Researchers are looking hard at the untapped potential of natural ingredients in skin care products.
Consumers are driving this trend – but it’s not just about replacing synthetic chemicals with natural alternatives. In today’s world, the natural alternative may actually be more effective.
One example is totarol, which we use in Ao's Glacial Melting Cleanser, Raw Nourish AM Treatment, 6000X Elemental Screen SPF 30 and Peak Strength AM Serum-Shot products. Derived from the wood of New Zealand’s totara tree, this substance has powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Totarol is now being used as an odourless anti-microbial/preservative extract in a range of personal health care products. As it does not evaporate from the skin in the same way as oil-based anti-microbial preparations, it can work on the skin for hours. It is currently available in, or its application is being worked on, in a range of commercial products such as; anti-acne skin care products, toothpaste, mouthwash, wound healing cream, disinfectants, sunscreen lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soaps.