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Botanicals in Skin Care

Many of the plants that produce these potent botanicals are found only in New Zealand, which is why Ao Skincare is unlike any other skin care in the world.

Pure New Zealand Botanicals

Many of the plants that produce these potent botanicals are found only in New Zealand, which is why Ao is unlike any other skin care in the world.

From the heartwood and bark of the mighty Totara tree (a New Zealand native), this super antioxidant is three times stronger than Vitamin E. No trees are ever harmed in the harnessing of this extract to create our skin care.

Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil
Harakeke Seed Oil is nature's super skin hydrator, rich with natural antioxidants and polysaccharides. It naturally soothes, hydrates and cools, reducing puffiness and redness.

Cyathea Cumingii (New Zealand Tree Fern) Leaf Extract
For centuries, the Maori people of New Zealand have used the pulp from the young fern fronds for their healing properties. The polysacharides in this extract form an elastic, resistant film, which assists in tightening the skin.

Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil
Extracted from the seeds of the Kiwifruit, this potent oil contains more than 60% Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3, ALA). The high concentration of ALA helps to maintain moisture by combining with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that hold the cells together.

Other Natural Botanicals
The potent botanicals used in Ao Skincare are among the world’s finest, sourced from natural, renewable sources. They include the following oils and extracts: Jojoba seed oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Sunflower Seed Wax (Helianthus Annus), Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Olive Leaf Extract (Olea Europe), Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Pomegranate Extract (Punica Granatum), Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) and Mugwort Extract (Artemisia Vulgaris)

Our products that include powerful botanicals in their 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."