I LOVE finding new skin care lines. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love buying my tried and true favorites, but there's something so fun about discovering a new brand that does exactly what you want that others don't know about. Plus, then you get to spread the word! It's the good kind of gossip! Ao Skincare is a holistic line that was developed by Dr. Mark Gray, a clinical dermatologist in New Zealand (dying to visit there, by the way!). There are six total products that are referred to in numbered steps:
- Prepare - Cleanser
- Fortify - Day Moisturizer
- Protect - SPF30
- Restore - Serum
- Repair - Night Moisturizer
- Rewind - Retinal
How much do I love a system where the steps are clearly laid out and easy to follow? So much! I personally tried out step #6 - the Retinal (mainly because I'm testing a bunch of other stuff right now and I didn't want to get my results mixed up). What's interesting about it is that it's an example of "raw" skin care, which is where a cold processing method is used to create an emulsion without using any heat whatsoever, which apparently lets the active ingredients and delicate botanicals hold on to their full potency.
Who knew? The retinal itself has been great. Sometimes products like this that are so strong and meant to do many things (reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, etc.) can make my skin so sensitive it just peels off, but this one didn't at all. (They recommend that you use it two to three times a week until your skin is used to it, which is what I did). I haven't been using it long enough (and luckily I don't have enough wrinkles yet!) to see a change in the appearance of that stuff, but I do have quite a glow going on right now. Definitely loving that! Check the line out now and see which of the steps (maybe all!) are right for you too.