Sunday Riley Shares Her Secrets to Healthy, Glowing Skin (at Any Age)

BY Annie Ryu · March 10, 2020

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You most likely know (and love) skin care brand Sunday Riley for cult-favorite products like Good Genes and U.F.O Face Oil, but what do you know about the person behind it all? Meet Sunday Riley (the woman). As the brand’s founder and formulator, she has been dedicated to crafting efficacious products that visibly improve skin quality, receiving praise from industry experts and influencers alike. To get to know this Texan entrepreneur better, we chatted with Sunday Riley herself on the top skin care ingredients everyone should add to their routine (no matter your age), along with the super hydrating ingredient she’s currently obsessed with. And of course, we would be remiss not to ask this beauty expert to share with us the skin, hair and makeup staples she travels with. 

How it all started:

I didn’t start this process or this journey out of a desire for a personal fix. I started a skin care company because I believe that I have the ability to really listen to what people want and craft products (starting from a blank notepad, where I write out every formula we produce) that can actually change the way people look and feel. Being a part of other people’s skin care journey towards self-love and self-care is what inspires me and what gets me up in the morning.

The one ingredient she can’t stop raving about: 

We recently launched our new ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream, which features the key ingredient ceramides. Ceramides are great for people with dry skin because they strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect the skin from environmental stressors that can lead to signs of aging.

Her secret to healthy, glowing skin: 

I always say there are three ingredients you need in your skin care routine: an acid, a vitamin C and a retinol. These three ingredients are essential for healthy, glowing skin. Luckily, clients today have so many different options to incorporate them into their skin care routine. For those who are new to these ingredients, I like to recommend Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum and either Luna Sleeping Night Oil or A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum for those that want something a little stronger.

Her best skin care tips: 

Exfoliate daily. Use [a product with] vitamin C daily. Don’t be afraid to incorporate retinoids to your skin care routine. It’s never too late to start! Lastly, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (inside and out).

What’s in her carry-on at all times: 

Sunday Riley GOOD GENES All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

If you took a peek into my travel bag you would definitely see GOOD GENES All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment because it makes me feel 10 years younger, every day!

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum

I never leave the house without my A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum because it makes my skin look luminous. Also, retinoids are known to provide a lot of great benefits for the skin, like reducing the look of wrinkles and dark spots.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

The C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum is another skin care staple in my daily regimen because you need vitamin C to build collagen, and it makes my skin glow like nothing else!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

I couldn’t imagine leaving the house without Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. It is an absolute must-have for travel! I have fine, straight, long hair that can get oily at the roots, so this is amazing for adding volume and keeping your hair looking fresh on the go.

BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar Color-Fix Cream Shadow

My go-to makeup look is a neutral eye and a bold lip. I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow, but I really enjoy BY TERRY’s Ombre Blackstar Color-Fix Cream Shadow (Blond Opal is my favorite!). I like to pair this with a swipe of almost any Lipstick Queen shade.

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Annie Ryu

Annie is a Senior Editor at Dermstore. When she’s not writing about the latest breakthroughs in skin care or interviewing industry experts on their best beauty tips, she likes to indulge in good coffee and bad reality TV.... Read More >

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