5 min­utes with Sun­day Ri­ley

The founder and for­mu­la­tor of the epony­mous skin­care brand.

CLEO (Singapore) - - BEAUTY -

What makes your star prod­ucts like Good Genes, Luna, Mar­tian and UFO so spe­cial?

Good Genes is a lac­tic acid treat­ment that con­tains al­pha hy­droxy acid (AHA) to dis­solve the glue that binds dead skin. The ben­e­fit of ex­fo­li­at­ing with an AHA is you re­move all that grime, and you don’t have so much stuff fall­ing into your pores, so they ap­pear smaller. You’re go­ing to have healthy ra­di­ance, and your skin is go­ing to be much smoother.

Luna is great if you’re wor­ried about oily skin. Even though it is an oil, it is a retinoid so it in­creases the rate of healthy skin cell turnover. If you have con­gested skin or acne, try Mar­tian, which is an an­ti­sep­tic that con­tains anti-blem­ish in­gre­di­ents. UFO has sal­i­cylic acid to go in and clean out your pores, which is crit­i­cal.

Is there an ideal age to start us­ing anti-age­ing prod­ucts?

I think 18 is a great time to start us­ing some­thing like Good Genes. When you’re 18, you’re not wor­ried about lines, but about keep­ing your skin clear, blem­ish-free, smooth and ra­di­ant. It’s a lot eas­ier to pre­vent some­thing than it is to re­verse it.

Your top beauty tip?

I’m a big be­liever in safe cleans­ing. I think a lot of peo­ple strip their skin [while cleans­ing] and by do­ing that, you de­stroy the skin’s nat­u­ral mois­ture bar­rier. When you break that bar­rier, bac­te­ria can get into your skin which can lead to more break­outs.

Iron­i­cally, while you might want to cleanse your skin to clear away dirt, over-cleans­ing can cause break­outs. It can also cause in­flam­ma­tion and ir­ri­ta­tion if you are prone to break­outs. It’s re­ally crit­i­cal to not over-cleanse.

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