Skincare Favorite For the Month Of June Lactic Acid Good Genes

Good Genes 

My obsesseion with skincare and makeup started at a young age, but college is when my skincare obsession took a turn. I started trying anything and everything some good some bad buttttttt i finally feel that after all of these years I finally have a grasp on what I what works, what doesn't work and why. 

Good Genes is a Life Savor. I try and get a facial/hydra facial once a month, but they aren't cheap. I’m always running around so it doesn't always fit in my schedule. Here comes my favorite little mini facial in a bottle. Good Genes helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. I am 30, yes that hurts to say... but my skin doesn't look it at all. I have lines on my forehead that I will most likely get botox for. This product helps chemically exfoliate my skin and leaves it feeling smooth as ever. 

When using the product I uses the smallest amount of product and a bottle lasts for at least 6 months. This little gem helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and this mixed with a hydrafacial keeps me from the needles a little longer. Below are some Sephora facts on the product. Enjoy and let me know if you've used it. 

Sephora info:

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily 

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Purified Lactic Acid: Hydrates and exfoliates the surface layers of skin, smoothing its texture, improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and visibly clarifying blemishes.
- Licorice and Lemongrass: Brighten the appearance of dark spots and skin discoloration.
- Prickly Pear Extract: Soothes the appearance of surface redness and sensitive skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: Formulated with hydrating, purified-grade lactic acid, this serum exfoliates the dull surface of the skin for a radiant, clearer-, younger-looking complexion. The formula is enhanced with licorice extract to brighten the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Great for all skin types—from acne and blemish prone to dry and sensitive—this visibly brightening formula targets visible signs of aging and keeps skin looking clear and glowing.

What is lactic acid?
Lactic acid is a hydrating alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) commonly derived from milk, but there are alternative vegan sources, like fermented corn starch, beets, and other sugar-rich foods. Synthetic forms of this ingredient are often found in peels and serums. 

What does lactic acid do for skin?
Lactic acid brightens, smooths, and evens skin, while also making it look firmer. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. 

How does it work exactly?
It exfoliates by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion. 

How do I use it?
It’s generally recommended for nighttime use, and suggested frequency varies from product to product. Check the packaging for specific instructions. 

Are there any potential side effects?
You may experience slight tingling, stinging, and/or redness. (Don’t worry—this is normal.) 

What can I pair it with?
While it can be used with many other ingredients and products, sunscreen’s an essential when lactic acid is a part of your routine. Another important step: cleansing the morning after you use lactic acid to sweep away dead skin cells. 

Anything I shouldn’t pair it with?
Don’t use it on days you use retinol since both are potent ingredients. Alternate between the two to avoid irritation.