Yeblang Special A Star Jelly Cream - My First Astaxanthin Product

I love trying new beauty products, so I was happy to receive this face cream containing astaxanthin and peptides from BNTnews this month.

Astaxanthin is a natural red pigment found in salmon, shrimp, algae, etc. It is said to be a "star ingredient" that has a number of skin benefits such as being an antioxidant & reducing UVA damage. I've seen the word mentioned here and there, however apart from some product samples, I hadn't tried astaxanthin properly yet.

This jelly-like cream promises to provide plentiful nourishment for skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles by strenghtening the skin's elasticity.

It has a luxurious design and is made by Yeblang Special. The brand itself is unknown for me, however it's manufactured by Hwajin Cosmetics which is a Korean Company that produces high-end skin care sold in Korea & China. I know this, because I've previously reviewed Isiloe Premium Whitening Set which was also manufactured by Hwajin.

So, as you already know, the key ingredient of this cream is astaxanthing. Or is it?

I found the marketing of this cream to be a bit off, since it doesn't actually include "astaxanthin" but haematococcus pluvialis extract which is an astaxanthin-rich algae extract.

However, considering that astaxanthin is a natural red pigment and this cream is bright orange, I'm guessing it's actual consistency of astaxanthin is still pretty high. There aren't any other pigments in this product either.
Full ingreditent list: Water, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Alcohol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Adenosine, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Tocopherol, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Sorbitol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Octyldodecanol, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenerated Castor Oil, Tris(tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Benzophenone-3, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance. (View on CosDNA.)
Apart from astaxanthin (haematococcus pluvialis extract), this cream also contains other notable ingredients such as adenosine, which is actually listed before astaxanthin. acetyl hexapeptide-8 (a peptide that has water-binding properties), artichoke leaf extract which can decrease the volume of wrinkles & asparagopsis armata extract which works as an antioxidant & emollient. So it's a mixture of many skin beneficial ingredients not just astaxanthin alone.

I love it's jelly-like texture and how soothing it feels on skin. It's hard to tell about it's anti-wrinkle properties, though. I do think my skin's elasticity has improved, but I've also been using Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum daily. So whether or how much A Star Jelly Cream has contributed to it needs further investigation.

However, it's definitely a great moisturizer that I enjoyed using. It's rich texture takes a bit time to absorb, though, so I prefer it for night time mosturizing. 

Where to buy & more information
Unfortunately, this cream seems to  be unavailable outside Korea & China. You can get more information about Yeblang Special A Star Jelly Cream (in Korean) from Hwajin's official website here.

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