Liquid Gold and the Leap of Faith

alpha-h liquid goldI’ll hold my hands up straight away and admit to you that I had to make a little leap of faith in order to start using Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold. Although I trust Michelle Doherty and Tom Ogden from Alpha-H unreservedly when it comes to skin advice, it still took a little persuading to get me to give up my night-cream and swap it for a quick wipe of tingly Glycolic Acid three times a week!

So why did it take me so long to try out Liquid Gold? Conventions. Beauty traditions. We’re told we need to moisturise at night to keep wrinkles at bay and so that is what I have always done. The thought of sweeping a cotton wool pad soaked in Glycolic Acid (just the word ‘acid’ is a no-no!) over my skin and forgoing moisturiser?! It’s horrendous! Surely my skin will thin out, get dry and flaky and tight? Surely if I do this on a regular basis, I won’t be moisturising enough and the wrinkles will pop out more quickly?!

Absolutely not, say Michelle and Tom of Alpha-H. The Glycolic acid in the Liquid Gold works in many different ways to improve the tone, texture and long-term condition of the skin far better than any simple moisturiser could ever hope to. Firstly, the glycolic acid drops the PH of the skin overnight so that the skin has to work hard to raise it back up – this gives the skin a huge workout and leaves it tighter and firmer in the morning. The acid loosens dead skin cells from the skin’s surface which makes the skin look more radiant and bright anyway, but it also increases the skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid (an agent which helps ‘trap’ moisture into the skin) and Collagen. So, on the whole Moisturiser vs Glycolic Acid front, the Glycolic is the equivalent of taking your skin for a full-on gym session followed by a hearty, healthy, re-fuelling lunch whereas the moisturiser, if you’ll excuse the very crap analogy, is the equivalent of reading the Sunday papers in a towelling robe sat by the pool in the spa area.

That’s not to say that using a moisturiser is pointless – it’s a wonderful thing and we do need it to make sure our moisture levels are good for our skin to look and feel great… I suppose what I’m saying is this: if we only ever visited the gym to sit by the pool and chill then we’d be happy and relaxed, content, pampered. We’d grow old gracefully and accept our body changes. Get slack and a little saggy. But much better in the long-run to be doing some skin ‘gym sessions’, no? Toning it up a bit, re-fuelling it, fine-tuning it, making it do some work? Especially when the only actual effort required involved wiping some wet cotton wool over your face! (I’m not saying that you can’t ever sit by the pool – you can do it every day if you like, slather on that moisturiser every morning! Just make sure that you get a few sessions a week in with that stair-climber and weights machine. OK, analogy over now, I got slightly carried away.)

The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and here are my results. (Bear in mind, please, that I had excellent skin to start with – and I’m not boasting, just being frank.) Usage and results: applied with a cotton wool pad – just a small amount of the liquid poured onto it soaked the pad enough for a full application. Swept over entire face, neck and chest area, avoiding eyes and lips. There was a slight tingling upon application and a tightening feeling. Nothing uncomfortable, but it is, I suppose, a strange sensation at night when you’re used to slathering on cool, juicy moisturiser! Smooth, firm skin the morning after treatment, reduced pore size, increased brightness and radiance. Long-term results (I have been using this since May) are that I have been almost entirely blemish-free and I have hardly needed to use any foundation, ever. My pores look smaller, my skin looks clearer and brighter. I’ll tell you that it still feels weird, even after all of these months, not using a moisturiser on my ‘Liquid Gold’ nights, but my skin looks and feels great!

 I really believe that my skin has always benefitted from regular exfoliation of the non-mechanical kind. So I’m not talking ‘scrubs’ here, I’m referring to enzymes and exfoliating agents, things that take off the dead cells without having to scratch or traumatise the skin. Products containing effective levels of enzymes or exfoliating acids – whether in the form of a mask, a face-wash or diluted in a moisturiser, I have always performed some kind of regular exfoliation. The difference with the Liquid Gold, I suppose, is that it’s a straightforward injection of glycolic into the skin – no moisturiser to dilute the effects. The instructions state that you can follow Liquid Gold with a moisturiser, but Tom and Michelle recommend that you don’t – it raises the PH of the skin and basically counterbalances the effects of the glycolic.

Some points to note:

1) I haven’t ‘given up’ any part of my regime – all other skincare is ‘as normal’ but I use the Liquid Gold every other night. I don’t feel as though I’m ‘missing out’ on my usual night creams and I have continued to use my usual eye creams.

2) I don’t use any other form of exfoliation on my ‘Liquid Gold Day’. No enzyme peels, cleansers, Clarisonic –  I think that mixing exfoliants is never a good idea – the skin can only take so much!

3) The Liquid Gold tingles. It’s not a painful sensation, and I would say that if you feel anything more than a mild sting then discontinue use. It shouldn’t be painful! Some people will be more sensitive than others, so if you feel any sensitivity then perhaps start gently by applying a nice moisturiser after the Liquid Gold or by using the Liquid Gold serum which is a different glycolic formula.

Liquid Gold has become, without a doubt, one of my top “can’t live without” (HATE that phrase!) products. I’m almost scared not to use it now in case something dreadful happens and I age by twenty years overnight! I love that I can still use (and test!) whatever products I want for most of the time and then just have to do this one simple act of wiping some liquid onto my face every other night!

Liquid Gold is £33.50 for a whacking great 100ml bottle. You can get at Cult Beauty here.

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  1. Hannah
    August 17, 2011 / 8:01 am

    Hey Ruth :) ,
    Just a question about using the liquid gold-do you still use other exfoliating products on different days? Or just the liquid gold?

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 10:48 am

      @Hannah the Liquid Gold Serum on every second or third day and then just whatever I like on the ‘spare’ days!! I have just put up a video on YT about my routine – it’ll post on here tomorrow! xx

  2. Julia
    August 17, 2011 / 8:44 am

    Brilliant post! It sounds like an amazing product, I really want to give it a try. I have two questions if you wouldn’t mind! Do you need to wash your face in the morning after using the Liquid Gold? I only wash my face once a day (before bed) and moisturize in the AM (as recommended by the lovely Sarah Brown at Pai) and it has been working very well for me but would it be overkill to leave the Glycolic Acid on skin for so long without a proper cleaning? Also, (very important) is it ok for people with sensitive skin to use Glycolic Acid products? I don’t have any spots ever (sorry!) but a tendency to redness with most grainy exfoliators but I really like the sound of smaller pores and more radiance!

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 10:47 am

      @Julia I would have a quick wipe with a cleansing water on waking just to freshen and remove any oils that have seeped out (UGH!) overnight. Just my preference! x

  3. Name
    August 17, 2011 / 8:51 am

    Thanks for this Ruth….I was looking at the ingredients list as saw that alcohol was number two. I am a little worried about this as I have very oily skin and avoid alcohol in any skin product. Am I missing something here? Alpha H doesn’t seem the kind of brand to bulk products with something like alcohol!

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 10:46 am

      @Name you are quite right, they would never bulk out a product needlessly. The alcohol is necessary to ‘deliver’ the active ingredients down into the skin efficiently, as far as I can work out. It does, in fact, make my T-Zone very slightly oily and when I wake up I do a quick sweep with a balancing cleansing water to even things out, but it has never made me break out for some reason! Let me double-check about the alcohol issue though – it would be great to get Tom from Alpha-H answering our questions! xxx

  4. Zahra
    August 17, 2011 / 8:55 am

    You know when you go over to someone’s house for dinner and they serve a dish so divine that you later hound them for the recipe? They grudgingly give you this (an aeon later) and you lovingly try to recreate it but it NEVER tastes the same! Why? The person doesn’t really wish to share their secret recipe with you and doubtless has left some important ingredient or technique out. You however are a truly beautiful person (inside and out) because you share all your big secrets with us, like a good friend would. You genuinely care for all of us nameless, faceless souls and transcend a regular beauty blogger.This is why we TRUST and VALUE your opinion. Thank you for sharing this tip. I cannot wait to see the alchemic effects this Alpha-H product may have on my skin. I have always believed that only the magic fingers of my facialist can remove the dead skin on my nose, but alas maybe there is a home remedy too! xx

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 10:44 am

      @Zahra what a lovely comment, thanks very much!! xx

  5. Caitlin
    August 17, 2011 / 9:41 am

    I’m twenty-three and while my skin is beginning to mature i’m still more in the ‘teenage phase’ of getting the occassional blemish rather than getting the first signs of wrinkles. However, i’m fully aware that it’s now that I should be looking after my skin to prevent wrinkles in the long term. Do you think I would benefit from a product like this, or is it still far too early for me and I should stick to more ‘lightweight’ products?
    Thanks, Love the blog, Caitlin.

  6. Dave
    August 17, 2011 / 10:57 am

    Hi there, OMG!! :oD what a great FAB post – gonna check this out for sure … Needed something extra to compliment my night creams. Abs brilliant post, Ruth. Even dropped by Cosmetics Ala Carte ( Macomb St. ) yesterday – got me an under eye concealer. Thanks a million!! Have a great day … Xx :))

  7. August 17, 2011 / 11:04 am

    I’ve got to say, I have been intrigued by this Liquid Gold and the other Alpha-H products for a while, but it is like you said – the mere talk of not putting any moisturiser on at night is hoohah (oddly enough though, I’ve not used any the last 2 weeks as my skin has been more oily than usual, and it looks better – go figure!). Your skin has recently been so frickin flawless, it’s a testament to it working. I have good skin, but suffer a bit of hyperpigmentation due to being half Chinese (damn these yellow genes!) and this would be perfect. I’m gonna splurge now (the lookfantastic deal is too good!), the guineas will have to eat less organic veg for a few weeks. :D

  8. August 17, 2011 / 11:14 am

    I just bought the Lookfantastic package, and found this voucher code that gives you 15% off: AFFAUG151628. With free delivery the package now cost me £31.41 in total. :)

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:07 pm

      @Kharina great!! Thanks so much for the code! xxx

  9. Lulee
    August 17, 2011 / 11:21 am

    Hi Ruth, fab post! I ordered the liquid gold and can’t wait to try it. If you ask alpha-h Tom some questions can you ask him when I should use retinol products in conjunction with this? The nights that I’m not using liquid gold or never while I’m using the liquid gold? Thanks so much!

  10. August 17, 2011 / 11:59 am

    I’ve been wanting to try Alpha-H for a while & you may well have convinced me to take that step!
    It seems a pretty similar routine to the one I follow, using Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Skin Polish Exfoliator (a glycolic acid base although this is a gel so I apply a layer almost like a mask before bed). Have you tried it? Would be interested to see how they compare.

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:06 pm

      @SkinDeep no I haven’t! I shall look it up! x

  11. August 17, 2011 / 12:26 pm

    I saw your skincare video and made a note to look out for this post. What a brilliant review. I am so interested in this. I’m quite pale. This sounds like something that could wake my skin up a bit and make it look a bit more alive.

  12. Anna
    August 17, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    This may be a random place to ask this but I’m desperate so im going to! You may not be the best person to ask either as i know you dont really use foundation but hey-ho i’m sure you know a little about them….??! So, i’ve very nearly finished my usual foundation and im in the market for a new one.. ideally i’d like a medium coverage but i know that doesnt really seem to exist…. i have some acne scarring so probably more coverage is better than less, but i really hate it being cakey! any advice oh god of skincare and makeup?

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:05 pm

      @Anna how much of your face is affected by scarring? Do you really need to cover the whole face with heavy foundation? I love MyMix, it’s AMAZING, £12.99 from MyFace at Boots. Lisa Eldridge did a VERY good video recently about covering acne, you would find it very useful indeed! xxx

  13. jojof81
    August 17, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    Fab post as always and yet again I feel myself reaching for the credit card….my Mum started using Alpha H earlier on this year and has been raving about it. After reading this I’m def gonna give it a try.
    Keep up the good work Ruth. xx

  14. B Burns
    August 17, 2011 / 2:02 pm

    @Name- Not all alcohols are dry and irritating. There are seven dense alcohols — cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol 40, C12-15 alcohols, stearyl alcohol and lanolin alcohol — that are not drying or irriating. Instead, they are used as emulsifiers, thickening agents and stabilisers, giving products smooth formulations. Lanolin alcohol and stearyl alcohols also act as moisturizing factors, so they have the opposite effect of drying.

    So-check which type of alcohol is in the Liquid Gold and this should help :-)

  15. Amigurumigirl
    August 17, 2011 / 2:35 pm

    *sigh* that sounds so amazing! I winder do they sell this in the US at all? :(

  16. Teresa
    August 17, 2011 / 4:00 pm

    Wow that was a very convincing argument and now I’m dying to try this product but Alpha-H doesn’t seem to be available in the US :((

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:03 pm

      @Teresa I’m sure that Lookfantastic ship worldwide? Have you been through on the links below the post? x

  17. Saara
    August 17, 2011 / 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to use mine now! I haven’t used mine since I got my alpha h set… I can’t wait to see you’re updated skincare video!

  18. Pip
    August 17, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    Yep! Your fab review has just made me splurge on another product!! :)

    I have been waiting with bated breath to find out what your amazing skin secret was!

    Bought the set so I cannot wait to try out the Alhpa H range… Hope they live up to my (after reading this) very high expectations!

    Thanks a mill Ruth xx

  19. ei
    August 17, 2011 / 5:34 pm

    Hi Ruth, this is completely off subject but have you tried the new Lancome Visionnaire serum. I picked up one in Selfridges Birmingham and it is amazing! I have only used it for four days and my skin is so smooth and bright. It costs £57 (eeek) but only need one pump for whole face

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:02 pm

      @Ei ooooo, sounds lovely!! xx

  20. Sandy
    August 17, 2011 / 6:03 pm


    Honestly, you have no idea the struggle I had in me with liquid gold. I had the same concerns too… like no moisturizers at night?! So I have left it standing on my dressing table for about two months now after trying it out once and found it to be a bit dry. To be fair, I was using clarisonic that night too… so maybe that’s why my skin felt rather dry and tight. Thank you for this ever-helpful post! I have been using Alpha H (under your recommendation, bless you) and love their cleansers/eye complex/rejuvenating cream/hydration cream. I shall give it a go with the liquid gold again tonight… without my clarisonic ;)

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:00 pm

      @Sandy yes, NO Clarisonic with glycolic, bad combo!! xxx

  21. August 17, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    Hi Ruth! Wonderful post, very informative. As always, thanks for sharing your beauty secrets with us. Oh, what would I do if I could not wash my face with a lovely POTATO! :) I was wondering if you used Liquid Gold in conjunction with fake tanning. I would love to know just how stripping Glycolic Acid is in this product (as it pertains to fake tan). XX

    • admin
      August 17, 2011 / 8:00 pm

      @abitdangerous no I haven’t actually, but I very rarely use a fake tanner! Anyone tried the two together? xx

  22. Laura
    August 17, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    oh Crilly you made me buy stuff again! xx what would we do without you! you even talked me out of getting a perm!!! (money goes to alpha-h)

  23. Anna
    August 17, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    I bought it online straight after reading this LOL can’t wait to try it out! ;) thanks for sharing Ruth x

  24. Kate
    August 17, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    I normally use Liz Earle cleanser every night,if I start use liquid gold, do I need to skip Liz Earle on that day?

    • admin
      August 18, 2011 / 12:18 am

      @Kate no, you’re fine with Liz! I use the C&P a lot before Liquid Gold, and also the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser xx

  25. Lucy
    August 18, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Hi Ruth,

    thanks for a great post and video. I just wondered if you could tell me how long the 100ml bottle will roughly last me? Off to order now …. !!

    Thanks x

    • admin
      August 18, 2011 / 12:17 am

      @Lucy my 50ml has lasted months using every two or three nights! Started in May, finished it yesterday! Now have a 100ml bottle to get through! xx

  26. Lucy
    August 18, 2011 / 12:36 am

    Oh great, thank you xx

  27. Jamie
    August 18, 2011 / 2:41 am

    have you tried the REN resurfacing concentrate? i’m curious to know if it actually does anything…

    • admin
      August 20, 2011 / 6:05 pm

      @Jamie testing it now! I shall let you know – I love it so far!! x

  28. sonya
    August 18, 2011 / 4:33 am

    hi ruth
    what is the concentration of glycolic acid in liquid gold?

    • admin
      August 20, 2011 / 6:05 pm

      @sonya 5% xx

  29. stl
    August 18, 2011 / 11:03 am

    Ruth, this is a great post. My skin is oily and sensitive (add to that the hot and humid climate I live in) and you get the drama.I am obsessed with exfoliation and I am always so excited to try out new products. But I did have a very bad experience with BHA, precisely Paula’s Choice, which have some cult following in the US. I broke out badly after only 1 week of consistent use. So I’ve stayed away from BHA for a while.
    I do, however, like using Lactic Acid. I tried Gentle cream exfoliant by Dermalogica and I loved it. Gave me wonderful skin. But unfortunately it stopped working when I was at half the tube. Very sad about it.
    I do want to try Liquid Gold, but I wonder if it’s more close to BHA or Lactid acid? And do you think it might break me out?

    • admin
      August 20, 2011 / 6:03 pm

      @Stl yes, it might do for some people! Unfortunately there’s never a way of knowing until you try something. Although if you’ve already had a bad experience…I’d be cautious! x

  30. B
    August 19, 2011 / 5:13 am

    This is exceptionally good for guys who have trouble with ingrown beard hair too. And yes, it’s completely true how this product is, in itself, a wonderful product.

    Anyone who’s interested in alpha-h has go to try their harmony infusion moisturizing spray & white gold as well. Very lovely! Xxx

  31. Suzi
    August 20, 2011 / 1:27 am

    Dear Beauty Guru :-),

    I tried to find where this is sold in the States, to no avail. Are you aware of any where this miracle product could be purchased Stateside?

    Many thanks, Suzi

    • admin
      August 20, 2011 / 5:52 pm

      @Suzi do the stockists I’ve given not ship worldwide? I was sure that they did! x

  32. Mel
    August 21, 2011 / 9:33 pm

    After reading up on Glycolic acid, it is something I was already considering.. So many products are going this way. But thought I’d research with info by dermatoligists and they say to exfoliate as usual for 10-15 seconds for surface dead skin, then use a glycolic of about 10% strength for cleansing deep into pores. Finding products of the required strength not so easy..the other thing they recommend is to use products of the same company. Why? because they are made to work inconjunction.. therefore making it more effective. Definately going to go for the package.. even though it says nothing of the strength of the glycolic. Thanks Ruth xx

    • admin
      August 22, 2011 / 10:44 am

      @Mel it’s written very clearly on the front of all of their packaging so you’ll see it when you open up the set. I think I just replied to you on Youtube! xx

  33. Natasha Bain
    August 23, 2011 / 12:56 am

    If anyone has sensitive skin then possibly the best thing to start off with would be the liquid harmony (not the harmony infusion 2 totally different things) Liquid Harmony is lighter and can be used in the morning also! This would be good if you find the Liquid Gold a bit too tingly too handle and then after a few weeks build up to the liquid gold (and you can also use the liquid harmony in the mornings so there will defo not be any waste) I have good stock of this along with the moisturiser, mask, cleanser blah blah blah! Lol! I first started using this range a few years ago (it was on qvc) then I stopped using it for a while and then stated using it again. I must admit I do give my skin a break from certain products as (just my way of thinking) but a change is as good as a rest! So once I used my 50ml moisturiser (in this range) I started using a different one that i have but will go back to this in a about a month! Although I do use the Liquid Gold 3 times a week continuously. It is a great item and does make your skin glow (in a good way I hasten to add) Lol xxx

  34. Kynae
    August 28, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    Thanks for a great review! Have been interested in trying LG for a while! But also interested in the nubo diamond peel & reveal, which one would you recommend as I know you’ve tried both? How do you use “normal” exfoliants (such as peel & reveal) with the Liquid Gold? Or is this your only exfoliant type product now?

    • admin
      August 29, 2011 / 10:29 am

      @Kynae take a look at the dangers of exfoliation post – that explains all! I do use NuBo but about once a month. The LG is better because you use it every other night and it’s non-abrasive. Although it’s an acid, which sounds scary, it’s a less harsh way of removing dead skin cells and kick-starting the whole cell renewal process! x

  35. jude
    August 28, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    Dear Ruth

    What colour is liquid gold supposed to be ? I know it sounds a silly question but I purchased my first bottle and it was a golden brown colour. I then purchased a travel kit and the 50ml bottle of Liquid Gold was completely clear. Any ideas ?

    • admin
      August 29, 2011 / 10:27 am

      @Jude really? That’s odd! Mine is a slightly tinted liquid. Looks a bit like wee colour! x

  36. Jude
    September 1, 2011 / 3:12 am

    I contacted Alpha H in Australia regarding the colour of Liquid Gold. They said the colour can vary from clear to dark brown due to type of liquorice used during formulation. It doesn’t affect the product in any way. I thought I’d pass this on in case anyone else has had the same query
    Jude x

    • admin
      September 1, 2011 / 11:02 pm

      @Jude thanks so much – that is very helpful! Kind of feel bad that I didn’t email myself (I was going to get round to it, promise!) so that’s very kind of you to post this up! xxx

  37. Darina
    September 7, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    After just using my LG for 1 week my skin became as clear as it hasn’t been in years.
    I couldn’t be more surprised! My skin is really strange to me, because during mid-teens it was absolutely clear and no hassle, byt now in my 20ies I start getting really oily T-zone and acne, when most people’s clean is clearing up!
    Anyways, my concern is: do you not think that your skin gets “untrained” of how to function and renew itself, without the Liquid Gold? ( if you know what I mean)?
    I.e. is it not going to backfire at a later stage, when you literally dissolve the outer layer of skin with acid every so often?

    • admin
      September 7, 2011 / 11:44 pm

      @Darina I wouldn’t have thought so, as you’re changing the behaviour of ‘cells’ rather than the ‘skin’ and the cells eventually die off…but it’s worth asking about! I’ll put it on my list of questions! xx

  38. Harri
    September 14, 2011 / 8:53 am

    @abitdangerous @admin I mix a little fake tan with moisturiser to put on my face to even up skin tone (and stop me looking ill!) and I find that the liquid gold strips it-I’m not sure how it would work with full fake tan as obviously the colour would be more concentrated, but I would imagine it would strip too. Fake tan only sits on the surface, and the whole idea of the liquid gold is to exfoliate-frustrating! I’m trying alternating the nights – liquid gold one night, tan the next, then liquid gold again…the only annoying thing is that I’m trying the Caudalie Vinoperfect serum at the moment as well, and doing the above routine means I can only use the serum in the morning when really it should be at night! Advice would be VERY welcome :) x

    • admin
      September 14, 2011 / 2:15 pm

      @Harri there’s not really a good way round it, unfortunately! RE the Caudalie + Liquid Gold, make sure you’re not over-exfoliating – you don’t want red, sore skin. And make sure you really use a good SPF if you’re going out into the daylight! xx

  39. Danielle
    October 4, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    I have oily, blemish prone skin. Just bought the Alpha H Liquid Gold. It sounds like a great product. Thanks for the review.

  40. daniel
    October 6, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    I tried this product and it worked really nicely i only used it once per week as i notices my skin becoming quite sensitive. I aksed my friend who is a Chemist about the Ingredients and shwe said it contains Potassium Hydroxide which is a very very strong irritant and exfoliant.She did say tho that its used a lot in the cosmetics industry for soap and other household products but she does not like the idea of it being used of the face.

    Its other name is Caustic Potash!!That says it all really,,as soon as i found out about that i stopped using it. Who knows what the long term effects of this could be on our faces. Im not risking it.

    The range has some nice products but using Glycolic in Cleansers and masks and serum and creams just puts our skin in a constant inflammation mode and thats one of the reasons why we age in the first place.!

    In high levels its so toxic it

  41. January 31, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    Hi Ruth, I must admit I’ve only been following your beauty blog for a few months, but it’s by far the best I’ve come across! My question is that I have myself a good skincare routine, admittedly Cliniques 3 step, but was wondering if I could use the Liquid Gold after using the clarifying lotion as I know the main ingredient in that is salicylic acid. I’m also only 19 years old and I’d like to use the product to help diminish some red marks I got from manual shaving which will not shift off my face, but don’t know if the product contains anti-aging properties which wouldn’t be suitable? Sorry for the best seller, I just need to find a product which works and you seem to have excellent knowledge :) thanks again x

    • Ruth
      February 1, 2012 / 12:08 am

      @George eeeek, I hate 3-step! Soap + stripping alcohol + mineral oil moisturiser…..I’m so not a fan! But each to their own! ; )
      Liquid Gold’s main active is glycolic – are the red marks scars or cuts or pigmentation? And is this your main concern or do you have additional concerns such as acne? xxx

      • February 1, 2012 / 8:18 am

        @Ruth thanks for replying so fast! The red marks are definitely a result of scarring. I’ve been using Kiehls Over-Night Biological Peel and its been doing a really good job at evening out my skin tone and fading the scars a fraction but it seems to be ineffective after using it for a few months :( other than that I don’t really have any problems! In regards to the 3 Step what other regimen would you suggest in a similar price range for normal/combination skin? Bearing in mind I don’t suffer from acne but my nose is the only place which gets oily, like disgustingly oily. :P xx

        • Ruth
          February 2, 2012 / 12:35 am

          @George I would seriously ditch the 3-step. I don’t usually come out with something so bold, but I just hate it! You sound like you’ve been on the right track with the overnight peel, but the 3-step isn’t going to be going any way towards helping support your skin long-term and improve the condition.. Try a good, very basic cleanser. My go-to is the Alpha-H balancing, you get a HUGE amount for less than £30 and it’ll help regulate the oily nose (I have the same problem!) In the daytime, you should be following the cleanse with a good moisturiser with an SPF, clinique to plenty of nice ones, NOT the Dramatically Different though! ; ) It would probably help to use an antioxidant as well in the daytime to protect the skin, I have been using Filorga Meso-C which is fab but pricey. Alpha-H are doing this skin-perfecting set that I am testing, it has an antioxidant liquid and it has the standard liquid gold – I’m going to ping them an email and see if this would be suitable for your issue – bear with me! x

          • Cat
            April 9, 2013 / 4:26 pm

            why don’t you like the DDM? is it bad for the skin because of mineral oils?

  42. February 3, 2012 / 12:52 am

    @Ruth thanks so much for that! Definitely going to have a look at those products and get rid of the 3 step as soon as I’ve finished up the ginormous bottles! (damn stocking up in New York) x

    • Ruth
      February 3, 2012 / 6:23 pm

      @George haha! Yes, I have a Clarifying 2 in a huge bottle from 2004 that I still can’t bear to throw away! I polish the mirror with it! xx

  43. February 4, 2012 / 3:24 am

    Haha, a re-packaged alternative to Windex – love it! I’ve bought a couple of new cleansers today to test from Clarins and La Roche Posay so at least the Liquid Soap is out of the equation! :p xx

  44. Naomi
    February 7, 2012 / 4:49 pm

    Hello. Apologies if you’ve answered this question somewhere else but just wondering your thoughts on long term effects of chemical exfoliants? I’m sooo tempted to purchase after reading your glowiong reviews but also weary because i’ve read stuff onthe internet that long term these products thicken and age skin. xx

  45. February 18, 2012 / 5:39 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I commented a couple of weeks ago about the Alpha H and I recently go it and love it! However, I am a bit unsure about when to alternate and exfoliate with other products/use face masks? Would you recommend giving my skin a rest for a couple of days or just scraping other exfoliants all together?!

    Thank you for your help! x

    • Ruth
      February 18, 2012 / 11:27 pm

      @Jess take a look at my “dangers of over exfoliation” video from last year – I talk about exactly this! If you type liquid gold into the little search box, it’ll come up in the results xx

  46. February 19, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Thank you lovely! x

  47. Green
    April 16, 2012 / 2:24 am

    Hello Ruth,

    I started using white gold by Alpha-H as it has glycolic acid and is a skin brightening formula. Initially my skin was fine. Recently, I broke out and still continued to use the white gold and now I broke out more. It made my facial skin red. Do you think I should continue to use it for a while to see if it will help me get rid of acne? I have a mild tingling feeling only for the first few minutes after application of white gold.

    • Ruth
      April 16, 2012 / 7:36 am

      @Green how often are you using it? x

      • Green
        April 16, 2012 / 6:43 pm

        Once every week. I am 26, so thought once a week is sufficient for now.

        On a totally different note, can you talk about products that can help to get rid of neck lines?

        • Ruth
          April 17, 2012 / 8:54 am

          @Green sounds like it doesn’t suit your skin, if you’re only using once a week there’s no way you’re over-using it! Neck lines post coming up! x

  48. Green
    April 17, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    Thanks a lot Ruth. So I guess I will use it only on my neck and decolletage then.

    Your videos have been very helpful.And I discovered my current skin care routine through you.

    PS: you have beautiful skin ^_^

  49. Laetitia
    April 17, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Ruth !

    I ordered the liquid gold a few days ago, but my problem is that I can’t find a night cream that could suit my skin (I’m 21, I have a combination skin and a few acne scars). I tried some, but I found they were too “heavy” for me. Do you know any good night cream ? Also I’m french so if you have a french brand in mind, don’t hesitate :)

    • Ruth
      April 17, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      @Laetitia I love Filorga Sleep and Peel, but you shouldn’t really use that alongside Liquid Gold, it could be a bit too much! It’s absolutely brilliant, though! How about something like the Etat Pur light lotion? xx

  50. Helena
    May 19, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Hi Ruth! After I read your post and some other reviews about Alpha H Liquid gold I decided to give it a try, but I was wondering if it’s to early for me to start using it, I am 20 now. What do you think, are there ”age restrictions” for using this product? I really like your blog, keep up the good work! ;)

    • Ruth
      May 19, 2012 / 7:01 pm

      @Helena no, not at all, but it really depends on what your skin concerns are! Your skin is still so young, it has all the elasticity and so on that it needs… Do you have any blemish problems? xx

      • Helena
        May 20, 2012 / 7:05 pm

        I have some blemishes on my forehead and enlarged pores on cheeks so I thought it might help with both. :)

  51. Lisa
    June 21, 2012 / 9:02 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I have recently had 2 TCA peels 1 month apart (had booked a course of 3 which was on offer half price at £295! I know crazy…) but couldn’t face having the last one as the intense peeling of my skin for 1 week+ was quite distressing not to mention embarassing on the school run! Anyway the pigmentation did not really improve although my skin was glowing once the peeling stopped! My question is would the liquid gold or white gold work on my pigmentation and do you recomend any other products for older skin (42 but looking ok!)
    We can’t stay looking 21 forever but at least we can try… fab blog and reviews your such a sweetie xx

    • Ruth
      June 21, 2012 / 11:10 am

      Hi Lisa, have a look at the StriVectin-EV review – just copy and paste that into the search box and the posts will come up! x

  52. Erin
    June 26, 2012 / 11:26 pm

    Is Liquid Gold ever coming back to Beauty Bay? I lived in the United States and now have no way to get it. Any California stockists?

    • Ruth
      June 27, 2012 / 5:07 pm

      It’s there, Erin – it’s called Liquid Gold Revita on BeautyBay! x

  53. ariel
    August 3, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    Hey, great post ! I’m really interested in trying the product out, it really has gotten some great reviews….but my only question to you is that I’m 22 and I’m always looking for products to prevent aging , do you think I’m too young to be using this type of product ? I would really love your input, thank you so much oxoxox

    • Ruth
      August 9, 2012 / 7:47 pm

      You probably don’t need to be stressing too much, using good suncare is probably more important! xx

  54. Rosy
    August 11, 2012 / 10:34 am

    Hi Ruth… ok, I’ve been using the LG for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I haven’t had that WOW factor like other people. It does also concern me that alcohol denat is listed as the second ingredient which, as I understand it, is one of the irritating forms of alcohol? Potassium Hydroxide is also listed which can also be drying? I know this has had some fantastic reviews but our skins are all different aren’t they and I guess I’m in the minority. As an alternative I am using a sample of Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid and my skin responds better to this, just wondering if you’ve tried this at all? As a side note I love the Alpha H cleansers which I use with my Clarisonic (fab product!) and my skin has improved dramatically as a result. Thanks for all your recommendations, keep up the good work! :)

    • Ruth
      August 12, 2012 / 8:43 am

      Hello Rosy! Yes, you’re right, not everything will suit everyone! Did you find it drying though? I’ve never heard of anyone finding it drying. xx

      • Rosy
        August 13, 2012 / 5:33 pm

        Thanks for the reply Ruth, no I haven’t found it drying as such, it just didn’t seem to do anything which was disappointing have read so many great reviews on lots of websites. Thing is, I’ve just ditched the Clinique 3 Step because I’m trying to get my skin in ship shape, didn’t realise that the alcohol in the LG is the same alcohol used in the Clarifying Lotion I was using. I’m trying the Paula’s Choice one I mentioned now instead which seems to suit me better and really works, I’d be really interested to hear your opinion and how it compares to the LG if you get around to it (or anyone else out that has tried both). You’re so right though, what suits one person won’t suit another and I thank you for introducing me to so many products and re-think my whole skin care routine and products! Thank you. :) x

        • Ruth
          August 14, 2012 / 1:49 pm

          My pleasure Rosy.xx

  55. August 12, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    Hi Ruth!

    I discovered your blog this weekend and am absolutely DEVOURING it- Love it! I really want to try this lotion now! Question though, while I was googling it, I found a line of products that looked VERY similar – Alpha Hydrox is the company. Have you heard of it? They also have a lotion that looks very similar to this one, but it 1/4 the price. Do you know if Alpha H and Alpha Hydrox are owned by the same parent company? And have you heard of their Glycolic AHA 10% Lotion?

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 2:00 pm

      I’m pretty sure that it’s NOT the same company as Alpha-H are based in Australia. It’s maybe why Alpha-H don’t seem to distribute in the US though, perhaps the similarity in names prevents it.. x

  56. Clever
    August 13, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    I found your site yesterday and have become slightly addicted already, watched most of the videos. You are going to be a very bad influence! Already bought the Goldman hair mask and Eyeko mascara, which I had already been wanting to try for a while. I got some LG a few months ago when it was on offer on QVC, they have cheap offers on there regularly. I have dry skin so took their experts advice by putting it on as soon as you get in from work and waiting 4 hours before putting your night moisturiser on before bed, so it still works. But it is ok when I use it last thing without too. Hope this helps some others try it, it truely is amazing!

    • Ruth
      August 14, 2012 / 10:29 am

      Thank you Claire, and welcome! xx

  57. August 17, 2012 / 7:33 pm

    I have to try this and was quite glad to find it in a German online shop (HSE24) for just 24,99 Euro!

    My skin isn’t easy. I am very fair, suffer from minor breakouts and from urticaria now and then. I hate my pores and the combination of getting older (33 in two weeks) AND having difficult skin with blemishes is so annoying – you always lose sight of one thing or the other.

    But if this really focuses both issues… it’d be exactly what I am looking for… I’ll try it for a month or so and post an article on my blog – referring to your article if that’s alright with you.

    • Ruth
      August 20, 2012 / 9:52 am

      Let me know how you get on! x

      • August 25, 2012 / 6:23 am

        I will! By the way… the Pai Rosehip Oil is absolutely gorgeous… and so economical … Just some drops every other day and the smell is very pleasant.

        Thank you for sharing and the work you put into your blog and youtube! Love reading/watching.

        • Ruth
          August 25, 2012 / 10:06 am

          Thank you for reading! Glad to help x

  58. saif
    August 22, 2012 / 11:42 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I wanted to ask is it ok to use a physical exfoliant as well as the liquid gold, I use the liquid gold every other night and I want to use a physical exfoliant once a week before shaving, lastly can you recommend me any night cream, I have acne/combination skin and I brought the antipodes avocado night cream and it was too heavy for my skin so I gave it to my mum, even a serum would be ok

    much appreciated :)

    • Ruth
      August 25, 2012 / 10:08 am

      Yes, that’s fine. Just don’t exfoliate then follow with LG. x Try the Manuka Doctor serum for oily skin or even the LG Serum, which is AMAZING. Antipodes would be too much, yes. x

  59. Susan
    August 31, 2012 / 8:05 pm

    BeautyBay does not ship to Nigeria, but I will be in London soon for a quick visit. Is there a shop I can duck into and buy this? Thank you.

    • Ruth
      September 2, 2012 / 8:56 am

      There’s not, I don’t think! Not that I’ve ever seen, anyway. I think there’s a clinic in West London that might stock them, I shall check! x

  60. Josefine
    October 11, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    Hi Ruth!
    I really love to watch your videos and I never get tired of listening to you.
    You have a great abillity to speak without boring out the one who watches! :)
    I have some questions for and I would be very happy if you could answer.
    I have a blemish prone skin and has recently figured our that I am allergic to titanium dioxide.
    I have been using Exuvinace skin care the essenital daily defense creme with 8 % glycolic acid. And the Evening restorative complex also with acid but not glycolic. I have stoped useing the day cream because it contains titanium dioxide.
    I really wanted to try some alpa h products but I am afraid the liquid gold does not do antyhing for me because my skin allready is used to acids, what do you think?
    I remember you said in a video (or did I read it) that the liquid gold works at a different ph level than the smoothing mask. And I hoped that that does some extra effect into it?
    My second question is if you could check the alpha h products that you have it any of it contains titanium dioxide C77891?
    I could not find a full ingridiens list anywhere!
    Sorry for this super long post!
    Have a wonderful day!

  61. Lily KG
    October 25, 2012 / 11:25 am

    Hi Ruth, I’m interested in purchasing the Alpha H Liquid gold, but I know since it is made up of AHA `acids I need to wear SPF during the day. I live in London- what SPF would you recommend? Also I don’t tend to wear foundation/bb cream etc. and i’m finding it difficult to find a nice moisturiser with SPF. I have recently purchased a new moisturiser without SPF and its great for me because although i have combination skin, i have some dry patches and this moisturiser deals with that, so I am reluctant to try a new moisturiser. Do you have any moisturisers/ alone SPF products you would recommend? Thanks

    • March 26, 2013 / 3:55 pm

      Hi Lily KG. You can try SPF fluid from Dermatologica. It is pure sun filter liquid which you can mix into your daily moisturizer.

  62. Vanessa brown
    November 24, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Im considering to start using alpha h, i curently use pai skincare.. and are scared of the purging process do you get that with this product/ cleanser?.. i have teenage hormonal skin, would this work for my age im 18?? thanks x

  63. sara
    December 11, 2012 / 5:29 am

    Hi Ruth! i love you channel! i was just wondering if you have ever tried Paula’s Choice AHA exfoliant, if so how does it compare to the liquid gold??love to heard back from you xo

  64. December 17, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    heeey Ruth ;) I’m just wondering, If I am 17, than may I use Liquid gold to reduce acne scars ? Will it be able to shallow them and make my skin smooth ? Pleeease answer.

  65. Tatyana
    December 24, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    Ruth, can Liquid Gold be used during pregnancy?

  66. March 10, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Hello, Could you please tell me what age should I start exfoliating?? Thank you very much

  67. verofina
    April 1, 2013 / 11:53 am

    Hi Ruth! I’m sooo glad I found this wonderful site! Thank you for sharing all this useful information with us!
    I am 47, fair complexion (blond hair, blue eyes), normal to dry skin and I live in Greece (it’ sunny most days, even in winter). I wear SPF 50 all year around. My skin is in good condition, I don’t have wrinkles (only around my eyes). I ‘ve been using ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR for the last 3 years.
    Here i have some questions:
    1) Do you think I could replace it 2-3 nigths a week with ALPHA LIQUID GOLD or would it be to “strong” for me? Would it be better for me to use only during winter (when the sun is not so strong)?
    2) Which is your opinion about using DERMAROLLER? (I searched but couldn’t find anything in your site). I was recently informed about FILORGA MESOTHERAPIST. What do you think about? (I know you have already used some products by FILORGA and that you were satisfied).
    Thanks a lot for your time to answer!

  68. Cris Rajic
    April 16, 2013 / 3:17 pm

    Hi Ruth! I bought it and I´m dying to try it but I am terrified of sun, I live in the sunniest city in Europe and my skin tends to develop sun spots :-(( Haven´t you got any issues with the Liquid Gold during the summer time?

  69. antonia turner
    June 6, 2013 / 11:59 am

    Hello Ruth, I’ve had this for about 6 months using off and on if I get isolated spots. I did previously tingle and feel a bit dry but not as obvious as last night’s reaction. Unfort, this morn my skin is dry and flaky and tight. It hasvery dry, reddened patches and when I put cc cream/foundation on it sits on top of the flaky patches. I’d say I have combination, senstive skin. It continues to tingle throughout the day. Would you say I’ve developed an intolerance? Is there another product you can recommend which is a bit gentler??

    • antonia turner
      June 6, 2013 / 11:54 pm

      If you’ve responded to this type of q previously if you or anyone else could point me in the right direction that’s be great! Thanks, Antonia x

      Also, I remember you from This Model Life doc and thinking you were
      very sane and canny. I thought the artist who painted the younger model as a fairy had a ‘special’ interest in her..

  70. Jenny
    June 10, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    I just received my first bottle of Liquid Gold today, I can’t wait to start using it!

  71. asia
    July 25, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    Hi. sorry to comment on an old post but i am REALLY interested in this product. problem is, i am only 21 and do worry about using anti-aging products too soon! Would you advise to wait a few years before beginning with this product? Or does it benefit young skin also?
    Thankk You
    Asia x

  72. Lauren
    August 19, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Hi Ruth, I really liked liquid gold when I tried it, however I’ve recently been using Filorga Sleep and Peel. Now I’m trying to decide which I like best. Have you got any thoughts on this at all? L x

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