With a billing like that, I was waiting for a good time to test it. As I mentioned in my Kiehl's wrinkle cream review last Monday, I developed pretty bad sun-induced hyperpigmentation last summer. Most of it has now shifted thanks to a course of ReAura home laser, but a few spots remain on my left cheek and below my left eye. I'd really like them gone now and before embarking on another round of ReAura, I thought I’d give Good Genes a good try.
The serum applies easily and the smell dissipates after a minute or two. My regime was to apply daily in the mornings after a cleanse and tone. Upon application I didn’t see an 'instant' brightening or 'flawless' complexion but Good Genes sat well under my dry face oil and moisturiser (with an SPF 30!).
I had nothing to report for the first few days but then suddenly on day 3 I woke up and noticed how smooth my skin felt. It was a marked smoothness. This did surprise me as I use some pretty heavy duty exfoliating products on a regular basis, not least the ReAura which re-surfaces the skin. I was impressed to see such further improvement from a topical product.
Sadly, two days later, all hell broke lose. I woke up with spots. Argh! A spot on my forehead, a big pimple on my left temple and a blemish next to my lips. My skin is normally robust and I rarely break out, so this was annoying and disappointing after things were starting to look promising. I had to abandon further use of the serum until the spots cleared, which took three days.
|Sun spots on left cheek before Good Genes (L) and after (R)|
Mine was a bit of a roller coaster ride with Good Genes. I know there is a lot of love out there for this product – Stella McCartney and Helen Mirren are reported fans and they both have great skin. But it didn't suit my skin and I would advise any one with sensitivity to patch test this before purchasing.
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment costs £85 for 30ml and is available from Space NK here
Prickly Pear Extract, Blue Agave Extract, Lady's Slipper Orchid Extract, Cactus Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-75 Meadowsol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract, Triethanolamine, XanthanGum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin