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Sweetsation Genelysse Advanced Lifting and Firming Night Recovery Complex Review

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Sweetsation Genelysse Advanced Lifting and Firming Night Recovery Complex
June 6, 2016 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment
TRU Rating
A brightening night serum filled with heavy hitters and antioxidants


Exfoliates and evens out skin tone


Slightly drying

If your wishlist includes a night cream with retinol, some other heavy hitters such as Matrixyl 3000 and ceramide, surrounded by botanicals and all at a budget-friendly price then Sweetsation’s Genelysse Advanced Lifting and Firming Night Recovery Complex ($36) checks your boxes and then some.

I have been testing this night cream for the past month and it has all the hallmarks of a Sweetsation product: a long as your arm ingredient list, a mix of well-known actives and plant extracts, a strong scent and a formula that doesn’t pull its punches.

Although there are ton of actives (that I’ll come back to in a moment), this comes across to me as a retinol cream first and foremost. It is here at a 1.5% concentration and it’s exfoliating effects are evident. Augmented, I expect, by a hefty 15% dose of vitamin C. This night serum palpably evens out skin tone, but the price is that is a little drying. I would not recommend this serum for those with very parched skin. Those with normal to slightly dry skin may want to add a moisturizer to their night routine or a slightly richer one the usual the following morning.

As mentioned, there is the collagen boosting peptide complex, Matrixyl 3000, but the roll-call doesn’t stop there as also notable are the antioxidant, ubiquinone and ceramide 3 (which helps skin hydration). Resistem is the combination of callus stem cells from an alpine daisy and glycerin. It is supposed to protect our own skin stem cells, stimulate sirtuin-1, while reducing micro-inflammation and redness. The retinol and vitamin C get plenty of support on the brightening front from methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), bearberry and willow bark.

There are plenty of plant-based antioxidants such as green tea, resveratrol, sea buckthorn, raspberry and borage oils. Plus there’s nothing to dislike apart from a dab of the preservative phenoxyethanol.

Sweetsation has its devotees amongst the Truth In Aging community, for whom the Lumi*Essence body lotion practically has cult status. I predict that Genelysse will attract a similar following.

  • November 13, 2017

    by Lisa

    Lifting and firming - bring it on. I am 65 and gravity is a real reality at this age. I have normal to dry skin. Although I don’t really have any other skin issues, I do search for lifting properties in a product.

    I am happy to say that I did feel there was a tightening and firming of the skin, especially on the jaw line, which is exactly what I was looking for. I feel the overall elasticity is very good when using this product. When using a retinol product, I always like the “slick” feel to my skin – as it seems to smooth everything over with a glass-like finish. I wasn’t able to use it daily though, because it is a bit drying and caused some sensitivity in my skin and a lot of dryness in the neck area. But I settled in to using it every other night.

    This one has 63 ingredients so I had hoped there would be a definite difference. The first thing I noticed was the delicious cucumber fragrance which comes from a cucumber hydrosol (hydrosols contain all the water soluble elements of a plant which make them effective for skin). Retinol which is Vitamin A and helps with cell regeneration, and Matrixyl 3000 (two powerhouse peptides that help with collagen repair) are the two starring ingredients. I love that many of the other ingredients are ones that I would normally choose from the organic list, and here are just a few of them: Raspberry seed oil, Jojoba oil, olive squalene, Evening Primrose, Kelp, Green Tea, Rose Absolute, Sea Buckthorn, Borage oil and the list does go on! These kinds of organic oils have been the basis of my personal skincare regime, so to see so many in one product is thrilling. I wasn’t so happy to see that butylene glycol is pretty high up on the list of ingredients – BG is used as a solvent and conditioning agent in many products, and it seems to me that there are so many other conditioning oils that this would not be necessary. That is just my personal opinion about that one ingredient.
    I adore the product dispenser, where you just tap on the top to push the product out, so no fingers are dipping into a jar. A little goes a long way, and for the price point ($36.00/2 oz.) I think you are getting a great value for a product that performs. My personal nightly regime involves several layers of different oils that I know to work for me. I used Genelysse as the first layer after cleansing and then put my regular oils on top. All in all, I have been very pleased with this product. The title of the product is rather long, so I would shorten it to Advanced Firming Night Recovery. Super power product list!

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