Alpha H Liquid Gold, €39.95 for 100ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Over the last three years I’ve dipping my toe further and further into the chemical exfoliation pool. I was building up to trying the much lauded Alpha H Liquid Gold, which I’ve now been using for five months.
What it promises
Aimed at mature, sun damaged, prematurely ageing and acne scarred skin Alpha H Liquid Gold claims that it “clarifies and brightens the complexion”, “reduces the appearance of pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles”, “works as a toner, exfoliator, serum and moisturiser” and “increases moisture within the skin”.
Ingredients wise you’re looking at; Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid (5% Cosmetic Grade), Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Silk (Silk Protein), Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol and Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Extract.
Glycolic Acid exfoliates the skin, while the combination of silk protein and liquorice assist in firming the skin.
How to use it
Initially Liquid Gold should be used twice a week building up to every second night over the course of two or three weeks. If you’re new to the world of Glycolic Acid it’s worth doing a patch test to ensure you have no adverse reaction. I always test new products behind my ear and wait a day or two before applying to my face.
There are a couple of ways to used Liquid Gold; you can apply it to cleansed skin, allow it to sink in and follow with the serum and/or moisturiser of your choice. For a more intensive treatment you can apply it to cleansed skin and don’t use anything on top.
I prefer to apply it on its own and every third night not every second night. After double cleansing my face I soak a cotton pad with Liquid Gold and swipe over my face, neck and chest. During the initial introductory phase I felt some mild tingling immediately after applying Liquid Gold, but it’s not something I experience now.
I cannot stress the importance of wearing sunscreen while you’re using Liquid Gold enough. Alpha H recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15. It must be broad spectrum because that’s the only way to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. If you stop using Liquid Gold you must still be diligent with sunscreen application for seven days afterwards. I’m an SPF 30 girl upping it to SPF 50 when it’s sunny, but you’ll know which SPF best suits your own skin.
Is it worth the hype?
Dullness, under the skin bumps and scarring due to adult hormonal acne were the skin issues I was hoping Liquid Gold would help sort out. How did it fare? Really well; my skin looked brighter after one application. With continued use the under the white under the skin bumps I get along my jawline happen less often.
The biggest surprise for me is that the acne scars on my chin have faded, which is something other chemical exfoliation products have been unable to touch. It took a couple of months before I saw any noticeable improvement, so it’s something you need to stick with in order to see results but it does work.
I can’t really speak to the other claims as thankfully sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles aren’t concerns of mine. Yet.
At €39.95 for 100ml it isn’t cheap, but I’m still on my first bottle so it lasts well. I reckon you’d get anywhere between four and six months out of it depending on how much and how often you use it.
There are plenty of Glycolic Acid products on the market and if they work for you keep using them. If, however, you’re looking to up your Glycolic game then I can’t recommend Liquid Gold highly enough.