Breaking out? Skin looking dry? Hoping to iron out some wrinkles? Join the club.
Fortunately, while the quest to good skin can be a long and arduous one, it doesn’t have to be. This is your sign to chuck out all your snake oils and potions—we’ve found the ultimate routine for youthful-looking, glowing and clear skin…
In just two steps—one for the morning, one for the night—you’ll be well on your way to clearer, smoother, and healthier skin. Introducing: Sunday Riley’s hero products, the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment and the Luna Night Sleeping Oil. Without further ado, here’s a guide to your new routine.
STEP 1: YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
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The Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, aptly named, is a multi-tasking serum that restores the skin’s youthful radiance. Its key ingredient, lactic acid, is a chemical exfoliant (specifically, an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) that fights the build-up of dead skin cells and excess sebum, both of which contribute to the formation of breakouts, texture and dullness on the skin.
Its formula is powered by an incredibly potent dose of lactic acid, balanced out with prickly pear extract to soothe and hydrate the skin and both lemongrass and licorice to even out and brighten areas of hyperpigmentation.
Our favourite way to use Good Genes is to apply it to clean skin in the morning, as your morning exfoliating step. It preps the skin beautifully for makeup and gives you a boost of effortless radiance—just don’t forget to follow up with SPF as AHAs can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun!
PS: Good Genes is great for your nighttime routine, too—sleep on it and you’ll wake up with an enviable glow!
BEAUTY HACK: FLASH FIX MASK
Founded behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, this easy face mask hack is great in a pinch to prep your skin for makeup.
1. Mix equal parts of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment with the Ceramic Slip Cleanser
2. Apply to clean skin
3. Leave on for 1-3 minutes
4. Rinse with water.
STEP 2: YOUR EVENING ROUTINE
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Bid adieu to fine lines, acne and sagging skin—Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil is your retinol fix in a lightweight, all-rounder formulation. The brand’s trans-retinoic acid ester complex is the driving force behind this night oil; a potent form of retinol that improves skin elasticity and the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and also regulates the skin turnover cycle for clearer skin.
For those concerned about retinisation (read: the potential irritation that can arise from using retinol), rest assured that Luna’s sophisticated blend of botanicals has been curated to offset this effect as much as possible.
In fact, Luna gets its blue-tinted hue from blue tansy, German chamomile and Cape chamomile oils. These botanicals are rich in azulene, a buzzy ingredient widely revered for its soothing, redness-neutralising properties. Essentially, while the formulation’s retinol intensely renews your skin, the plant oils work overtime to nourish and calm the complexion.
That’s not where the benefits end, however—the anti-ageing benefits of retinol are also complemented by the addition of avocado and chia seed oil. Rich in vitamins and Omega-3, these oils plump and moisturise the skin, thus minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
We love applying the Luna Night Sleeping Oil with a gentle face massage. It’s a grounding, meditative ritual perfect for winding down before bed! Simply apply on its own or over the Good Genes Treatment, and work it in with your fingers or a gua sha tool until it turns from blue to clear. As usual, do not skip the SPF come morning as retinol can sensitise you to the sun!
NOTE: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s probably best to consult your doctor because using any type of retinoid.
SHOP: Luna Night Sleeping Oil
Et voila! There you have it: A foolproof, two-step routine for clearer, lovelier skin. Plus, you can indulge in your newfound glow with a clear conscience too—Sunday Riley is B-Corp certified with completely cruelty-free formulations.
Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment and Luna Night Sleeping Oil are the winners of the ‘Best Serum’ and ‘Best Face Oil’ categories in our 2022 BURO Beauty Empties respectively. Click here to find the full list of winners.
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