Name: Light & Creamy All Over Moisturizer
From Astral’s website:
Just like Astral Original, Astral Light & Creamy all-over moisturiser is intensely hydrating. But it has a lighter formulation, milder fragrance and is enriched with soothing Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.
What I liked:
– moisturizing, leaves skin soft and smooth for the entire day
– sinks in quickly
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– jar is huge so the cream will last you for ages
– cheap price
What I didn’t like:
– if you’re prone to breakouts, this may make you breakout
Astral Light & Creamy moisturiser has a lighter formula and a milder, powdery fragrance than its big sister, Astral Original Moisturiser, but it is still very hydrating. The lighter texture means that Astral Light & Creamy sinks faster into the skin (and leaves no greasy residue behind) and is more suitable in the cold winter months.
The formula is very simple and basic, yet effective. One of the main ingredients is Propylene Glycol which acquired a bad reputation when people discovered its MSDS states that it can affect the kidneys, liver and the cardiovascular system. However, the MSDS refers to 100% undiluted concentrations. In cosmetics, Propylene Glycol is used in much lower amounts (usually between 1 and 5%) that are safe. In cosmetics, it is used as an humectant: it draws water from the environment into the skin, thus helping to keep it hydrated.
The moisturiser also features emollients (ingredients that make skin soft and smooth) such as Stearic Acid and Isopropyl Myristate. If you’re prone to breakouts, beware of the latter as it can clog pores. Isopropyl Myrystate is actually one of the few ingredients I can’t use on my face (I have combination skin) because it always makes me break out. But when I use it on my body, where the skin is dry, it keeps it soft and moisturized without giving me even the tiniest zit.
Another ingredient that improves skin hydration is Aloe Vera, which also has soothing properties, can reduce inflammation and help treat psoriasis. As a result, Astral Light & Creamy All Over Moisturiser leaves skin soft, smooth and moisturized for an entire day. And because a little goes a long way, the huge, light-blue jar will last you for ages.
Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Myrystate, Stearic Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capryl/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Methylparaben, Polyglyceryl-6-Polyhydroxystearate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Actetate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropane-1,3-Diol, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Trimethoxycaprylysilane, Sodium Hydroxide, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cinnamyl Alcohol, CI 77891.
Astral Light & Creamy All Over Moisturiser is a lighter version of Astral Original Moisturiser. The lighter texture absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind and keeps skin soft and moisturized for the entire day. However, it contains an emollient that may clog pores, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those who are prone to breakouts.