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I was given this 50ml product to use by a friend. The packaging is plain and simple, white background with blue text. Depsite me being 22 and the packaging stating it is for mature skin (!!!) I decided to give it a try one evening.
The cream is white, with medium consistency, it is absorbed instantly without leaving any residue on the skin. The cream did make my skin tingle for a few minutes when first applied, but this quickly subsides. I believe this is due to the cream containing 10% glycolic acid, and the product says this is normal.
I have only been using this in the evenings, although the product states that the maximum benefits can be achieved when applied both morning and evening.
When waking in the morning after using the cream, my skin looked smoother and brighter, with my pores less visable. I also suffer from problem skin now and then and notice that my blemishes had reduced in appearance.
As I've already said, I am not really in the intended age demographic for this product, however I still use it on a once weekly basis to refine my skin and improve its appearance.
I didn't pay for this product, but I believe it retails for around £43 on QVC. It is a little pricey, but I would consider buying this again, as it lasts a long time and improves my skin condition
I picked up this moisturizer as part of a skin care set, produced by Alpha H. An australian brand who feel that skin care should be no nonsense and jam packed full of active ingredients that truly benefit your skin.
This is the same skin care line as the Alpha H liquid gold which i have also previously reviewed.
The cream is packaged in the plain white squeezy tube, with a flip top lid and black writing with the brand name, product name and usage directions. The sample provided is a 50ml tube, which retails at about £30 for 100mls. It isn't cheap, but claims to have brilliant results.
The cream itself has vitamin C and Glycolic acid (concentration 10%) as its main ingrediants. The Glycolic acid makes the product into a chemical exfoliant and is used to lower the pH of your skin making your skin work harder overnight, while dissolving the dead top layer of skin. There is also aloe vera juice, vitamin A and E, collagen being the rest of the special active ingrediants. These try and heal and boost skin to give a great glow.
The cream itself is white and is slightly medicinal in smell which is a little off putting. Its thick, but sinks into the skin amazingly well. Its almost as though my skin drinks it in, leaving no residue layer ontop. After about 5 minutes of putting it on the smell has dissapeared. Sometimes on application it does sting a little, and so i wouldn't recommend it for anyone with sensitive skin. Instantly my skin feels amazingly soft, and plump and i find that in the morning after putting it on my skin looks bright and a little bit clearer than the night before, as if my acne scars a lighter somehow.
Alpha H claim this product is suitable for daily use, morning and evening, however i tend to use it 2 - 3 times a week, before bed only. I don't ever use it in the morning as it doesn't contain an SPF, and god help me if i went outside without SPF, i think i'd have a heart attack. But i don't use it every evening for two reasons, 1 because i also use Alpha H liquid gold twice a week and you are not supposed to use moisturiser with that product, and 2 because i don't think exfoliating your skin every day of the week is particularly good for it.
The product claims to be for mature skin, i am 21 and therefore do not have mature skin, but i love it. It is very rich, and i think for me at such a young age it is best suited to a night cream, and perhaps as i age i will start to use it more and more. I'm very glad i stumbled across this product in the sample set.
I have seen amazing results with this product, and i will continue to re-buy once the sample runs out.
This is a moisturising cream from the Australian brand Alpha-H. I bought it as part of a set from QVC though it can be bought through salon websites like HQ hair and salonskincare.com. To buy this singly in the 100ml size would cost around £40 however, I got a 50ml size of this in a kit costing £30.
The packaging of all Alpha H products are very plain and actually somewhat boring looking. Just plain white tubes with blue writing on them - no fancy pictures or colours as they prefer to just concentrate on what's inside.
For those who haven't heard of the brand before, they specialise in using glycolic acid to resurface and refine the skin. Glycolic acid is what they use to do salon chemical peels but using a vastly higher concentration (at least triple) of the stuff than is in any of these products. You are not going to burn your face off with it or anything, it is a gradual process where it gently exfoliates the dead skin away to reveal new skin underneath.
So the key ingredients are:
Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera extract, Vitamin A, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Hydrolised Corallina Officinals, Vitamin E
The glycolic acid content is 10%.
The cream is a white colour and it is quite a thick consistency. It doesn't really smell of much at all. I wouldn't say it was a nice smell but it's not an offensive smell, just like a clean sort of soapyish smell. You can only really smell it when you are applying it and after that the smell is totally gone. The cream applies to the skin very well and turns fluid enough on the skin that it's easy to rub it in. I found it to sink in very well and it didn't leave a residue once it had dried. My skin felt really soft and smooth after applying it. Because of the glycolic acid, you may feel a tingling on the skin when you put it on but it only lasts a few seconds.
This cream is absolutely not suitable for anyone suffering from a skin condition like psoriasis or dermatitis or for people with sensitive skin as the glycolic acid may aggravate the condition. My Mum has psoriasis and wanted to use some of this but she did not like it because it stung her face a little and made the blotches come out. I have no skin conditions and had no such problems with it - I think it is actually a very nice moisturiser.
You can definately notice the resurfacing properties this cream has if you use it a few days. My skin looks newer and a tad lighter as if all the dead skin has been exfoliated off.
The tube says this cream is for mature skin. Being 28, I don't really have mature skin but I still liked it. I think it would be better suited to an older skin because it is quite a rich cream and I think you would see a big difference. As it stands, much as I liked the cream, I don't think I'd buy it again at the moment - maybe a few more years down the line and I would repurchase. I definately wouldn't pay £40 for the cream alone as it's too expensive but if you see it as part of a set for a good price and you are fed up with your dull skin then it's worth a try.