Is it enough to simply block the sun?

We all know that ultraviolet (UV) rays cause skin damage. Sunburn is only the most visible and painful warning sign – the real worry is cellular and DNA damage. 

So is the solution is to simply slap on the sunscreen and block out those damaging rays? We have reservations. 


In fact, a sun block product needs to do more than just stop UV rays. There are also risks that are not eliminated by blocking UV. For instance, the visible blue light component of sunshine can also damage skin, leading to photo aging and even cancer. 

This is why we don’t rely on sunblock ingredients in isolation. Along with titanium oxide, Ao products include substances such as Niacinamide, which acts as an antioxidant. This can help protect your skin by reducing free radicals at the cellular level. 

Niacinamide is now well established as an effective anti-aging treatment: 

Analyses of the data revealed a variety of effects related to improvements in skin appearance for topical niacinamide including reductions in fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, skin sallowness, and improvement in skin elasticity.


Give Niacinamide a Go with These Supercharged Daytime Treatments

Peak Strength AM Serum-Shot
This vitamin-rich nutrient shot hydrates, firms and improves skin tone, reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Perfect for undernourished and tired looking skin to revitalize and strengthen the skin’s dynamic boundary. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatories help restore cellular function. Learn More

Raw Nourish AM Treatment
This Lo-Mo™ daytime treatment naturally hydrates, brings balance and adds radiance. This high active, low moisture botanical blend that doesn’t just layer on moisture for temporary gain – it naturally supports the skin’s ability to produce and maintain its own hydration. It balances and restores skin back to its native state of health. Learn More.

Combine These Treatments with Ao's Niacinamide Boosted SPF for Ultimate Protection

Buy for $45, or pair with any of these products for free delivery.

With New Zealand Red Algae (Astaxanthin) and Manuka honey to heal and repair you skin and zinc oxide to protect it from UVA and UVB rays, this "multifunctional lotion" goes on easily and absorbs quickly. 

This innovative SPF formula targets three key skin concerns:

+ UVA, UVB and Oxidative Damage
Protects skin from all types of environmental stress
A powerful combination of active ingredients protect skin by blocking UV rays while helping prevent the oxidative damage that occurs after the skin is exposed to UVA rays.

  • Zinc Oxide - A proven natural, 
non-sensitizing and safe UV block.
  • Red Algae (Astaxanthin) - It’s the most powerful natural antioxidant known – 6000x stronger than Vitamin C. Helps prevent the oxidative damage to skin after exposure to UVA rays.
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Helps prevent skin aging, dryness, acne, rosacea, uneven skin tone and skin cancer.
  • Ferulic Acid - Helps prevent the propagation of free radicals, while protecting skin from sun damage.

+ Repair Dry Skin 
Optimize Skin Function
Mānuka Honey - A naturally bioactive, anti-microbial compound that nourishes and draws precious moisture deep into the skin, while encouraging rapid tissue repair.

+ Restore Skin’s Balance
Retain the skin’s natural oils
Harakeke Seed Oil - Contains fatty acids that are attributed with repairing, moisturizing and soothing damaged skin. 


EWG VERIFIED™ 6000x Elemental Screen has been formulated using no _Parabens _Sulfates _Mineral Oils _EDTA or _Fragrance.

 Last updated: 8 July 2019 

Learn more about the EWG VERIFIED™ mark, its robust methodology and scoring system in this blog post

The EWG 2019 Sunscreen Buying Guide

 Video Source: Time Health 


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