These Are The 3 Best Dupes For Sunday Riley's Cult-Favorite Good Genes Treatment
By C Mandler
Sunday Riley is a luxury skin care brand that makes a line of amazing cleansers, oils, moisturizers, and more, but their most well-known product is definitely Good Genes, a cult-favorite lactic acid treatment that claims to cure all your skin-related ails at once — but for the hefty price of $105 for a single ounce. Given the price tag, it's no surprise that people are searching for the best Sunday Riley Good Genes dupes and other products like it, because — let's be real here — most people can't afford to spend that much on a single product, no matter how effective it is.
It's important to note right off the bat that a product "dupe" doesn't really have a singular definition. As the beauty industry continues to expand and the efficacy of certain ingredients gives particularly expensive products a spotlight, cheaper versions of those best-sellers inevitably get released. But no dupe can be exactly like the original product in question. Since Good Genes is primarily (although, not only) a lactic acid treatment with a 5 percent concentration, the best Good Genes dupes should have a similar concentration, but other ingredients will vary.
So, What Is Lactic Acid?
Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA, which primarily works to exfoliate the outermost layer of skin, focusing on things like hyperpigmentation, scarring, and surface-level comedones. For some context, glycolic acid is an AHA, so other popular treatments, like the PIXI Glow Tonic or The Ordinary's Glycolic Toner, have similar goals to treatments like Good Genes, but don't work in quite the same way.
Lactic acid has a larger molecular size, which means it can take a little longer to see results because it's far gentler to the skin than glycolic, but the rub with Good Genes is that people really do see results overnight. I can attest that this is true, but no matter how much I love waking up with brighter, clearer skin than when I went to bed, I just can't afford that asking price.
But even though you may not see an immediate change in your skin with one of these dupes, if you stick with it, you'll get similar results over time — and at a fraction of the price. And one more thing: while you should already be wearing a daily facial sunscreen to reduce the risk of sun damage, lactic acid treatments can make your skin extremely sensitive to light, so no more playing around when it comes to sun protection. Whether you're using one of these products day or night, make sure you're not leaving your house without an SPF of at least 30 on your face.