If you’re a Sunday Riley fan and you live in the UK, then you might be aware that Good Genes has changed. We no longer have the original Lactic Acid formula, and now have a Glycolic version instead. So I’m here to try and explain just why Sunday Riley had to change Good Genes.
What Is Good Genes?
Good Genes is an anti-ageing treatment that uses acid to to get rid of dead skin cells, as well as plumping up those fine lines and wrinkles. Liquorice is naturally brightening and helps to reduce hyper pigmentation and Lemongrass boosts the skin’s radiance, whilst Aloe helps to soothe the skin.
You can use it as serum or a mask – if you have sensitive skin then I recommend using as a mask and rinsing off after 15 minutes as it’s quite potent. If you have uneven texture or your pores tend to be quite congested, then you’ll benefit from the exfoliating nature of the product. I swear by Good Genes, as do many, so when I heard that the formula had to change for the UK market, I panicked.
The Original Formula – Lactic Acid
For those of you in the US, don’t worry, you still get to have the Lactic Acid version – it is just the UK (and the EU) who have to have the new version. Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that is used to reduce breakouts and fight the signs of ageing. Compared to Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid is more moisturising and tends to cause less irritation, so for those of us who can react to products, the original formula is always going to be preferable. Unlike some other acids, Lactic Acid works on the surface of the skin, making it great for exfoliation.
The New Formula – Glycolic Acid
I’m not totally devastated about the change to the formula as my skin responds really well to Glycolic Acid, which is surprising as I can react to acids. It is the smallest of the AHAs and again it works on the surface of the skin to exfoliate. Glycolic Acid dissolves sebum and breaks down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together, leaving you with a brighter and smoother complexion.
Why Change The Formula?
Basically, and I’m going to put this as simply as possible because this Bunny ain’t a chemist, the EU decided to get involved and stick their nose into the world of skincare. They changed the regulations regarding Lactic Acid. Now, no product that is marketed as a Lactic Acid treatment can be sold if the concentration of Lactic Acid is 10% and the pH is lower than 10%.
Now the original Good Genes has a Lactic Acid concentration of 7%, so that was fine, but the pH is only 3% and that’s where the issue arose. I feel for Sunday Riley with this as Good Genes works and changing the formula could have been disastrous to the effectiveness of the product. Thankfully, instead of just saying that they won’t sell Good Genes outside of the US, they swapped the Lactic Acid for Glycolic Acid. So the new formula contains 7% Glycolic Acid, 3% Lactic Acid Salt and a 3.5% pH.
Has The New Formula Changed How Effective Good Genes Is?
There is a difference – not a huge one, but a noticeable one. The new formula is much thicker than the milky texture of the original, and I personally don’t find it to be as good at exfoliating, although the difference isn’t enough to make me stop using it. I do find that the newer formula is better at brightening my skin though, so overall, the changes haven’t ruined the product. Luckily I still have a full bottle of the Lactic Acid, so I can use both. If I had a choice, I would probably stick with the original, but I am glad that we can still enjoy Good Genes in the UK.
I think the trick is to not compare the two and instead, view the Glycolic version as a new product in it’s own right.