Shocking. I cannot believe I've never actually reviewed Good Genes. It's been talked about so often both on the blog and on my Instagram in particular, that I honestly thought I had. Duh.
I've had numerous requests to go in to more detail, so without further ado:
What is it?
'A brightening, multitasking, radiance treatment and mask.'
'Naturally brightens and improves radiance, texture and circulation.'
What's in it?
Possible allergy/acne/upsetting for some ingredients?
Lactic acid (although that is rather the point of this product)
What's not in it?
Who is it for?
Everyone except perhaps the most sensitive of skins.
This is something you want in your arsenal if you have hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, an uneven skintone or dullness that you would like to lift.
How do you use it?
Daily as a serum or when required as a treatment mask. I prefer to use it in the evenings under an oil or a moisturiser. And yes I use it after I've used my exfoliating acid toners. Maybe not P50, but certainly the milder ones.
You can mix it with Sunday's Ceramic Slip cleanser for a 'Flash Facial' - which is what I do backstage at the shows. Quick and easy if you need an instant 'boom' to the skin.
I've seen a few reviews recently of people from people that are using it AM and PM as a serum. Personally, I think that's overkill, but as always, if it works for you, carry on. I'd keep an eye on your skin to ensure it isn't over-exfoliated though. And make sure you are adding moisturiser/oils afterwards.
What's good/not so good about it?
Good Genes gets all the praise because the effect is almost immediate. It contains 40% unneutralised lactic acid which gives it a very low PH. As lactic acid works on the surface of the skin - more topical than its counterparts, the irritation risk is less than with other acids such as glycolic and salicylic.
I prefer to use it in the evenings simply because it is so effective at resurfacing that I find my makeup can have a tendency to go patchy if I use it during the day. I know that this is not everyone's experience though.
It is purposely used in a soothing, calming base to counteract any potential irritation from the strength of the lactic acid.
Good Genes does what it says on the label.
The only negative for some readers will be the price. It's £85.00 for 30ml. Not as expensive as a lot of high-end treatments but certainly not budget prices.
Do you need it?
In short, yes.
If you are 20-something and have perfect skin, then no, save your money. But if you have scarring, uneven skin tone, discolouration etc then definitely check it out no matter what your age.
Sunday is one of my clients but as always, has no editorial control over the blog. I have received no payment for this post. To see my full disclosure statement go to the About Me page.