Product Review: Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil & Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Both live up to all the hype they’ve received.  I’ve gone through multiple bottles of each.

Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil

What it claims to do?
“Works throughout the night to deliver visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin by morning…reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging: fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
– 96% of women felt their skin looked brighter and more radiant
– 96% of women felt their skin looked healthier and revitalized
– 88% felt their pores looked smaller
– 85% felt their fine lines and wrinkles around the forehead were visibly improved.”

Do I agree?
Yes.  There have been a few skincare products in recent memory that delivered overnight noticeable results, and this treatment oil is one.  Combined with a good night’s sleep, my skin looks brighter, fresher and smoother.  This mid-range strength retinol doesn’t make me peel.  It’s not as strong as prescription-strength obviously, but not as mild as most over the counter retinols either.  

Don’t be put off by the blue tint.  It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t stain pillows.  A superb addition to any skincare regimen for anyone with dry, dehydrated and mature skin.  It claims to be safe for eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea sufferers as well.

How I use it?
This is a retinol-rich night-time treatment.  After cleansing, I apply a layer and let it sink in for a few minutes then use a night cream over the top if my skin needs it.  It is rich enough to be used on its own. 

How much does it cost?
$105.  It’s a lot of money but I can make it last for several months.  

Available at Sephora.

Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

What it claims to do?
“Brightens, exfoliates, and hard to undo the damage caused by sunlight, acne, pollution.  The potent blend of ingredients combine to plump fine lines, fight hyper-pigmentation, heal scar tissue & boost circulation so skin looks smoother, younger & more vibrant.
– 100% of women said their skin looked and felt significantly smoother and more radiant, with visibly reduced lines and wrinkles after application.”

Do I agree?
Yes.  Lactic acid is one of the more milder acids on the market and serves as an example that stronger doesn’t always mean better.  This gives my complexion a boost and my skin appears brighter.

How I use it?
I use it as a serum in the morning or night or both.  

How much does it cost?
$105.  Let’s face it, Sunday Riley skincare products are expensive.  Lactic acid is a relatively inexpensive ingredient and there are numerous, affordable lactic acid serums from other brands such as The Ordinary.  However, if it fits into your budget, this formulation, although pricey, is wonderful.  

Available at Sephora.

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