Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid
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Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

the claim

The Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid represents the steps of toner, essence and emulsion to deliver long lasting moisture with the benefits of whitening and wrinkle improvement.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

the science

The formula is said to whiten and with a good dose of Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) that would be an anticipated outcome. Niacinamide is a superstar ingredient that acts as a restorative agent to offer multiple skin benefits. It helps to brighten skin by inhibiting melanin production. It’s also an effective treatment against hyperpigmentation at concentrations of at least 2% and provides a strong defense against the appearance of discolouration and age spots. Niacinamide is additionally able to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness and to strengthen the skin surface.

Sugarcane Extract  is alkalizing, rich in minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that can reverse sun damage. Glycolic acid is derived from sugarcane but in its raw state, it doesn’t display the same AHA benefits. However, it can be a beneficial treatment for acne and blemishes and can help cell turnover.

Highly acclaimed ingredients know for their ability to increase hydration and reinforce the moisture barrier include Ceramide 3, Mistletoe Extract, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate and Propolis Extract). There is a significant number of effective humectants, taking positions at the top of the ingredient list, including Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin and Pentylene Glycol which contribute a big moisture boost.

Alcohol Denat., (Denatured alcohol), acts in many ways to improve a product formula. It is an antimicrobial agent with astringent properties that also helps deliver active ingredients. It can sweep away oil, an advantage for oily and acne prone skin types. However, in doing that, it also compromises the skin’s natural barrier, exposing it to pollution and bacteria. The removal of oils can further promote overproduction making oily skin oilier. Denatured alcohol is listed 8th on an ingredient list of 44.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

the ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Alcohol Denat., Pentylene Glycol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Onsen-Sui, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Propolis Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Fruit Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyldodeceth-16, Dimethiconol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dextrin, Allantoin, Squalane, Urea, Sodium, PCA, Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide 3, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid Ingredients

the packaging

The liquid comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a pointed narrow dispenser and protective screw on cap.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid Packaging

the analysis

Their are a few warnings including alcohol and fragrance raised in the CosDNA and EWG reports that result in an overall moderate hazard rating.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid CosDNA analysis

the application

After cleansing the face in the morning and evening, dispense a small amount and gently apply along the skin texture, then tap for absorption.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

the scent

The Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid has added fragrance.

the cost

The 120ml bottle of Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid sells for around USD$26.00.

the availability

The Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid is available online for Australian consumers. Goodal products sell at Korean skincare boutiques such as Style Korean and Yes Style.

the expiry

The manufacturing date is printed on the bottom of the bottle and outer box. I am not sure of the shelf life of this product, however, it should be use is within 12 months of opening.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid ExpiryGoodal Moisture Barrier Liquid Shelf Life

the performance

Goodal states that this product delivers a highly concentrated texture for intensive moisture claiming it is:

Moist like toner, soft like emulsion and strong like essence.

When I first bought this product, I wasn’t quite sure at which step to use it. I immediately thought serum or emulsion as it seems a bit too potent to be used at toner step and a bit too liquid to be used as a moisturiser. It finally settled into ampoule/emulsion stage, often the last step of my routine during warmer weather, followed by sunscreen.

The dispensing mechanism is wonderful. An opaque bottle with controlled opening make it easy to use just the right amount as well as minimising the air and light exposure the liquid receives. It’s also hygienic and travel safe since the screw top lid assures a tight closure and the rubber-like plastic makes it break resistant. So 10/10 for packaging.

The liquid has a light scent contributed by a minute amount of added fragrance (last on INCI). The smell is actually quite fresh however and far from irritating provided you don’t suffer sensitivity to such additives.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid
The liquid itself is thick and cloudy in appearance. It’s a little stretchy but not at all sticky. You only need a small amount to cover the entire face. The amount shown below is probably sufficient, a little more perhaps to cover the neck as well. It has abundant slip so glides over the face really easily and absorbs totally in a short time. It’s quite refreshing when it touches the skin although soothing and cooling properties are not claims of this product, (maybe a little bonus for those suffering redness).

I used this day and night after my serums at the step of emulsion almost a year ago, totally loved it but got distracted with other products. I recently returned to it, quickly remembering why I enjoyed it so much the first time. It packs a serious hydration punch. I mean serious! Immediately after use, it sinks into the depths of the skin to moisturise from the inside. Skin is soft and plump almost instantly and it’s a lasting hydration. When I use this at night, I wake with soft and bouncy skin. In the warmer weather I use it as the last step of my routine because it moisturises so well, I don’t always need to cover it with a cream.

There is a hefty amount of Niacinamide in the formula which brings multiple skin benefits. It’s the key ingredient to deliver the product’s claims of whitening and wrinkle improvement. However, as much as I liked the impact this product had on my skin, I don’t think I observed either. My tone is fairly even aside from a couple of small darkened patches due to sun damage so tone changes aren’t always that easy to detect on my skin. And as for wrinkle improvement, I think the plumping effect gives that illusion but I would need to trial this over a longer term to see if it is capable of providing an actual softening of lines. Wrinkle improvement is a little vague so perhaps excellent plumping and hydration provides more of a preventative measure against future ageing. If that’s the case, then absolutely this liquid delivers on wrinkle improvement.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid texture
The previous release of this product had very little of the hero ingredients in the formulation, other than Niacinamide, they were all listed in the bottom 10. That was corrected in this release ensuring they play a significant part in achieving the product objectives. Fragrance was previously midway in the INCI and now appears last which is a great improvement on that front (although none would have been preferable).

Leaving the worst to last, Denatured Alcohol is positioned prominently at 8 in the ingredient list. I have discussed the risks of using this ingredient in skincare in the science above. So, in conclusion, I am conflicted. How could a product that makes my skin look and feel so good also contain Alcohol Denat.? I guess alcohol gives this product a certain elegance, helping with application and absorption. But, I would be reluctant to use this long term as it’s likely to have a detrimental impact on my moisture barrier with prolonged use.

the conclusion

Even with this obvious downfall, I still can’t help but love this product. There is no way I would have imagined any form of alcohol in its formulation by experience alone since it delivers the opposite of a drying effect. It hydrates and plumps with lasting effects, delivering a real punch without the heaviness of an emollient cream. It’s suitable for all skin types, perhaps with the exception of the sensitive and dry complexions given the alcohol and fragrance inclusions. For those that avoid such ingredients, it’s a hard miss. I love what this does for my skin but do have concerns for long term use. As such, I will finish it happily but won’t repurchase.
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid

the summary

Pros Cons
Quickly absorbed without residue Only available online in Australia
Delivers lasting hydration Contains fragrance
Makes skin supple, plump and soft Contains Alcohol Denat.
Plumping helps with premature ageing


the references

Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Jared Paventi
What are the Best Products with Niacinamide? Nicki Zevola Benvenuti
These Benefits Of Sugarcane Juice For Your Skin Are Just Too Sweet To Ignore Any Longer Kristin Collins Jackson
Phenoxyethanol Paula’s Choice Skincare Dictionary
The Truth About Alcohol in Skin Care Products Lauren Hubbard
Alcohol-denat Truth In Aging


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.


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