Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm- Probiotic Skincare
The term “probiotic” has been the it word in health and wellness for at least the last five years, with physicians, magazines and celebrities touting the benefits of adding probiotics to our regular diet. From yogurts to supplements to all types of seeds, it feels as if everyone has been obsessed with probiotics.
What exactly are probiotics? In short, they’re beneficial live bacteria and yeast that help with a myriad of health situations including improved digestion, clear skin and even helps to fight against the common cold and flu.
While probiotics have been in the forefront of general health, very few skincare brands have tackled the incorporation of probiotics into their products. A few months ago I discovered a Britain-based skincare brand called Aurelia, whose entire ethos is about incorporating probiotics to manage inflammation within the skin. (Over the past two years I learned a great deal about inflammation due to my Mother’s health issue which has since been thankfully resolved). It’s astonishing how many of our physical issues both body and face-wise are related to inflammation.
Aurelia focuses their products on cell metabolism, preventing cellular DNA damage and increasing collagen synthesis. Important to note, as with any consumer-caring brand of today, Aurelia is free of synthetic fragrances, colorants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol, phthalates, GMO, PEGs, TEA, DEA, MI, formaldehyde, urea, mercury, lead and bee venom.
My first experience with Aurelia was using their Refine and Polish Miracle Balm, which is a probiotic exfoliator. Scented with an essential oil blend of Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bergamot, this exfoliator smells like the best tea you could ever want to drink. It’s refreshing, awakening and soothing all in one; those of you familiar with me know I adore essential oils in my skincare and bath rituals.
Key botanicals in this exfoliator include Baobab – Omega-rich ‘super-fruit’, Kigelia Africana– firming and smoothing, Hibiscus- antioxidant-rich nature’s ‘botox’ and Sugar Maple Sap- accelerates the skin’s own process of exfoliation to remove dead surface cells.
The Balm’s texture is unlike any other exfoliator I’ve encountered thus far, with a good balance of grittiness from the natural rice bran for getting rid of dead skin cells, and the gel aspect which at first touch feels kind of oily (but not greasy). After massaging into the face for a minute, the Balm’s BioOrganic oils begin to emulsify into a lightly creamy texture which had a cooling effect on my skin.
Aurelia touts this exfoliator as a double-action, multi-enzyme polish which you can use as a mask, leaving on for at least 5 minutes for the potent plant enzymes to do their work dislodging dirt, leftover make-up and clogged pores. I’ve found my sweet spot with Aurelia’s exfoliator to rest at about 3 minutes of gentle but firm massaging all over my face, especially on the t-zone area. Right after use, my skin feels silky soft with the divine scent of those essential oils lingering for several hours.
With twice weekly use for over one month, my skin showed a clear improvement in decreased clogged pores and not a bump of any kind in sight. At £57.00 (approximately US $81 as of the writing of this feature) for a 75 ml tube that lasts a solid 6 months with twice weekly use, Aurelia’s Refine & Polish Miracle Balm is a skin-saver for any skin type but especially those who have experienced inflammation, acne, clogged pores or dry patches. Probiotic skincare may just be the next big trend in skin health.
You can purchase any Aurelia product directly from their site.