Bringing Back My Confidence Part II: Alpha-H Micro Cleanse

Alpha-H Part II

Micro Cleanse with Glycolic Acid & Rice Bran

The next member of the Alpha-H family to land on my bathroom shelf was their Micro Cleanse exfoliator.  I wanted something to give my skin a really good, deep-down clear out and after having a reaction to Johnson’s ‘gentle’ exfoliating face wash I was desperate for some help restoring my skin.

I started using this (known as ‘microdermabrasion in a tube’☺) twice a week – as instructed.  It uses naturally derived 12% Glycolic Acid with rice bran and peppermint essential oil, smells divine and really gets down into your skin leaving you with a fresh feeling that your pores have had a really good scrub down and rinse out!  The zingy cucumber combined with minty-ness leaves my skin feeling refreshed and as smooth as glass afterwards (that’s only way I can describe how it feels!)

I put the Micro Cleanse onto the palms of my hands and massage upwards and outwards from the inside to outside of my face – always avoiding near to the eye and lip area.  I can feel the tingle and again it isn’t unpleasant, my face feels smooth and the lines appear plumped out.  After I’ve massaged I usually leave it sitting on my skin for a few minutes and then wipe off with a warm face cloth.  My skin doesn’t feel tight and I still have that fabulous glass-like texture to my face.

Being suitable for normal, dry, combination, acne-prone and sun-damaged skin it suits me perfectly.  The dry patches, break-outs and sensitivity have meant that I have really struggled finding skin care that helps one without increasing the other.

It is worth every penny and I can’t see myself using any other exfoliator again to be honest, when you find the best version of something then keep with it I say!

My mush is far from being perfect but it’s getting a helluva lot better since I started the Alpha-regime, the addition of Micro Cleanse has made a noticeable impact in general but also I’m not suffering from such extreme break-outs (on a side note, my other half has open pores and very oily skin and can’t see why I complain but having closed pores and dry skin mean that when I get spots I GET spots – like huge red mountains on my face – and any blemish control gels/creams are far too harsh and abrasive on my skin)

My complexion has really improved with regular ridding of dead skin cell build-up, which has given me a fresher looking face, while the benefit of slotting in another Alpha-H product is helping with the hyperpigmentation that blights my face and causes me confidence issues.

All in all, this is another fantastic product from a brand that I have fallen in love with.  It really does help and gives a positive, noticeable effect unlike a lot of other exfoliators on the market that I’ve tried.

 

 

 

 

Follow them on twitter:  https://twitter.com/AlphaHQ

For more information on Alpha-H visit their website here

Other stockists include: Look Fantastic – Beauty Bay – Cult Beauty – QVCUK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Follow them on twitter:  https://twitter.com/AlphaHQ

For more information on Alpha-H visit their website HERE

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