. My go-to skin brightener, of course, is Vitamin C. It’s simply the most visibly effective at evening out the complexion and making skin more reflective. But Vitamin C isn’t the only ingredient that brightens skin — and it’s not the only solution for lightening dark spots and unifying skin tone. Good Science Beauty’s Skin Brightening Cream does indeed contain Vitamin C, but it also relies on other technologies to enhance the formula’s potency. Here, GSB relied on its Good Silicon+ technology to pair and power up Glutathione and Melatonin for an effective skin-brightening complex that helps to diminish the look of dark spots and leave the complexion poppin. This light textured lotion absorbs almost instantly so it gets right to work.
What Good Science Beauty says about it:
004-Br combines two ingredients that boost each other's performance. Glutathione is an antioxidant with anti-melanogenic properties, which evens out skin tone. Melatonin boosts the effects of Glutathione and protects your skin’s natural renewal process from hostile environmental factors. Glutathione, a major antioxidant, and Melatonin (yes the sleep aid) which helps improve absorbance are combined in Good Silicon+ to even and brighten skin safely and effectively.
Evens out the appearance of dark spots
Removes impurities for a brighter complexion
Reinforces your skin’s natural renewing process
Non-hydroquinone and retinol-free formulation
002-Re Skin Renewing Polishing Powder
It’s been a while since I got really into an exfoliating powder cleanser. My fave Camu Camu Vitamin C brightening Cleansing Powder from Peter Thomas Roth was discontinued not too long ago. They’re just not understood, and are so underrated. I think you need to come from the place, as I do, that conventional physical scrubs aren’t good for your skin. The tiny micro-tears that a scrub can cause are terrible for the delicate skin barrier. I stopped using physical scrubs 2-3 years ago, relying on chemical exfoliants from AHAs and other fruit enzymes. So I was psyched to try Good Science Beauty’s Skin Renewing Polishing Powder. GSB specifically designed the formula to gently remove grime and dead skin cells at the surface, while stimulating new cell production. The powder is super fine and, as with all cleansing powders, you can adjust the level of exfoliation it delivers by increasing or decreasing the water content. Antioxidant Vitamin E and Turmeric help to soothe, protect and regenerate skin. It’s pure perfection and fills my cleansing powder void.
What Good Science Beauty says about it:
002-Re uses a special version of our patented Good Silicon technology which gently and effectively removes dead surface cells and embedded dirt while delivering antioxidants and skin conditioners.
A fine Bentonite and Silicon clay-based powder to deeply cleanse and gently remove dead surface cells, while delivering antioxidants and skin conditioners including Vitamin E, Turmeric and Sandalwood to help calm and regenerate your skin
It gently removes dead skin cells
It deep cleans pores
It leaves your skin feeling smoother and looking refreshed
What a great new brand. Of course, I love the packaging. But packaging is meaningless if what’s inside isn’t benefiting and promoting the health of your skin. Good Science Beauty nailed it. It’s solid science you can believe in.
Trees do not make the wind blow, after all. But well-formulated skin care can slow the effects of time!
The Ingredient List of the Good Science Beauty Hydrating Face Cream:
Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Niacinamide, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethyl Linoleate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyacrylate-13, C12-16 Alcohols, Polyisobutene, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Polysorbate 20, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Disodium EDTA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Dipeptide-2, Docosahexaenoic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Silicon, Arginine, Glycine, Citric Acid
The Ingredient List of the Good Science Beauty Skin Renewing Polishing Powder:
Fullers Earth (Kaolin), Magnesium Stearate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bentonite Clay, Pterocarpus Santalinus (Red Sandalwood) Wood Powder, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder, Tocopherol, Silicon, Potassium Sorbate
The Ingredient List of the Good Science Beauty Skin Brightening Cream:
Water, Glycerine, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Niacinamide, Silica, Ethyl Linoleate, Glutathione, Melatonin, Silicon, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyacrylate-13, C12-16 Alcohols, Polyisobutene, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Polysorbate 20, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Disodium EDTA, , Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Dipeptide-2, Sodium Hydroxide, Arginine, Glycine