Is there something you do that is taking the lazy way out? Do you neglect to take off your makeup? Do you forget about finishing your face by adding in a polished brow? What about leaving off sunscreen since you’ve already put on your moisturizer? All of these are things you know you should change and now is the perfect time to do that.
I have to admit that I’m guilty of to often using Micellar Water to cleanse at night yet I realize that I’m not getting my skin as clean as I should. In my quest for better skin I’ve turned over a new leaf and am now using Step #1 from Ao Skincare, their Prepare Cleanser ($39.95 with free shipping).
This is a cleanser unlike the others in my routine and that’s what makes me like it so much. It’s actually a Dry Cleanser – but that needs to be explained. You apply Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser to your face as a first stop. Apply it before you use water. Then massage it gently in before you activate it with warm water. That transforms Prepare into a moisturizing cleansing milk.
I find that it’s great on the days I’m wearing makeup and that I’m reaching for it every time I have on foundation because it really cleans my skin yet doesn’t strip it at all. There’s a very gentle fragrance that is so mild that no one would really notice it unless they were looking for it and the fragrance doesn’t linger in any way.
The outer packaging is a fun triangular shape but it’s the pump container inside that does the work.
Ao Skincare is a company from New Zealand that uses rare botanical ingredients and includes Artesian water rich in trace elements. They use a cold process technology to combine the ingredients so that they remain as pristine and effective as possible.
Prepare Cleanser doesn’t dry out my skin since it contains a low level of surfactant (soap) in its formulation. It doesn’t strip skin of its natural oils.
Directions say to apply two pumps of the cleansing gel to your face and use your fingertips to spread in a circular motion. I then apply warm water with my hands to create the milkiness and wash it off with a washcloth or muslin cloth. My skin feels well moisturized after and I’m comfortable even if I wait to put on further moisturizers and serums.
The key ingredients of this cruelty free cleanser are
- Pure New Zealand Artesian Water – this is sourced from one of the purest places on earth, an aquifer beneath the ancient Kauri forests in the lush far north of New Zealand.
- Totarol – an extract from the New Zealand Totara tree which contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants which actively clanse the skin.
- Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil – this contains omega-6 lineolic acid.
and Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil – containing omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, which helps to maintain moisture in the skin and prevent drying and scaling.
What it doesn’t contain are sulfates, parabens, PEGS, TEA, Dea, mineral oils, petrochemicals or artificial fragrance.
I may never get to New Zealand but I trust that the country has some of the purest, untainted areas. The products in the Ao Skincare line all look wonderful and ones that would take 2018 into a new level of skincare for us. Taking care of ourselves is the perfect kind of goal and a resolution you won’t be tempted to break. — Marcia