One of my favourite skincare products is the wallet-busting priced Sunday Riley Good Genes serum. This serum contains lactic acid as its key ingredient, and aims to smooth, clarify and brighten skin. I have used up one bottle, and I was close to getting another. Then, about 2 years back, I stumbled on the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial serum. Naturally, I had to buy it way before it ever reached our shores LOL!
REN is a brand I often keep an eye on, because I’ve generally had mostly good results from using their products. There is something I like about their fomulations and also how my skin takes to them. Naturally therefore, when I saw that the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial serum contains lactic acid as its key ingredient, my spidey senses began tingling.
Might this be a more affordable alternative to Sunday Riley Good Genes? :)
I am happy to report that it is! Hurrah! :D
Like Sunday Riley Good Genes, the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial serum uses lactic acid is its key ingredient. Lactic acid, together with glycolic acid and enzymes, offer exfoliation and an increased cell turnover. Alongside, it also energizes skin to help it heal and also hydrates, so it doesn’t feel dry.
As the name implies, the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial is an overnight product, and you are therefore recommended to use it as part of your evening/night time routine.
Unlike Sunday Riley Good Genes, this does not smell awful. I detect a hint of citrus, but it really is just a hint. It isn’t unpleasant at all. I don’t experience any tingling, as I do with Good Genes and in some ways, I find this to be a little less potent.
However, like Good Genes, I find that the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial does a good job at helping your skin feel and look smoother, clearer and brighter. If you have a skin texture problem e.g. significantly enlarged pores, rough skin or dull skin, then you will likely be the best person to benefit from this serum.
A point to note is that the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial is a treatment product. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend a patch-test first. You may experience tingling or redness. If you do, and it feels uncomfortable, then you may want to avoid this. However, if the tingling isn’t uncomfortable, and your skin does not react or turn red, it is normal.
If your skin feels sensitive, use it just once or twice a week. However, if like me, your skin doesn’t react at all (my skin is quite well exposed to acids, so it handles it quite well) then you may use it more often – every alternate night or so.
What I find when using the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial, is that my skin always noticeably looks better the next morning. This is less obvious when I’m using it consistently, and more obvious when I don’t. The most noticeable thing is the texture. My skin feels softer and smoother. You will notice this, because you will have this crazy desire to keep touching your face (not advisable LOL!) simply because you can’t believe it.
In terms of radiance, I do feel that Good Genes does a better job in this area. You will notice improved radiance. Exfoliation and the acids will help your skin cells turnover more quickly, and this will make your skin look more radiant. However, I find the process with REN Wake Wonderful a little slower. So, you should expect to see results after about 2 weeks with very regular use, or if not, 1 month. But you will see results, and that is what impresses me.
If fine lines are your concern, then this serum will help too. It helps plump up lines, and because your skin will be healthier, the lines will look softer. It will still be there, but less noticeable. This is often the case when you use AHAs in your skincare regimen.
However, I will also have to emphasise that because this is an AHA product, that exfoliates your skin, please be sure to use a good sunscreen in the day. It will protect your skin and cells from UV damage, which directly helps you see results for skin radiance more quickly.
You use about 1-2 pumps each time (picture shows 2 pumps) and this is a light cream formula, that absorbs quickly and easily into the skin. It isn’t drying, and spreads very easily. I find it very comfortable and the tube packaging makes it very portable.
If you have been wanting to try a product similar to Good Genes, but aren’t willing to spring for it, then I will say that the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial is a good alternative. Not cheap, but significantly more affordable than Good Genes :)
IN A NUTSHELL
The REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial serum is a serum that not only makes your skin radiant, it also improves skin texture and makes it feel smoother and softer. It is not drying, and has a lovely creamy texture, without too strong a scent. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience tingling or slight redness. This is to be expected. I personally don’t experience any issues, but that is because I use acids in my everyday routine so my skin is used to it. Based on my experience, I enjoy how this serum makes my skin noticeably softer and smoother, and does make my skin look healthier and perhaps even more radiant with regular use. I use it on alternate days if I want to see results. But otherwise, I use it about twice a week. This is a worthy and more affordable alternative to Sunday Riley Good Genes and absolutely worth every penny.
HOW TO USE: Cleanse -> Tone -> REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial (PM routine only) -> Moisturiser
PROS: Softens and smoothens skin practically overnight, Skin looks more radiant, Fine lines are softened, Not drying, Packaging is very portable
CONS: Still a little pricey
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a serum that helps improve skin texture and boosts radiance, Anyone who wants a product similar to Sunday Riley Good Genes at a more affordable price
PRICE: RM219 | £34 | US$48 for 40ml
Here is the ingredient list for the REN Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial
Water, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oleyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Myristyl Myristate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Laurate, Jojoba Esters, Oryzanol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Cellulose Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Mannitol, Faex (Yeast) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Parfum* (Fragrance), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Glycogen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Protease, Subtilisin, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Limonene, Linalool. *100% Natural Fragrance
Have you used this REN Wake Wonderful serum? Do you know of other similar alternatives?
My skin works well with AHA and acids in general, so I have enjoyed great benefit using products like this. Do share if you know of, or use anything similar. I’d love to try it too! :)