Okay, so here’s the thing… I spent a ridiculous amount (for me) on a cleanser and I’m NOT ‘wowed’.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really ‘nice’ face wash, but I almost hoped to reveal a brand new face when indulging in a £35 skin treat.
As you may or may not already know, I consider myself to be a skincare fanatic, so when I say that I’m just as impressed with a few high-street alternatives (and considering the £20+ price-point difference), it’s easy to see why I’m a bit disappointed.
I am, of course, talking about the Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Face & Body Wash.
We’ve all heard of the renowned liquid gold collection by Australian brand Alpha-H (which I’m still to try) and with high hopes of the rest of the range, I went ahead and purchased this without reading any reviews (stupid, I know).
Due to the concentrated nature of the entire range, I really believed that the skin clearing claim would stay true to its word (granted, I appreciate some of my blemishes are a result of hormones), however after six weeks of use, I am still to witness huge results as a direct result of using the cleanser.
Key things to know about this product:
1. It’s targeted specifically towards oily-problematic skin and while it has some strong anti-blemish ingredients in-place, including Aloe Vera, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Thyme, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil, I have noticed just as promising results from alternative Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid products on the market.
Granted, the percentage strength of the acid based ingredients is likely to be higher than a high-street alternative (it doesn’t provide this information on the packaging), but the good thing is, it doesn’t have a strong, acidic feel to it upon regular application.
I can totally appreciate the hard work which has gone into cleverly combining these ingredients in a scientific way.
2. This ISN’T a foaming wash. The consistency is gel-like and doesn’t necessarily give the impression of ‘deep cleaning’ the skin, however, my complexion does always feel very fresh afterwards, so persistence is key.
3. As with the rest of the Alpha-H range, this is a concentrated product. What does that mean? It means that the team have developed formulations which deliver results after weeks of use and initially ‘push the skin out of it’s comfort zone’.
Skin is ‘infused with active ingredients’ which adjusts the pH – this ‘stimulates action at a deeper layer of the epidermis, where new and vibrant cells are replenished and repaired.’
While I might have slightly dismissed the product initially, I do want to persist with it and see if my skin needs a little longer to adjust and rebalance.
It’s not a complete write-off for me, but I know that you can all experience similar results from non-concentrated high-street products, like the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Clay Mask and Nip + Fab Glycolic Wash.
I’ll give it a few more weeks, and I’m definitely going to try Liquid Gold, so I’ll keep you all posted!