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I like pineapple. I really do. Nevertheless, putting it on pizza is a crime.
Random introduction to a review of the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder?
True, but I felt the need to get that off my chest before we dive into the question whether or not pineapple in skincare is a better idea.
Unlike on pizza (and I am going to fight you on that!), there is a reason to use it in your products. Pineapple extract contains bromelain and fruit acids that have mild exfoliant properties, as well as some sugars and amino acids for hydration and soothing.
So did the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder convince?
What the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder claims
Encourage 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.
Prize and size
One tube contains 60 g of powder and retails for 16$ on the website here. The dark glass and colorful sticker fit into the regular Good Molecules branding and are easy to handle, but the opening can make it difficult not to get too much product out at once.
Texture and smell
The powder itself is white, has no noticeable scent (no, it does NOT smell like pineapple, which is kind of disappointing if you ask me) and a little more texture than flour.
How to use the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
You shake some powder into your hand, add just enough water to make a paste with a thickness to your liking and then massage it onto the skin. Although a little messy at first, it gives you full control about the amount of physical exfoliation you want – less water equals more scrub here.
If you are very sensitive, you could water it down to being almost a liquid and just let the enzymes get to work on your skin.
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder ingredients
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Quite a short ingredient list here with Diglycerin as humectant, Rice Starch as physical exfoliant and Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract as well as extra Papain for enzymatic exfoliation. On top of that there is Allantoin for soothing and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a Vitamin C derivative for brightening (read more about the different forms of Vitamin C here).
Does it live up to its claims?
Enzymatic exfoliation is the gentlest form of exfoliation and depending on the thickness of the paste you create, you can get a gentle physical exfoliating component as well.
How does the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder compare to…
Pixi Hydrating Milky Peel
Pixis version is not an enzymatic peel, but rather a very gentle physical exfoliant, but both appear to be similar in effect on my skin: Gentle to the point where the results are very subtle, but easy to use on even sensitive or irritated skin.
Read my full review of the pixi Hydrating Milky Peel here.
Would I repurchase?
I am not a fan of exfoliating powders in general and I prefer my acids for chemical exfoliation rather than relying on the very gentle, but also very subtle effects that enzymes have on my skin.
My skin felt soft and hydrated after using it, but I didn´t see changes in the texture I wanted to address – for me it was rather upkeep in between than tackling a problem.
Whom do I recommend the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder to?
People with skin sensitive to acids, people that enjoy the mixing process and people that just need a little help with smoothing the skin rather than wanting to get rid of noticeable texture.