For over a year I’ve been extremely curious about the Alpha-H skincare range. The rave reviews floating around the blogosphere have been next-to-none, but ploughing through my various skincare products and finishing up all those hit-and-misses before moving onto shiner ground took its time- so when it came to investing in my very first Alpha-H product at the end of February I turned to my trusty Beauty Bay and got a kit of samples that arrived promptly….
My First Impressions (March, 5 2014): “I tried the Triple Action Cleanser last night using a dollop the size of a garden-pea, literally. As I’d slapped on quite the made-up face yesterday including a bronzed smokey eye, liquid liner and a red lippy I didn’t think the small amount of cleanser would be enough but it was. It did not lather at all, yet removed all trace of makeup. I couldn’t believe how squeaky clean my skin felt. I followed up with the Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant– yes, that is one single product! huh? Wanna repeat that last name? The moisturiser, naturally, doesn’t have the familiar grainy texture of our bog-standard exfoliator (that may do more harm than good by scratching your delicate skin’s surface, btw!) but what it does have is Glycolic Acid at 10%- the wonder ingredient that should now sit pretty in everyone’s bathroom cabinet”
- Alpha-H Micro Cleanse Exfoliant, (£24.50), is a gorgeous product. I would use this up to once-a-week, the ‘up to once’ as my skin’s rarely as clogged up with pollution and makeup as it used to be (Solely due to great skincare products, I may add). This exfoliant not only contains fruit acids- the ingredients that has totally stormed the beauty world; clearing out deeply embedded impurities and sloughing away dead skincells- but also harsher grains for manual exfoliation, old school-style, in one. Since I discovered the AHA’s (That’s Alpha Hydroxy Acids, a broader label for fruit acids such as glycolic, lactic and citric. Mainly naturally occurring in produce like milk, but can also be synthetic), I have stayed away from manual exfoliation as I frankly haven’t had the need- plus my ‘probably’ irrational fear of creating scratches and micro-tears onto the delicate surface of my face. The tiny ‘micro beads’ in the Alpha-H exfoliant did a great job without leaving my skin red-raw with over exfoliation. Instead, I was left with a nicely balanced and glowy-complexion perfectly prepped for makeup- It’s a necessary step in skincare for those times where your skin is super clogged.
- Liquid Gold Smoothing & Perfecting Mask (£46) and Balancing & Pore Refining Mask (£27.50), The Liquid Gold Mask is a once-weekly alternative for smoother and clearer skin than Alpha-H’s famous multi-use overnight ‘Liquid Gold’. I used the Liquid Gold Mask to slough away dead skin as a once-weekly prep before slathering on the Balancing & Pore Refining clay mask. The combination worked really well at springing some life back into my complexion, drawing out impurities and smoothing the surface. I loved the result of consistently using both and after a month I’d say I’m about 1/3 through the 30ml sample sizes. They’re definitely good value for money and I’d repurchase if I came across them in store- but at the moment my bathroom shelf is full of masks that needs more attention
- Daily Essential Moisturiser with SPF 50+ (£27), I’d actually go as far as to say this is my favourite product in the kit. As we’re gradually getting more and more glimpses of sun in the UK I’ve been really concious of protecting my skin daily. At the moment I actually have two SPF facial creams that I go-between daily depending on my makeup and expected sun exposure, and a third one on stand-by. I completely finished the Alpha-H Essential moisturiser two weeks ago and I thoroughly miss it- It had a very slight ‘SPF scent’ and although I usually dislike it, it ensured me that I was protected and went away within two minutes. The difference between this moisturiser and the SPF’s I’m currently using is just that- This one is a moisturiser, a two-in-one, and very light which goes on smoothly and doesn’t interfere at all with the makeup on top. My current SPF’s (although not thick) are still slightly more ‘tacky’ and need to be used along with a daily moisturiser- a quite frankly unwelcome step as I’m rushing out the door in the morning. This I would repurchase in a heartbeat! ….
- Balancing Moisturiser & Gentle Exfoliant (£35), this was the second moisturiser in the kit and neither of them were so rich that they left a film or not rich enough, leaving the moisture levels too low a few hours after application. Both were light in texture and sunk well into the skin leaving it soft and perfectly hydrated. In my opinion they would suit all skin types as long as you’d use a richer one at night if you’ve got very dry skin. I mentioned this moisturiser in the ‘initial use quotation’ above and loved the idea of gentle exfoliation as an extra step whilst moisturising with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid (which is found naturally in the skin but deminishes as you age). The lack of manual exfoliation beads ensures the skin doesn’t get scrubbed ‘red raw’ and too sensitive to layer makeup on top, and the low acid makes it gentle enough for daily use. With increased use it would help refine and smooth fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation and along with the hydrating ingredients I’d recommend this moisturiser to more mature skin. For this reason I might invest in one in the future but it’s not a necessity for my current skin-needs.
- Triple Action Cleanser (£23), although a gel-cleanser this did not leave my skin stripped like most I’ve tried previously. I found this worked best with minimal water as it did tend to get too diluted and lose it’s effectiveness otherwise. This is the one product I raved about on initial use (as seen in my above quote) but actually has to be a no after 8 weeks since first trialled- why? Well, because even though it did the job, cleansed my skin and removed a fairly hefty face of makeup (when not too diluted with water), it’s just that- it did the job- and for the price tag pretty much every cleanser does more than ‘just the job‘… It did leave my skin comfortable and would go well for someone with slightly sensitive skin as it’s very gentle and non-stripping but I’m not rushing to get the full size anytime soon.. or ever.
There are a couple of the products in this kit I would repurchase, especially the Daily Essentials Moisturiser as it’s exactly what it says on the tin- a daily essential, and I do find myself reaching for the tube (yep, I’ve kept it!) in the hope that there’s magically a tiny teeny-weeny use left to squeeze out. All in all, the whole kit contained six 30ml samples at £46, and I am glad I tested them all out. I hope this review shed some light onto some of Alpha-H much raved about products and will help you make a better decision next time you’re queuing at the beauty all with your shopping basket in hand. Let me know if you have tried these products or any of Alpha-H’s range not mentioned. I’m always happy to hear about new products and if you have any questions just pop them below! xo,