I am SO excited to tell you about this amazing skincare brand from Australia, but bear with me, this is likely to be a bit on the long side!
If you’re American like me, you may not have heard of Alpha-H yet, but you’re going to want to Pay Attention!
This skincare has totally changed my skin for the better!
I cannot even begin to describe the amazing-ness? of these products, but for the sake of this blog, I will do my best!
First off, Alpha-H Skincare is an Australian skincare brand that has been raved about by many beauty bloggers. Their Liquid Gold, specifically, has been ranted and raved about across the girly intra-webs for a few years now, especially in the UK and Aussie circle of beauty bloggers.
I, much like a lot of beauty bloggers will do, have been reading review after review on their products. I especially hear a lot about them on AModelRecommends, where she counts many of their products among her holy grail circle of beauty so of course I was dying to get my hands on any and all of these products for review!
As luck would have it, they are finally expanding out to USA so they will soon be available in stores near us, aside from online retailers that is, and I was able to receive the above 5 products for test and review on this blog.
Anyhow, onto the individual product reviews!
Triple Action Cleanser with Aloe Vera
This cleanser is super basic, but what’s great about it is that it’s very calming and gentle. It is a non-foaming gel that doesn’t have much in it other than aloe vera, glycerin (to lock in moisture) and some gentle cleansing agents so it is safe for most skin types. Someone with dry skin may need a bit more, but for anyone with normal – combination – oily skin, this works great as a basic gentle cleanser. I used this alternatively with the Antonia Burrell Cleansing Oil (See that review – here!) because the moisturizer (see below) did cause some dryness if I used it too often. I found it helped to alternate between using the cleansing oil which helped to nourish a bit more than this cleanser and this gel cleanser which helped to remove all impurities and detox bacteria from the pores.
Micro Cleanse Exfoliating Face Scrub with 12% Glycolic Acid, Cucumber Extract and Rice Bran
I am so surprised to find that this is a new must-have product for me! It is basically an insanely effective all-in-one product: face scrub, polish, exfoliator, mask and deep cleanser. It truly works and is effective at making your skin look clearer, smoother, softer, and cleanser instantly. Right after I use this, my skin has a nice clear glow to it and I certainly have seen a reduction in acne, discoloration and dullness since using it for about a month , twice to three times a week. I was so surprised because even though I had heard about how amazing Alpha-H is, I just wasn’t prepared for any of these products to live up to the built hype around them. The funny thing is, I am not even a scrub kind of girl. In fact, I was in the school of thought that preaches using natural acids to exfoliate the skin or maybe occasionally a Clarisonic, but not those abrasive gritty scrubs because many of them are too harsh and they tend to cause breakage in the skin which can do a lot of damage. This is NOT like that! This is just abrasive enough, but use some common sense and massage around the face (avoiding the eye area) softly. You don’t need to press down really at all for this to work it’s magic. It has 12% glycolic acid (sugar acid) and uses rice bran which lends impressive deep cleansing action and smooths the skin’s texture while the glycolic helps to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Both help to fight breakouts. This may be too intense for very sensitive skin types, unfortunately, but every other should be okay. They actually carry a more gentle exfoliant for sensitive types – here! I will certainly be purchasing this once I run out!
Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant with 10% Glycolic Acid Formula
This is another of my must-haves from this line! It is a bit intense and likely not suitable for sensitive skin, but anyone else is okay to use this and IT WORKS! If you use this directly after the Micro Cleanse or any face mask, it can be a bit intense and you will experience some odd tingling sensations, but it goes away and definitely helps clear breakouts, moisturize skin and smooth and refine the skin surface. It also helps with scarring and discoloration. I have some acne spots here and there (chin, nose and cheeks areas), some scarring on my cheeks and chin and a bit of discoloration around my mouth. This has definitely helped my skin in every one of those areas and I can directly attribute it to this moisturizer and the Micro Cleanse. It says this should help with wrinkles and fine lines, but I don’t think it has been long enough for me to see those effects. I will report back in a few weeks if I see anything to report!
Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear with Bronzing Minerals and Hyaluronic Acid
This is such a nice little extra! It feels like a really light serum and moisturises really well, likely due to the hyaluronic acid in the formula. It goes on so smooth and I have been using it as my makeup primer with much success! It does have bronzing minerals, but they just light diffuse; they don’t really show up or give you an extremely noticeable shine or glow so no need to fear if you have oily, sensitive, or acne prone skin. This will not break you out! It feels amazing and helps keep my skin hydrated. I may purchase this once I run out, but it’s undecided at the moment!
Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF30+ with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera
I wasn’t a huge fan of this as I like to use more natural physical sunscreens, but I was impressed that this doesn’t give that annoying white cast, it doesn’t break me out and it simply feels like a light lotion even though it comes out of the pump looking really thick and creamy. It’s not heavy at all. I just wish the formula was more natural. It has the typical chemical sunscreen smell as well. I will likely go back to using my sunscreen from Rainwater Botanicals (see more on Rainwater Botanicals – here!) now that I’ve tested this one enough.
Overall, I love Alpha-H Skin Care! I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to try the Liquid Gold after reading so much about it, but for the most part, everything I got was amazing so I can’t complain. I can’t really imagine my skin routine without the Micro Cleanse and Balancing Moisturizer now because that’s how much of an effect both have had on my skin. This was even more of an effect than what I experienced with Naruko (see that review – here!) and that is impressive as hell to me! My only qualm with this brand is that it’s not as natural as it could be. It is SO effective and I really feel that a lot of the products include amazing ingredients that really work to help whip your skin into shape, but I wish that the formulas featured more nature – derived ingredients so I could feel less guilty about using them. If you don’t care about that, then power on because this seriously works magic!
Also, it is important to mention that they do not use many fillers or unnecessary preservatives so the formulas are pretty good as far as concentration of ingredients. You are getting your money’s worth, in my opinion, especially where effectiveness is concerned. The only thing is you need to use it as per the instructions specifically and don’t overdo it on the exfoliation. It can be so easy to do with these products because they feature a lot of highly concentrated glycolic acid in their formulas. I would alternate the Micro Cleanse with even a Cream or Oil Cleanser if you have straight combination skin like me. Same goes for dry to mature skin types. You may find you need more nourishing, oil based ingredients. If your skin is more on the oily side of things, the Triple Action Cleanser is a great choice. Aside from that, expect to experience an unpleasant first week or so. I saw my skin get a million and one spots the first week and a half and I literally thought I was having a bad reaction to the products, but I am now sure this was just my skin being purged as I likely had acne sitting underneath the skin clogging my pores. At around week 3-5, you should start to feel some relief and see some clarity going on with continued regular use per their instructions on the Alpha-H site and all packaging. So, basically if you stick with it for a time, you should see results for sure.
Lastly, if you are interested in trying Alpha-H’s line, but you are unsure where to start or what would be right for your skin, they offer a service where you can consult a skin therapist for advice on which would be the best products for you. You can do that – here.
Check out the entire Alpha-H line – here!
Have you ever tried Alpha-H products?
What are your holy grail skincare items?
Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Alpha-H Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.