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20 Aug 2014

Worth its Weight in Alpha H - Liquid Gold

Growing up, the age old adage of 'Cleanse. Tone. Moisturize' was drummed into me by my mum. I however, did  not understand the 'tone' part and so pretty much skipped that step until my mid '20s. That was until I discovered Liz Earle's Instant Boost Skin Tonic on good old QVC. It's a lovely floral concoction of natural goodness that feels nice and refreshing when spritzed on to the skin, and I still use it. Thankfully it is now more widely available across the UK and can even be ordered internationally from her website. 

Anyway, I digress...

Since my first foray into toners was a success for my skin, I've been more intrigued by them - especially exfoliating toners. Now that I'm in my '30s, I' suppose I'm trying to make up for the years and years of skin 'toning' that I missed out on. 

An exfoliating toner is exactly what is sounds like it is - a liquid solution that exfoliates the skin without using beads, grains, scrubby things etc. Instead, it uses acids. Now before you run for the hills at the thought of putting acid on your face. Let me tell you that it's not as scary or as harsh as you think it sounds. 

Enter Alpha-H Liquid Gold. "A Glycolic based formulation that works like and 'overnight facial' to brighten and revitalise tired, aging skin, and radically improve the appearance of the complexion." (Description from the Alpha H website)

I had heard about this brand before from a friend but had never gotten around to trying it in London. However, after moving to Hong Kong and having my skin adjust to its new surroundings, it made me think that was now was as good a time as any to introduce it into my skincare routine. 

As is my perpetual gripe with living here, I can never find any of the brands I want to try. I haven't been able to find an Alpha-H stockist here in Hong Kong, and so I bought my first bottle of Liquid Gold from Luxola* - a Singaporean based beauty website that ships to HK, hurrah! I bought it back in March and have only recently finished it. Not bad going for a 100ml bottle.

I didn't know what to expect, but it all seemed pretty straight forward.
- Remove make-up
- Saturate a cotton pad with Liquid Gold and wipe across your face
- No need to follow up with moisturiser or serum
- Let Liquid Gold work it's magic
- Use every other night

For those of you wondering, no it doesn't burn when you apply to your skin. There is a slight tingle, but nothing uncomfortable. 

After a few months of using it, I have to say I am a convert and will definitely be repurchasing this. I think my skin tone is more even, texture is improved, skin looks better even without make-up; all in all two-thumbs up from me. 

I'm no beauty expert, I'm just sharing products I like and my opinions with you. If you want to know more about Liquid Gold or toners in general, I would definitely recommend reading this indepth review of Liquid Gold by A Model Recommends, or the Toner Cheat Sheet by Caroline Hirons

Now that I finally understand the importance of the 'toning' step in a skin care routine - be it hydrating or exfoliating - you can be sure I won't be skipping it anymore. 

Moral of the story: Mums know best. Thanks for the advice, mum! 

*Luxola has since been bought by Sephora. 

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