Whenever I see something branching out from medical research into the world of food shopping and cosmetics, I can´t help but smile. So many things that are proven to be beneficial in one aspect of our health get called out as the new solution for all our problems, and are suddenly found everywhere.
The latest? Probiotics. There is a lot of evidence that the kind of bacteria that inhabits our guts has a big influence on our immune system, plays a role in autoimmune disease and does affect our skin when it comes to things like psoriasis or eczema.
Shortly after this research reached the mainstream media, probiotic drinks started popping up everywhere, claiming to deliver “healthy bacteria” and help with everything from bloating to fatigue. If you take a closer look at 95% of these drinks, they are mostly sugar, some milk and, of course, some bacteria. Bacteria that may be healthy, but will most likely never reach your gut, because the acid in our stomach is designed to specifically kill all bacteria. You see, there is a reason why in case of medical need, you do a “stool transplant”. I will spare you the details on that.
If you are wondering why on earth I talk about gut bacteria today, the reason is this cleanser: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser . And you can tell by the name that it contains probiotics. Designed to go on your face. As I said, they are everywhere.
What Aurelia claims:
This intelligent, aromatic, creamy infusion glides on to the skin and lifts off all impurities and make- up. It fuses probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to hydrate and soothe dull and dehydrated skin promoting a luminous, dewy, radiant glow whilst helping to prevent skin ageing.
Fragranced with an uplifting essential oil blend of Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rosemary and Bergamot this creamy cleanser along with its soft antibacterial bamboo muslin cloth buffs away dead skin cells and make-up whilst helping to stimulate the skin’s natural renewal process. This in turn speeds skin cell turnover, resulting in a brighter complexion with fresher, younger skin cells ready for hydration on the surface.
Prize and size
One jar contains 120 ml and retails for 48 € on the website here. I had a sample size that contained 30 ml and lasted me for one month daily use. The jar isn’t the most hygienic way of packaging, I much preferred the tube.
Texture and smell
The product looks like a cream and turns into a balm when worked into the skin. It smells amazing, the eucalyptus scent being strongest, but not overwhelming.
Application and effects
Application is very smooth, the cleanser glides over the skin, no tugging, and it leaves my skin nourished and hydrated. You are supposed to take it off with the provided bamboo cloth for a (very gentle) exfoliation, which I did. No residue was left on the skin that way. Even though it claims to remove makeup, I preferred it as second cleanse in the evening, or, my favorite, morning cleanse. The uplifting scent was exactly the right way to start my day.
- Glycerin: Moisturizing
- Shea Butter: Moisturizing
- Theobroma cacao (Cocoa butter): Rich in fatty acids
- Kigelia Africana fruit extract: Firming
- Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract: Rich in antioxidants
- Adansonia digitata fruit extract (Botanical Baobab): Rich in omega fatty acids
- Lactis proteinum/Milk protein (probiotic protein): Lactic acid
- Bifida ferment lysate (probiotic culture)
- Schinziophyton Rautanenii kernel oil (Botanical Ubuntu Mongongo oil): Rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids
- Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5): Anti-inflammatory, moisturizing
- Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C): Improves collagen production, brightening
- Rosmarinus officinalis leaf oil (Rosemary essential oil): Invigorating, antiseptic
- Citrus aurantium bergamia peel oil (Bergamot essential oil): Uplifting
- Anthemis nobilis oil (Chamomile essential oil): Soothing
- Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil (Eucalyptus essential oil): Invigorating, moisturizing
The possible benefits of the probiotics in my cleanser escape me, and there is no information I could find, but I am sure they will not do any harm.
- Linalool, Limonene: Part of essential oils, can be irritating to skin and eyes
Does it live up to its claims?
It glides, it is creamy, it smells invigorating. When removed with the cloth (or any flannel) it is gently exfoliating. My skin feels hydrated and nourished and it contains enough antioxidants to help prevent skin aging.
As far as the claim “intelligent” goes, I am not sure how to test that. Play chess?
Would I repurchase?
I can see that being an amazing morning cleanse in the winter for my skin. And I love the smell.
Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone with the exception of people with sensitive skin.
Even though it says it is suitable for sensitive skin types, I would never recommend something with essential oils without patch testing first.
So if you are looking for plumped, soft skin and a pleasant wake-me-up scent in the morning, this is the cleanser for you.
Now tell me, do you believe in probiotic drinks?
And have you tried anything from Aurelia before?
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