Sunday Riley review ...
Generally I have good skin, mainly because I'm obsessive about it! I never ever go to bed without removing every speck of make up and giving my skin a thorough cleanse. I've also been obsessed with skincare since before I can remember - something I think I've inherited from my Nan Joan, she is as bonkers about skincare as me, and has always had the most amazing skin so I've learned from the best! I've always been interested in the newest skincare breakthroughs - I hate to think how much I've spent on creams, oils, lotion, potions and serums over the last few years! As I've got older I've learned that the key to clear, healthy, glowing skin is good exfoliation and using targeted treatments with effective ingredients that suit your skin concerns.
I do tend to suffer from monthly bouts of hormonal acne - the joys of hormones ey girls?!!! I have oil prone skin and now the temperatures are dropping and the central heating is well and truly on, I notice my skin can also look a bit dull and feel dehydrated in some areas while sporting a beaming shiny t-zone!
I tend to get on well with products with high AHA's / alpha hydroxy acid contents, I find them highly effective at tackling breakouts.
I've read a lot of great things about Sunday Riley skincare products. Beautifully packaged high tech skincare, 'powered by science balanced by botanicals', and a cruelty free brand too, I was particularly interested in trying out the Good Genes all in one lactic acid treatment, due to its promise of clear, radiant skin and ability to keep breakouts at bay. I bought the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser to use alongside the good genes treatment.
• Good Genes all-in-one Lactic Acid Treament - £85
A 40% lactic acid based exfoliating treatment promising to give instant complexion boosting results.
Can be used daily as a serum or as a mask.
Claims to restore damaged skin, reduce hyper pigmentation and scars, reduce lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and increase epidermal firmness and improve radiance.
• Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser - £35
A foaming clay based Cleanser containing French green clay to absorb oil and tighten pores, vitamin C to encourage collagen and black pepper to stimulate circulation.
Purifies skin, tightens pores andleaves skin with a porcelain like texture.
I've been using these as part of my night time skincare routine. I remove any make up with micellar water before massaging the Ceramic Slip Cleanser onto a wet face and rinsing off with a flannel or muslin cloth. My skin certainly feels softer and thoroughly cleansed after using but not tight or dried out. The cleanser has quite a strong smell which I personally like but I know many people aren't keen on highly perfumed products.
After drying my skin I apply a thin layer of the Good Genes treatment. (It's recommended to be used under a moisturiser but I just use it on its own as a serum).
Good Genes, I really really like this product, the texture is a light lotion that absorbs relatively quickly and immediately gives the skin a radiant sheen. Also a little goes a long way.
In the morning my skin was noticeably smoother and healthy looking. I don't think a few days is long enough to see if the claims of helping with adult acne are true but my skin is feeling clearer and I'm not ending up as oily by the end of the day.
I'm really liking both products but with their eye watering price tags I don't think I'll be using them every day, I'm more likely to use as a midweek and weekend mini facial treat. With its high lactic acid content I probably wouldn't recommend the Good Genes for anyone with hyper sensitive skin.
When it comes down to it, there are many cheaper products out there that have the same active ingredients and probably deliver just as effective results.
But if you're looking for a luxury treat for congested, oily skin, prone to breakouts give these products a try. You won't be disappointed ...