Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser – In love with Aloe vera

Shortly after we moved in together, Mr. Loca and I got into a major fight. Now I should probably mention that we do fight quite often (a fact he blames on me being stubborn and I blame on him for falling in love with a willful woman), but that was one of the major ones.

To be honest, I don’t even remember what caused it, but I remember it ending with slamming doors and me shouting: „And you never even got me flowers once!“ Mature, I know, especially considering the fact that I don’t really care about flowers.

Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera (trial size)
Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe vera (trial size)

When he returned, he had bought me a plant. Thick, serrated green leaves with teeth on the margin and no flowers to be expected. Aloe vera.

It is one of the few plants that I actually kept alive throughout the years, and one that will always hold a special place in my heart. Which is why whenever I read „Aloe vera“ on a product, it touches a soft spot in an instant.

The latest one? Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe vera. Read more


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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.
Badly.

 

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.

 

Facts:

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?

No.

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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