Alpha-H Micro Cleanse – Old habits die hard

I really try to eat healthy. Not only during pregnancy, but all year round. And while I don’t struggle too much with getting my greens in and snacking on fruit and nuts, I do have a sweet tooth.

A big sweet tooth.

To be honest, it is out of control.

The best way to keep it under control? I just don’t buy the stuff. Because if I do, I will end up eating every last bit of it, going back to the sweets drawer numerous times a day purely out of habit.

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran
Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran

 

Same seems to happen when I have a product with physical exfoliant in my bathroom: Even though I vouched to never use one again and instead stick to my chemical peels, I keep going back and reach for it!

Meet Alpha-H Micro Cleanse with glycol acid & rice bran and find out if I regret it as much as last nights bag of potato crisps…

 

What Alpha-H claims:

This bracing exfoliator is essentially Microdermabrasion in a tube, and uses Glycolic acid with rice bran and peppermint essential oil to effectively whoosh dirt, debris and blackheads out of pores and follicles. Ideal for normal, dry, combination, acne-prone and sun-damaged skin, it will also smooth out lines and wrinkles, leaving skin glowing thanks to antioxidants, cooling cucumber and refreshing mint.

 

Facts:

One squeeze tube contains 100 ml of product and retails for 26,50 GBP on Cult Beauty here or for 31,50 € on the Alpha-H website here.

They advise you to use this product twice a week, and I would recommend sticking to that or even using it less frequent if your skin is sensitive. The combination of physical exfoliants with 12% glycol acid can be too much otherwise.

Alpha-H Micro Cleanse - the product
Alpha-H Micro Cleanse – the product

The smell of peppermint is very subtle, and the product itself feels like a cream with tiny grains inside. The microbeads are only noticeable to the touch, not to the eye.

I got mine as part of a trial set, but the 30 ml included lasted me around five months.

Although not specified, I would recommend using it as a second cleanse in the evening. The skin can be a little red afterwards, so the mornings don’t seem to be ideal.

Now mind I haven’t tried doing that, but I would insist on staying away from your eyes to remove any makeup with this product, even though it is technically a cleanser!

Favorable ingredients:

  • Glycolic acid (12%): AHA, chemical exfoliant
  • Glycerin: Moisturizing
  • Cetyl alcohol/ Cetearyl alcohol: Fatty alcohols, softening (not to be confused with alcohol!)
  • Oryza sativa bran cera: Rice wax, skin protectant, softening
  • Macadamia ternifolia seed oil: Prevents water loss, rich in linoleic acid
  • Cucumis sativus extract: Cucumber, moisturizing, cooling
  • Caprylyl Glycol: Moisturizing
  • Mentha piperita oil: Peppermint oil, refreshing, cooling

Unfavorable Ingredients:

  • Micro beads: Physical exfoliant, environmental dangerous
  • Phenoxyethanol: Some people try to avoid it, I don’t mind. Preservative
  • Silicone

Please note that Alpha-H recently reformulated the product and added Caffein for a tightening effect. I did test the old version!

 

Does it live up to its claims?

Most of them.

It really has a lovely exfoliating effect, leaving the skin free of „dirt and debris“, and the cucumber and peppermint feel cooling on the skin. Good exfoliation is key to a reduced appearance (!) of fine lines and to blackhead prevention.

The „glow“ I get is down to the scrubbing more than the antioxidants, I reckon, and your wrinkles will of course not disappear.

 

Will I rebuy?

No.

But this is solely down to the fact that I want to stay away from microbeads due to environmental reasons, otherwise I feel like it is a lovely product.

 

Who do I recommend it to?

If you are not ready to let go of physical exfoliators and don’t care about microbeads, this one is for you. It combines the efficacy of glycolic acid with a good „scrub“.

If your skin is very slow in cell turnover (probably due to aging and/or smoking), and you want the combined effort of chemical and physical exfoliants, give it a go.

But if your skin is VERY sensitive or you are concerned about plastic pollution, look somewhere else.

 

Now do I regret it as much as last nights potato crisps? No. To be honest, I don’t even regret them. Life is all about balance!

Which habits do you fall back into even though you know they aren’t great for you?

 

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  • I sometimes get the urge to use a physical scrub too, although it would be more gentle than this one (I tend to use Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant). I think this would be too harsh for my sensitive skin.

    Really great review! xx

    Beautylymin

    • I think so too. The combo of chemical peel and physical exfoliant will be too much.

  • My skin is very sensitive, so this is so not for me. And I have a big sweet tooth too, the only way to stop it is to don’t have anything sweet in a household, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • That is the one thing I dislike (or secretly love, who knows?) when Mr. Loca does the shopping. He always gets me my favorite sweets, so I have to eat them!

  • My skin is so sensitive that I’m afraid this product isn’t for me, yet I really like the idea of it and your review, it really encourages me to try some Alpha-H products!

    https://fannyanddailybeauty.wordpress.com/

    • The Balancing Cleanser may be better to start with if your skin is really sensitive. I reviewed it a while back. Have you tried the Liquid Gold one?

      • No, I haven’t tried anything from the brand yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so!

  • I actually bought this a year back without a lot of thought and only because I loved how well it exfoliated after I tried a sample. I ended up giving it away after I grew more aware of the ingredients and the fact that I didn’t really need physical exfoliators. I do like something like REN’s Flash Rinse or Tata Harper’s Regenerating cleansers though as they are more environment friendly and somehow feel liek something I could use more regularly without aggravating my skin.

    • I don’t need them either, but somehow I am drawn to them when they are around. A remnant of my youth, i guess, when I scrubbed my skin red and sore only to soak it with alcohol afterwards in the desperate attempt to get rid of my acne.

  • Yeah, I guess it’s better to avoid microbeads, even if the product works well. I learned that the hard way when I got the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Scream. About halfway through I started feeling bad about myself, lol…

  • das klingt wirklich nach einem guten produkt,( wenn man die microbeads aussen vor lässt). Hin und wieder in den boxen bekomme ich ja auch produkte wo man entweder nicht alle inhaltsstoffe weiss, oder es vielleicht auch nicht wissen will…da probiere ich immer unvoreingenommen ran zu gehen, aber wenn man natürlich selbst sich für ein produkt entscheidet, vor allem es zum zweiten mal auszuprobieren achte ich auch sehr dadrauf 🙂 Wieder ein sehr gute übersicht und ein perfekter einblick in das produkt 🙂
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    • Ich nehme mir immer wieder vor, erst die Inhaltsstoffe zu lesen und ein Produkt dann zu benutzen, aber viel zu oft, kann ich es nicht erwarten und stelle dann beim Review vorbereiten fest, was ich da eigentlich benutzt habe.
      Produkte, bei denen ich die Inhaltsstoffe allerdings gar nicht einsehen kann, benutze ich meistens nicht. Zu schlechte Erfahrungen gemacht.

  • haha yes I have a sweet tooth too for sure, and with all the desserts and chocolate over Christmas….have eaten more chocolate than I should I’m sure!

    It’s good that the product works for you – hopefully now microbeads are being banned in more and more places they will make a version without it so you can buy it guilt-free in future! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Oh, Christmas, the ultimate indulgence. Great thing I could blame it on the baby: He wants another cookie!

      • haha yes! A good excuse to indulge a little more than usual! 🙂 We wont‘ get to say that next year 😉

        • True that. Unless we get pregnant again very quickly. But that would be a tad too much just for the sake of eating cookies, I guess.

          • haha, I love cookies, but maybe not THAT much 😛

  • I have a sweet tooth too and if it’s in the house, I’ll eat it all! This is such great review! I need to exfoliate more often but try to stay away from products with the microbeads. Problem is, so many products have them. The cucumber and peppermint sounds amazing!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Haha the first part of this review made me laugh so much with your sweet tooth as I’m just the same. I have never tried a product like this before as I worry it may be a little harsh for me. Great review though. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • These are pretty soft, but I would advise anyone to stick to other than physical exfoliants. Just like I´d advise people to stay away from too many sweets, that is. Practice what you preach…

  • Looks Great product like always. 🙂

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  • I have never used a physical exfoliator before so thanks for breaking it down!

    I have a sweet tooth too and I am just like you- if I know it’s there, I will eat it! I probably drink too much coffee too but some people say it’s good for your heart 🙂

    Agata http://herandmakeup.com

    • The same people will tell you that drinking wine is good for the heart. While this isn’t wrong, the dose makes the poison 😉

  • Loweboe

    I have a very sweet tooth, oops! Lovely review!

    lowennachristine.blogspot.co.uk

  • It’s a totally different product, but for physical exfoliation I’ll stick with my LUSH coffee mask, as I bloomin‘ love it!
    I try to live as healthy a life as I can, so I don’t really think I have any bad habits… I mean, I do sometimes eat chips or sweets or other not very nutritious stuff, but as long as I have a healthy, balanced diet overall, I don’t think that’s really a problem! What’s the doctor’s opinion? 😉
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    • That will depend on the doctor you´ll ask. I am all about balance and indulging every once in a while, otherwise I would be so miserable I would be a nightmare to be around. All in good measure, just like you said.

  • Haha, I had a thought that you put into words – if not for the microbeads this sounds like such a lovely product! It sounds really refreshing 🙂

    My worst habit is absolutely falling back into drinking a lot of pop/soda. I am trying to cut back (again!) to only drinking it once a week or so but it is definitely hard!

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

    • Ah yes, I have been there (several times). I used to drink it exclusively, then went cold turkey, then started drinking it again, stopping when being pregnant and breastfeeding, starting it again… Right now I am down to one glass a day, even though I know I shouldn’t…

  • First of all, one must never regret last night’s potato crisps. 😉 For physical exfoliant I use St. Ives Apricot scrub and I use it once a week but it has been more than a week since I last used any sorts of exfoliant, I’m still a little wary after over exfoliating my skin on Christmas week.

    You are similar with my husband, he has a major sweet tooth too and if it’s in the house then he would eat till it’s gone so he avoid buying sweets. I on the other hand love anything salty so potato crisps is my kryptonite.

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  • Adalias C

    Ive got a sample of this from Cult Beauty too and I’m not too sure if I want to give this a go now aha! xx

    http://www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

    • There is no point in not trying it when you already own it, it was produced already. And maybe your skin loves it? Just start slowly if your skin is very sensitive!

  • Thanks for this review!

    Love,
    Hannie Arden from Missing Wanderer.

  • Haha- you roped me in with the potato chips! It’s a shame that this product has microbeads because otherwise it sounds pretty good! I’ll have to give it a pass.
    Thanks for the review 🙂

    http://www.lindseyginge.com

  • I also try to avoid physical exfoliants, although this does sound like a nice product! I get a bad sweet tooth once in a while and I also don’t buy any „junky“ foods, just so I don’t eat it when the cravings hit haha 🙂

    Paula
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  • Naďa Černá

    I´ve never try it but looks very good ! 🙂
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  • I’m with you on the microbeads.. and the sweet cravings! I try not to have chocolate in the house although my husband has an uneaten bar in the fridge which has been mocking me for two weeks now.. argh!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • The worst thing when my husband goes shopping: He usually buys my favorite sweets. Or probably the best part. Depends on the scales, I guess.

  • I didn’t like this one so much, but I find that once in a while nothing beats a physical exfoliator…
    Sweet cravings? Let’s not get started on the topic *take the sweets off the shelves please* 😉 xx

    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • Kelly M

    Love how you bring the idea of environmentally conscious purchasing into this review, a gal after my own heart. It’s always so hard to know if brands are what they really claim to be. And even if they are great – if they are in someway damaging the earth thru their production chain I find it hard to really get behind them (in clothing, make-up, skin care etc.) Lovely knowing another gal out here feels the same 🙂

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    • Many people feel the same, which is most likely why the companies are responding and micro beads are banned from more and more products. We do have a voice and using it is so important.

  • I have the same problem with sweets, if I have them in my house I will eat them in large quantities as fast as I can… So I try my best to not buy them. I make exceptions for dark chocolate.

    As for this peeling, AHA + beads + peppermint oil sounds like a recipe for irritation for me, so I’ll have to stay away – I gave up mechanical exfoliation over 5 years ago anyway.

    Beaumiroir

    • I did too, technically. But i slip every now and again. There is another product sample sitting in my vanity, waiting for a moment of weakness already.

  • I am really bad at skincare and hardly use exfoliator. I want to start using chemical exfoliators, is there anything you would recommend for me? I also have a big sweet tooth and just had a big slice of cake which was left from my birthday… not good! Most of the friday nights, I would get a bag of crisp and drinks then enjoy a movie night, I seriously should stop that!

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  • Adaleta Avdic

    This is such a lovely thorough review & I’m a big fan of your detailed descriptions. You cracked me up when you said your sweet tooth is out of control. The way I handle is by not eating much sweet, because when I start I cannot stop….sometimes for days at a time so it’s better that I just stay away! I may have to check out this brand as I’ve never even heard of it. Thanks for sharing! xx, adaatude.com

    • Same here. Once I get started, I only stop when everything is demolished.

  • This sounds like a pretty good product except for the micro beads. My skin can actually tolerate physical exfoliation if I don’t overdo it and I like to combine a physical and chemical routine. I’m currently using a Dr. Brandt product that’s a physical and chemical exfoliator in one that uses micro crystals and it leaves my skin incredibly smooth and refined..

    • My skin tolerates a lot, which I am very thankful about, but I found that chemical peels tend to work a tad better on me. Having the option is pretty satisfying though.

  • Yeah, too bad about the micro beads!

  • idu

    This got me laughing cos it’s so me. If I buy it you better believe I’ll keep eating it until it’s all gone. I however get bored with products easily and would abandon one for the other pretty quickly. This sounds like a great one going by the ingredients. Great review. And how are you feeling girl?

    http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you, Idu. Apart from the usual back pain/ feeling like an elephant I am doing great.

  • Oh this sounds like a good product to add to my skin routine. I’m a sucker for exfoliators so I might actually give this one a try 🙂

    XOXO,

    HaeMin

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  • 12% glycolic acid is very high. Chances are it would be to harsh on my sensitive skin.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • It is pretty high, and I feel it would be way too much for sensitive skin.

  • Surbhi Suri

    this is a great review. I have been using their bb cream, and absolutely love it. nee to try this one too.
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  • Love the review. After giving it tries time and time again, I have finally learned my lesson that my skin does not like scrubs with micro beads or anything grainy.. I stick to my facial pads for exfoliations. -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

    • Yes. I do know that as well, but somehow I still keep going back.

  • I bought this a couple of years ago when I was on a mission to tackle my hyper pigmentation and share your opinion. I don’t tend to like physical exfoliators and prefer REN’s Glycolactic Radiance Mask or Dermalogica’s Gentle Exfoliant, which I use regularly. Or Alpha H Liquid Gold, which is fabulous! What are your favourite chemical exfoliants?

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

    • You already named two of them, the Liquid Gold and the REN face mask. But the Sunday Riley Good Genes has stolen the throne from Liquid Gold, and for everyday use I really like the Clearasil Refreshing pads for my breakouts. They are a bargain, so I don’t feel as bad about using the Sunday Riley one a few nights a week…

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    It sounds good but my skin is very sensitive to things like this, I’ll have to look for a more gentle alternative!
    Have a lovely weekend:)
    Rosanna x
    http://rosesrooftop.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I’ve never heard of Alpha-H before but I think I’ll give this a skip. I don’t really want to try things with micro beads but thanks so much for the informative post! <3

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  • Fashion Abejita

    It’s nice to see such an honest review. I might give it a try 🙂


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  • Thanks for that review! About the sweets – I’ve noticed that the most often I eat chocolate/sweets, the more I want of them! But I do agree it’s about the balance. If you want it once in a while, you can get it ofc.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Sun and Sany – Bulgarian Travel and Leisure Blog

    • I am absolutely the same. If i get into the habit of eating them, it just gets more and more. But if I haven’t had some in a while, I don’t even think about them.

  • I was wondering where the sweet tooth analogy was going with this one and had a little laugh when you finally brought up the product.

    I think one of the habit I often fall back upon despite my knowing of its atrocity would be making myself feel bad about myself. I can launch into a whole analysis regarding this culture we have sort of fostered but that’ll be for another day.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    • I admit my preambles can be a little confusing at times, but I try to tell myself that adds to the fun.

  • Fiora

    Such a funny intro!I love sweets too but trying to stay healthy and away from them haha!I love this post.That product looks so nice.I might try it out in the future.xx

    beautybyfiora.blogspot.com

    • It is a constant struggle between staying healthy and indulging.

  • Nataliya Ogle

    I’m with you on the sweets. I used to have a cookie company so my sweet tooth is out of control!

    Totally with you on the micro-beads stuff. I love physical exfoliates, so I tend to buy the walnut scrub from Ole Henriksen.

    xo
    N

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    • I haven’t tried that one, but so far i have loved everything Ole Henriksen that I have tried.

  • I have a pretty bad sweet tooth as well! I know it causes me to break out quite a bit more, and usually always in the same places. I am always looking for new skin care products, especially masks and creams! Thanks so much for sharing such an honest review and for giving so may good facts about it!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • I can notice the difference in my skin as well, going overboard with the sugar leads to breakouts!

  • My mum uses this and she absolutely loves it, I might need to steal a dew drops haha ♥

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  • This sounds excellent but like you I try to stick to chemical exfoliants these days.

  • This seems a good product, thanks for the review dear 🙂
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  • MaysaAndSunshine.blogspot.com

    After I read about the negative effects that sugar consumption has on skin and aging, I really had to reduce my sugar intake..lol. I love how you do a review and show what ingredients are bad fir health and environment. I have tried to use natural products as much as I could in the past few years to reduce the exposure to toxic chemicals so your review comes in handy 🙂

    • I know about sugar and skin aging as well, but that somehow doesn’t stop me. When it is there, I will demolish it!

  • Hollie

    I have an extremely bad sweet tooth :/ its crazy the negative effects it has on your skin.
    Have a great weekend!!
    xo
    http://www.makeupbyhcblog.com

    • I can see it in my skin immediately as well, but that doesn’t stop me, I am afraid.

  • Nicole

    Nice!! Looks a good product! 🙂

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  • I love the way you present your reviews. I find them quite helpful because they really explain and tell me what I want to know about the product. For example, I know I’d like to give this a try, but I also know I’m not going to do out of my way to buy it because I’m not sure my skin would agree with it. I’d have to try it out first.

    Thank you so much for your honest review, I appreciate you so much. And I do agree, sugars have a bad effect on your skin (just like salt), but I have a serious addiction to chocolate. So I don’t see myself stopping anytime.

    Ella Pinto xx

    • Thank you, Ella, for your words. These reviews take a lot of time to write, and it really encourages me to see that they are helpful to at least some people around.
      And I am snacking on potato chips while answering my comments, so I guess I am not stopping anytime soon either…

  • This does sound interesting as you get the beads and the glycolic acid in one product, although it’s quite pricey on it’s own. Chocolate, I can’t stop myself! 🙂

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    • I haven’t seen another combined product around, but I agree, Alpha-H is a pricey brand.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Liebe Anne, ich finde einfach Deine Einleitungen weiterhin genial – und auch wie gut Du Dich selber kennst! Ich selber stehe absolut auf Nachspeisen, nur sonst eher nicht so auf Süßes 🙂 Und ich denke, nach Deinem Review ist das Produkt auch nichts für mich 🙂 Ich wünsche Euch ein wunderbares Wochenende!
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    • Ich verbringe ja schon eine ganze Weile mit mir da habe ich mich ganz gut kennen gelernt.
      Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende, Rena.

  • Bernadette

    This product sounds really incredible! Definitely something i need to check out.

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  • Me too I don’t regret things if I enjoyed it.

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  • This sounds amazing! I might have to make a purchase!!x

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  • Sarah

    Sounds great, nice review!

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  • Logically I know microbeads aren’t the greatest for your skin, but I can’t help but really like using them. Although I have a ton of other cleansers at the moment, so I probably wouldn’t get this one to begin with, even though it does sound like a good product! I was surprised at how long it lasted as well.

    I’m actually not a huge sweets fan, but the amount of meat in my diet isn’t good at all, and no matter how much I try staying away from it, it always sneaks its way back in there – usually in the form of a burger.

    Great, thorough review as always!
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    • I am not concerned about the beads on my skin, if they are of good quality I don’t think they do much harm, but about the environment. They aren’t broken down or filtered, so they reach the ocean and are eaten by fish etc. That way they accumulate in the fish we eat and no one knows what harm they may cause when ingested. Plus the plastic pollution of the oceans is growing by the minute, and they add up to that as well.

      • Oh I see, thank you for explaining that out to me, I didn’t realize the amount of impact it had on the environment. I know it’s something I heard in passing, but honestly I didn’t take much thought to it. I’ll have to look more carefully at the products I purchase!

        • Word is starting to spread these days, and some countries are already banning microbeads in products for that reason.

  • Kiki Rampone

    Personally I love physical exfoliators, even though I know they aren’t the best…good choice on the microbreads front, but it does sound like a great product!

    xo Kiki

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    • I think it is personal preference if you want to go chemical or physical. Just see what works for you.

  • I have a pretty bad sweet tooth as well. Nice review.

  • Sounds like a nice product! My mom is addicted to sweets too

    xx

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  • I’m not so much into exfoliators, but I think this one might be a good choice. I feel you when it comes to the sweet tooth!

    xx from Austria,
    Kat

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  • Ich kaufe auch nichts mehr mit Mikrokügelchen, aber wenn ich es schon gekauft hätte, würde ich es auch aufbrauchen 😀 Haha hab gestern auch Chips gegessen, Schokolade. Kekse… Mein Problem ist das ich das Zeug auch nicht mehr kaufe, aber meine Schwestern. Wenn es erst mal im Haus ist, ess ich es auch 🙂

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    • Wohnt ihr alle zusammen? Ich reagiere sehr ungehalten, wenn meine Schwestern vorbei kommen und meinen ganzen Süßkram wegessen…

  • I only recently discovered alpha-h and I use one of their products which I love. This cleanser sounds really good too. x

    • Which one do you use?

      • I am currently using the liquid gold which I use once or twice a week on it’s own and it is really helping with my blemishes.x

        • I love that one, it was the first Alpha-H product I bought and is my favorite from the brand up to date.

  • Yeah me too I try to avoid micro beads at all sort. Nice review 🙂

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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I’m exactly the same! Although I’m not much into sweets myself, I totally love anything savoury, especially cheese! But I can’t just have ‚a little bit‘, so I stopped buying it altogether. Out of sight, out of mind! x Great review, I’ve heard some good things about the Alpha range. 🙂 It’s a little bit pricey though, so I think I’ll be sticking to my Bielenda exfoliator for now. x x

    Kay
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    • Is the Bielenda a physical or a chemical one?

      • Kay (shoesandglitter)

        Physical. x

  • thefashionsalt

    I don’t think this would be for me since my skin is sensitive and I don’t like the idea of the microbeads, but the peppermint cooling effect sounds nice. I used to have a huge sweet tooth, but I found that if I have something sweet in the morning like a piece of cookie or scone with icing, I don’t crave anything through out the day.
    ~Lili
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    • I don’t know if sweets in the morning would help me. M cravings are biggest at night, and when I start eating sweets in the morning, it kind of makes them be there all day. A really filling dinner helps me not reach for sweets as often though.

  • This sounds like a good product if you like a deep cleanse, however as a super sensitive person I’m a bit scared of this! Great review x

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    • I wouldn’t use it as a super sensitive person. Do you exfoliate?

      • Only with acid exfoliator, can’t use anything with grain unfortunately.

  • I tried it a while back and I remember not being very impressed – I don’t think it’s a bad product, but it didn’t really live up to the expectations for me. I expected more visible results, I guess! ps. I so understand your sweet tooth dilemma, I find not buying sweets it’s the only solution! XD

    • The problem with skincare is that there rarely are instant visible results if you want the good stuff. Most products (with exceptions of course) that give instant visible results disappoint in the long run.

  • I’m with you on a sweet tooth, I am quite enjoying my nightly white chocolate magnum! I’ve recently been using a cleanser with cleanser with tiny exfoliating bits (Tata Harper Regenerating) every now and then and it’s nice on occasion and it’s quite mild. I still far prefer chemical though 🙂
    thebeautybloss.com

    • I did enjoy it as well, and I already have another product sitting in my cabinet waiting to be cracked open, but chemical will always be my favorite.

  • Hello dear! Thank for the complete review, my skin is so sensitive and super dry that I rarely used exfoliant products, thanks though.
    On the other hand I am totally with you about the sweet tooth!!
    Have a happy weekend.
    Glamoury Armory Blog

    • Have you tried chemical exfoliants? Like ones with lactic acid? They are great fro dry skin.

  • I cant use exfoliant products like this one, I use the Alpha H liquid gold which is a better for my sensitive skin. If I remember, its a step I always forget. Great review though, its a shame they use micro beads.

    http://www.georgietoms.com

    • I love Alpha-H, is was the first product of the brand I tried and it still is a staple in my routine now 3 years later.

  • Finde es toll, dass du bei deinen Reviews ehrlich bist. Ich machs bissi anders, wenn mir ein Produkt nicht zu 100 % taugt, kommt es gar nicht auf meinem Blog. Darum finde ich super, dass du als Beautyblogger uns so viele unterschiedliche Produkte vorstellst und auch ehrlich sagst, ob du es wieder kaufen würdest! 🙂 Microbeads würden mich hier auch vom Kauf abhalten. Liebste Grüße

    http://www.naomella.com

    • Ich kann nur über das schreiben, was ich nutze, und da ich mich bemühe, Dinge auch leer zu kriegen, wäre es hier ziemlich still, wenn ich nur über grandiose Dinge schriebe. Ich bin nämlich auch sehr anspruchsvoll, was Effekt und Inhaltsstoffe angeht.
      Meistens ist es aber ein Produkt, dass eben nur für mich nicht 100% taugt, für andere aber vielleicht gut ist, daher dann die Empfehlungen. Einen kompletten Verriss hatte ich glaube ich noch nie.
      Über tolle Dinge zu schreiben macht mir allerdings auch am meisten Spaß.

  • I have this in my bathroom cabinet at the moment and I use it maybe once a week..more to try and finish it than anything else! I do like it and it does make my skin feel really exfoliated and scrubbed clean. But, I do still prefer chemical exfoliants 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee | Win a Billion Dollar Brows 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows Kit

    • Yes, it is the same with me. The immediate effect is awesome, but in the long run I prefer my chemical exfoliants.

  • This sounds really good, but since I am trying to live consciously, I will be giving this a miss!

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    Sarah
    sarahinks.co.uk

    • Yes, just like I think. But hopefully microbeads will be banned from more and more products, so we will have more options.

  • I’m definitely with you on the sweet tooth front, currently munching on some Harribo, lol! Just like you I can’t have sweets at home 🙂 As for the exfoliator, it sounds really good but because of the microbeads I will give it a miss. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Some epopke are so disciplined, like my mother. She can pick just one or two out of a bag of Haribo ad then leave it unattended until the next day. I wish I inherited that!

  • Nadia

    This product does sound interesting – really great review! I’m not a big fan of microbeads as well hon.
    Yes to chips & sweets – everything in moderation but life must be enjoyed to, even (and especially) in the food department 😉
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/