Liquid Gold? For my face? Yes, I’ll take it. Honestly, when I first heard about the Alpha H Liquid Gold, I imagined I’d be pouring actual melting gold all over my face before bed and magically waking up without a single imperfection (c’mon, a girl can dream).
Okay, so it didn’t quite turn out like that—but for the price, I was expecting some decent results at the very least. I’ve struggled with acne since my teens (read my acne blog), so I’m constantly on the lookout for products that’ll help to keep my skin calm and smooth, though rarely splurge on anything expensive. But I guess the Liquid Gold hype got me; because £30 and a whole bottle later, here I am, about to repurchase.
Alpha H Liquid Gold review
With that said, here’s my Alpha H Liquid Gold review. Actual gold? Not quite. Decent results? Yep, I’ll give it that.
Key product benefits & claims
Product: Alpha H Liquid Gold clycolic acid review
Price: Around £30 for 100ml (if you’re cheap like me, that’s pretty damn pricey)
Key claims: “This miracle product accelerates the skin’s renewal process, dramatically improves brightness and tone, supports collagen production and helps minimise the visible signs of sun damage, ageing and blemishes.” – Alpha-H
Benefits: Clears dead skin and pollution build-up, strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, stimulates collagen production, reduces congestion, promotes hydration and minimises the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
Suitable for: Alpha-H claims that Liquid Gold is suitable for skin types, particularly mature skin (25+)
How it works
From wrinkle-reduction to acne control, the Alpha-H Liquid Gold promises a hell of a lot—so how on earth does it work? *Here comes the science*—lol jk, most un-sciency science ever incoming…
Liquid Gold contains 5% glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which exfoliates the outer (dead) layer of the skin. This essentially makes your skin hella glowy (See, told you—science), as the smoother surface will reflect light better.
Anyway, any ol’ glycolic acid product can do that, but what makes the Alpha-H Liquid Gold different is its pH. Alpha-H has given this product a low pH of 2.8 — 3.0, which ‘temporarily unbalances the skin’s barrier’. Sounds a little scary, but it’s not. If your skin can tolerate it, it simply means the product can penetrate on a deeper level than your bog-standard acid.
In the simplest terms possible, it just makes your skin smooth af and gets rid of all the crap building up on the surface layer. It’s got loads of other fancy ingredients to help with hydration and all that jazz (I’m bored of the science bit now; can you tell?). Anyway, it sounds like a winner, but does it actually work?
In terms of acne, my skin has seriously calmed down since using the Alpha-H Liquid Gold. I am using it alongside tretinoin (more on that in a future blog), which probably has a lot to do with it. However, once I added this into my routine, I’ve barely had any spots. That’s a first for me—even after Roaccutane, I still had regular cystic breakouts—so I’m pretty damn impressed! I wear make-up regularly, so I think this product essentially stops my pores from getting clogged.
Also, this stuff makes my skin so damn glowy—like seriously glowy. I’ve used The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid Toner before, which worked well for the price; but if you’re wondering how they compare, the Alpha H Liquid Gold takes the glow up a notch… or maybe even 10.
Weirdly, my skin has been less dry/dehydrated since using this. I know, I’m confused too… somehow, an acid, of all things, has managed to balance out my skin? *Post google search*—okay, apparently the product contains moisture-binding silk proteins to lock in hydration, so that makes sense.
I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference in fine lines (I’m only 26, but I do have very faint lines on my forehead and around my eyes), but they don’t bother me all that much yet anyway. Hopefully, they’ll work as a preventative, though!
I know a lot of people are intimidated by acids, so let me put your mind at ease. In terms of side-effects, all I noticed was some tingling when I first started using it. It wasn’t painful and only lasted a few minutes. After a few uses, it pretty much stopped! Alpha-H themselves say:
“It is normal to experience some tingling when you start using Alpha-H products that contain accelerating acids. Ingredients like Glycolic Acid or Salicylic Acid stimulate deep within the skin when suspended in low pH formulations. Equally, don’t fret if you stop experiencing sensitivity after awhile – it doesn’t mean that the product is no longer working; just that your skin has become accustomed to more active ingredients.”
My skin type is combination (oily and dry all at once; thanks skin) and pretty hardy (10 years of cystic acne and it’s still alive and kickin’). If you have sensitive skin, you might have a different experience. It’s definitely worth doing your research and finding reviews from people who have similar skin type to you personally.
The Alpha-H Liquid Gold comes in a white plastic bottle with metallic gold font, tight-fitting cap and an extra lid on top. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly beautiful, but who actually cares? All I can say is that it’s pretty secure; I’ve travelled with it and nothing has leaked.
As you can see from my photos, the writing has worn away a lot, but that’s not something that bothers me—at least you can tell it’s well-used! On another note, 30% – 35% of Alpha-H bottles are made from recycled materials and are all 100% recyclable, which is great!
The Alpha-H Liquid Gold retails for around £30-34 for a 100ml bottle. I’ve rarely seen it on offer! It is a lot for a skincare product; there’s no denying that. However, I think it’s worth it if you have combination, acne-prone skin like mine and want something to help keep your skin clear and clarified. I’d rarely repurchase a product of this price, so the fact that I am, speaks volumes.
The bottle has lasted me around three months of using it every other night. I’d definitely say a little goes a long way—a couple of drops on a cotton pad should be enough for your whole face if you’re using it as often as I do.
How to apply Alpha-H liquid gold
- Remove your make-up and wash/cleanse your face.
- Apply a few drops of Alpha-H liquid gold to a cotton pad or ball.
- Gently pat the solution all over your face, but make sure to avoid the skin directly around your eyes.
- If you have sensitive skin, follow with a serum or moisturiser. Otherwise, leave Alpha-H liquid gold to work on its own for the most potent effect.
A little extra not for point 4—if your skin can tolerate Liquid Gold on its own, it’s the best way to get the most value for the money out of the product. Adding a serum or moisturiser on top will make the treatment less intensive.
How often to use Alpha-H liquid gold
This depends entirely on your skin type. Personally, I have got into a routine of using the Alpha-H Liquid Gold every other night, which has really helped to keep my skin clear. However, when I first started, I used it a couple of times a week to make sure my skin could tolerate it. I’d recommend taking it slowly to start, as it is a strong treatment. If you have more sensitive or dry skin than mine, you might find that using liquid gold just once or twice a week will suit you better.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold review: Worth the money?
The golden question (ha, literally)—Alpha-H liquid gold is clearly great, but is it worth the hefty price tag? In my opinion, yes, totally. I’m going to be repurchasing this as soon as I hit publish on this blog and I rarely splurge on high-end products!
Ultimately, the Alpha-H liquid gold has helped to keep my acne-prone skin clear, smooth and refined, whilst also helping to fade post-acne marks and scars. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with a similar skin type to mine, but can’t comment on how it’d suit more sensitive or dry skin types—so it’ll be worth reading through other reviews if you fit into that category.
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