22 Aug 2018

‘Good Genes’: Sometimes They Mean Everything

Good Genes on vickiarcher.com

Sometimes daughters really do know all.

Annoying, but true.

Falling back behind “mother knows best” doesn’t always ring true and I am happy to learn and stand corrected – especially when it comes to anything beauty.

My girl raves and raves about the Sunday Riley range of skincare. As you know I am very fussy and stick to certain products like glue. She finally got so tired of me saying, “yes, “yes”, … I will… soon” she gifted me her favourites. I have been trying them, I mentioned the cleanser last week, but what I have been holding off on is the treatment called Good Genes.

It is a cross between a serum and a light grade lactic acid to cleanse and brighten the skin. It is all the right natural ingredients and I have to admit feels really good. I have been using it for a while now and I really see the change it brings to my skin. Clearer, brighter and I think, smoother. Of course, skincare is a culmination of a lot of external affairs too – sleep, hydration and exercise – and nothing can work miracles alone.

But this is good, Emily was right.

I started using it every second night after my cleanser and before my night products. It prickled at first, but nothing serious. I’ve gradually introduced it every day and really, really like how my skin feels afterwards. Good Genes is a different kind of product for me, any kind of retinol treatment is too irritating and I don’t like high-grade exfoliation. This is a perfect balance and used in conjunction with hydration – well, she was right – it is an absolute winner.

It also works as an illuminating primer – cleanse, “good genes” and tinted moisturiser. Once you are up and racing with it, try this adaption. I like the finish and lately, it is all I have been wearing.

Plus a little red lipstick. xv

‘Good Genes’: Daughters Know Best

sunday riley good genes treatment  ||  sunday riley flash fix kit travel or try  ||  sunday riley blue moon cleansing balm

images, robin wright by peter lindbergh

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Agree absolutely with your new skin beauty finds Vicki! Good Genes is my favourite go to and love it as a base before applying the Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Occasionally I alternate the Luna with the C.E.O cream. Like you I cannot use anything that even looks like retinol and need to be very cautious with exfoliation but the Sunday Riley products are my fave go to’s and have been for the past 2 years. Interesting that you use it as a primer as I have only used it in my night routine. Must try your suggestion! The difference in the texture of my skin after using SR has been significant. For anyone in Australia reading and wishing to purchase, I recommend netaporter as they will ship liquids to Aus. and are very competitively priced. Once again thank you (and Emily) for the advice. I attribute much of my beauty routine solely to you VA – always a winner!


Thank you Sue… and yes, try as primer.. it is really great! I have had a long day today and actually, the makeup still looks ok.. ;)
I am going to try the Night Oil next… :) Emily likes that product too!!

Ellen Shook

Don’t forget your sunscreen with this product! I used this system for a while and liked it, but — I kept having breakouts. I do like many of SR’s products, however. She was a cosmetic chemist which is comforting when considering skincare.


So far, so good with me Ellen… and yes, definitely .. my CC cream has a strong sunscreen so that works well together… I am going to try more of the SR products.. :)


I love Good Genes. Apply in the morning and it gives a fresh faced glow … no foundation needed. Staple in my skincare wardrobe.


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