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Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

What it is:A brightening, multitasking, radiance treatment and mask. What it is formulated to do:Everyone wants the unmistakable look of having good genes. This hydrating treatment is formulated with key ingredients that plump the look of fine lines to reveal brighter, renewed skin, and support natural circulation to create a smooth, vibrant complexion. Long term use will help restore damaged skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and scars, reduce the depth and number of lines and wrinkles, even out skintone, and increase skin firmness. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Sulfates - Phthalates What else you need to know:Flashfacial: five minutes, two products, one dramatic result. Lactic acid plus green clay DIY mask to reveal flawless, glowing, radiant skin—in a flash. Mix three pumps of Good Genes with two pumps of Ceramic Slip, leave on for five to 10 minutes, and rinse off.
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Questions & Answers for Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

Question
What is the scent?
It's frustrating when reviewers complain about a product's fragrance without describing it. For Good Genes, is it floral? Musky? Patchouli-like? Marine? Citrus? What??? Thanks : )
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
catspek
(Chicago, IL)
on Good Genes Treatment
11 answers
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answer 1
The scent was very...unusual, I’d say. At first it seemed lemon scented to me, but that gave way to more of a mix of lemon and...it’s hard to say, but the only other place I’ve smelled something similar is on my kid’s dried clothes when they were babies and wet through their diapers. Sorry to be gross, but I don’t know what that smell is in Good Genes. Whatever it is, to me it is not pleasant, or acceptable in a product to pricey.
answered 7 months ago
Cosmeticphile
answer 2
Definitely a citrus base.
answered 7 months ago
HN02
(Olympia, WA)
answer 3
To me - it smells exactly like powdered lemonade mix. The smell dissipates, but it was pretty fragrant for at least a half an hour after application.
answered 9 months ago
TelegramSam
(Pittsburgh)
answer 4
You can use it as a daily serum (apply a very light amount) or apply it thicker as a mask and then rinse it off. I use it in place of my moisturizer every day and just wash my face and then apply this when I get out of the shower. I use Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer on top of this once it has been absorbed, and my skin looks flawless without the heavily made-up look. Best stuff ever.
answered 10 months ago
bisnono
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 5
This product smells like lemons. I haven't found that the smell is a turn-off for me, and the smell dissipates pretty quickly once you apply it, so it's not as if you're smelling it all day, even though you are using it on your face. Some people might compare it to the smell of lemon Pledge. I am pretty sensitive to chemically smells due to my asthma, so I have to be very careful not to use products with overpowering scents and I have not had any problems with this.
answered 10 months ago
bisnono
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 6
I always thought it smelled like lemongrass and didn't realize that it was a main ingredient in there until recently. The scent has not bothered my or anyone who has been near me when it is on.
answered 1 year ago
amaurice
(Calgary, AB)
answer 7
In my opinion this smells neither good nor bad. Can't say it smells appealing, but I can't say that it smells offensive either!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
athensgirl
(Athens, GA)
answer 8
The scent is mostly from the lemongrass and licorice. Check out the ingredients list. People are being way to drastic about the scent. It's an all natural product with strong plants in it of course it will be fragrant.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
imohi
(Idaho)
answer 9
I didn't notice any kind of horrible smell at all. It did smell like something I had used before but I couldn't figure out what. Maybe the acids? It just smelled like a facial product to me. Unless you are extremely sensitive to smells and really just didn't like this one, I can't imagine why it would bother so many people.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mhl1414
(Chesapeake, VA)
answer 10
It's lemony.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
casb
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 11
This one is almost like an inky, benzoin smell... but very faint.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
dhba
(New York NY)
Question
AM OR PM
Is Good Genes to be used once aday or A.M.and P.M.?
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
queenfrannie
(Briant Pond, ME)
on Good Genes Treatment
7 answers
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answer 1
I use it in the PM due to having really sensitive skin. I use it every other night due to other reviewers saying this was too harsh and use a collagen night cream on the nights I do not use Good Genes. That seems to be working well for my skin type.
answered 6 months ago
GeenaZ
(Marina Del Rey, CA)
answer 2
I use just a little as a serum in the morning--helps with the application of foundation.
answered 7 months ago
HN02
(Olympia, WA)
answer 3
I use mine always at night, and occasionally under a moisturizer at day. I feel like the benefits are best when used at night.
answered 10 months ago
KellyOConn
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
I use this only in the P.M. Let it work overnight.
I think you might want to avoid putting it on and going directly out in the sun.
answered 11 months ago
Kristieboo
(Los Angeles Ca)
answer 5
I only use it in the PM as I have a different beauty routine in terms of lotions/serums in the morning and I have had amazing results! You can also use it in the AM or both AM and PM. I like the PM because I can put a whole pump on my face and massage it and let it do its magic overnight.
answered 1 year ago
amaurice
(Calgary, AB)
answer 6
you can do both but i would limit to once a day in the PM - it is very exfoliating and when i used it under makeup i found the texture a bit crumbly.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
girly455
(Toronto, Ont)
answer 7
I use it for both day and night, which doesn't help promote the longevity of the bottle's usage.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
jdl429
(New York, NY)
Question
moisturizing?
Is this moisturizing enough to replace a regular moisturizer or would it be used under?
asked 9 months ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Good Genes Treatment
6 answers
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answer 1
I dont have extremely dry skin but I only use it with a moisturizer 2 nights out of 7 and my skin feels very hydrated.
answered 7 months ago
KendraKendra
(Chapel Hill, NC)
answer 2
I have oily skin and found this added just enough moisture that I didn't need any additional moisturizer--however, if you have combination
or dry skin you will most likely still need your moisturizer over the top.
Great product--adds a youthful glow and softens fine lines!
answered 7 months ago
HN02
(Olympia, WA)
answer 3
I think you could use it in place of a moisturizer. It is very emollient.
answered 7 months ago
alexcharles
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 4
I think it depends on your skin type. I think it is moisturizing enough on its own but I tend to use Juno underneath it to really hydrate my skin (especially in the winter).
answered 8 months ago
irenejs
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 5
I think that would depend on your skin, but in use it like a serum, with lotion as well.
answered 8 months ago
Megma
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 6
I think so
answered 9 months ago
beautyjunkie26
(Los Angeles,CA)
Question
Can I use good genes treatment round the eye area
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
Babs129
(London uk)
on Good Genes Treatment
5 answers
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answer 1
I used it around the eyes and it did just fine. It does tingle so if you don't want that around your eyes, then I wouldn't try it.
answered 7 months ago
alexcharles
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 2
No. I would not use this product around any sensitive areas.
answered 1 year ago
amaurice
(Calgary, AB)
answer 3
I would be careful around the eyes with this.. Maybe lightly apply just a touch with a cotton swab in the eye area to test on a day when you are hanging around the house in case it causes some redness. Or, maybe dilute it with another eye treatment for that area
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
athensgirl
(Athens, GA)
answer 4
Hi Babs129,

We do not recommend it for the eye area.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
This product was not formulated for use around the eye area.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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sensitive skin SO how should I use my samples I stock-pilled on purpose?!
Since I have sensitive skin (things that sting usualy will sting me) SO,what will be my best bet to start off using this and not harming my skin ( I read some reviews that scared the heck out of me)? I gave my sample of Youth Mud -Tingling to my hairstylist! I was SO exciyed to try this but haven't dared yet. Any good solid advice on how I should use this? And if you think serum, how do I apply (especially the 1st time)?! Thank U Ladies!
asked 6 months ago
IRISHQUEEN
(Guntersville,AL.)
on Good Genes Treatment
5 answers
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answer 1
I have skin that reacts to allergens in the air, fair to say it can be sensitive. I used to think I have oily skin but since I started using a creme cleanser and not an "oil controlling" cleanser I don't have an oil problem anymore. This product is so wonderful, I started using it once every other day as a treatment, left on five minutes, and it stung the first four or five times I used it. I currently use every morning before makeup and as a treatment at night once or twice a week, no stinging. Hope that helps. It is really smoothed out my skin, I am mid thirties and I feel like it tightened up or plumped the right places so I look late twenties without makeup now (never would have gone without makeup even at home before this product).
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
TMBrownie
(Seattle)
answer 2
As a fellow gal with sensitive skin, I think you'll be fine. To play it safe and ease in, I'd recommend you start using a smallish amount (maybe 1/4 or 1/3 of your sample packet) once a day in the morning.

I was brave and used my entire packet as a mask, and it did sting a little, but not extremely. The results were so great, though, that I still bought the bottle. I eased in by using not quite a full pump every morning, and it's the perfect amount to build the results. It just tingles ever so slightly and not unpleasantly when first starting to use it. After using it for a month, I don't feel the tingle anymore at all. If your experience is like mine, you won't regret this one.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
CaraTee
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
I have very sensitive/ rosacea type skin that breaks out if anything irritates it. I started off using this every other night for a week. The first time i used it I was amazed. I have been using nightly since without any irritation and clearer,plumper skin.its not a miracle,but its the closest you will find in a bottle. I had to stop usong any mechanical exfoliants( clarisonic,scrubs,etc) just was making my skin too "angry" .wise choice on that glamglow tingle mask. It sent me into an irritated mess for a week with one use! I.was told lactic acid is good for.sensitive skin because it helps your skin hold moisture and it is a weaker acid. Give it a go.start slow.
answered 6 months ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
answer 4
Sensitive skin is a tough one...I have iron skin, nothing phases it, and this product *tingled* for about a minute on me! I would try a very small bit of this product on the lower part of your cheek and jawline to test out your reaction. This product is amazing so should your reaction be favorable I would focus its use on your "problem" areas and definitely avoid a good portion of your eye area. Good luck! Hope you love it as much as I do!
answered 6 months ago
danatgirl
(Orlando, FL)
answer 5
For people with sensitive skin (any skin type really) I would begin using this product every other night or every third night. I do not have sensitive skin and it does have a burn/tingle sensation. If it doesn't bother your skin then you can begin to use every other night or every night. I apply this product every other night (RX retin-a on alternating nights) after I wash my face with a gentle cleanser (non-foaming) while skin is slightly damp, and let it sink into my skin for 5-10 minutes before I apply moisturizer, which I highly recommend with use of Good Genes. So far this routine has worked for me with notable results the following morning. Plumper skin, reduction in appearance of fine line, and smooth evened out skin tone. Subtle results, but results that I have not received with other serums/treatments tried. If the burning/tingling sensation is too much rinse off your face. On a side note......beware of the smell. It's awful. But as stated earlier so far I am liking this as a nightly serum. Good luck and hope this helped.
answered 6 months ago
chanel5girl
(Paradise, CA)
Question
dry,acne prone skin& incorporating into skincare
I have dry,acne prone skin. It's really sensitive,dryish but breakouts occur easily with irritants or anything too heavy. I have had lactic acid peels in the past that worked fine. So,I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on this for my skin? I also was wondering if this was enough to replace a moisturizer?For reference,I use Fresh Lotus cream over Fresh seaberry oil. If I'm not wearing my foundation with spf,I use the SR spf moisturizer and mix my fresh in too in winter.thanks in advance!They don't have this in store near me.So I have to risk it with this one.
asked 9 months ago
wintery
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Good Genes Treatment
4 answers
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answer 1
I have combination, acne-prone skin that tends to become dry and flaky sometimes as well. It's super sensitive. Good Genes did not irritate my skin at all. I use it every other evening.
answered 6 months ago
GeenaZ
(Marina Del Rey, CA)
answer 2
I also have combo skin and haven't noticed any breakouts or trouble zones. In fact, my skin hasn't looked healthier! I use mine as a daily moisturizer in the morning.
answered 7 months ago
NikkiHam
(Olathe, KS)
answer 3
Hi, I have very sensitive combination skin. I am prone to breakouts on my chin and nose but my cheeks are always quite dry. This product was much too strong for me. I had to wash it off after only a few minutes because it burned so bad and my skin was bright red for the rest of the night. If your skin is very sensitive I would not recommend it.
answered 7 months ago
solikearose
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
I also have dry skin and have had no trouble with this product. It leaves you very plumped and glowing.
answered 7 months ago
alexcharles
(Charlotte, NC)
Question
Complete ingredients?
Could someone post the complete ingredient list please
asked 8 months ago
feelingpretty
(San Jose, CA)
on Good Genes Treatment
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
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, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
thenightbird
answer 2
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answered 5 months, 1 week ago
CaraTee
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 3
contains dimethicone and two parabens!
answered 7 months ago
TMBrownie
(Seattle)
answer 4
Unneutralized, Unbuffered Lactic Acid, Licorice, Squalene, Yeast Extract, Lemongrass, Arnica, NV-5 Ageless Complex. 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, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DMDM Hydantoin.
answered 8 months ago
Ruthie973
(San francisco)
Question
Wash off?
Your Instructions say to leave on for 30 mins. Is that right? Are u supposed to rinse it off? I have been using it as a lotion and applying a tinted moisturizer over it...
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
sandy321
on Good Genes Treatment
3 answers
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answer 1
You can use it as a mask in which case I think you wash it off. I've only ever used it as a lotion in which case you should keep it on!
answered 1 year ago
amaurice
(Calgary, AB)
answer 2
I use it at night. Put Good Genes on first, and when it's dry, add my usual moisturizers.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
tattletaletoo
(Kentucky)
answer 3
No! Do not wash it off unless you have mixed it with her cleanser and used as a mask!
answered 2 years ago
queenfrannie
(Briant Pond, ME)
Question
Acne?
I have very oily, acne prone skin. I follow a good diet, exercise, etc. I take very good care of my skin, but I am still plagued with a few problems. I am always wary about trying new things, as they do not always agree with my skin. I was wondering if anyone has had any issues with this causing acne? Many products I cannot use because of being sensitive to breakouts.
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
cdm77
(Wheelersburg, OH)
on Good Genes Treatment
3 answers
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answer 1
I have oily skin everywhere except for my chin. This product works really well for me. I always had random breakouts and now that I use this product every night, my acne scars are all gone and my skin stays clear. It is also comforting to know that my skin feels clean and exfoliated every morning.
answered 1 year ago
amaurice
(Calgary, AB)
answer 2
I have acne/combination skin. This product has actually reduced the size and appearance of my acne/blackheads. Everyone's skin is so unique though. You should get a sample and see how it works.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
imohi
(Idaho)
answer 3
I was starting to have some hormonal breakouts when I tried it and it really cleared it all up!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
mhl1414
(Chesapeake, VA)
Question
This is described to be used as a serum, yet the directions say to apply for 10 to 30 minutes. Do you wash it off?
asked 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Anonymous
(Tampa, FL)
on Good Genes Treatment
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I seem to remember the packaging says that you can use as a serum and/or as a mask treatment (i.e: to brighten up your skin before a night out). Hence washing it off after 10-30 mins when used as a mask. I use it mainly as a serum at nighttime, but have used it as a mask mixed with a little bit of SR Ceramic Slip Cleanser.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
thenightbird
answer 2
No you do not wash it off. You use this after cleansing your facial skin. Then use a moisturizer.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
winner
(Gray Court, SC)
answer 3
I love this product. It seemed to work best the very first bottle. it is a treatment but I never wash it off.

it seems to brighten the complexion. i searched it out due to a more natural line. and the Native American-based ingredients.
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
princessashleigh
(Texas)
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