Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum

I genuinely thought that I had written this review a long, long time ago. I can’t really begin to understand why I didn’t, or if I did (which I think I did), where on earth it has gone!

You’ve heard me go on and on and on about Liquid Gold. You must have done. Even if you have previously followed me on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube but not here on the site, then you’ll still have heard me going on about Liquid Gold. (What is Liquid Gold? If you are at a loss – perhaps you’re a new reader, in which case WELCOME! – then you can read about Alpha-H Liquid Gold here.)

I use Liquid Gold (Glycolic Acid for those who don’t know and can’t be bothered to read up about it!) every two or three nights. I put a little of the liquid on a cotton wool pad and sweep over perfectly cleansed skin, and that is it. Nothing to follow, no other little additions, apart from my eye cream. (StriVectin, Alpha-H Absolute or Dermalogica at the moment, in case you’re asking!) There’s a slight tingling when the Glycolic gets to work (it’s an acid that exfoliates and helps to boost cell turnover) but that’s it. It is, probably, the one skincare product that I couldn’t do without – my desert island necessity, if you will.

Sound good? It is. The gentle but very effective exfoliation is kinder, I think, than scrubbing away with broken-up fruit stones and bits of plastic, and the Glycolic actually helps to increase collagen production, contrary to how you’d instinctively think that an acid would work. It’s great for helping to treat acne – the exfoliation reduces build-up of dead skin cells, helps to reduce the size of enlarged pores and generally just does a splendid job of keeping the skin clear. It’s also amazing for helping to reduce visible scarring, and, (most importantly for me personally) it’s a pretty powerful “anti-ager”. The skin is kept “on its toes” as it were, so new, fresher cells come to the surface faster.

Anyway, this was NOT supposed to be “Liquid Gold Revisited”, so I shall move on! You can get Liquid Gold with free worldwide delivery from

Moving on. The Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum. I can only apologise for not having posted on this earlier, because it’s really quite an integral part of my beauty routine. I use the serum every two or three nights, on evenings when I’m not using the liquid. (This all feels very familiar writing this down, I am sure I’ve posted this before!) The Night Repair Serum works slightly differently to the Liquid. It contains a higher percentage of Glycolic, but it works at a higher pH so the acid does slightly different things. In fact, it’s not really the star ingredient in this show. The serum is formulated with Niacinamide, one of my favourite ‘wonder’ ingredients. It helps to improve the skin’s barrier functions so that the skin can hang onto moisture and it’s key in keeping collagen production ticking over nicely. It also helps to fade hyperpigmentation and prevent further damage.

So…bit of an all-round superstar, then, this serum! If you’re looking for a product that ticks a lot of boxes, then this could be it – lots of people feel overwhelmed by the sheer mass of products out there for anti-aging (so many of them crap, too!) but this one has lots of fingers in lots of pies, so to speak. Wrinkles, loss of firmness, dark spots, acne scars, dehydration – it’s an amazing product to add to your beauty arsenal. Also, if you hate the feeling of the Liquid Gold and can’t bear the idea of not “moisturising”, then this serum could be a better option. You can apply a moisturiser afterwards (and apparently, should, though I didn’t for the first six months that I used it!) and if you can alternate it with the Liquid Gold.

It’s got a very distinctive smell, the serum, and I’m not sure what it is. A little like fake-tan perhaps? Anyway, for some reason I love it! Maybe it’s just because I love the product so much. You can see from my photo that serum number 3 is on its way out and 4 is ready to be opened…in all truth, there’s a long way to go before 3 runs out but I panic if I’m not stocked up, so…

Couple of side-notes here: remember to use a good SPF during the day if you’re using glycolic. You should be using one of some kind every day anyway, but it’s even more important that you remember if you’re using anything with this ingredient. Also, if you have sensitive skin then tread carefully! You’d be surprised how many people think that they have sensitive skin but are actually just stripping the hell out of it all the time – these people might be pleasantly surprised with the effects of the Liquid Gold, especially if they have acne and wrinkles or oily skin with dry, flaky patches. But if you really have sensitive skin that’s intolerant to many things, you may want to go very carefully or perhaps even avoid. And anyone who is new to AHAs (the group of acids that glycolic belongs to) should start off gently-gently. Once every three nights at first, then every other night. Then, if you’re truly addicted (as I am!), alternate the Liquid with the serum! I only have a night off so that I can test other things for review and now and then I stop altogether for a few weeks if I’m doing an in-depth test (as I have been recently).

Whew! Longest post ever. Sorry about that! I hope I haven’t bored the absolute pants off you all, but when I go all-out and say that I really love something, I like to explain why.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum is £49 with free worldwide delivery from Cult Beauty – this bottle will last for months and months. You only need one or perhaps two pumps to do the whole face and neck. I usually follow with the Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream (£33 from because that’s what was recommended to me, but a good, no-frills moisturiser without any active ingredients to react with the serum will do just fine. I sometimes use a little bit of my Pai moisturiser or Emma Hardie Lighter Lotion.

**UPDATE: I wrote about Niacinamide a few weeks ago, for those interested: StriVectin EV Review)

**UPDATE 2: the serum is NOT suitable for use during pregnancy, just FYI!)

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  1. Love in a mist
    May 25, 2012 / 7:08 am

    Enjoyed reading this review, I’ve been dithering over AH glycolic for some months now, my skin can be abit funny at times and was abit worried about this product causing a problem so haven’t tried it, I think a might give the serum a try first as it is a gentler introduction to see how things go, I think I need to step up my night routine lol!
    Anyway just thought I’d let you know how I’m getting on with my Omorovicza travel set.
    I’m a little bit in love with this brand now, the products are simply amazing, I adore every single one of them, which is unusual for me, the mist is heaven on the skin, and OMG the thermal balm is incredible, my skin looked and felt AMAZING after just the first use, so clean fresh radiant and soft, this is now my holy grail cleanser and immediately had to buy two full size ones as I can’t be without this now, im raving about it to anyone who will listen lol! the illuminating moisturiser is lovely on the skin, and the night cream has actually converted me back to night creams as I just used a oil before as every other night cream I’ve tried has been too heavy and caused breakouts, but not this – my skin is drinking it up and feels so conditioned in the morning, no adverse effects at all just soft plump skin, the only down side to them is the price, they are expensive but totally worth it IMO as they actually work, in fact I am planning on trying out a lot more from the range :-)
    I am so pleased to have found so many fantastic skincare goodies in one fell swoop and it’s all thanks to you Ruth, You had confidence in the brand and in turn that gave me the confidence to try it.
    Big hugs xxx
    Ps it doesn’t come with the little sachets in the photo, only the two free samples sent out with every order.

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:40 am

      Oh I’m so pleased!!! It really is luxurious isn’t it?
      Yes, the serum could be the way to go. If you’re worried about sensitivity then the ingredients in the serum are far more forgiving – and niacinamide and some of the other ingredients can be brilliant for calming skin that could potentially go a bit bonkers… I love it. x

      • Love in a mist
        May 25, 2012 / 10:25 am

        Yes very luxurious, but money well spent as its not being wasted on things thst are cheaper but dont do what they promise :-)
        Just a little incident I thought I’d share with you all …
        I caught hubbie handling the balm hed got the lid off in the bathroom yesterday lol! ‘what’s this omorowotsit? ‘ looks like crud from down the drain !’ he exclaimed! I was horrified ‘don’t touch it!’ I cried carefully extracting it from his clumsy man hands, ‘it’s just a cleanser!’
        ‘oh already looks mucky to me’ laughed Mr L In a Mist.
        Phew! the lid was safely back on, lol! Disaster averted, I imagined the beautiful glass jar smashed to a million pieces in the sink, it could have got ugly hahaa!

        • Ruth
          May 25, 2012 / 11:14 am

          That could have been a DIVORCE! Hands off the thermal balm! x

  2. Ulrike
    May 25, 2012 / 7:28 am

    Man I love that stuff A LOT but it does smell a tad funky…I’ve narrowed it down to arthritis cream or that deep heat stuff that sports people use to help their muscles.

  3. Julia
    May 25, 2012 / 7:32 am

    Hi Ruth! Do you always use additional SPF or is the one in my makeup enough to protest me after the use of Liquid Gold? If you use additional SPF, which one do you recommend? Thanks

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:38 am

      @Julia because I use a tinted moisturiser, I rely in the SPF built-in if it’s just a usual (RAIN) London day. Otherwise, I have a few on the go. I adore Institut Esthederm SPFs, but they are more for sunbathing… Boots No7 do a good basic moisturiser with SPF and Alpha-H also do one that’s nice. You have to make sure that you really cleanse properly at the end of the day though! x

  4. sophia
    May 25, 2012 / 8:05 am

    Hello Ruth
    Could you tell me please what other products with glycolic acid exist?
    It sounds interesting and I have acne-prone skin. Thank you***

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:34 am

      @Sophia if you type glycolic into the search box they will come up! x

  5. thumbalins
    May 25, 2012 / 8:33 am

    I was expecting the answer to my prayers when I got Liquid Gold but I can honestly say it didn’t make ANY difference when it comes to my acne…. really disappointed. If I ever get rid of my spots I might try this serum to treat scarring.

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:35 am

      Oh no! To be honest, it’s not a dedicated acne treatment, just many people find that it clears up their outbreaks and prevents further ones. I know that you have quite a stubborn case (I think? From what I glean from your previous comments?) and have tried lots of different things! What do you cleanse with etc? x

      • thumbalins
        May 25, 2012 / 11:25 am

        OMG Ruth Crilly remembers my case!!! Haha! Yes it really is a stubborn situation. I am cleansing with Mega Mushroom face cleanser or Origins Checks and Balances. When I run out I will buy a balm cleanser (what would you recommend?). I moisturise with liz earle Light or Origins Vitazing if I need the spf and use LQ every other night (Im going back to using Vit A after the summer, as it worked a bit better). I saw a small improvement with using homeopaty and now I’m on a crazy diet that does seem to help a little more.
        Thanks for the reply!

        • mafalda
          July 28, 2012 / 1:34 am

          @thumbalins, have you tried calamine lotion? I used to have super stubborn, constant acne and had also tried everything without impressive results. A small bottle costs less than 2 pounds at Boots. Apply a layer of it before going to sleep (it leaves a white cast and is super watery, so not sexy at all… but it works). It will calm down the irritation in your skin and dry active acne super fast. I’ve used it for a week and still use it when I have a breakout. Good luck x

  6. Daisy
    May 25, 2012 / 8:34 am

    Oh Ruth, I absolutely love your long blog posts so please don’t apologize for that!

    But I’m in a big dilemma right now. I just received my study funding and wanted to splurge on the Liquid Gold, but now I’m unsure. Which one would be better to try out first? The serum or the regular version? x

    Ps. My main concern is hyper pigmentation

    • Ruth
      May 27, 2012 / 3:07 pm

      @Daisy hmmm. I would say opt for the white gold, perhaps, as that has been formulated especially for pigmentation! I haven’t test it (have no dark spots) but it gets very good reviews… x

  7. marie
    May 25, 2012 / 8:47 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I’m glad you made this post because I used the LG serum a lot a few months ago and noticed my skin was at its best. then i started trying something else (bad, bad, self.. always forget rule #1 which is follow skincare routine like a relegion) and guess what happened? yup, cysts are back on my jaw and chin. I think it was the Niacinamide, i didn’t realize this serum had it and assumed that by sticking to the original LG i’d be ok. Now I realize i need to use this one as well. thanks again! ps: could i use a balm on top of it? like darphin’s purifying balm? or would i be better off putting la roche posay effaclar H?

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 9:53 am

      @Marie I wouldn’t, personally. You want to “trap” the serum to the skin but you don’t want to be putting a whole layer of balm on… Especially as it’s designed to purify. It might be a bit confusing! Just stick to a basic moisturiser x

  8. Liea
    May 25, 2012 / 9:11 am

    Hi Ruth ,thanx so much for the in-depth reviw.I was wondering what moisturizer would be good for combination skin. I break out if I apply heavy creams. Can u ps recommend a good moisturizer which is oil free. I’m 27 years old. Btw I luv ur cooking vids.u are awesome at everything .. Love lia.

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 9:51 am

      @Liea I’ve been really loving the light Etat Pur ones, recently. And I have combination skin… Also, I have been using one from Lubatti (Orange & Jojoba) which I’m not sure is the most hi-tech one in the world, but I love the smell! (I’ll get shot for saying that…) Alpha-H’s Essential is good for combi too xx

      • Liea
        May 25, 2012 / 11:05 am

        Thnx for your recommendations. Btw wht do u think abt pai Geranium and thistle moisturizer for combination skin.
        Thnx so much for your time. Lia

        • Ruth
          May 25, 2012 / 11:12 am

          I really like it! It doesn’t absorb so well as other creams but I think that’s because it hasn’t got so many added (unnecessary!) ingredients to create a nice “slip”. It’s brilliant for sensitive oily skin x

  9. Rachel
    May 25, 2012 / 9:28 am

    I have been using Liquid Gold for about two weeks now and am quite impressed with it. I was wondering if you have tried the eye cream from the range? I am 47 so do have a few wrinkles in the eye area.

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 9:49 am

      @Rachel yes, I really like the eye cream. I like the gel best (the absolute.) x

  10. Han
    May 25, 2012 / 9:28 am

    Just a quick SPF related question….is it the alpha h daily essential moisturiser SPF 50 that you refer to in the article as being a good one to use? Also, when using that, do you need to use your regular moisturiser as well? For reference I have dehydrated, acne prone skin. Thanks!

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 9:49 am

      @Han no, I was referring to the Essential Moisturiser. But yes, their SPF is great too. Just make sure you cleanse THOROUGHLY at night afterwards, especially if you’re acne prone. It’s designed to really stay on, so cleanse twice! x

      • Han
        May 25, 2012 / 10:29 am

        Great thanks for the advice! Just quickly…I usually use darphin hydraskin light moisturiser during the day – would I still need to use that if I was using the alpha h SPF 50?

        • Ruth
          May 25, 2012 / 11:13 am

          @Han no, you wouldn’t need another moisturiser x

  11. Katey Ray
    May 25, 2012 / 10:13 am

    can’t wait to order some of this, sounds fantastic!
    Quick question about the Pia Chamomile & Rosehip moisturiser, do you know if it has an SPF in it? If not how would you best suggest including this into your skin routine? Thank you for always working so hard : ) x

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 11:16 am

      @Katey no, it doesn’t. I have miracle product that I’m testing at the mo, Institut Esthederm In Cellium UV. It’s bloody amazing! If you hold tight, I’ll be putting something up next week I think… It sprays over the top of anything you have on – as a makeup setter, but it has mild UV action. Enough for everyday use – maybe not full-on sun though! I have an SPF in my tinted moisturiser and that’s how I get my SPF fix. xx

      • Julia
        May 26, 2012 / 9:24 am

        Hi! What tinted moisturiser do you use? Thanks

        • Ruth
          May 27, 2012 / 3:03 pm

          @Julia see posts last week – NARS review x

      • Katey Ray
        June 15, 2012 / 1:38 pm

        So I have been using the Liquid Gold for a few weeks now and I love it. It’s one of the only products I have ever used that has made a visible difference. Thank you so much!!
        I am now looking at the rest of the range and considering the eye gel. What is your favourite eye cream of all time? I always struggle with this…thank you busy bee xx

        • Ruth
          June 18, 2012 / 1:12 pm

          @Katey fave of all time is actually the StriVectin, but mixed reviews from other people! It works really well for me.. x

  12. charlene
    May 25, 2012 / 11:48 am

    I get so so depressed when I see your posts about anything by alpha h because I brought their balancing cleanser, micro cleanse and balancing moisturiser with glycolic acid and my god I’ve never had worse skin in my life. It’s a couple months down the line now and its still just appaling even though I stopped the alpha h. Boohooohooo :( :(

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 12:34 pm

      @Charlene what skin type are you?! x

      • charlene
        May 25, 2012 / 9:20 pm

        Ummm I would say combination! X

      • Charlene
        May 26, 2012 / 8:28 pm

        Combination I would say! Although at the moment it is breakout city..god help me lol :( x

        • Ruth
          May 27, 2012 / 3:11 pm

          @Charlene same as mine! Hmmm, should work a treat, really! Though sometimes if you have an underlying cause, you have to tackle that first. There’s nothing in any of the products that would make your skin worse unless you were over-exfoliating with the cleanse and the Liquid Gold at the same time… Mind you, not everything works for everyone – shame! xx

          • Charlene
            May 28, 2012 / 5:26 pm

            Ah yea…I did follow all the instructions on how often to use everything but maybe it was too much for my skin. I’m still going to keep it all and try it again at some point, once my skin has recovered from this crazy breakout. Thankyou for replying though :D I really love your blog and videos xx

  13. May 25, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Sounds really good, I am going to treat myself to this after my babies are born :)

  14. Katie
    May 25, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    Ruth, sure you did a review later last year- think you did both together… I had a feeling of de ja vous reading this- particularly about hen to use them. Great to read again though. Tempted to add to my birthday wish list!

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:32 pm

      @Katie me too! I think it got lost somewhere! x

  15. May 25, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Great review, Ruth! This serum sounds amazing. I just ordered my first bottle of Liquid Gold from BeautyBay and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival. Have you tried the Gentle Daily Exfoliant? I’m curious to try that as well.

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:31 pm

      @Katie: yes, that is also brilliant! xx

      • Julia
        May 26, 2012 / 9:28 am

        And have you tried the smoothing and perfecting mask?

        • Ruth
          May 27, 2012 / 3:03 pm

          @Julia yep. Amazing. x

          • Julia
            May 27, 2012 / 5:03 pm

            Cool! Thanks for the reply, I just ordered it to try!

  16. May 25, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    I seriously love this stuff. I have mentioned it many times on the blog. Something my skin has benefited from so much! Great review xx

  17. Eloise
    May 25, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    hi Ruth, have been using LG for awhile now and love it. However, it seems to me now that this serum may be better? why would you choose the LG over the serum if you wanted to use one glycolic product? what is the point in using both if the serum has glycolic in it anyway? Should i get the serum instead (as soon as my LG runs out)? Have combination, dehydrated spot prone skin. Also Ruth do you have an opinon on the rejuvenating moisturiser from Alpha H? THanks xx

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      @Eloise you shouldn’t use the Liquid Gold liquid every night. But some people want “extra” so you could combine the two. The LG is more powerful – the glycolic is at a lower pH (so more effective) than in the serum. The serum is an “all rounder” whereas it’s the heavy-duty glycolic in the LG that’s going to really exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin.. x

  18. liloo/@tsunimee
    May 25, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    one day, just one day i’ll treat myself to this!!

  19. WY
    May 25, 2012 / 7:37 pm

    Ruth, please don’t apologize for long blog posts, I absolutely adore them!

    But every time I read your blog posts I want and need to buy something, it’s so bad for my bank account haha! As I can’t splurge on both atm, which one would you recommend to try first, the Liquid Gold or the LG Serum?

    I have combination skin and my main concern is hyper pigmentation.


    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:29 pm

      @WY go for the Liquid Gold first and see how you get on. There’s also “white gold” – I have a feeling that may be a targeted pigmentation treatment… x

  20. Sue
    May 25, 2012 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve found your recommendation to cleanse twice very beneficial- amazing what a difference it makes! xxx

    • Ruth
      May 25, 2012 / 8:28 pm

      @Sue one of the best skincare secrets EVER I think! x

  21. Eloise
    May 25, 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Ruth, thanks for answering my question perfectly. Love your posts x

  22. flick
    May 25, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    absolutely love alpha h – tried tretinoin/retin-A in the past and had a dreadful time (constantly peeling) so was cautious to try these acid based creams but Alpha H has been brilliant and would definitely recommend.

  23. Céline
    May 27, 2012 / 10:26 am

    Dear Ruth, I have been completely unable to decide whether to order this serum or not for a couple of months (yes yes, since I saw it in one of your videos… I am very happy to say that you turned me into a skincare fanatic) and have found nothing helpful in product reviews. I have very sensitive dry skin with mild rosacea (often looking more like healthy rosy cheeks than a red disaster but still..) and mainly use la Roche Posay and Avene products (I cannot really bear anything else actually, at least not in the long term). I do use a serum too but the one I am using now (Caudalie) is useless. I have used the Estee Lauder advance night repair serum in the past and loved it. Now I want to try something new and luxurious!
    From what I gather our skin types are very different but as we are the same age (21 forever!) we probably have the same concerns… Please help! I am desperate to click BUY! This product would make me feel a lot more special than the stuff I have been used to for years… x

    • Ruth
      May 27, 2012 / 2:58 pm

      @Celine hmmm. Let me ask about this one! xx

      • Céline
        May 28, 2012 / 8:07 pm

        Thanks a million :-) xx

  24. Nancy Ngo
    May 27, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    Your love affair with liquid gold in all of its wonderful luxury is so bloody cute and hilarious. I love it! One day, i might be able to afford this. By the way, whenever you get a breakout, do you rely on liquid gold to heal the pimple or do you use any other effective product?

    • Ruth
      May 27, 2012 / 11:10 pm

      @Nancy I use a dedicated spot gel – usually Dr Nick Lowe’s one, but the Origins one is also good! x

  25. Julia
    May 28, 2012 / 8:06 am

    Hi Ruth,
    have you seen this offer today – Alpha-H 4 Piece Radiant Skin Essentials for 34,96, which includes
    Balancing Cleanser (200ml)
    Absolute Eye Complex (15ml)
    New Age Delay Intensive Night Treatment Cream (50ml)
    Liquid Gold (50ml)
    I thought you might be interested

  26. G
    May 29, 2012 / 12:08 am

    I will have to try the liquid gold and this serum. I tried the alpha-pads and they are really dried out.

    Have you heard of dermarollers, Ruth. Do they work and are they safe?


    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:40 am

      I have never tried! Will do some research! X

  27. Monica
    May 29, 2012 / 3:06 am

    Hi Ruth, I am 30 and I just bought the Alpha-H Anti Ageing Kit from and waiting for it to arrive. To be honest I a bit concerned about the acid since I never used it before. Does this acid have any long term damage for the skin? I am not interested in short term results but more of preventing wrinkles, dark spots and uneven skin tone…Please advice me so I can relax :) xoxo

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 10:39 am

      Acid sounds scary but it’s just exfoliating the top layer of the skin!
      It’s not like acid acid that would smoke and burn, like battery acid!
      Thank goodness. Some people believe that aha products can thin the skin
      But its just that you are taking off the dead cells – make sure you
      Wear an SPF! X

  28. virginie
    May 29, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I am a fairly new reader and follower of your we site and youtube account..I Like what you do and how you do it. Anyway, I am a mother of 2, and breastfeeding my last one, I’ve been reading a lot of good on these Alpha thingy, my acne came back with my 2nd baby, and I’ve been asking here and there without success, if it was safe to use glycol and salicylic acid product on my face whereas I am breastfeeding. My baby is not a new born anymore, but still…Do you think you can help me on that one?? MAybe you could contact the Co.? You would d have better chances than me. I want to buy all of those things if it can help me find my skin pre-pregnancy, I am desperate!!!!! Thank you soooo much!!!

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 9:04 pm

      @Virginie latest information considers glycolic to be safe but salicylic unsafe whilst pregnant or breastfeeding a child under 2. So you’re OK with the Liquid Gold but not with the Liquid Gold Serum. If in ANY doubt, ask your doctor though! xx

  29. Maja
    May 29, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    Hey Ruth,

    i’ve been reading reviews of the Alpha H Liquid Gold and i’m really teally tempted to try it. I’m 27, my skin is ok, quite normal, no blemishes, no wrinkles, nothing to really worry about. It does lack a bit of healthy glow at times and I’m always tempted to try something new (here comes the Liquid Gold:)). The only things is that I don’t want something too agressive on my skin or something that is ment to target more serious skin problems like wrinkles and acne scaring. I also don’t want my skin to get used to a product and then stop working (although i do remember you addressing Liquid Gold as a wourkout for skin;)). Do you think I should use Liquid Gold or just use a normal exfoliant for a while, until my skin problems get more serious ? Thank you!

    • Ruth
      May 29, 2012 / 8:57 pm

      @Maja this will give you a good glow! You could just use it once a week. It’s not as aggressive as scrubbing away with a “mechanical” scrub – the word “acid” sounds scary but it’s actually a pretty nice way to exfoliate! And, FYI, I have no particular skin problems either. I just love the clarity and glow that I get from it! x

  30. Suzi
    May 29, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    J’adore Alpha H Liquid Gold. Thanks so much! This is next in line to be ordered.

    Oddly, I have fair skin that tends toward redness, so one would think I would experience a major case of the “tingles” as others have described. Nothing. No sensation whatsoever.

    • Ruth
      May 30, 2012 / 4:55 pm

      @Suzi maybe you’re a robot! JOKE! xx

      • Suzi
        May 31, 2012 / 5:54 pm

        You know, perhaps I am! :-) I find it seriously weird when I read stories of the “tingle” and for me it’s as if I’ve just applied water. Bizarre! But my skin looks good, so thanks again, Ruth!

  31. Strawberry
    May 30, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    Huh– I was just trying to buy this today (May 30) on beautybay’s website, and I can’t find it anywhere! Thank goodness the regular LG is still available (!), but it’s a shame the night repair serum seems to be missing. Is anyone else having trouble locating it on the site? Thanks :)

  32. Joana Richard
    May 31, 2012 / 6:11 am

    Hello Ruth,

    I just want to ask you, when you use liquid gold, in the morning do you have like oily all over your skin, not oily skin! And its normal?

    Many Thanks ;)

    • Ruth
      May 31, 2012 / 9:25 am

      @Joana YES! Weird, huh? I think it is normal, yes – though I can’t remember why! xx

      • Joana Richard
        May 31, 2012 / 9:40 am

        Thank you so much Ruth ;)

  33. Claire
    June 4, 2012 / 11:13 am

    I was going to ask the same as Joana! for me its mainly on my t zone that its oily the next morning, but I was wondering if it has to do with my pores? I have quite large pores on my nose, and was told that the LG can also help to tighten them?
    Also wanted to ask you if its better to use a gentler cleanse before applying the LG? I usually use the Liz Earle one but was wondering if its just too much for my skin to handle that and then more exfoliating?

    • Ruth
      June 5, 2012 / 10:45 am

      No, you’re fine with the Liz Earle, I would have thought… I use the Alpha-H balancing cleanser beforehand x

  34. Lizandra Delgado
    June 14, 2012 / 2:57 am

    Hi Ruth, i have been following your blog for awhile and of course been hearing about how liquid gold has change your life and everyone else. I am really intrigued in also considering the LG night intense serum. I am also a product junkie, like to try new things. I have a question for you. Do you use the liquid gold on night, the serum the next and the third night its free? Is this the routine you follow? Also, do I really need a moisturizer after the LG serum? did you see a difference after you started moisturizing with the LG serum? I am just a little skeptical about moisturizing since i have combination skin, scared to break out or create black heads on my nose or chin which i am constant fighting with.

    • Ruth
      June 14, 2012 / 9:21 am

      @Lizandra you don’t HAVE to follow the serum with a moisturiser, but it’s recommended as it “seals in” the serum.. Yes, you’re right about the routine, that’s my “optium” regime for the best results! All skin’s different so you may have to try and see what’s best for you! xx

  35. Naomi
    June 14, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    Hi Ruth. Off topic perhaps but have you ever tried the Lacura serum from Aldi? It’s come on my radar lately as has loads of great reviews online and costs £3.49!! I have to admit i like buying luxury products and am a bit of a beauty snob but as this serum has had a lot of publicity in the press and online i’d be interested in your opinion. Cheers xx

    • Ruth
      June 15, 2012 / 9:44 am

      I haven’t – I shall look it up! x

  36. Lizandra Delgado
    June 15, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the response. I also have another question for you. I have a small pigmentation issue in my upper lip (mustachio area) its kind of shadowy. Would you recommend me to by the LG and the serum or buy the white gold first to target the pigmentation? Or the combination of the LG and serum can be as effective to balance out my skin tone? I ask this since I think glycolic acid also helps with pigmentation.

    • Ruth
      June 18, 2012 / 1:11 pm

      Lizandra, you’ll be fine with the LG and serum I think! x

  37. June 24, 2012 / 8:15 pm

    Hi Ruth, Love your writing just read about your episode with the wheelchair, dwarf and windy tube station… sooooo funny you cheered up my Sunday night!
    My question is would you recommend liquid gold for general brightening, tightening but also some pigmentation? (I have recentley had 2 TCA peels but couldn’t face going back for third as the peeling lasted over a week, looked gross and I had to hybernate for a week…also it didn’t make that much difference for what it cost-£295 for three treatments and that was half price!)
    Your such a sweetie keep the funny stories coming xx

    • Ruth
      June 24, 2012 / 10:03 pm

      Yes, Lisa, that would work perfectly I’d have thought! x

  38. Mel
    July 1, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I got a bit of a girl crush at the moment. I love your website and your youtube channel. Great beauty reviews. Anyway, should probably stop there before I sound like a fanatic and get to my question.

    Any shops in London I can get hold of this range?

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:17 pm

      Ha! No problem Mel, I’m not worried. Yet. ; )
      Only online for this as far as I know, although there must be some retail somewhere, I’ll find out! x

      • Mel
        July 9, 2012 / 11:21 am

        Thanks for replying Ruth,

        I’m heading over to London in a couple of weeks time for a holiday. Stocking up on my fave beauty bits as you can’t actually get hold of any fun stuff here in Norway (and if you do, they’re greatly overpriced).

        BTW, just watched your June faves video with the voiceover. Hilarious!! I’ve never actually laughed so much watching a youtube video and getting great tips at the same time. Keep up the good work. You really made my rainy gloomy day.

        • Ruth
          July 16, 2012 / 10:48 am

          Thanks! xx

    • Ruth
      July 13, 2012 / 10:24 am

      Thanks!!!!! x

  39. Mel
    July 26, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    For an Alpha-H, glycolic acid newbie, would you recommend this or the regular LG?

    • Ruth
      July 26, 2012 / 8:08 pm

      Porbably the standard one, but prep your skin first by using it once every four or five days, work up gradually! x

  40. Nana
    July 26, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I was just wondering. Is it still ok for me to use my clarisonic on the days that I use this night repair serum? Thanks!

    • Ruth
      July 27, 2012 / 8:09 am

      I wouldn’t. Only because you are brushing the absolute sh*t out of your skin and then putting an exfoliant on! If anything, cut out the Clarisonic. It’s a great tool, but use sparingly! x

  41. holly
    September 4, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve read things about ‘alcohol denat’ being bad for skin – drying and thus causing wrinkles – do you worry about this, as it’s the 2nd ingredient in liquid gold? I’d really like to try it if it wasn’t for this concern! x

    • Ruth
      September 6, 2012 / 10:41 pm

      I’m going to post about this soon! Just waiting on some more detailed answers x

  42. Amanda
    September 25, 2012 / 4:13 am

    Hello Ruth,

    What is your opinion on Retin-A? Is it effective for acne scars? Or is the liquid Gold much better?

    Thanks :)

  43. Lise
    November 12, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    Hi Ruth! I have been thinking about purchasing this product, and have been reading quite a few review of it, and some of them comment on the high alcohol content of the serum. I try to avoid all alcohol in my skincare as my skin tends to be sensitive and dehydrated, in addition to being combination/oily, so I was wondering what your take is on alcohol in skin care? Could you perhaps make a post about this? Would be really grateful for an answer!=)

  44. Rosie
    November 17, 2012 / 3:27 am

    This is totally going on the wish list for christmas! Can’t wait, thanks Ruth! x

  45. Julie
    January 21, 2013 / 1:56 am

    Hi there Ruth :)

    I bought the Liquid Gold and the serum recently, been trying out the Liquid Gold for a few days to make sure I didn’t react to it (so far so good!) and am going to finally give the serum a shot tonight! I’ve used the Liquid Gold 3 times and am already noticing a difference in the texture of my skin!

    I was just wondering if you could give me a recommendation about a good light-but-moisturizing SPF that I could replace my moisturizer with for day. I have no idea which to try as I can be prone to breakouts, and have sometimes dehydrated combination skin.

    Hope you had a lovely vacation! xo

  46. bebeautiful withpunam
    March 5, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    hello ruth i am from india and abt to cum dere .. so came across ur amazing blog need you help .. this product sounds really nice .. you think it can suit my oily acne prone skin

  47. Kiera
    August 17, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Which would you recommend for acne prone skin, this serum or the original Liquid Gold? :)

    P.S. I noticed in your latest SPF products video you didn’t mention Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Anti-Wrinkle Tanning Cream, don’t you use this anymore? (Just wondering because its nearing Summer here in Australia and I’m looking for an SPF that also allows you to tan).

    Thanks :)

  48. Alice Frost
    November 29, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    Hi Ruth, love your blog!:) ..I’m wondering if 22 is too early to start using the liquid gold serum? ..It sounds amazing!:)

  49. Lili
    January 19, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Hi Ruth, first of all, congratulations on the 200,000 subscribers!

    I really like the sound of Alpha-H Liquid Gold, however I’m not sure it’s for me – I am 21, no wrinkles or sun damage on my face yet. I never had perfect skin but my teenage acne had been reducing in the last 2 years and I am oily in my t-zone and normal/dry on my cheeks. I like the idea of cell renewal but have a feeling that this product is for people in their late twenties and over.

    it would be amazing if someone could let me know what they think, thank you! x

    • January 20, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Yes, if you have no particular problems now, then why try to fix something that isn’t broken? You are quite right. Just make sure you protect your skin from sun damage and you are on the right track! xx

      • Lili
        January 28, 2014 / 4:40 pm

        thank you!! great channel/advice x

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