When you’re investing your hard-earned money into a new skincare product, you want a solid guarantee that it’s going to work. So when a pricey serum has a huge fan base and earns rave reviews—even from self-proclaimed “beauty junkie” Drew Barrymore—you know it’s the real deal. This is true of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Serum, which is still available for 15% off in Nordstrom’s extended Cyber Monday 2020 sale.
With a typical price tag of $85 for a 1-ounce bottle, Good Genes is far more of a splurge than Barrymore’s favorite drugstore beauty buys. But still, she—and many other enthusiastic users—have dubbed this anti-aging serum worth it. It contains lactic acid, which chemically exfoliates the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and create a more radiant complexion, plus licorice root, which has a brightening effect. “I just do it once, maybe twice a week,” Barrymore said when she shared the product on her Instagram in March 2020. “I see a huge difference in the brightening, tightening, and youthening of my skin.”
Some reviewers also say it’s a great option for those with dark spots and hyperpigmentation. “Sunday Riley's Good Genes not only works—it shows immediate results,” wrote one Nordstrom shopper. “My face's complexion was noticeably even and without any of the redness that my fair skin normally gets right away with any product I use.”
Others say the serum helped reduce the appearance of their pores. “Since discovering this product a few years ago, I can definitely say my skin shows a noticeable difference from using it. My pores are finer, my complexion is brighter, any spots are cleared like a miracle overnight, and any patches of dryness or redness are eliminated,” wrote another reviewer.
To buy: Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $72 (was $85); nordstrom.com
Just a small amount of serum (one to three pumps) is needed per application, according to the brand, and it’s best applied before a moisturizer—no need to wash it off. For those with sensitive skin, Good Genes can be applied as a skincare mask instead; just rinse it off after 15 minutes (as opposed to leaving it on all day or night). According to Barrymore, you can feel the product working since it has a “tingling sensation.” How often you use it depends on your skin sensitivity and preference: You can use it as an exfoliating treatment once or twice a week treatment, or use it every other day, as some reviewers suggest.
With the discounted price of $72 at Nordstrom, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is a skincare splurge, but it’s one with many stamps of approval. If you’re searching for your new holy grail anti-aging product this might be it—but we recommended jumping on this post-Cyber Monday deal while it lasts.
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