Sunday Riley's Mom-Approved Good Genes Face Serum 2020

The Best Sunday Riley Skincare Products— Including Their Cult Classic Face Serum

August 23, 2019 Updated April 17, 2020


The only thing we love more than multi-tasking is an all-in-one product that excels at everything it promises to do. Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment has developed a reputation for kicking fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and dark spots to the curb to reveal skin smoother than your toddler’s tush. Clinical trial results for this powerhouse product showed 100% of women said this was the most effective skin-plumping product they have ever used. (#signusup)

Okay, it’s more expensive than your average drugstore deal, but it’s PACKED with good-for-your-skin stuff, including lactic acid to exfoliate, licorice and lemongrass to brighten dark spots, and prickly pear extract to soothe redness and promote a more even-toned complexion.

And it gets better. Beyond their cult classic serum, Sunday Riley’s line has grown to include damn good hydration creams, cleansing balms, and face oils. OBSESSED would be an understatement. Keep on reading for all the Sunday Riley beauty products we would #AddToCart in a heartbeat. 

SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

After so much hype, we bet the anticipation is KILLING you. Treat yourself to Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment and, we promise, you’ll have no regrets. Living up to its reputation as a cult-classic favorite (not just at Amazon but Sephora, Ulta, and other major beauty suppliers), this product aims to give you the youthful-looking skin you’re after. Through deep exfoliation, it works to brighten your dull AF skin and reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration. If you’re not ready to take the plunge and get a chemical peel (which can be costly), this is the next best thing. Tired of pore-clogging dead skin cells raining on your parade? Lactic Acid is no joke, people! Not only is it potent but it’s highly effective in achieving clearer skin. This Amazon customer is a convert. She says, “Absolutely the best product serum I have used on my face. It is insane how different, HOW HEALTHY, my skin looks. I use Good Genes in combination with Luna Oil, and my skin has never looked more even-toned, more exfoliated, and more fresh. It’s also helped a bit with my acne.”


Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil

Get ready to glow, girl! This C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil is a reason to celebrate. After one-too-many beach trips, the sun exposure really starts to take a toll on your skin. While you may not be able to permanently erase the damage—or turn back time—that’s where this Vitamin C-infused face oil comes in. As with many things in life, balance is key. If your goal is to brighten and hydrate your skin, then say no more. For radiant skin, Sunday Riley utilizes a golden turmeric extract (rich in antioxidants and calming coms) and evening primrose seed oils to improve your skin’s texture and bring back some of that luminosity you may have lost. If you’re a no-makeup makeup mom, then read on for this Amazon customer’s five-star review, “It gives skin the most subtle glow, and most of the time I wear it, I don’t wear makeup. It’s that good.”


Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

Give us allllll the Vitamin C-enriched moisturizers and masks, please. Best believe that Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream is no exception. At our age, we love a good beauty routine… kudos when it actually makes us look (and feel) younger. Infused with 5% Vitamin C, this miracle-working moisturizer provides deep hydration without being greasy. If your skin feels dehydrated or damaged due to premature skin aging, then this may be your match. It’s pretty low-maintenance—even for us busy moms—and can be applied to clean skin during the morning and evening. Lime pearl extract is used to exfoliate the skin, while exopolysaccharides work against pollution exposure (10/10 recommend if you live in a city with lots of smog). Last, but not least, bisabolol provides soothing properties… it’s so gentle that many baby products often list it as an ingredient.  


Sunday Riley Space Race Fight Acne, Oil & Pores Kit

You can officially kick adult acne to the curb with this kick-butt trio. In addition to treating and preventing acne, it can be used to diminish the appearance of redness and enlarged pores. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types (cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates), so what have you got to lose? Once you’ve cleansed your skin, use the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner to control excess oil. The U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil with 1.5% Salicylic Acid can be applied during the morning or evening to clear out congested pores. Lastly, the Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask with 10% Sulfur works either as an overnight spot treatment or a 20-30 minute mask. Simply rinse off and admire your healthy complexion. Cue the salsa dancer emoji, this sh*t works. Says this Sephora customer, “I’ve been dealing with acne for about 6 years and I’ve tried pretty much everything in the book, while only ever getting slight improvement. This trio has cleared my skin COMPLETELY, which hasn’t happened for me in YEARS.”


Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

If you’re feeling splurgy, then you may want to consider investing in Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Here’s why: While you can’t stop aging, you can fight signs of premature aging if you act fast. This next-generation retinoid oil reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles while combating surface redness. Apply by massaging into clean skin at night (it’ll turn from blue to clear). Again, if you’re sick of age spots, dryness, and dullness, then this is the product for you. Blue Tansy and German chamomile essential oils combine to soothe and calm your skin. Just wait until you read this glowing five-star review from a pleased Ulta customer, “Luna Sleeping Night Oil has been an absolute blessing to my 39-year-old skin. I worshipped the sun in my 20s and am starting to show signs of aging. I have tried NUMEROUS serums, oils, and creams (both with and without retinol) and some have been useful…but nothing compares to Luna! Luna is truly a magic potion! I began using Luna at the end of January…it is now March 6th (so approximately 6 weeks of nightly use) and my skin is smooth and glowy, my wrinkles are diminished, and my pores are smaller.

$105 AT ULTA

Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

Sure, you may be going on three measly hours of sleep but that doesn’t mean you want the entire world to know that. While fine lines may occur naturally with age, puffy eyes and dark circles are often caused by a lack of sleep. Until you can catch up on those precious Zzzzs, allow Sunday Riley’s Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream to works its magic. Infused with caffeine and Brazilian ginseng root extract, this product will energize tired-looking eyes by giving you a more youthful appearance. Meanwhile, horse chestnut and acmella oleracea are used to smooth the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines. This repeat customer says, “I have purchased this many times, have tried others, but always come back to Sunday Riley. It depuffs my eyes, softens wrinkles and it feels very nice.” Another customer chimes in, “Adding to my buy forever list.”


Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Anthropologie even stocks a limited selection of Sunday Riley products. If you’re anything like us, then you’re probably mesmerized by the blue consistency of their Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. In a nutshell, it works to remove makeup while hydrating your face with essential oils. Sounds divine, no? To use, simply massage the formula into your skin during the morning and evening for 1-2 minutes. You can use a warm cloth to remove any makeup residue (just make sure that your eyes are closed). Final step: Rinse off with warm water! We’ll let the reviews speak for themselves. Says this customer, “I love this cleansing balm! I was in the market for a new facial cleanser and stumbled upon this online. I enjoy the other products from Riley and decided to give this a try. AND boy, I am so glad I did. I find it interesting that you rub it on your dry face but the circular motions melt the balm and clean the face. It’s just lovely! It’s like a self-made facial.”


Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

K, we all know how difficult it can be to find a cleanser that works. One that beautifies our skin (no gimmicks, no icky chemicals), leaving it flawless and free of breakouts. Easier said than done, right?

Gentle enough to use on all skin types, this Ceramic Slip Cleanser is one that you’ll write home about. Dare we say, it’s damn close to HG (holy grail) status. As a plant-based cleanser (French green clay and white rice oil are among the key ingredients), it’s efficient in pulling out impurities while also providing instant hydration to your skin. Additionally, it reduces the look of pores and provides you with a radiant, healthier-looking complexion. For your next at-home pampering sesh, may we recommend Sunday Riley’s Flash Fix Mask trick? Mix equal parts Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment with the Ceramic Slip Cleanser for a 10-minute face mask. This Amazon customer raves, “I would say the texture and look is similar to Cetaphil or Cerave but this product works soooo much better!”   


Looking to freshen up your beauty cabinet? From age-defying eye creams and moisturizers to the best mascara you can snag on a dime, be sure to check back for more mom-approved beauty must-haves!

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