Throughout this week, my fellow beauty bloggers and Twitter friends have been talking, correction screaming about Alpha-H. I was introduced to this Australian brand almost 2 years ago and have since been a huge fan both personally and professionaly. With all the excitement and questions, I thought I'd break down the items I use on myself and on the models and celebs that I work with. And also what the products do and how to use them. Hopefully this will be useful for anyone with any questions as to what will suit them. One key point I will make is that this is skincare and with any brand, some people will love it, some will not. I amongst many many people have found it to be very effective but at the end of the day, it's a totally subjective matter and only you will know whether this is a brand for you or not.
A creamy cleanser which I have found to be very efficient for cleansing and removing makeup. I use this at night after a whole day's grime and dirt. Apply onto damp face and remove with either muslin, sponge or damp cotton pads. As with all cleansers, I recommend doing it twice, once to remove superficial dirt and the second time to really massage into skin to get it all super clean.
Triple Action Cleanser
I love this in the mornings as it's a light gel and I don't like anything too creamy on my skin for the day ahead. Again apply onto damp skin and I just rinse off with water.
A gorgeous amazing exfoliant consisting of round micro beads that removes dead skin and smoothens. It's 12% Glycolic Acid ensures that skin is left super clean without causing any irritation. I use this once every 2 weeks and for the mornings when I need help to wake up. With it's fresh peppermint scent, it's one to wake up with. A tip is to cleanse the face, apply this on like a mask, inhale the zingy scent while you go about brushing your teeth etc and when you're ready, gently using circular movements, work the exfoliant to reveal sparkling smooth skin.
Gentle Daily Exfoliant
A new addition, this daily exfoliant with Kaolin, Papaya and Pineapple enzymes, is great for everyday gentle exfoliation to brighten the skin. The freeze-dried enzymes activate with the addition of water to form a creamy emulsion you work all over the face. A great tip to use this product is to mix it in with your cleanser of choice and massage into skin on the second cleansing. That's how I use it and it's great!
Clear Skin Daily Face Wash
Another new addition, another love! For fans of a foaming wash, this light foaming gel is great for problem skin. Intoxicating Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, this gentle but highly anti-bacterial face wash is respectful of the skin's delicate balance whilst actively zapping away problems such as spots.
Hydration, aka Moisturising
Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+
A great daily moisturiser with a built in SPF 50+ that isn't chalky or greasy. I use this every morning to protect myself. An important fact is that when you start using treatment products with Glycolic Acid, AHAs, BHAs etc that promote skin cell renewal, it is vital to have SPF on your face as the skin is young and fresh! I carry this for shoots outdoors and on trips when I know the model and myself are going to be outdoors and every time, we're the only ones that don't end up getting sun burnt!
Essential Hydration Cream
A lovely light moisturiser with gorgeous Ylang Ylang and Arnica for healing, this makes a beautiful product to use at night after cleansing and before bed.
Clear Skin Daily Hydrator Gel
A must for the men or anyone who doesn't like creams or lotions on the face during the day. This clear gel with Tea Tree and Eucalyptus has the ability to absorb moisture from the surrounding air to hydrate your skin. I have chosen to use this during the warmer months when I don't want too heavy a moisturiser.
Absolute Eye Complex
The only eye gel or product that you can take all the way to your lash line! I keep mine in the fridge and trust me, this was the only thing the woke me up during 4am wake up times for fashion week! Gentle botanicals sloughs away dead skin and hydrate the delicate skin round the eye. It also has a very pleasing gentle tightening effect courtesy of synthetic egg white!
A beautifully scented botanical spray for those who like toners before moisturising. I use this on myself throughout the day or on long flights when my skin becomes thirsty.
Specialty & Hero Products
The star of this whole range! Liquid Gold is a glycolic-based liquid that resurfaces skin and kick starts lazy skin into gear! Think of this as that sadistic personal trainer that ensures that your skin gets as much help and work as hard as possible whilst you sleep! Used maximum of 3 nights a week, either in 3 continuous nights or alternating nights, your skin wakes up in the morning clearer, firmer and more even in skin tone! I use mine on alternating nights on cleansed skin, applied with cotton pads and that's it. Some people like adding on a serum or moisturiser but you don't have to. I don't and even then your skin will not feel tight or uncomfortable. You really have to use this to believe it!
Much like its sister, Liquid Gold, this is beneficial for those with pigmentation caused by sun damage or ageing. Applied under moisturiser and coupled with decent SPF, it's highly effective.
Liquid Gold Smoothing And Refining Mask
My go-to mask for when I need skin to super hydrated, clear and rejuvenated! It contains Liquid Gold to actively brighten up and clarify dull skin. I use it on close-up beauty shoots when I really need the model or celeb's skin to be gorgeous and clear. It tingles but will subside after a moment. I also have been known to apply this on a long flight (13 hours!) and yes you will get weird stares but when you clean it off just before you land, your skin will be clear, sparkling and super moist and plump! And your fellow dehydrated dull-skinned passengers will be so jealous!
Purifying Clay Mask
Another favourite mask of mine. This clay mask sucks out all the stuff that clogs your skin and leaves it cleaner and smoother. And it does all this without distrupting your skin's gentle balance.
Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum
A treatment serum to be used on the nights when you're not using Liquid Gold. It contains Glycolic Acid and powerful Vitamin A & B3 to really give dull skin a boost! It tingles on application but I usually apply a thin film of Essential Hydration Cream and it calms down to leave skin refined and plump. Over the time I've used it, I've noticed that my pores are finer and there's less congestion.
Liquid Gold Poly-Oxidant
A potent cocktail of anti oxidants, this gel is either applied under or mixed with moisturiser. I apply this in the mornings just under my moisturiser to help battle all the free radicals that causes ageing, wrinkles and cell damage throughout the day. Never looked back or been without every since!
And that's pretty much all I know about the range and it's a pretty comprehensive walk-through don't you think? The best thing is to sit down and think of what you want out of your skin and the products and choose accordingly. Yes it might be pricey but when it comes to skin, I think it's worth that little bit more to ensure the best results. Just remember the better your skin, the less makeup you will have to wear! Like any of my other posts, please comment and if you have any questions, give me a shout and I will answer or discuss as soon as possible.
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