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Rapid Reviews: Good Genes

Updated: Aug 8

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As with so many expensive skincare purchases, I was very much influenced by social media to try out the Sunday Riley Good Genes glycolic acid exfoliator.

Sunday Riley's Good Genes glycolic acid serum lies on a white background with green artificial leaves around it

The Good Genes product alleges to roll back time and undo skin damage caused by sun, acne scarring and pollution. The pretty potent formulation plumps fine lines, heals and diminishes blemishes whilst fighting hyper-pigmentation leaving skin looking smoother and vibrant.


Glycolic acid molecules penetrate deeply into skin, breaking apart debris that clog pores and exfoliate dead cells to reveal a radiant, decongested profile. Also working hard to improve the look of skin is a blend of lactic acid, prickly pear extract and lemongrass extract.


According to the ‘How To Use’ directions, Good Genes can be used either morning or night, however I find it to be slightly more abrasive than the AHA I use on a daily basis so would personally use at night before using a nourishing moisturiser.


Sunday Riley are proud to be cruelty-free and with the exception of a few products that contain honey or beeswax, their range is vegan.


As if you needed another reason to like the brand, they built cat shelters for rescue kittens in Houston in partnership with Friends for Life.


4/10 I liked the concept of the product, but having used it I just didn’t feel as though the product was being particularly useful or making a difference to my skin.

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