"You get what you pay for," they say. And when it comes to our skin, we're definitely sticklers for quality — yes, even if we have to pay a hefty amount to get just what we are promised. Sometimes, we find that we were treated to what exactly we wanted. Other times, we're left unsatisfied.
Enter Sunday Riley, a skincare brand, named after its cosmetic chemist and product formulator founder, that has garnered a cult-like following for the high-quality actives in their products. Many have said they work leagues better than what you get at the drugstore. And for the price tag, while aptly warranted, we sure wanted to know. So we took a few of their highly raved products for a spin. Are they worthy skincare investments? Here's what we think.
Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment
Is Good Genes going to trick my skin into thinking I have good (skin) genes? This was a poll from an Instagram story I uploaded when I brought the Sunday Riley Good Genes home one evening. The results were almost 50-50, but four beauty journalists voted for ‘yes’, and that made me feel good enough to think that we’ve already got a winner.
This exfoliating treatment can be used as a serum (before moisturiser) or a mask (leave on for five to 10 minutes) and contains one of the most popular AHAs in skincare today: lactic acid. Known for reducing acne breakouts, minimising appearances of fine lines and wrinkles, and refining the skin’s texture over time, this is an active product that may not be suitable for sensitive skin types.
I don’t consider my skin type as sensitive, but I do tend to be on the safe side when it comes to testing skincare products so I was a little apprehensive. But on top of the poll, one beauty journalist raved to me with such conviction about how Good Genes saved her dry skin. And since I was at my wit’s end from some stubborn, post-facial dry patches around my lip area, I thought I’d take the plunge and give it a go.
So did it work? It did! The lactic acid was definitely working on my uneven skin texture and eliminated my skin woes in two days. There was slight tingling, but it’s probably just the active ingredients working their magic. Besides lactic acid, the product also contains the brand’s patented NV-5 Ageless Complex for enhanced anti-ageing power. Other than healing my dry patches, I also noticed that my pores are minimised and my skin feels smoother to the touch.
With a milky, white texture, Good Genes has a citrusy herbal scent that takes some getting used to. But since it’s not for daily use — I use it three times a week in the evening — it didn’t bother me as much. Note that this product may cause sun sensitivity to your skin, so make sure you wear ample sun protection — as always anyway — in the day. — Becks, Editor