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Texture changes, sagging skin, and dryness are ordinary effects of ageing. We’re all for embracing getting older, but we also want to look our best in the coming years, which is why we often turn to anti-ageing moisturisers to support our skincare journeys.

However, choosing the right formula can feel daunting when there are so many different options out there.

Well, we’ve got a simple trick up our sleeves that’ll help you spot more effective anti-ageing moisturisers on the market. The next time you’re perusing ingredient labels, you’ll want to keep an eye out for one important ingredient: ceramides.

The most important ingredient in an anti-ageing moisturiser

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Ceramides are lipids (or fats) that are found naturally in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of our skin.

One of the best ways to understand how ceramides function is to imagine the outermost layer of your epidermis (a.k.a. the stratum corneum) to be made up of bricks and mortar.

Our skin cells are essentially the bricks, and the lipids in between are what we call the mortar, the paste that binds building blocks. A stack of bricks wouldn’t be as effective at protecting without the mortar sealing everything in place. Similarly, neither are your skin cells without ceramides.

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It’s important to keep the structure of our stratum corneum intact because it serves as a barrier to protect the rest of our skin – it keeps all of that hydration locked in so we have plumper, healthier skin.

What’s more, ceramides make up over 50% of our skin’s composition, so it’s no surprise they play a vital role in determining how our skin looks and feels. This is why they’re essential when it comes to replenishing our skin’s moisture and slowing down the visible effects of ageing.

But here’s the truth: not all ceramides are created equal. General ceramides are often far too large in terms of molecular size, which can hinder them from penetrating into the skin, preventing them from delivering much-needed support and nourishment to your skin.

This prompted Japanese anti-ageing skincare brand Astalift to change all of that. Keep reading to find out what’s different about their ceramide-packed moisturiser.

Why the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta is a cut above the rest

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Unlike other ceramide-infused moisturisers, Astalift Jelly Aquarysta uses Human-type Nano Ceramides, small ceramide molecules that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin to quench its thirst and rebalance its water and oil levels, just like our body’s own natural ceramides do.

Besides Human-type Nano Ceramides, antioxidants are the superheroes in Astalift Jelly Aquarysta. They fend off the bad guys of the skincare world, known as free radicals.

What’s even more interesting is that they can also reverse free radical damage, which includes things like premature ageing, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation, making them essential ingredients in an anti-ageing moisturiser.

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One potent antioxidant in the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta is Nano-Astaxanthin, which is derived from microalgae and is 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C. Fun fact: it’s also what gives Astalift Jelly Aquarysta its bold red colour.

The jelly moisturiser also contains Nano-Lycopene, an antioxidant from tomatoes that’s 1,000 times more effective than vitamin E. This is how it’s able to shield the skin from an onslaught of environmental aggressors, such as UV damage and pollution particles.

In its nano form, lycopene is also able to boost the moisturising power of Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, filling in cracks of dehydration and fine lines.

Additionally, the formula boasts three types of Functional Collagen, which plumps the skin and defies the effects of ageing. Its tri-functional benefits include protecting skin against moisture loss, replenishing depleted collagen, and promoting fresh collagen production within the skin.

Plus, it’s infused with the antioxidant Asenyaku Extract that bumps up your skin’s moisture levels and promotes ceramide production, leaving you with firmer, healthier, stronger skin over time.

With this many powerhouse ingredients packed into one jar, I simply had to try it out for myself to see if it truly delivers. Read on for the full review!

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta review: First impressions

As I enter my 30s, I’m accompanied by heightened stress and hormonal imbalances – both of which have wreaked havoc on my complexion.

The redness on my cheeks has intensified and my skin feels tighter no matter what moisturiser I slather on after cleansing. Fine lines have also started creeping up under my eyes, which prompted me to search for a more effective solution.

Thankfully, the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta landed on my desk recently, so I decided to try it out for three weeks.

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Upon unboxing, I was greeted by a sleek, translucent red jar that looked chic and luxurious. The Astalift Jelly Aquarysta comes with a matching spatula too, which made scooping out product much more hygienic.

Its jiggly gel texture is akin to that of agar-agar – tempting, but you can’t eat it. One scoop of this gelatinous jam melted on my skin and spread smoothly across my face and neck.

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It has a slight orange tint that I was initially worried about, but it dissipated as soon as I rubbed it into my skin. The subtle rose and geranium scent soothed my senses, and it didn’t linger on for long.

With a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture, Astalift Jelly Aquarysta left my skin feeling just as bouncy as its jelly texture and perfectly prepped for makeup. Glowy, but not greasy.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta review: Results after 3 weeks

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After three weeks of daily use, the redness around my cheeks went down significantly. My skin didn’t feel as stretched or tight too, as long as I applied a dollop of Astalift Jelly Aquarysta to my face and neck after cleansing.

Overall, my skin felt softer, smoother, and firmer – a testament to the jelly moisturiser’s efficacy. Since it has an ultralight, gel-like texture, it’s great for those with oily skin too. Now, my complexion looks more radiant, and light bounces off of it beautifully.

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I particularly liked that the moisturiser came with a clear plastic stand and spatula. It truly elevates the whole look and experience.

This jelly moisturiser is a real treat for the skin, so if your budget allows it, try the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta and see the difference yourself.

The Astalift Jelly Aquarysta comes in two sizes, available at Astalift stores at NEX and Plaza Singapura, as well as Lazada and Shopee. Retails for S$148 (40g) and S$222 (60g). Refills are available at S$141 (40g) and S$212 (60g).

Astalift Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-62, Singapore 238839
Contact: 6238 6386
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10 – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

Astalift NEX
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #01-70, Singapore 556083
Contact: 6481 3937
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10 – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

This article is brought to you by Astalift.