You may have heard us talking about it on Bath & Unwind. You may have read a blog listing its many benefits to your skin. You may have even seen it on one of QVC’s beauty shows. But if you haven’t, or have but are still unsure of exactly what all the fuss is about, I’m going to tell you right here, right now what exactly Alpha H Liquid Gold is and how best to use this product to get the results you want for your skin.

Firstly, here are some things that Liquid Gold is not:

  • A cleanser, toner or moisturiser
  • An acid that is going to burn your face off
  • Difficult to use
  • A load of hype/a product that will just end up sitting on your bathroom shelve gathering dust due to lack of results.

In fact, Liquid Gold is a treatment product – much like a treatment serum that you may already use – just a bit more, well, liquid-y!

The main ingredient in the product is a naturally-derived substance from the sugar cane plant called glycolic acid. Now I understand that the term ‘acid’ may have you running for this hills right now, but please do let me cast you back to your school chemistry days to remember that an acid is simply a substance with a pH of less than 7, and that skin’s natural surface pH is slightly acidic itself at around 5.5 and so it actually favours slightly acid products. Liquid Gold contains 10% glycolic acid, which gently works to dissolve the the fats that are binding the dead skin cells on the upper layers of your skin together, so that they are easily removed to reveal the fresher, younger, and more healthy looking skin cells below. Over time, this will reduce fine lines, pigmentation, scarring, soften wrinkles and generally improve the skin’s functioning. See? Not scary in the slightest!

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Tom Ogden from Alpha H explains the benefits and uses of Liquid Gold in an exclusive interview with Bath & Unwind’s Emily


One of the best things about this product is that it is suitable for pretty much every skin type, even you sensitive folk. If you do have sensitive skin, it’s recommended that you apply the product to a cotton pad dampened with a small amount of water before applying to your skin to begin with so the solution is slightly diluted and your skin can become accustomed to it – there should be a slight tingling sensation for a moment, which shows the product is working and should not be feared (in fact you will probably come to love that tingling sensation as most do, myself included). If you have more thickened or oily skin, you should be fine to apply Liquid Gold using a dry cotton pad.

The product should be used at night after cleansing with a non-foaming cleanser, 2-3 times per week on non-consecutive days and a least one day before/after any other glycolic or AHA type treatment. Used like this, a bottle of Liquid Gold should last 3-4 months, making it great value for such a highly concentrated and results driven product.  To get the full benefits of the product, refrain from using any serums or moisturisers on the nights you use Liquid Gold to allow the product to go to work, loosening those dead skin cells uninterrupted.

How long will it take to see results? Well, it depends on the current health of your skin and how many of those dead skin layers you have to shift, but most people will see a result within 2 weeks and definitely within a month; many will also notice an immediate brightening, smoothing and mattifying effect as the product wipes away the already loosened surface dirt and dead cells.

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Liquid Gold – 2019 Bath & Unwind Beauty Award Winner of Best Exfoliator

Do make sure that your regular moisturiser, BB Cream or foundation has an SPF included in the formula to make sure you’re protecting those lovely new, plump skin cells from any UV damage (which will happen even in the groggiest of British autumns), and if it hasn’t, we recommend Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+. Apart from this, and ensuring that you’re not using a foaming cleanser as mentioned above, you can see how quick and easy it is to add this product to your skincare routine and to boost the effects of the other products you are using alongside it.

If you’re looking for a glycolic product to use during the daytime to get even better results, Alpha H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear is just the product and includes tiny bronzing spheres which burst upon application to give a more luminous look to your skin, as well as all the anti-ageing and skin lifting benefits of both glycolic and hyaluronic acid.



Hopefully that’s given you all a good basic knowledge of the benefits of glycolic acid and how products such as Alpha H Liquid Gold can be incorporated into your existing skincare regime. However, if you do have any further questions, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help.



  1. Maree Spraggon

    Hi Hazel

    Can you please explain why you can’t use this with a foaming cleanser? At the moment I’m using the Caudalie foaming cleanser. Does the Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser count as a foaming cleanser (because that’s the other one I have in my cupboard)?


  2. Hi Maree,

    That’s a really good question! The reason Alpha H advise against using Liquid Gold with a foaming cleanser is because the ingredients that make the cleanser foam tend to strip the skin of it’s natural barrier and alters the skins natural pH from slightly acidic (where is should be) to more alkaline pH. When an acidic product such as Liquid Gold is then applied, it has to work against the now alkaline pH of your skin to be able to work effectively and it’s therefore unlikely you will see a significant, positive change in your skin.

    The Korres White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser is low foaming and should be pH neutral, so may be OK to use in conjunction with the Liquid Gold. I’m assuming you’re using these foaming cleansers because you have oily skin? If so, bear in mind that after a few weeks of using Liquid Gold your skin should naturally re-balance itself and any excessive oiliness you have, and so you may find you need to switch to a more gentle cleanser anyway.

    Hope that helps, feel free to ping us another message if you have any more questions!


  3. Maree Spraggon

    Thanks for your clear explanation, Hazel.

    When my Liquid Gold arrives I’ll change cleansers. I have Combination skin really… and I’m quite lazy and find these the easiest types of cleansers to use in the shower! If you can think of a better cleanser (that I can still use easily in the shower) to use in conjunction with the Liquid Gold, then I would appreciate your advice.

    Thanks again

  4. Hi there, I am of African descent and would like to ask if this is suitable for my dark skin. I have acne prone skin with plenty of dark spots and ance scaring on my cheeks and jaw line. My forehead is surprisingly very clear. Will this somehow help me? By the way, that was a brilliant post.

  5. Francesca

    Hi Siri, We’re glad you liked the post! Liquid Gold would definitely be an excellent product for dealing with pigmentation and the scarring issues that you mentioned, however if you are suffering from an outbreak of acne, Alpha H’s Balancing Cleanser would be more suitable for that. We can arrange to send you some samples if you would like to trial the products first. If you’re interested just drop an email to our lovely customer service team at [email protected]. You can also check out some videos we shot with Alpha H brand founder, Michelle here for a bit more info on all their goodies. Best wishes, Francesca

  6. hi there, i have just received the liquid gold and i am prone to acne skin, in the past i have used roactane, would this be suitable for my skin? I’m interested in your balancing cleanser,would this be suitable for my skin? does this cleanser have oil in it? if not i would be interested in trying a sample.
    thanks georgia

  7. Mantenso

    Hi, great post!
    I have pretty clear skin, I don’t suffer from breakouts just the odd hormonal spot near my time of month. I have acne scarring from my teens though and I was wondering whether the liquid gold or the micro cleanse with glycolic acid would be more effective or would it be worth getting both. Thanks in advance!

  8. Hi can I use liquid gold alongside liquid gold perfecting daywear or are these supposed to be used in isolation of the other?

    If I am using either of these (or both) will I need to use an SPF during the day?
    Thank you

  9. Would love to know a suitable cleanser to use in the shower to go with liquid gold

  10. Hi there 🙂
    I was going to ask the same question about the foaming cleanser. I have only recently started using Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser.
    Does that mean I can no longer use it at all? Or can I use it in the morning and on the evenings that I am not using Liquid Gold?

    Also, can you tell me if there is 5% or 10% Glycolic Acid in Liquid Gold?
    In this article in one part it says 5% and in another it says 10%
    “The resurfacing power of 5% glycolic acid and licorice extract….”
    “Liquid Gold contains 10% glycolic acid….”

    Many thanks in advance
    Susanne 🙂

  11. Hi there,

    I use a sunbed once a week and wondered if it was okay to still use your product, if so would it effect my tan??

  12. I’ve got really sensitive skin-is there anywhere that I could get a tester of Liquid Gold to try it and check I don’t react badly to it? Thanks for any help 🙂

  13. Hi brilliant advice ,
    would like to know I’m have microdermabrasion monthly would I still be able to use liquid gold or would I have to stop the microdermabrasion. Not to forget I am also in the course of laser hair removal I go every month have a few more session would this also prevent me from using the liquid gold ?
    I have combination skin and very large pores with uneven skin tone which is my main concern would this defo help ?
    Kind regards

  14. Hello,
    Can I use liquid gold in the area around the eyes? I know for example, that exfoliants from other brands (e.g. Paula’s Choice) are supposed to be safe also in the area around eyes. Do you think that here this also applies?
    Thanks in advance.

  15. Olive webster

    I’ve only just started using Liquid Gold every second night nd can see a difference in my skin after just 2 weeks.! It’s brilliant.! Wow.! Olive Webster.

  16. Glenys blowers

    Hi do I still need to exfoliate when using liquid gold as I have a bit of redness not much and dint really like using exfoliaters in my mature skin thank u

  17. Glenys blowers

    Can I also use my eye serum befor I use alpha h liquid gold

  18. Can I also use my eye serum, face moisturiser after with used alpha h liquid gold on the night? Thanks


    Does Alpha H gold moisturising cream contain aspirin or any salicylates please as these chemicals cause anaphylatic reactions if I use them? Why do you give a full list of ingredients so that people like me can quickly decided if a product like yours is safe for me to use?

  20. Charlene

    Can Liquid Gold help me with eczema and is it ok for in bath as well to soak into your skin while in a bath?????

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