Friday, 1 October 2010

I tried Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum and lived to tell the tale!

That might sound dramatic, but I was very hesitant to try the new serum by Alpha-H after I read in the accompanying leaflet that redness and flaking is expected after use for the first 2 weeks, after that it should lessen. Two weeks, and it should lessen, for £37? This did not sell to it to me.

However, I eventually decided to grow a backbone and figured how bad could it be?  I thought I'll try it once and if I get redness and flaking, I am staying in all weekend anyway so its only my parents I might scare.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum
Here's what the brand says about the product, before it goes on to mention the redness & flaking:

'This water based serum is formulated with Niacinimide - the latest breakthrough in reducing the visible signs of aging: a cutaneous form of Vitamin B3 with an extraordinary breadth of skin benefits, to help minimise the look of age spots and pigmentation and help reduce the signs of sun damage and premature aging.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 - a powerful new Peptide - helps to smooth and firm the skin, Vitamin A, natural fruit acids and Licorice Extract exfoliate and brighten whilst Vitamin E, Silk Proteins and Sodium Hyaluronatte replace lost moisture to help soften fine lines and wrinkles leaving the skin visibly more supple, hydrated and radiant'.

It is very important to only consider using this product if your skin is already used to highly active ingredients. I have been using Liquid Gold and a moisturiser and mask containing  glycolic acid on and off for a year so this seemed like the next step for me.

I've never had a problem with any of the Alpha-H range before, even though they say you may experience some tingling with Liquid Gold. I was still nervous about this serum though as I wanted it to help with some sun damage, not make me look like I had sunburn in autumn.

You are only meant to use this serum 2-3 times a week at night and you must use a moisturiser after application to seal in the serum. You can then use Liquid Gold on the other nights. Once I applied, my face did look a little red and it stung, but the feeling passed in a matter of minutes. When I woke up my skin looked plump and there wasn't a red, flaking mess staring back at me in the mirror. I have only used it once so far, but it doesn't seem nearly as scary as I thought. I will post again in a fortnight to let you know how I got on with more regular use.

You get 50ml of product for the £37 price tag, which is a lot more than most, but Alpha-H are always fairly generous with their sizes. The one problem I did have is that when I took off the plastic wrapping to access the serum, it pulled off all the instructions and labelling, so I would be really stuck if I hadn't kept the additional instruction sheet. Even so, I prefer this cheaper packaging to 30ml or another £20 added to the price. As long as it works, I'm happy.

You can buy Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum 50ml from www.qvcuk.com for £36.36. The benefit of purchasing from here is that you can try it for 30 days and still send it back if it doesn't suit.

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