Information Page - Anti-aging

Anti-aging Skin Care

Most skin care ranges, from drugstore brands to high end cosmeceuticals, are created by chemists in a laboratory. Ao Dermatology is different. It is the personal project of Dr Mark Gray, a leading New Zealand Dermatologist. His clinical interactions with patients over the years has given him valuable insight into what is really needed to attain and maintain a healthy balanced skin.

Anti-aging ingredients that you should look for in a skin care regime

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Highly beneficial for aging skin, Niacinamide is a potent cell communicating ingredient, which improves skin elasticity and strength, removing discoloration and promoting even tone and texture.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C) 
While not same as regular Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), this form of Vitamin C may stimulate healthy collagen production and may reduce wrinkle depth.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (water soluble Vitamin C) 
This ingredient helps to limit oxidative stress, which occurs when cells sustain permanent damage from free radicals in sunlight and the atmosphere. Applied to the skin, sodium ascorbyl phosphate can help slow down the aging process and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Bakuchiol is an antioxidant found in the seeds of the plant psoralea corylifolia (commonly known as the Babchi plant). Bakuchiol has a retinol-like effect on the skin without the risk of irritation and photosensitivity.

Active Plant Extracts
Jasminoides Merstem (Gardenia) is a cell culture extract to boost and maintain the collagen levels in your skin. 

Lilium Candidum (White Lilly) leaf cell extract may have anti-aging properties, which may include reducing dark spots and evening skin tone.

Peptides function as moisture-binding agents and help promote skin repair. Selected Ao products contains several peptide compounds, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, Acetyl Octapeptide-3 , Bis (Tripeptide-1) Copper Acetate and sh-Oligopeptide-1. More about Peptides

Cell Repair Technology
Sodium hyaluronate gives skin volume by retaining water. It's abundant in the dermis of young skin, but declines with age, causing skin to lose its youthful fullness.

Phenyl t-Butylnitrone is an advanced antioxidant that ‘traps’ free radicals and converts them into harmless and useful oxygen, which is transported back into the respiratory cycle.

Our products that include proven anti-aging ingredients

Prepare Cleanser
Often cleansers can dry out your skin. This is due to a high level of surfactant (soap) contained in the formulation. With a unique composition and low level of surfactants, this cleanser works to clean your skin without stripping it of its natural oils
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Fortify Day
Luxurious and nutrient-rich, this moisturizer is cold-processed to ensure ingredients maximize their nourishing and conditioning qualities. 
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Protect SPF30
Daily skin defence comes in two forms; chemical or natural. Our natural sunscreen protects and nourishes but won’t leave your skin feeling tacky. 
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Restore Serum
Peptide and vitamin-rich, this serum helps to revitalize, strengthen and restore the skin. 
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Night Treatment
Antioxidant and nutrient-rich, this hydrating night cream repairs, restores and conditions the skin
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Retinal Rewind
Retinal (Retinaldehyde) is a powerful form of Vitamin A with known anti-aging benefits, including helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. 
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"My skin felt soothed, nourished, and hydrated. After a few weeks of use I actually noticed a difference in my very dry skin. I do think it is worth the investment."


“This retinal product is having a magical effect. My skin is more radiant, feels silky but firm, and I can already see a reduction in surface lines.”


"If you're looking to amp up your skin care routine, Ao Skincare's Cold Processed serum is one of our faves. Manuka honey provides moisture retention, while the 3 vitamins firm the skin."