Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Problem skin saviour? CHOBS Centella Asiatica serum review


Hello, my loves! Today, I am very excited to be bringing you a review of the organic Centella Asiatica serum by a Korean skincare brand, CHOBS (£46 for a 30ml bottle, LoveLula). It's super rare that I do dedicated skincare reviews here on Shoes and Glitter, but this little serum has been a game-changer (not sponsored), so I really wanted to talk to you lovelies about it. I am by no means a skincare expert (this title goes to my favourite skincare bloggers, like Anne!), but I know what works for my skin and I will do my best to share with you loves an honest review. Hope you enjoy!

What it promises

The Centella Asiatica serum by CHOBS is a fully cruelty-free and vegan skincare product that comes with a long list of claims. It contains 95% organic raw ingredients, with over 90% centella asiatica leaf water (which has been seeing a lot of hype in the blogosphere lately!). Other ingredients include chamomile water and green tea extract, I'm always happy to see as it often works wonders for problematic, acne-prone skin. The serum contains no colourants, silicon oil, preservatives or synthetic fragrance. It is supposedly suitable for all skin types, and promises to:

❤  boost hydration
❤  restore damaged skin
❤  tighten skin texture
❤  soothe sensitive and irritated skin
❤  bring radiance to stressed skin

And whilst I am no skincare expert, I think it's impressive that this serum contains over 90% organic, raw centella asiatica water. Centella asiatica really is one of those star ingredients often featured in premium Korean skincare products, and it offers lots of anti-bacterial, soothing, anti-flammatory and even wound-healing properties.

Does it work?

Honestly loves, I have been using this serum twice a day for about a month now (you only need a few drops, so it will last you a long time), and it's become one of my all-time favourite, holy grail skincare products. First of all, it has the most refreshing, soothing effect when you first apply it. The texture is gel-like and almost watery, and it absorbs in seconds. I typically apply it in the morning and then in the evening, as the last step in my skincare routine.

Aside from the immediate soothing effect, this CHOBS serum is one of the very few skincare products that's made a visible difference to how my skin looks and feels. One of the main benefits of centella asiatica is that it's effective at clearing up any irritation and redness - and let me tell you loves, it really works. I experience lots of redness and even flakiness around my nose and cheeks, and since using this serum twice a day, the redness has almost completely cleared up. My skin feels hydrated, refreshed and it looks so much more bright and radiant!

I've also noticed a visible reduction in breakouts around my chin - as someone with very oily and problematic skin, I experience lots of sneaky breakouts that seem impossible to tame. And whilst I am not saying that all of my skin issues have now been magically cured, I swear that this serum has actually helped me to reduce them, and get my skin under control. Any breakouts are much less visible, and my skin overall feels a lot smoother, radiant and clear.

Is it worth the money?

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I don't typically like to splurge out on skincare. £46 for a bottle of serum is a lot, although I wholeheartedly believe that the effectiveness and quality of the ingredients makes it worth every penny. I like to keep my skincare routine very minimal, so instead of spending money on lots of goodies that might be cheaper, I've been trying to invest in only a few products that actually work, and limit my routine to just a few simple steps. So far, it's been working out quite well!

If you have a chance to, I wholeheartedly recommend that you check out the CHOBS Centella Asiatica serum - especially if you suffer from redness, irritation, breakouts and sensitive skin. I, for one, genuinely cannot imagine my skincare routine without it, and I will be happy to invest in it again - an honest, and happy 10/10 from me!

Have you tried any CHOBS products? What are your current skincare favourites?
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