When Your Skin is its Own Moisturizer

Although common sense says you should keep your skin plumped up and youthful by regularly moisturizing, common sense is not your friend here. Getting your skin hooked on a daily dose of surfactants and emulsifiers actually undermines its ability to adapt to the environment and naturally regulate its own levels of moisture. Bad idea.

One alternative is to use skincare products that support healthy functioning. They do this with active ingredients that prompt the skin to manufacture its own natural moisturizing factors.

Take niacinamide. This is now known to upregulate the skin’s ability to produce profilaggrin. This is the first step in a metabolic pathway that enables your skin to reset its own protective functions.

Niacinamide improves skin barrier functions by increasing epidermal ceramide and other intercellular lipid levels as well as promoting serine palmitoyltransferase upregulation. Furthermore, twice daily application of niacinamide formulation may reduce inflammation, decrease transepidermal water loss and increase stratum corneum thickness.


At Ao we use niacinamide and other substances chosen for their ability to help skin return to its native state of health. Rather than training it to become dependent on a daily moisturizing regime, we recommend an approach where your skin effectively becomes its own moisturizer.

Everyone’s skin is different, and everyone is subject to a different mix of stress and environmental factors. With the approach we recommend, your skin will be better equipped to maintain its integrity no matter what life throws at it.


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

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