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 got 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, general consensus in the Who What Wear office is that, actually, 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 has left our skin craving just a little bit of normal. Forget fancy claims and scientific names, as times have moved on, our only real want and need right now is for our skin to looking healthy and radiant. And, after months of testing and trialling every skin-loving serum that’s come our way, we can finally confirm we just might have found our holy grail hydrator.

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? Well, to be honest, we kind of thought the same at first. But trust us, this stuff is just different. Not only is it nourishing without being heavy and remains 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 is 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 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 skin-soothing we have ever tried. It takes down any hint of redness and irritation almost instantly, leaving skin looking calmed 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, it’s this special complex that really makes this stuff stand out in a sea of hydrating serums that over-promise. 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 just focus on the ingredients your skin really wants and needs, this CBD serum could be just the ticket.

This creamy cleanser removes makeup with ease and leaves skin soft and supple.

Ideal for tired complexions, a few spritzes of this brightening mist provides an instant pick-me-up.

Full of youth-restoring antioxidants as well as omegas and vitamin E, this moisturiser is the ultimate everyday nourisher.

It’s jam-packed with oils rich in natural fatty acids for serious hydration, but above all, this super-rich night cream has a scent so calming, you’ll be drifting off in no time.

If you struggle with congestion, this balmy exfoliating mask leaves skin looking clearer and more radiant after just one use.

Not only does this hand cream smell absolutely dreamy, it turns dry hands almost impossibly soft without leaving a greasy film.

Looking for a way to add a hint of sumptuous luxury to your morning shower routine? Look no further than this creamy body wash.

This beautifully scented night oil makes for the perfect addition to at-home facials. Just a couple of drops leaves skin dewy and glowing.

With pink clay to purify and oat extract to nourish and calm, one healthy layer of this mask over tired skin will unveil a soothed but revitalised complexion.