Bringing back my confidence – Alpha-H Liquid Gold

Alpha-H Part I

Liquid Gold

Being a regular watcher of QVC I’d seen the Australian Alpha-H brand but never really given it much thought, that was until I saw a before/after photo of some-one with scarring who has experienced amazing results.  So I looked-up a little more about it and as soon as I read that it helps skin pigmentation I reached for my purse!

I have used so, so many products to try and ease the dark marks that appeared on my skin a few years ago.  They are predominately under my eyes and more on along my cheekbone area than ‘under-eye bags’.  I have vitamin D and calcium deficiencies as well as taking strong multiple combinations of prescription medications.  I guess getting older as well as the combination of drugs and my body lacking essentials had caused the pigmentation to intensify.

I have maximum coverage make-up and concealers that help to disguise the marks to an extent but I am incredibly self-conscious and the repetitive ‘you look so tired’ comments over the years have really got to me.  The marks have even been mistaken for bruises at times too!

And so I ordered a bottle of this magical ‘Liquid Gold’ by Alpha-H.  Liquid Gold is an overnight application serum which is instantly absorbed into the skin, said to be firming and reviving from the first application and helping tackle hyper-pigmentation, acne, fine lines and large pores, reversing some of the symptoms of ageing and sun damage… that’s a lot of tick-boxes for me!!!

I was worried using a glycolic acid product as my skin is very sensitive at times and has always been dry with the occasional break-out.  I had a mooch online and Wikipedia had the following info (bit wordy but I got the jist!) about the use of glycloic acid in skin care:

“may reduce wrinklesacne scarringhyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosishyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermisweakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together.  This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells”

I did a skin-test and didn’t have a reaction so before bed I wiped a cotton wool pad dabbed with Liquid Gold over my face – avoiding lips and eye area.  It did have a tingle but it didn’t last too long and wasn’t unpleasant.

The next day I woke up and felt my skin was a little ‘plumper’, it felt okay with no rash or side effects that had appeared, so each alternate evening for the last 4 weeks I have wiped my mush with Liquid Gold …I could cry with happiness!

I can see that my dark marks are gradually easing! ☺ Years and years of hating the way they showed through my make-up so badly, of always wearing sunnies or my glasses if I didn’t have make-up on so they helped disguise them, the amount of foundation and concealer I use – all of this had started to ease with one bottle of product!

And here is my before and after photo – The ‘after’ pic, at the bottom, had got more sunlight coming through when I took it but you can still see the difference using Liquid Gold has made to the dark marks from the above ‘before’ pic and also evening out my skin tone!

The fine lines which I detest, that barge their way through my make-up like the first in queue at the Boxing Day shopping sales, have also plumped out and aren’t anywhere near as uncontrollable since using Alpha-H.  I get ‘smile-lines’ and lines between my eyebrows which even with using primer and touching up my base colour midday I still had to put up with them showing through, but over these 4 weeks they have also eased a considerable amount.  Some days I get home and they are barely visible even after a whole day of yapping, frowning (I do that a lot) and tea drinking.

I can’t recommend trying Liquid Gold enough if, like me, you suffer with dark skin pigmentation that has so far refused to budge.  I was low enough to buy really dodgy looking products from eBay because the loathing I felt after having to look in the mirror was getting unbearable.

My dark marks are still present but it has only been 4 weeks using Alpha-H products!  Although the pigmentation is still visible the marks aren’t like I’m rocking an Adam Ant esque stripe across my cheekbones anymore.  I have seen a vast reduction in size and depth of the colour, I feel more confident and I really can’t wait to see the results after another 4 weeks.

I always really look forward to my Liquid Gold nights now! ☺ It is an amazing product and anyone who has acne scarring, pigmentation, fine lines etc. should give it a whirl.  My only wish is that I’d bought it years ago.  I make sure I use a moisturiser with a high SPF every day, at the moment I love Murad Essential-C day cream which is SPF30, to protect my skin from sun sensitivity after using the Alpha-H range.  I also have SPF in my Bare Minerals foundation and mineral veil powder so I know I am safely covered.

Known by many as an ’overnight facial in a bottle’ (and I do wake up the next day and feel like I have got a new face on!) this bottle of bestselling, magical skin resurfacing treatment is loved by many across the globe and it is definitely going to have a permanent home on my bathroom shelf from now on!

My love affair with Alpha-H had been initiated, the cogs set in motion, my pinkie at the ready to ‘add to basket’, my lonely bottle of Liquid Gold needed some family to keep it company… and here is where my obsession started – Part II coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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Other stockists include: Look Fantastic – Beauty Bay – Cult Beauty – QVC UK

 

 

 

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Fine lines?… Don’t fear ’em, try this serum!

 Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

 As my skin has got older I’ve been horrified by the appearance of fine lines (I was expecting them at some point but it’s still an unpleasant discovery!) I know I can conceal them with products but I still shudder at the memory of when they were first pointed out to me by my other half.  We stood waiting for the bus, to go out for my birthday, and whilst he was talking to me about where to go for drinks he suddenly stopped and said ‘Oooooh, you’ve got funny little lines in your make-up all over your face, round your mouth and on your forehead’… Well, my mascara certainly wasn’t water-proof that day!  He couldn’t understand my upset either! 

It was then that I looked into giving my skin some help and TLC to ease the look of the lines when I put my make-up on.  I looked online at various potions and decided to put Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum on my Christmas list, at £58 for a 50ml bottle I wanted him to fork out the money for it for me to try! 

It is a little on the pricey side but the 50ml bottle has about 6-8 months usage for me when I use it every night.    There’s a pipette that gives you as many droplets as you want to use, so it is easy to measure out the quantity and not accidently have a handful of it!  The recommendation is to use 5 drops and massage the serum over your face and neck, starting at the centre, outwards.  I always apply a thin layer of moisturiser over the top as well.  The serum isn’t too runny either, it’s a medium consistency and has a very light cream colour to it.  It doesn’t have a very strong smell, just a ‘fresh’ type of scent to it, that’s the only way I can think to describe it!

It’s worth the money!  After constant usage I could see a reduction in my ‘smile’ lines and my skin felt really hydrated each morning, it did help with uneven skin tone as well which although it does say in the product information I didn’t think I would actually see a difference.   My skin was smoother and looked healthier too.  It didn’t irritate the eczema I get from time to time either, which was a concern.

The serum also boasts that it is dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic! 

I’ve also used another line-reducing product recently which has also been very good (blog review to come!)  as that one had been used up, plus it was nearing my birthday, I popped Advanced Night Repair Serum on my wish-list and my other half coughed up the money and bought it for me again!

I can honestly recommend it (if you have the money to spare) 

It did all the things it claimed to do and I was very surprised that a few drops of this serum each night could make such a difference.

It comes as no surprise that it has won these awards either:

  • Cosmopolitan Beauty and Fragrance Awards 2012 – Best Age Defying Serum
  • Stylist Skincare Awards 2011 Winner 
  • Instyle Best Beauty Buy 2013 Winner