I've been promising a review of Alpha-H Liquid Gold for what seems like ages. So here it is. I wish I had a before and after to help but I guess I started using it not expecting it to do an awful lot - or not sure exactly what it would do.
'Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a highly effective resurfacing and firming lotion for your skin. Recognised for its natural medicinal properties, liquorice within Alpha-H Liquid Gold visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne, scarring and breakouts. The complex formula consists of glycolic acid, recognised for its rejuvenating qualities combined with the soothing and softening properties of liquorice root extract. Together these gently stimulate the production of collagen whilst creating a complexion that is lighter, clearer, and more even.'
I still use my Clarisonic, however for exfoliating purposes I find chemical exfoliants far superior...and one such chemical exfoliant is Glycolic Acid. It works by weakening the binding lipids (or melting the glue, if you prefer) that hold dead skin cells onto your skin. As a result chemical exfoliants, like Liquid Gold, are much more effective for achieving 'glowing' skin than manual exfoliants because they actively dislodge dead skin cells without being abrasive.
Used twice a week this keeps my skin clear and glowy. I pour out enough to saturate one cotton pad (but use two - so both are 50% saturated) and sweep across my face and neck. You can follow with moisturiser if you wish but I don't bother as I find my skin is comfortable enough without it. I wouldn't recommend using this on broken skin, however I have swiped it over active and healing breakouts and it didn't irritate them at all - in fact I would go as far as to say it speeds healing and helps to prevent blemishes from leaving marks.
The fading of scars has been the most noticeable effect for me. I've never had severe acne, but some small, stubborn areas of scarring and hyper-pigmentation that I have had for years have now virtually disappeared. I also think using Liquid Gold has dramatically reduced the frequency of the spots I do get, as they are pretty much all now contained in one week per month (if ya know what I mean).
I would dare to call this a hero product. It's something I can see myself purchasing over and over again as the effects have been so noticeable on my skin. It is quite an investment at £31.50 for 100ml, however I have been using it regularly for 5 months and have just under half a bottle left which makes it great value for money in my opinion.
Available from Lookfantastic.
Have you tried anything from Alpha-H? Are you a fan of chemical exfoliants?