Style You Probably Haven't Used Your Astral Cream for These 8 Things, Yet

22:40  30 july  2021
22:40  30 july  2021 Source:   womenshealthmag.co.uk

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Even if you’ve never used it, it’s likely you could recognise a tub of Astral cream from ten paces – that small blue pot has been adorning dressing tables over the world for sixty years, plus.

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What is Astral cream?

Made from lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool, and glycerin, which attracts water to the surface layers of your skin to up hydration, Astral cream is something of a cult item among streamlined beauty routine fans.

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The good news is, it's even more versatile than how it's marketed. Sure, your nan might have sworn by it, but here's eight other uses for your Astral cream that'll take you beyond a simple 'nighttime moisturiser.'

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8 ways to use your Astral cream that you probably haven't tried – yet

1/ Use your Astral cream to... Soothe sensitive skin

If you tend to react badly to super active skincare products, you may be better off spreading Astral cream over your face and body, as it’s suitable for even sensitive skin. (Check out our guide to rosacea products, if you are prone to redness.)

One reason its particularly gentle is the lack of magnesium sulphate, which dermatological nurse, Emma Coleman explains is included in many skincare products.

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'While magnesium sulphate is known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, it can aggravate sensitive skin, causing tingling sensations and redness,' Coleman says.

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So if you’re going through a dodgy skin period, and your skin is reacting badly to products, it’s worth scaling back your regime for a while and opting for gentle formulas like Astral instead.

2/ Use your Astral cream to... Make your tan last longer

So you’ve finally mastered applying fake tan perfectly (our advice: use a barrier cream on dry areas like knees and elbows, and blend, blend, blend with a tanning mitt). Now you’ve got that golden glow, you want it to last, don't you?

The way self tan works is by colouring skin cells on the top layer over the skin, and the reason it fades is because these cells naturally shed over time.

To reduce the rate of skin sloughing, you need to keep the skin hydrated. This is where Astral comes in – slather on to skin to extend the life of your tan, and you can stay bronzed for longer. Because Astral cream is made up of lanolin and glycerin, rather than being oil-based, it won't strip the tan from your skin - like other moisturisers might.

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3/ Use your Astral cream as... A post-shower balm

Did you know that damp skin is many times more permeable than dry skin, and therefore able to absorb moisturising products better?

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It’s one of the reasons why you should apply lotions straight out of the shower rather than waiting until you’ve dried off first.

Astral is a great option for moisturising the entire body because of ingredients such as glycerin and lanolin, Coleman says.

'Glycerin is considered a humectant, meaning that it helps your skin retain moisture,' she adds. 'As an oil-based ingredient, lanolin also locks moisture into the skin, and actually absorbs extra moisture from the air around it.'

If you want to feel baby soft after the shower, this is your go-to – just remember to apply to damp skin for optimum results.

4/ Use your Astral cream as… a makeup primer

If your skin is dry, and you tend to find that your makeup cakes throughout the day - or clings to drier areas of your face - Astral cream is a great makeup primer.

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The super-moisturising formula keeps skin hydrated throughout the day, creating the perfect skin base for makeup.

Apply a pea-sized amount to your face and neck in the morning, wait a minute or two, and apply your makeup as normal. You'll be shocked at how much better your makeup wears throughout the day.

5/ Use your Astral cream as... An in-flight saviour

Have you ever wondered why your skin feels so dehydrated after a long flight? It’s because air in the pressurised cabin of planes is often less than 20% humidity (by way of comparison, the ideal relative humidity in a British home is around 50 to 55%).

When you consider this, it’s no wonder your skin can become tight and uncomfortable on a plane, which is why the 50ml pot of Astral – small enough to take in your hand luggage – can be your in-flight saviour.

Even better, once you reach your destination, it’s excellent for soothing skin after a day in the sun.

6/ Use your Astral cream to... Remove makeup

Although a proper cleansing balm or lotion is ideal, Astral can step in as an emergency makeup remover when you need it.

Simply massage a layer into your face for a minute or so, then run a flannel under hot water before squeezing the flannel out and using it to gently wipe the product – and daily grime – away from your face.

7/ Use your Astral cream to... Massage into dry, cracked hands

Do you suffer from parched hands in the winter? Many people notice that once the weather gets chilly, their hands suddenly feel sore and chapped.

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'As the temperature drops, the humidity in the air decreases,' explains Coleman. 'The moisture from your skin is then drawn out into the surrounding air, resulting in a loss of hydration.'

As it’s super-rich yet still mild, it’s a good plan to keep a little pot of Astral in your handbag for winter, especially as, unlike many hand creams, you can also use it on your face.

'It’s gentler on the skin than other products, making it suitable for use on more sensitive areas such as the skin on your face.

However, its also moisturising enough to provide effective hydration to dryer parts of the body such as your hands, knees and elbows,' she explains.

8/ Use your Astral cream as… a face mask

Thanks to Astral's blend of hydrating and soothing ingredients, the little blue tub makes for a seriously moisturising face mask.

Apply a thick layer all over your face, leave for around 20 minutes (we've found an episode of Friends is the ideal length of time, just FYI) and tissue off. Your skin will be left plump, soft, smooth and hydrated for hours.

Now that you know all about how to use your Astral cream, it's time to read up on dermatitis.

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