Sunday 12 January 2020

Skincare Sunday #1: Bright Skin

A new year, a new series. Sunday seems the perfect day (for alliterative and time availability purposes) to post about one of my interests: skincare. This week's focus is going to be on a product I have used for many years which gives me brighter skin. It will be no stranger to those that enjoy their skincare products, but it is a product that is tried and tested. 

Liquid Gold by Alpha H is a glycolic acid toner which works to exfoliate and revitalise my skin while I sleep. It reduces pigmentation marks from sun and acne scarring and generally makes me look brighter and fresher.

It is a well-known, moderately priced product which is said to work on reducing the appearance of fine lines. The glycolic acid is a 5% strength, which is going to give noticeable results without causing reactions in most people. Although it does contain alcohol, I have not found it to be harsh or drying.

A little about my skin (as I've not blogged for a while about beauty and skincare):

  • I have reasonably sensitive, dry and dehydrated skin 
  • When I get a breakout, it is usually minor, but occasionally I have hormonal spots
  • I try to drink plenty of water, but usually don't drink enough!
  • I burn and never tan-- I am pale!
  • I have some fine lines, but I have been proactive about taking care of my skin over the last 10 years 
  • I am in my mid 30s
Considering that I can be sensitive, I found that by dabbling in acid peels such as this one, I have been able to tolerate more and more over the years. A patch test would be a good idea if you are really intolerant to products, but that goes without saying. I often layer a rich moisturiser with no active ingrediants (such as retinol or Vitamin A) over the top of this-- such as Cicaplast by La Roche Posay which has healing, soothing properties.

This could be used frequently, but I mainly tend to reach for it when my skin lacks brightness and even tone. Of course, an SPF the next day is paramount as your skin's surface is highly sensitive to sun due to the alpha hydroxy acid exfoliating away the top skin cells.

Alpha H Liquid Gold retails for £33.50 for 100ml (which would last me a long time-- maybe 9-12 months)

Cheaper choices: Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic 5% £5.99
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution £6.49

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