Aurelia Probiotic Skincare
Probiotic skincare. Activia for the face, or what...? Most of us understand that probiotics (usually consumed in yoghurt or supplements) are good for the digestion. But over the past few years there's been a flurry of skincare with added probiotics landing on the shelves. Without wanting to go into the science bit too deeply, probiotics help the skin's immune system, balancing stress-damaged skin and protecting against cellular damage. This new range supplied us with a bucketload of graphs and charts to back the action of probiotics up, but to be honest: as ever, we're more interested in what we see with our own eyes.
We haven't been using Aurelia Probiotic Skincare for long enough to see anything but the shortest-term improvements. But we are pretty taken with those short-term effects and the sheer pleasure of the products themselves, in which the probiotics and peptides are formulated alongside botanicals renowned for their effectiveness: kigelia Africana (it's also in Liz Earle's haircare), mongongo oil (found in the drylands of Namibia, with high levels of vitamin E and linoleic cid), shea butter (always love that), and more.
The range was created by Claire Velo - probably the prettiest research chemist we've stumbled across, actually (she was previously at GlaxoSmithKline). And three products have taken our fancy - which is quite a lot, from any new range, for us. First: Miracle Cleanser, which smells just like heaven, with an uplifting blend of rosemary, chamomile, bergamot and eucalyptus. Yet another balm, we hear you chorus - but no, this is a delicious, rich, aromatic cream cleanser, which is removed with an accompanying bamboo cloth.
Second fave: Revitalise and Glow Serum. Very lightweight, instantly and majorly skin-plumping (it's packed with hyaluronic acid) - and definitely gives quite a visible boost to skin. (Jo's been using it first thing on these drab winter mornings, to good effect, and can't imagine giving it up now). One of the reasons we're so keen on this new range is because it smells just darned gorgeous: here, jasmine, tuberose and mandarin - which also have aromatherapeutic radiance-boosting powers, as well as their divine fragrance.
Last but not least: Aurelia's Cell Repair Night Oil, which is a very rich facial oil - once again, gorgeously fragrant with neroli, lavender, mandarin and rose, and packed with antioxidants and Essential Fatty Acids - and all you need is a couple of drops for the whole face and décolletage. (As an aside, Jo used this on her 'lizard legs' after a recently-acquired tan morphed into shins that look like a dried-up river bed, instead - and it kept the flaking and dryness at bay for an impressive 36 hours before needing reapplication. Certainly much longer than most oils manage.)
And actually, with facial care this good, we're rather hoping that Aurelia have some dedicated bodycare in the pipeline.
Probiotic skincare? We're definitely 'pro', in this case.
PS Do watch their fun and thought-provoking film 'Your skin - a year in the day', on the site - view here