Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50+ – The gods are jealous.

The beauty gods are jealous.

After stating numerous times that I rarely needed to moisturize my face at all, only in winter, and then not every day, things began to change.

I hinted it here already, and even though I was still in denial how much my skins needs had already changed, I decided to bring a moisturizer when packing for New Zealand.
And because sunscreen is important, and time, too, I decided to go for Alpha-H´s Daily Essential Moisturizer with an SPF of 50+.

Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50+

Yes, I know I go on and on about not getting your SPF from your moisturizer, and I still believe that you will never get the protection written on the bottle, just because you use too little, but even a little SPF first thing in the morning is welcome when you spend the whole day outside, and I was lazy and yes, I burnt my nose.


What Alpha-H claims:

Provides waterproof, broad-spectrum sun damage protection at SPF 50 without feeling heavy or looking chalky on your skin.
Suitable for all skin types, even combination/oily, it strikes the perfect balance between long-lasting hydration and a non-greasy, barely-there texture making it the perfect base for makeup.



The product comes in a squeeze tube, different from the one I show in pictures (mine was part of a gift set) and contains 50 ml of product.
It retails for 40 € on the Cult Beauty website.


Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer

Favorable ingredients:
– Cera Alba (Bees Wax): Smoothing
– Hydroxyethylcellulose: Firming
– Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Antioxydant
– Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Moisturizing

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Mineral Oil: I have talked about the disadvantages of mineral oil here.
– Parabenes: Disturbing hormonal balance in animal studies, no effect on humans proven. I don´t mind them, but I know one people do.

The used sunscreen is a chemical one, Octocrylene, so no risk for flash back or white cast. It does though come with a warning for an increased risk for contact dermatitis, so keep that in mind if your skin is sensitive.
Most reviews I read said it dried down to a semi-matte finish, but that didn’t happen with me.
My face looked pretty „glowy“ after application. Not greasy, but powder-worthy.


Does it live up to its claims?

Most of them.

It is non-greasy, after it sunk in it felt lightweight, there is no chalky overcast to your face after you used it and it sits well under makeup.
But I don’t think it is suitable for all skin types. At the end of our holiday, after two long flights and lots of air-condition, my skin was dry. No more combination, I am talking dry as in dry, flakey patches on my cheeks and neck, and tightness everywhere else.
So I can tell you first hand: If your skin is severely dry/dehydrated, this moisturizer isn’t going to do the job.


Will I rebuy?


I like it, it is a decent product, but in the end it didn’t wow me.
And I don’t like using mineral oil based products, even though it isn’t that bad when it is the last layer put on my face, so I will look for an alternative.


Who do I recommend it to?

If you have oily/combination or normal skin and like to save the extra step with SPF in the morning, this is for you.
Girls with dry/dehydrated skin, go get something else.
Have you tried this product yet?
What is your favorite moisturizer lately?
All products with the exception of those marked with an (*) were purchased with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own. Some links used above may be affiliate links.
This is not a sponsored blogpost.



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  • The Beauty Highlights

    I have dry skin so this is not for me. Nice review.

  • Too bad it didn't work as intended for you. My skin gets dehydrated VERY easily eventhough it's oily so this isn't the product for me.

  • Oh it wouldn't be good for me as i have dry skin


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  • I don't like the idea of moisturizer + sunscreen either. Too bad it didn't work out.

  • It looks interesting. I've been looking for a high SPF day cream for a long time. Might check this one out. X

  • Soo I've only tried Liquid Gold from Alpha G, and since my experience was very lukewarm, I didn't look further into the brand. I've been sticking to Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Fluid for years now. It's my favorite because it's light enough not to get my T-zone greased up. At the same time, it is hydrating enough. That's kinda rare 🙂

  • Mary María

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  • Nice review, very in-depth. I also try to avoid mineral oil as much as possible.

  • idu

    I love this in depth and honest review. Lately I just use cetaphil lotion on my face and it's been working great.

  • I actually like that it has such high spf in it but if it changed your combination skin to dry, it would probably destroy my already very dry skin. :-/

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    I am soooooo happy to see an honest review! I am actually on the look out for a good moisturizer.. mine just isn't cutting it.. –

  • I don't think it really changed my skin, i fear the change I saw is down to "aging"… But it just isn't moisturizing enough for dry skin.
    What are you using at the moment?

  • I´ll have to look into that, thank you for sharing.
    What skin-type do you have?

  • Thank you.
    Any recommendations for a mineral oil free moisturizer?

  • Thank you.

  • Sounds like a miracle product, I might try that one then.

    I really love Alpha-H Liquid Gold, so I was really disappointed. I had expected to be blown away by this moisturizer…

  • If you have combination/oily skin, this may work great.
    Did you have a nice Easter Weekend?

  • Okay, I´ll look into La Roche Posay then. Which one specifically?

  • Yes, I learned again the hard way to use a separate SPF. My poor nose was actually peeling…

  • Yes.
    Thank you for stopping by.

  • No, it isn't. Is your skin dehydrated throughout summer time too or is it a winter phenomenon?

  • Thank you.
    Did you have a nice Easter weekend?

  • Less in summer, definitely less. But I still have to watch out and make sure I get enough (lightweight) moisture.

  • Ah, the struggle!
    I am curious to see how my skin will be this summer. Everything seems to be changing at the moment…

  • I'm still using Dr. Hauschka but it doesn't have spf in it 😕 and I'm usually lazy to apply a separate layer of sunscreen.

  • What a confession! SPF is what I wear every day (except for sick days when I don't leave the house/bed), because it really is the one thing with proven wrinkle prevention…

  • valeriesdays

    I didn't try this product but I think that it's not for me… Thnaks for sharing ! xox

  • Thanks for such an honest review! Love hearing your thoughts on beauty products 🙂

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  • Swati Sharma

    I don't think that i would like to buy it …..

  • Maireem Maneje

    Wonderful review. I have never heard of this product before.

  • Ah too bad this isn't great for you. I have dry skin so I won't be trying this. Great review Linda!

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  • Corinne C

    I have such dry skin, I always have to moisturise. I love how you talk about the good and bad ingredients, a lot of reviews neglect to put that and I found it really useful!

    Corinne x

  • Dressed With Soul

    Ich kenne das Produkt nicht, und wenn ich nicht am Ende gelesen hätte, dass Du es Dir nicht wieder kaufen würdest, dann hätte ich mich jetzt ganz sicher sofort im Netz auf die Suche nach ihm gemacht. Denn ich bin ein wenig besessen von hohen Lichtschutzfaktoren und gehe praktisch nie ohne einen ordentlichen Sonnenschutz und am liebsten noch mit einem Hut aus dem Haus 🙂 Hoffentlich hattest Du wunderbare Ostern und es geht Euch gut!

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  • I think you've quelled my desire for this one! Sounds okay, but I was more than okay for 40 quid. Now, if you could crush my Liquid Gold craving, that'd be swell.

  • I have combination skin & SPF is always good (: thanks for sharing!

    Nati xx


    i love the packaging design, but i have dry skin and mineral oil is a no=no for me, so i'd skip it. i'm soiled you did a review for us on this!

  • Amali X

    I have the Liquid Gold and always wanted to try something else from their brand, but mineral oil is a no go for me

  • Ting

    Lovely design, thank you for sharing 🙂


  • You are welcome.

  • I love my Liquid Gold, which is why I was so disappointed with this one.

  • I try to stay away from mineral oil too.
    What moisturizer are you loving at the moment?

  • I try to be very good an wear SPF every day.
    Which one do you use at the moment?

  • Sorry, you have come to the wrong place for that. I adore my Liquid Gold, never go without it.
    Did you try it yet?

  • Ja, ich hatte große Hoffnungen in dieses Produkt gesetzt, aber für das Ergebnis ist es mir einfach das Geld nicht wert.
    Ostern war schön ruhig und erholsam, und da das Wetter auch besser war als erwartet konnten wir viel Zeit draussen verbringen.
    Natürlich mit SPF!

  • Thank you Corinne. I try to focus on the things I´d love to read before I buy a product.
    Which moisturizer do you use at the moment?

  • Thank you. What is your secret weapon against dry skin?

  • Thank you Maireem. It is quite popular in the UK, I think.

  • Yes, I was a little disappointed, too.
    Which moisturizer do you keep going back to?

  • You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

  • So what moisturizer do you prefer? a richer one?

  • Not yet! I'd love to but it's forty quid and I've spent shocking money on beauty lately!

  • I reviewed it back in November (?), if you need more in-depth explanation why it is totally worth the money, feel free to check it out. And after all, it is your skin you are investing in!

  • Thanks for sharing!

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  • Say Cheesy Cake

    Hi Anne, this product has been raved so much and I am happy for your honest review.

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  • If only I can figure that out! Trial and error is still ongoing haha 🙂 Lately it's been working wonders to add a light layer of facial oil under my cream at night.

  • I've not tried anything from Alpha H yet. Heard great things about their Liquid Gold but never bothered to give it a go. Such a shame this moisturiser didn't wow you. I personally find it hard to get moisturisers that will make me wanna repurchase. I think the ones from Clarins are the only ones I keep going back to. x

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  • i totally get it what u mean by some product which doesnt wow you but there is nothing to complain as such
    nicely reviewed

  • That's a shame – I've heard great things about Liquid Gold and it's on my (very long) list of products to buy. Personally, I love any moisturiser from La Roche-Posay or Decleor. You can't beat the French for skincare! x

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  • I love facial oils! Only started using them recently, but they are perfect for my skin at the moment.

  • I LOVE Liquid Gold it is a firm staple in my skincare routine. But I agree, French skincare is the bomb.

  • Thank you.

  • Liquid Gold is a firm favorite of mine, which is why I was so disappointed. I intended to love this one too.

  • You are welcome, Jo. Any moisturizer recommendations?

  • You are welcome.

  • theblackblush blog

    I have heard good things about this and this is on my wishlist from sometime already. Right now I'm using almost every step in my skincare routine from La Roche Posay 🙂

  • I love me some La Roche Posay, especially Serozinc and the Effacer Duo. What do you use?

  • Thank you.

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  • Not for me as I have dry skin but I've always heard great things about Alpha H skincare x

  • I love their Liquid Gold, which has been the only thing I have tried so far.

  • Liquid Gold is their best known product.