Here to rant & rave to you munchkins ALL ABOUT LACTIC ACID, GOOD GENES & LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL by Sunday Riley!
I got a lot of questions from you guys about whether or not this product is worth investing in, since yes, IT IS PRETTY PRICEY!
Hint: It’s so worth it!!!!
LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.
First & foremost, WHAT IS LACTIC ACID? (Right?!).
When I first heard about Good Genes, I didn’t really know what it was either. BUT, after LOADS OF READING & RESEARCH, I know tons about it & I’m excited to share with you!
Lactic acid is a naturally occurring ALPHA HYDROXY ACID. I know, it sounds kinda scary when you hear the word “acid” & you think… “Oh, wow, I’m going to be putting acid on my skin!” BUT, it actually works miracles & wonders. I’m not joking.
In a nutshell, it helps reduce scarring from acne breakouts & appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & other signs of premature aging! IT DOES ALL OF THIS & IT’S ALSO AN EXFOLIANT.
LET ME EXPLAIN!
Its main benefits include:
IMPROVES SKIN TEXTURE BY EXFOLIATING
It strips away your dead skin cells & reveals the healthy new skin cells hidden underneath, which is why products with lactic acid will often leave your skin looking glowing. These healthy skin cells have not been damaged by toxins, the environment etc.
(P.S. If you’re someone with sensitive skin, what you’ll love about Good Genes is that it’s a gentle exfoliant that does not have those beads that are rough & aggressive on the skin, to the point where you won’t even realize that it’s actually exfoliating your skin, BUT IT REALLY DOES!).
HELPS TREAT DRY SKIN
It exfoliates the skin, allowing more moisture through to the new layer of skin!
HELPS PROMOTE COLLAGEN GROWTH IN THE DEEPER LAYERS OF YOUR SKIN
As you all know, high production of collagen will help remove fine lines & wrinkles, firm your skin & help remove scars from bad acne breakouts. (P.S. You can also take a daily collagen supplement to help with this! I take the one by Organika!).
If you’re someone with dark spots/patches, spots caused by aging or redness, all of those things can be progressively solved with products containing lactic acid. (In fact, if I go all “scientific” on you babies for just a sec, it has been shown that if a product contains more than 5% concentration of lactic acid, it may in fact lighten your skin!).
NOW, LACTIC ACID IS AMAZING & ALL, but like with all ingredients, there are always precautions! LET ME EXPLAIN (again!).
If you have really sensitive or even normal skin, there is a chance, either way, that lactic acid may irritate your skin at first. It is a very strong ingredient after all! What you need to know is that the irritation is temporary. It’s that whole logic of “Sometimes it need to get worse before it gets better”. So be wary of this! If you see that the irritation is not subsiding, the product might be too strong & might not be the product for you! Like I’ve said many times, it is really all about trial & error. Just know that it is normal if you feel irritation at first, but do keep an eye out. As for me, I don’t have sensitive skin whatsoever and what I did notice in the first few days of using Good Genes was that my skin would tingle or burn in certain areas but it eventually went away!
Lactic acid is an amazing ingredient used quite often in cosmetic & skincare products, but one thing that it does do that can be harmful & detrimental if you don’t take care of your skin in the proper manner, is that it makes your skin way more sensitive to the sun. It is therefore crucial to wear an SPF when using products containing lactic acid. You are trying to reap all these amazing benefits from these products & ingredients, but ultimately, if you are not protecting your skin if certain ingredients are rendering it more sensitive to the sun, you are losing! (Sorry to be harsh my loves, but it’s TRUE!). So basically, any product containing lactic acid should always be used in conjunction with an SPF!!! And plus, it is summertime now, so all the more reason to load up on the SPF, guys!
OKAY, NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT THE REASON FOR THIS POST IN THE FIRST PLACE. MY LOVE. MY LIFE. MY EVERYTHING. GOOD GENES!
FIRST OFF, I AM FREAKING OBSESSED WITH THE LIGHT GEL-ISH TEXTURE OF THIS BABY! If you are someone who has very oily skin & you’re not into those oily-textured serums & products, you will LOVE this one. When you apply it, you won’t feel an extra oily layer – it will seep into your skin, while exfoliating, without you even noticing!
The main ingredient in Good Genes is lactic acid, so you will REAP ALL THE BENEFITS that I mentioned above & then some!
THE MAIN REASON I started using it had nothing to do with acne. Thankfully, I was never someone who had acne-prone skin & I never really had any bad acne breakouts (except during my teenage years, I would get the occasional HORRIBLE-AF PIMPLE, but I never had cystic acne or any recurring issues!).
BUT, for those of you who know me, you will believe me when I say that what I did have was a very uneven skin tone – some areas were redder & other areas had darker spots!
After 3-4 days, I already started seeing a difference. I’ve been using it RELIGIOUSLY for about 2.5 months now, EVERY NIGHT. AND, WHAT HAVE I NOTICED?
Overall, my skin is smoother, brighter, clearer.
Every time I put it on, I feel radiant & glowing.
& Every night, I go to bed with a super soft layer of skin & I am literally in heaven.
I will buy this product over & over again. I know it is expensive, but it is so worth it. Literally. Every penny. AND… WAIT FOR IT… ALL MY REDNESS & DARK SPOTS ARE GONE! I SWEAR, it is thanks to Good Genes. So yes, like I said, it does pack a pretty penny. BUT IT’S WORTH EVERY CENT (especially since a little goes a long way!)
BTW, it does come in two sizes though. The smaller one retails $135 & the larger one for $200 & GET THIS! They also have the Power Couple Duo package ($110), which comes with the Good Genes (smaller version) & the Luna Night Sleeping Oil. If you’re going to use them together, it is definitely worth it to start out with! Otherwise, you can start out with the smaller version, but I swear, you are going to fall madly in love with this product & you WILL regret not buying the bigger one!
All this to say, if you’re wondering if it is worth it, YES!
As I mentioned earlier, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY, you only need 1-2 pumps for your entire face, so it will last you a long time! In fact, you won’t go through it like you would a foundation or other makeup products. You will seriously fall madly in LOVE!
OH & I also swear by the Luna. A lot of people are afraid to use retinol, but those of you who know me know that I am very adventurous when it comes to skincare and after doing the right amount (a heck of a lot) of research, I am ALWAYS open to trying new up & coming products!
The one thing that the Luna has helped me with a lot is my uneven texture & reducing the redness and dark spots. Basically, you apply it at night & it works through the night to reveal a brighter & more even skin tone. And my loves, I feel it every morning when I wake up. My skin feels soothed and is luminous, radiant & soft.
And it has to be thanks to these two products. I have been using them for almost three months, which is plenty of time for me to know that they work & plenty of time enough for me to say that I swear by them, that I will continue purchasing them & that they are worth every single penny!
ALL THIS TO SAY, I COULD GO ON FOR HOURS.
No but seriously, THESE TWO BABES WILL DO CRAZY, INSANELY AMAZINGTHINGS TO YOUR SKIN! IF THERE IS ONE (or TWO) PRODUCTS THAT YOU WILL INVEST IT, LET IT BE GOOD GENES (& LUNA).
I WANT YOU GUYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM AS MUCH AS I DID!
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And plus, who doesn’t love glowing skin, RIGHT?!
And here are just two, OUT OF ONE BILLION, shots of me POST-NIGHTTIME SKINCARE a.k.a. POST-GOOD-GENES & LUNA! (NO, this is not food porn!)