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posted by on Alpha H, Skin Care

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I’ve been sitting on this product longer than a broody hen sits on her nest of eggs but I have been successfully using it for a particularly lengthy period (twice a day for nine weeks actually) which elevates this to a status of awesomeness.

What if I were to tell you there is a potion on the market that gives you the polished results of a facial at a few spritzes on a cotton pad? Alpha H’s Instant Facial* is precisely that in a bottle. It’s an oil-free botanical skin booster that replicates a microdermabrasion and salon face peel without the friction and irritation that those two torturous beauty treatments give you. Or to put it in another simple way, it’s an exfoliating toner on another level. Whatever, all I know is that it has given me radiant looking skin with a clear and polished complexion and it takes just less than a minute.

It’s so effective that when I applied it on my arm, the cotton pad wiped off dirt that my shower gel failed to. And I had had a shower that morning. Purely for pictorial evidence am I posting this, OK?


You sweep it on your face, neck and décolletage (avoiding the eye and lip area) after cleansing and follow up with your usual serum and moisturiser. Skin may tingle a bit but not to the point where you feel like it’s burning (like a microdermabrasion). For an intensive treatment, miss out the serum and moisturiser and allow it to work its magic overnight.

I’ve only ever had one microdermabrasion and it was painful; I hated every second of it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what it is, a microdermabrasion is rather like your face being rubbed down with sand paper  but in this case some kind of exfoliating material like crystals are used to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis to reveal fresh, baby skin beneath. It’s hard core and certainly for me, it’s not pleasant. If you have super sensitive skin, then I’d hate to imagine what the side effects are but I am guessing soreness is one of them.

Microdermabrasion treatments are horrendously expensive too and I remember the salon just wanted to push me into booking a series of treatments and paying a small fortune up front. Since then I’ve been completely turned off from the hype of a microdermabrasion and my face is very grateful for that.

Sorry, I just had to get that moan off my chest. I’ll get back to Alpha H. The Instant Facial concept is very straight forward and it doesn’t hurt. It absorbs quickly and invigorates the skin, refining pore size, reducing dead skin build-up and mattifying the T-zone. As a result skin looks instantly fresher, smoother, firmer and luminous. It also makes the job of your serum and moisturiser far easier as they absorb better and get to work where there was a barrier before. You also don’t need me to spell out that make-up applies better and lasts longer too.

The botanical cocktail comprises of Cypress Berry, Thyme, Barley, Malt and Arnica Flowers, which together even out skin tone and reduce redness while soothing and repairing the skin.

After reading this, you can’t tell me you’re not dying to try this. Instant Facial is definitely the most exciting skincare product I’ve come across in 2014 and seeing as we are almost three-quarters of the way through the year, I think I can get away with that statement.

A 100ml bottle is £35.50, which will last you about three months with regular use. I like how Alpha H have made this an accessible product because having good skin shouldn’t have to come at a high price. Please give this a try and come back to tell me how good your skin looks.

Instant Facial is exclusively available from a selected number of outlets including QVC,, and

posted by on Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Skin Care, Space NK

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What could be better than a cleansing balm? A cleansing balm with bits. Work with me here as I tell you about a new skincare saviour I’ve been using for a few weeks. It’s cruelty-free and it’s British.

Founded by dermatology expert Claire Vero in 2013, Aurelia is a scientifically-proven, natural, evidence-based skincare line which works by helping to manage the level of inflammation within the skin, the main cause of skin ageing.

Amongst its range is the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, a cleansing balm that gently polishes the skin, transforming dull, rough, congested and lacklustre complexions into glowing visages. It also doubles up as an enzyme mask to deeply exfoliate.

The balm contains camomile, rosemary, bergamot and also eucalyptus which strongly stands out in the scent.  You apply it to dry skin, using your fingers to massage and dislodge dry skin cells before adding a few drops of water to emulsify the balm which releases the skin-brightening BioOrganic oils (these turn the balm into a milk when it comes into contact with water). You then rinse it off though I prefer to wipe off the excess with a warm flannel.

It is safe enough to use once a day, either in the morning or evening and suitable for all skin types including sensitive. As a mask it can be used up to 3-4 times a week, leaving it on for 5 minutes. I’ve tried both methods and definitely prefer it as a daily exfoliator. I noticed my face looked radiant immediately after one use and felt so soft to touch.

The balm is luxurious, both as a product and by price. A 75ml tube will set you back by £57 so we are talking high-end skincare here.  Now I have tried some expensive skincare products which have disappointed me greatly and aren’t worth the price they retail for. This one isn’t as ridiculously priced when you pay attention to the fact it’s made in England (which makes a nice change!). Realistically it’s not a product I can bring myself to buy regularly because it costs nearly £60 and to me that is somewhat excessive for a facial exfoliator. It’s more of a treat to indulge in occasionally and use sparingly.

I’ve also been using a trial size of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Revitalise & Glow Serum, which is nothing short of divine. It’s a lightweight, anti-ageing serum that easily absorbs into the skin, fusing Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s technology with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to revitalise the skin with a delicate blend of Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarin. I won’t go into detail with all the probiotics, peptides and antioxidants it contains because like most people, it doesn’t matter greatly so long as it works.

A 30ml bottle costs £47, which funnily enough is the price point I expect a decent serum to cost. Of course there are other serums that command a much higher fee which is why £47 strikes me as pretty reasonable.

So there we have it – a luxurious British skincare that gives results but at a pretty heft price. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm and the Revitalise & Glow Serum are available from Space NK online and in stores and Harrods’ Urban Retreat.