Hello there, Good Genes, long time no see! How the devil are you? What’s been happening?
If you’re a regular reader here at Mister Wharff, you must all know by now I have a continuous love for Sunday Riley. A brand that has stolen my heart from the very beginning of discovering their C.E.O. E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturiser. An ultra-rich brightening cream that’s whipped up to perfection. A cream so luxurious and heavenly, you will completely fall in love with its endless list of skin benefits.
Good Genes. A name that may ring a bell or two within your mind. A product that I’m certain you have come across whilst looking for skincare recommendations on your favourite search engine. When Good Genes launched in the U.S. for the very first time it became a product frenzy for Sunday, founder and formulator of Sunday Riley Skincare.
The original formulation contained lactic acid that became a worldwide success. Shortly after, Sunday Riley was the ”talk on the town” The original Good Genes treatment delivered an instant, eye-catching result to the user, a result so surreal and jaw-dropping that made history in skin care.
Earlier this year, Good Genes was pulled from the U.K due to support the new UK & EU restrictions put in place by Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety law. Finalized products with lactic acid must have a pH greater than 5 in the U.K. and EU to remain on the dazzling beauty shelves. For the U.S, having a product with lactic acid at 7% and a pH level of 3% is perfectly fine, and so the original formula of Good Genes remains untouched for the people of America. The ’new’ EU formulation contains glycolic acid at a percentage of 7, with lactic acid salt at 3% and a steady pH level of 3%
Let’s have a little chinwag on the product itself and how it performs. With tiny glycolic acid molecules that penetrates deeply into the skin than it’s little sister of the AHA family, lactic acid. We can start to become a little bit excited that the new formulation could be more effective.
Without completely removing lactic acid as a whole, potassium lactate, a natural salt found within lactic acid acts as a humectant, moisturizing and smoothes the skin. Prickly pear extract, a celeb-favourite ingredient contains a high amount of skin-loving essential fatty acids. Prickly pear is also rich in amino acid complex, promoting collagen production for a younger, more plumper appearance.
Who would have thought a cactus producing fruit would offer so many skin benefits? Sunday Riley also added prickly pear to counteract the harsh effects of using an alpha hydroxy acid inside the Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment.
The use of lemongrass oil purifies, clearing dirt and oil from the skin. This steamed, carefully chopped grass provides an uplifting, refreshing scent to Good Genes, removing the medicated scent from the product.
Upon application, it’s important that your skin is fully cleansed to allow Good Genes to work at its best. Apply a generous pump onto the back of fresh, cleansed hand. Begin to massage the product gently into the face, taking precaution to avoid the delicate eye area.
You could also apply this as a targeted treatment by paying special attention to problematic areas. This could be your t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) the most congested area that’s likely to cause you potential skin issues such as blackheads, blemishes and excess sebum secretion.
You might, and probably will notice a slight tingling effect on the skin, a feeling that’s completely normal when using glycolic acid treatments with a high percentage. If you’re new to the exfoliating world then you might want to start off by applying Good Genes as your ’switch up’ evening treatment and to apply every other night until your skin becomes tolerable.
Hand on heart, I certainly noticed a vast improvement in my skin’s appearance overnight. Everything appeared more ’uniformed’ from the first application. Looking close-up, my troublesome, enlarged pores looked ’cleaner’ and de-junked from the weekly build-up of dirt and grime. I’m really keen and intrigued to see the long-term effects of using Good Genes. I will report back to provide you all an update on any future skin improvements.
Are you a fan of exfoliating treatments? Do you have a favourite AHA/BHA that you can trust to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion?