As uhm, African women, I can guarantee that 90% of us are constantly aware of how ashy we are from a scale of ‘OMG my skin is flaky-to-I’m so moisturized you can make butter from my skin! So when I found myself on a long-hours trip with my scale tipping to ashy quick, I wasn’t expecting to be saved by a stranger!

Not too long ago, my breathing romance novel suggested we take a trip to Nigeria. Because I’m such a travel junky, he had me at ‘let’s take a trip’. 

So excited for the trip I got to packing early. About a week early. Now of cause the logic to this was that all the outfits and shoes we needed were neatly packed and not to be used in the days leading up to our departure. What I couldn’t pack of cause was our hygiene products because we still needed those everyday. I resigned to remind myself to pack them just before we leave. 

On the day of our trip, my excitement was buzzing! I didn’t even need an alarm clock or coffee to get me up and going that morning. We got ready and jumped into the car and headed for the city. 

Speed bump number one happened… We were actually booked to fly out and connect through Kenya the next day. We now had two choices, drive the 2 hours back to our farm and come back tomorrow, or just book into a nearby hotel and leave leisurely the next morning. We chose to book in. 

The next morning we woke up; had breakfast, realised we were running late (speed bump number too) and hurriedly jumped into the shower, opting to use the hotel’s complimentary shower gel. When it was time to moisture up after the shower, you can probably guess what I discovered… I forgot to pack all our bathroom stuff. ALL OF IT!

There was no time to panic so we quickly jumped into a taxi and headed to the airport to catch our flight, and here’s when I discovered my horror… 

Ashy feet poked out of my beautiful red bottom heels… I don’t care what you say, there is nothing more embarrassing than that!

Luckily we pray to a living God because a beautiful and polished Nigerian/British woman was sitting next to me, quietly noticing my internal panic. For a moment we locked eyes with understanding, then she smiled at me, reached into her purse and brought out a travel sized Astral Moisturiser tub. 

Not only was I grateful for her kindness.. But as soon as I rubbed some of the product on my feet, it felt better than any lotion I had ever used before.

By the time our 5 hour flight to Nairobi was done, my sent-from-above new friend told me of how trusted Astral was by so many in The UK and given me a lesson in the main properties in the Astral Moisturiser.  Glycerine, which increases the moisture content of your skin by attracting water to the surface layers, helps you achieve smoother-looking skin; as well as lanolin, a rich natural moisturiser that creates a protective barrier while allowing your skin to breathe, is naturally hypoallergenic and easily absorbed by your skin.

We parted ways with her gifting me with this travel sized Moisturiser and I’ve kept it in my handbag since.

I only wish at some point in our chat, I found out the name of the woman who made me fall in love with Astral.

Astral is available from all good supermarkets and chemists, or you can buy it online from Superdrugs, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Wilko and Amazon.

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