Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil

It calls itself an oil. But Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil isn’t quite like any oil you’ve tried, not least because it comes out of the tube as a balm, which melts into skin – and melts away make-up, dead cells, sebum and general ewwww-y grime at the same time. (Like other cleansing balms, we find it’s most efficiently removed with a muslin cloth or face flannel.) It’s from a range better known for high-tech age-defying skincare solutions, but is free from mineral oil, sulfates, detergents, artificial colours and fragrances. (Smells really fab, though, thanks to a blend of lavender and tangerine oils.)

The oils come from coconut, grapeseed, sea buckthorn – plus vitamin E – which makes this excellent for dry and mature skins, since it won’t upset the skin’s ‘hydrolipid balance’ (that translates as:  doesn’t dry out skin).

It’s seriously delicious to use – but would we categorise it as ‘anti-ageing’?  In that it ‘preps’ skin perfectly for the age-defying treatment you’ll apply over the top, then yes.

And we’re all for anything with such a high pleasure factor that it encourages diligent cleansing – perhaps the least sexy (but almost the most important) step in any woman’s beauty regime.

Alpha-H, an A+ for this.

UK readers find Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil at www.lookfantastic.com/£25.95 for 100 ml – buy here