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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The best Sunday Riley products for dry and sensitive skin. Cult Beauty Brand Of The Month


Sunday Riley Brand Overview


As most of you will know, every month Cult Beauty have a brand of the month and in January it's Sunday Riley, which means that there is free worldwide shipping on all products. In addition to that, while stocks last, if you spend £75 or more on the brand, you will receive a free deluxe sized Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment. Sunday Riley is not just a brand, it's the also the name of the founder of this cruelty-free brand. I have tried quite a few products from the brand and am a big fan because I find that everything I have tried is effective and gives quick results - what I like in my skincare! I love that most of the products are available in full and half sizes because it isn't the cheapest brand and this makes it more feasible for people to try the products. Today I want to share my top picks from the brand for dry and sensitive skin, although most of these products will work for all skin types. 

C..E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum: Vitamin C is known for its skin brightening properties but its also known for being an unstable ingredient, however this serum is different because it contains an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C, which only converts into L-Ascorbic acid when it comes into contact with the skin. Because the packaging has a pump, it keeps the serum inside fresh so although it's quite a pricey serum at £70, it is a stable, fresh form of Vitamin C. It has a creamy lotion texture that absorbs quickly and it layers well with other products without causing any pilling. I personally can't use a Vitamin C product daily as my skin is quite sensitive but using this serum 2/3 times weekly brightens my skin and adds radiance.

Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment: If you hadn't heard, the original Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment is no longer for sale in the EU due to the concentration and PH levels of Lactic Acid in the original being higher than the EU will allow. I have to say that I was absolutely gutted when this happened because the original Good Genes was one of my favourite ever skincare products. It's still on sale in the U.S.A. so I ordered one from Sephora to have as a back up but also to compare to the new Glycolic Acid version (comparison post coming later this month).  This new version does contain Lactic Acid, but a much lower concentration, with Glycolic Acid bring its primary ingredient. Glycolic Acid is stronger than Lactic Acid in terms of exfoliation but it still isn't harsh and would be suitable for most skin types. It works more deeply than lactic acid to remove dead skin cells and generally brighten and smooth the skin. Good Genes can be used as a mask or a serum - my preference is a serum but if you are new to acids, using it as a mask for a quick fix will give the best results and help to build tolerance. The result, either way, is smooth, even and glowing skin. I find that this really help to improve textured and porous skin and speeds up the healing of blemishes. Do I prefer the new or old version? Keep your eyes peeled for my comparison post in the coming weeks.

Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream: Usually I am not the biggest fan of gel cream moisturisers because my skin is so dry that I usually don't find that they are nourishing enough but this one is the absolute exception. Packed with hyaluronic acid, white bird of paradise extract and papaya enzymes, this moisturiser brightens, gently exfoliates and quenches my skin's thirst. It is light in texture but packs a punch in terms of moisture. It absorbs quickly but skin feels soft all day. Other products also layer well with it. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, I urge you to try this product.

Autocorrect Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream: When I saw caffeine listed as an ingredient for this eye cream, I had high hopes in terms of depuffing and it does not disappoint! It also contains ginseng to brighten the under eye area and watermelon extract, shea and cocoa butter to hydrate and nourish. I've mentioned several times that my skin doesn't like shea butter but for some reason, I never have a reaction to any eye creams that contain it - it's really my cheeks and jawline that hate it! This eye cream definitely brightens the under eye area and I've noticed that the skin there is smoother too, which in turn makes me look more awake/less fatigued and means that I need to use less concealer. Also I find that concealer applies very smoothly over it without separating or creasing. The directions say to use 2-3 pumps but I personally find that 1 pump is sufficient for both eyes. Another big plus is that although it's rich, it doesn't cause milia to form.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil: If retinols scare you, then you need to try Luna because, in my experience, it doesn't lead to the usual flaking associated with retinol products. If anything, I find it soothing on the skin, which may be due to the Blue Tansy in the ingredients list, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. I use this as a final step in my night routine 2/3 times weekly and the result is smooth,  fresh, even skin with refined pores.

Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil: If you have dry skin then chances are you have to work hard to get some glow happening (without the use of makeup). This oil is the perfect solution! It contains omegas 3,6 and 9, vitamin c and amino acids, all of which combine to nourish, plump and brighten the skin. It doesn't feel heavy and is perfect for morning use. A little goes a long way with it - I only use 1/2 drops each time. I sometimes mix it with my moisturiser for an extra boost, other times I use it on its own. Either way, the result is glowing skin.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of Sunday Riley products! They just work for my skin and differences can be seen quickly. I also haven't experiences any adverse reactions. Yes, they are expensive but a little goes a long way so I recommend starting with the mini sizes to see which products your skin likes the most. Don't forget that there is free worldwide shipping on all Sunday Riley products until January 31st on Cult Beauty so if you have been toying with the idea of trying something from the brand for a while, now is the ideal time, especially with a free deluxe sized Good Genes up for grabs!

Are you tempted by any of these products or are they already in your skincare lineup? I would love to hear!

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Some of these products were kindly sent to me. This is a collaborative post. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.
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