Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum review

Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum is the latest product in the Liquid Gold collection and according to reviews, it’s as good as the iconic original.

When it comes to cult beauty lists, you’ll be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t include Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold. Many a complexion across the globe credits the chemical exfoliant for it’s glow, youthfulness and even skin tone.

In fact, Liquid Gold has been reviewed 1877 times on the Adore Beauty website (that’s the most reviews of any product), and it’s received 1383 five star reviews (again, the most of any other product).

If you need more of a nudge into the Liquid Gold direction, it’s so popular that a bottle is sold every 30 seconds.

So what’s better than one miracle worker? Well… two! Alpha-H has just gone and released another product to add to the Liquid Gold family – say hello to Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum ($129). And by all accounts it lives up to the original.

Using glycolic acid (that helps dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be wiped away leaving younger looking skin) and granactive retinoid (to stimulate skin cell proliferation leading to plumpness, elasticity and hydration) this serum works to reboot and transform your skin while you sleep.

And when they call this product “revolutionary” it isn’t just marketing speak. You see, glycolic acid and retinoids are widely regarded as two of the most powerful non-prescription skin revitalisers, but they have long been considered strange bedfellows. Historically it’s been believed that combining the two could result in an unstable formulation – that is until now. After years in production, Alpha-H have developed a serum that combines both in a stable, yet active solution.

So how is it worth the hype? We put it to the test

Review from Body + Soul beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak

“These days most of us are on the hunt for multi-tasking products that save us both time and money, but this serum is a game changer. Blending two powerful solution-focused skincare ingredients (14% glycolic acid with 1% granactive retinoid – the OG Liquid Gold contains 5% glycolic, so this is certainly supercharged), into one PM step.

At first I thought this treatment would be too strong from my sensitised skin, as I’m often prone to redness and dry patches after using chemical exfoliants and retinols. But this drop is on the creamy side, so it feels hydrating as it soaks into the skin. Mildly tingly, on the surface it works to resurface skin to help clear pores and even out splotchiness and pigmentation, while deep down it targets collagen production and hydration levels to ensure your face is plump and glowy.

I’ve been using it every other night for the past week in replacement of my regular retinol and so far I’ve noticed a difference in brightness, smoothing and tightness across my forehead and diminished pore size.”

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Price: $129

Where to buy: You can pick up a bottle from Alpha-H website, you can also grab it at Adore Beauty, Sephora and Active Skin.

The serum also underwent a clinical trial – and these are the results of a six-week independent study on 24 women aged 18-65:

  • 83% of participants saw an improvement in skin tone and luminosity
  • 63% of participants saw an improvement in skin elasticity and firmness
  • 61% of participants saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
  • 58% of participant saw an improvement in hyperpigmentation

How do you use Alpha H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum?

According to instructions, you are to apply four to five drops onto cleansed skin and massage over the face and neck in upward and outward strokes.

It can be followed by a moisturiser and, as it contacts active ingredients, a SPF every morning is recommended.

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Is Alpha H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum okay for sensitive skin?

In most cases it is. But if you do find it isn’t working with your skin, Ferencak has a few other options to get the desired results.

“A good point to make here would be that if you’re already use Liquid Gold you could continue and then just use a low-dose retinol on alternative nights.

Otherwise, try any of these – they’re either ‘gentle’ versions or contain ingredients like squalane and ceramides to help the skin cope with the actives,” she says.

Some gentle alternatives include:

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane ($12.70, Adore Beauty)

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum ($138, Adore Beauty)

Alpha-H Vitamin A 0.5 ($69.95, Adore Beauty)

“You can also ‘buffer’ your retinol – so apply with a moisturiser to keep irritation at bay,” Ferencak adds.

Can you use Liquid Gold and Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum together?

Liquid Gold is an exfoliating tonic with 5% glycolic acid – the serum has 14% glycolic acid and 1% granactive retinoid. The pair are meant to complement each other. The advice is to use the serum on alternative nights to Liquid Gold.

“Since the glycolic is more than twice the percentage and has retinol, I’d say you could skip Liquid Gold altogether and use the serum instead,” adds Ferencak.

Where can you buy Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum?

You can pick up a bottle for $129 from Alpha-H website, you can also grab it at Adore Beauty, Sephora and Active Skin.

What other products are in the Liquid Gold family?

Along with the iconic Liquid Gold chemical exfoliant and this new serum, the range also includes:

Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream with Lime Pearl AHAs, $99

Liquid Gold Ultimate Perfecting Mask with Glycolic Acid, $75

Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream with 5% Glycolic Acid, $99

Liquid Gold Resurfacing Cleansing Cream with Glycolic Acid, $59.95

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