I have been obsessed with Sunday Riley skincare products, and picked up the bestseller from their line a while back. This review will be on Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.
About The Product:
A brightening, multitasking, radiance treatment and mask.
What it is formulated to do:
Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having good genes. This hydrating treatment is formulated with key ingredients that plump the look of fine lines to reveal brighter, renewed skin, and support natural circulation to create a smooth, vibrant complexion.
Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skintone, and increase skin firmness.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
Flashfacial: five minutes, two products, one dramatic result. Lactic acid plus green clay DIY mask to reveal flawless, glowing, radiant skin—in a flash. Mix three pumps of Good Genes with two pumps of Ceramic Slip, leave on for five to 10 minutes, and rinse off.
My Experience with Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment:
I have constantly been impressed with how classy Sunday Riley products are packaged. This product comes in a glass bottle with a pump housed in this sturdy cardboard box.
This product has a light, creamy lotion like texture. It is not too thick nor too thin.
Feel on Skin:
It is suggested to apply 2-3 pumps over the face, but I find ½- 1 pump is more than enough to apply all over my face and parts of my neck. One thing I noticed immediately post application is the very strong, putrid scent and a stinging/burning sensation on my skin. I am used to applying chemical exfoliants on my skin on a daily basis, hence the fact that this treatment stings my skin tells me that this is a very strong treatment and can potentially be very irritating for sensitive skin and will do more harm than good for them. Even with regular use of this product, my skin hasn’t gotten used to it and it stings my skin every single time.
But, the sensation does go away after a minute or so after application. I found that I cannot use this treatment on a daily basis as it makes my skin really sensitive and irritated, hence I usually apply this no more than 2-3 times a week. I mostly use this treatment as an overnight serum topped with some sort of facial oil to combat dryness which is usually caused by using chemical exfoliants on my skin, and this product is no exception in that category. If I ever skip moisturizing post using this, by morning I will develop dry patches and flakiness.
Regarding the claims of this product of brightening and exfoliating, I found those to be absolutely true. When applied as an overnight treatment, by morning my skin looks visibly radiant and glowing, and feels silky smooth. I have noticed that my skin appears more even toned and it gets rid of all the minute bumps on my chin. I can also notice some reduction in redness around my nose.
Regarding the claim of it reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I cannot support that as I am still in my mid 20s, hence those are not a huge concern for me yet. But, I do believe in prevention when it comes to anti ageing. My skin did feel more toned and supple after using this. It does make the pores around my nose looks smaller (though I do not suffer from problematic pores, to begin with).
As I mentioned, it has a very strong scent which burns my nose. I literally have to hold my breath every time I apply this and wait for the scent to fade. If you have a sensitive nose, this is not the product for you.
This product does show results on my skin as per the claims, but the potentially irritating quality and stinging sensation it gives on my skin makes me not-so-keen on using it on a daily basis. Plus, the bad scent is another factor which I am not too happy with. I get the same results this product gives with other AHA treatments I have used in the past, namely Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel and Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum without the negative aspects and those have been much less irritating on my skin even when used on a daily basis. Hence, I will recommend you to look into those products and give this product a skip. For the price, I don’t feel this is worth it.
Pros of Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment:
• Nice packaging
• Brightens up complexion and gives skin a radiant glow
• Makes skin feel plump and soft
• Reduced redness and hyperpigmentation
• Reduces minute bumps on the skin
• Skin looks and feel youthful
Cons of Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment:
• Very expensive and not worth the money
• Can be potentially irritating to sensitive skin
• Stings and burns my skin every single time
• Very strong, putrid scent
• There are better alternatives to this product in the market without the negative cons
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