We kind of hate to say it, but is anyone else so over excessive skincare routines? Having the choice of countless serums with minimal ingredients that can all be layered up and selected according to each individual’s skin concerns makes perfect sense, in theory. However, in practise, the majority of us just can’t be bothered. Not only that, but it means that the world of skincare has gotten somewhat confusing as of late. With what feels like thousands of serums with differing claims, but equally as long and complex scientific names, it’s hard to keep track of exactly what we should and shouldn’t be using.
In fact, the general consensus in the Who What Wear office is that maybe it's time we rethink our OTT skincare collections and strip things back a bit. Years of playing around with acids, peels and seriously strong actives have left our skin craving just a little bit of normality. Forget fancy claims and scientific names, as times have moved on. Our only real want and need right now is for our skin to look healthy and radiant. And after months of testing and trialling every skin-loving serum that’s come our way, we can finally confirm we have found our holy-grail hydrator.
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And yes, it surprised us, too. On paper, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare CBD Super Serum + Probiotics (£72) promises to deeply hydrate, deliver anti-inflammatory benefits and promote collagen production for a plumper complexion. And sure, it sounds great, but we know what you’re thinking: Surely this is just another CBD skincare gimmick, right? But trust us—this stuff is just different. It's nourishing without being heavy, and it's super calming while still feeling like it’s doing something. Most importantly, it leaves skin radiant and glowing long after use.
Unlike so many other CBD skincare products of its kind, this stuff doesn’t have an oily texture, meaning it sinks in without a trace of greasiness. In fact, it contains salicylic acid to help bust breakouts, so it's great for those with oilier skin. Much like all great do-it-all serums, it’s jam-packed with hyaluronic acid for amped-up hydration and plumping effects. However, when it comes to the CBD itself, this stuff is wildly different from so many others. Using CBD crystals instead of oils, this serum is without a doubt one of the most soothing we have ever tried. It takes down any hint of redness and irritation almost instantly, leaving skin looking calm and healthy without a greasy sheen.
However, if you ask us, the real not-so-secret ingredient here is Aurelia’s universally loved (and firmly beauty editor–approved) probiotic complex. Known to help restore the skin’s natural repair process and barrier function, this special complex really makes this stuff stand out in a sea of hydrating serums that overpromise. You see, while hyaluronic acid and CBD deliver those instant results, it’s the probiotics that keep skin looking healthy long after use.
So if, like us, you’re looking to streamline your skincare routine and focus on the ingredients your skin really wants and needs, this CBD serum could be just the ticket.