Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment and Derma Skin Roller Review

February 9, 2015

I have received many compliments on how good my skin looks lately which I cannot agree more (excuse me for not being humble lol..)! One of the reasons must be the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment. As the name suggests, this serum will help transform your skin into good skin as if you are genetically gifted!  This product was definitely not on my radar, until I accidentally ran into two people who told me they were all using this serum and they all had really beautiful skin. So I purchased this one straight away, along with a face roller which is also reviewed in this post.


The Sunday Riley Treatment has a milky gel texture that feels very lightweight and absorbs into your skin immediately. Unfortunately the smell of this product is horrible (it stinks!) and it tends to linger on your skin for a short while, but I don’t really mind the natural smell of a skincare product as opposed to overly fragrant products. Like many other serums on the market, the product claims to have multiple benefits on your skin such as “radically re-plumps fine lines; creates youthful radiance and texture, and brightens“. I never believe such “miracle products” that sound too good to be true, but this product definitely proved me wrong as it delivers what it claims. Since it’s not a hydrating serum (but might be enough for those of you who have oily skin), I pair it with a rich night cream. The result is a more visibly plumped, smooth and radiant complexion overnight. I have been using this serum for about 2 months now (every morning and night), and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s bottom now, with noticeably refined texture and pore sizes. And best of all, my skin is brightened and the freckles appear to be faded. Overall I highly recommend this serum. I would say this is by far the best serum within the $100 range I have ever used. I have dry and sensitive skin, so sometimes there is a very mild sting when applying which is normal.

The ingredient list


Another favorite product of mine is the Derma Skin Roller in 0.25 mm – it’s very affordable and effective. A derma roller has very fine needles so it feels slightly prickly when you roll it over the face (but trust me it’s not painful as I have quite a low pain tolerance). What it does is that it’s tricking your skin to believe that it’s been ‘injured’ so it helps to accelerate and stimulate your skin’s natural renewal and regeneration process, as well as boosts absorption of skincare products. If you are young, forget about this tool. At my sad old age where my skin takes months to heal an acne scar, this tool is a god-send. I use this tool about three times a week after I apply the serum. I roll it over my face multiple times, particularly paying more attention to the acne marks. Over time, my skin remains looking good consistently as the regeneration is improved, whereas it used to be good and bad. The acne marks are fading at a much quicker pace, and the overall texture is improved in conjunction with the help of the Sunday Riley Treatment.  I am also using this tool combined with the Kate Somerville Scar Dimishing Serum on the scars on my leg, and I am also seeing quite a great result! This tool also claims to improve firmness of the skin but I did not see this result.

I purchased my Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment from NAP which ships worldwide, and it’s also available at Sephora in the US. My derma roller is from a Korean brand which I bought off Ebay. The most well-known brand is this one available at AdoreBeauty.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeslynj February 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Great review as always. Can’t wait to try this serum. Added to my wishlist 😉


Julie February 11, 2015 at 4:36 am

Hi Reika, I love reading your blog. Could you tell me how do you clean your derma roller?


Reika February 11, 2015 at 5:19 am

Thanks! I just wipe it with a cotton pad with antiseptic then rinse it under water.


ifmakeupcouldtalk February 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

Hello Reika,

First off, you are not old (I still can’t believe you have a little one), but I believe in the derma roller’s effectiveness. You will see over time your skin will look more resilient, I’m going on five years using the derma roller system and I swear it really does work.
The Sunday Riley Serum has received great reviews for the most part, I tend to apply a mixture of argan oil, castor oil and coconut oil after I use the DR, but now I need to look into this serum 🙂



Reika February 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Lol I feel I’m a lot older after having my boy! Thanks for sharing Maria and I’ve been wanting to tell you that your skin is absolutely beautiful. Just wondering how often do you use your derma roller? as I am planning to use it for a long run.


Therese February 23, 2015 at 6:46 am

Hi Reika!

Can you pls post a review of the derma roller and how to use it? Where did you buy your derma roller by the way. Thanks!


Reika February 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

Hi Therese, I bought my derma roller from a korean shop – it’s not the best but it’s quite cheap. There are few professional brands you can get online. I use it 3 times a week, before applying the serum.


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