Friday, 1 May 2015

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Review

I had been looking for a product with glycolic acid for a while when I discovered this.




I was hesitant to buy this because of the inclusion of denatured alcohol. It was also at the top of the ingredient list. However, after reading review after glowing review, I surrendered to the power of the beauty blogosphere...
So, I made a rather impulsive online purchase and just hoped I wasn't falling into some kind of trap...
As you can see, I have the old packaging, but the formula is the same.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a 'resurfacing treatment...it works like an ‘overnight facial’ to brighten and revitalise skin, and radically improve the appearance of the complexion'

Claims
  • reduces wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
  • brightens and revitalises tired, ageing skin
  • significantly improves the appearance of the complexion
  • Clinical studies have shown increases in skin moisture levels, wrinkle depth and a reduction in skin roughness in 20 minutes

I personally wanted to try this to even out my skin tone, and help with the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks from acne scars.  I can't attest to whether this product 'diminishes wrinkles' because I'm in my twenties. But just FYI, the whole 'anti-ageing' marketing circus irks me. Especially that term. But, I digress, that's another story. Liquid Gold is actually a clear liquid, and looks just like water...or alcohol . It also has a slight, but unmistakable alcohol smell.


How I use Liquid Gold:

Although directions say you could use this every alternative evening, I find that my skin is the best when I use this once or twice a week. Or after a particularly makeup heavy, dusty day. It's also great for those days you feel too lazy to put on all your skincare, I just cleanse my face and pat this in. Liquid Gold works best by itself, however I have occasionally put a little moisturiser on top. I either use a cotton pad, or I pour some onto the tips of my fingers and spread it over my face and neck, avoiding the under eye area. Of course, the lazy me approves of the latter method, and you don't end up throwing a cotton pad full of liquid gold in the bin. Yes, very dramatic.






Benefits
  • simple and easy to use, especially those who do not like to use physical exfoliators
  • exfoliates chemically, resulting in skin texture becoming smoother after use
  • seems to increase cell turnover, as the next morning after cleansing my face, I feel like I have 'new skin'
  • great for when skin feels dull
  • speeds up the fading of acne scars with consistent use
  • evens out skin tone, and skin appears brighter
  • doesn't feel drying even with the alcohol content

Drawbacks
  • contains denatured alcohol. This is my personal preferences; I like to steer clear of products with alcohol, as I believe they are drying, however the inclusion of glycerin and silk proteins seems to counteract any negative effect. 
  • does not completely fade acne scars short term, but aids in speeding up the process
  • how much glycolic acid does this actually contain? 2%? 10%? Packaging and website don't say.

Repurchase? Yes, and I have, but they sent me the old packaging! 


I have been using this product for the past two years, and definitely notice a change in the texture of my skin. It is looking smoother and brighter, especially when I use it consistently, 
Something to note, when I use this alone, my skin becomes a lot more oilier than usual during the night, which makes me wonder whether the alcohol is making my skin overproduce oil, or if this is how it 'works'.

I think this is an amazing product, especially when you feel that your skin is looking dull and tired. It is a product I use, despite my reluctance in using skincare products with alcohol. It is just something I can not find a better alternative to, given the incredible results. It just works.


Have you tried Liquid Gold? Is it a hit or miss? What is your take on products with alcohol?

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