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In My Kit – Liquid Gold

So these days I’m a little bit married to my skincare favourites – it takes quite a bit for a new entrant to muscle its way into my makeup kit. You have to test it, first on yourself, then on a few shoots, then on a few more and most of the time they don’t make the final cut.

Not so Alpha H’s Liquid Gold, which I’ve been using more and more lately. It’s a liquid glycolic acid skin polisher, which I’m starting to swear by as part of my skin prep on jobs. I first came across it some time ago through the UK makeup artist Kenneth Soh

Models always look like they have amazing skin, don’t they? Well I’ll tell you a secret – they often don’t. That’s what makeup is for! Quite often models have the same skin concerns that the rest of us do – spots, hormonal breakouts, hyper pigmentation, excessive oiliness, excessive dryness, rosacea – you name it, makeup artists have to deal with it. One of the trickiest things is when a model doesn’t take good care of her skin and it’s all weirdly dry yet congested, and a big part of the problem is that just don’t exfoliate enough.

Before Liquid Gold I’d use a YSL or a Dermalogica scrub – I’m talking a full facial with hot water, applying the product, buffing it off and then clearing all the product off to leave baby soft skin beneath. This works really well but does take quite awhile, which so often you don’t have on a hectic day’s shoot. Now I keep a bottle of Liquid Gold in my skincare bag, and actually pretty much everyone who sits in my chair these days is getting a quick buff over with it on a cotton pad. It takes off the dead skin cells, leaving the nice juicy new skin cells ready for makeup. And yes, it gives you THAT glow.

So skincare bags get ready, there’s a new product in town.



Alpha H Skincare

Right Now: Alpha H Skincare

I have pretty sensitive skin, so I tend not to mix up my skin routine too much, and keep it simple. I cleanse, and then I rotate my moisturiser depending on the weather. At the moment my skin feels like an old dessicated sea sponge, so I’ve been getting into Liz Earle’s Superskin moisturiser, as it’s very rich and emollient. It has lots of calming Shea Butter and Avocado, and my skin just drinks it in. The Liz Earle range isn’t strictly organic (as it has parabens to preserve the ingredients), but it’s organic enough for me!

However sometimes when one gets to a “certain age” *cough cough puts on Miss Havisham creaky voice, starts calling people “dear”* – your skin needs a little extra kick to get it glowing. And lately I’ve discovered a little Aussie wonder company, called Alpha H.

I first heard about it through Twitter via lovely London makeup artist, Kenneth Soh, as he swears by Alpha H. So when my skin started to look more troglodyte and less Giselle, I decided to call in the Glycolic Big Guns.

I’ve used glycolics before, but not like this. They were usually too much and after two days used I looked like someone had flayed me with a paint stripper. But Alpha – H should be called Amazing H as that’s exactly what it is.

I used their Liquid Gold, the Clear Skin Wash and the Hydrator Gel and I didn’t react badly to anything – no breakouts or weird skin responses. On the contrary my nasty dry sea sponge skin started to look younger and behave better – I got my glow back!

Their Liquid Gold product really is as miraculous as everyone says – I just use it at night when I need it, and it takes off all the dead skin cells, and leaves it feeling soft and plump. I also use the Clear Skin wash, which even though I don’t have acne prone skin I really like from time to time as it has tea tree oil and eucalyptus in it which is a great disinfectant and really boosts my skin. I’ve been alternating that with my Aesop cleanser, depending how my skin feels that day.

The Hydrator Gel would be fabulous for those with combination or oily skin – my skin is very dry, so I can use it for a day or so before I need to dive back into a vat of Liz Earle Superskin. I think it would be a great moisturiser for the hotter months as well as it is very soothing and provides moisture without extra grease (good when you’re already feeling like a greasy bear, first thing in the morning). I plan on bringing this back into my routine in summer.

For me I found using the products for a month and then having a break for a couple of weeks is the best way to use them. That way I can have fresh Giselle skin, and not get too dry. Alpha H is a bit like a spa in a jar. No need for a holiday!