This Oprah-Approved Exfoliant Softens Skin and Diminishes Fine Lines, According to Shoppers
Is there anyone who knows more about what people want than Oprah? The mogul's Favorite Things list is a major event every year, because her taste is both discerning and largely accessible. And one of her top picks just got even more affordable: Sunday Riley's famed Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is now 20 percent off as part of Dermstore's Beauty Refresh sale.
Even before TikTok made certain skincare items a hot commodity, Good Genes was a fan favorite. It got big the old-fashioned way: by making its way onto celebrities like Oprah, Drew Barrymore, Helen Mirren, and Jourdan Dunn's shopping lists, and garnering customer raves for its brightening, line-reducing effect. As Oprah wrote on her 2018 Favorite Things roundup, the brand's serum and Ceramic Slip cleanser are her "go-to beauty regimen," and fans second the products' excellence.
"I wake up with incredibly soft skin, and my fine lines are diminished," wrote a reviewer on Dermstore's page for the serum. Another person likened it to using an IRL photo filter thanks to the "instant smoothing, tightening, and brightening" they see; others emphasize how nicely it lightens dark spots and discoloration. On Amazon, even 70-year-olds note the difference they see in their wrinkles — and 46-year-olds with age spots and fine lines dub it "absolutely amazing" for skin that's "brighter, fuller, and so smooth."
Shop now: $68 with code REFRESH (Originally $85); dermstore.com
All of which is why Good Genes has made such a fan of editors — and why it normally costs $85 for a one-ounce bottle. At work in the serum is a potent yet gentle mix of lactic acid, aloe, squalane, and licorice root, agave, orchid, and prickly pear extracts. As dermatologist Michele Green, MD, previously told InStyle, lactic acid gets her thumbs up since the ingredient is both a hydrating humectant and exfoliant capable of improving fine lines and discoloration.
Aloe and squalane, meanwhile, are skin-plumping moisturizers, and licorice root extract effectively lightens dark spots. So if you're someone who's sensitive to glycolic acid or other exfoliants, the serum is an easy avenue towards brighter, tighter skin without irritation (although I do wish the brand would remove cyclomethicone and triethanolamine, as they add unnecessary environmental risk).
Still, on the whole it's a great product. The Ceramic Slip cleanser that Oprah highlighted is also on sale, and features a blend of vitamin C, French and Moroccan clays, and skin-soothing bisabolol. Its anti-aging impact is less profound than the serum's, according to shoppers, but it's a gentle, non-stripping workhorse that "takes the whole day off — makeup and sunscreen included."
Shop now: $28 (Originally $35); dermstore.com
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