Ao Skincare2018-05-07T11:11:40+00:00

Skincare refined from raw nature

Ao skincare contains a unique set of 18 ingredients, ideas and methodologies, creating a skincare range of unrivaled purity and potency.

Pure, potent

Antipodean New Zealand bioactive boosters

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.

Raw skin care

No ingredient has been heated at any stage of production. This is achieved by creating an emulsion without the traditional assistance of heat. A combination of cold processing and judicious ingredient selection means Ao Skincare can produce products that are raw.


Ao Skincare is without traditional emulsifiers, parabens, sulfates, pegs, tea, dea, mineral oils, petrochemicals and artificial fragrance.

As a dermatologist, I believed that I could create a more holistic skin care range; combining the proven efficacy of high grade products with the purest natural ingredients – many sourced from
New Zealand.

The result is Ao™ Skincare. A range containing the most refined ingredients we could find – from pure New Zealand native botanicals to one of the world’s most pristine artesian waters, unlocked from deep beneath ancient Kauri forests. When combined with revolutionary active ingredients and state-of-the-art cold processing methods, a skin care range is created like no other.

Dr Mark Gray
Specialist Dermatologist

Raw skin care

Traditional emulsification (dispersing fine droplets of one liquid into another that is not soluble) involves intense heat, sometimes as high as 194°F (90°C).

That’s why Ao Skincare developed ‘Raw Skin Care’ method, so active ingredients and delicate botanicals are protected and remain at their full potency.

New Zealand Ingredients

Pure New Zealand Artesian Water
Water is the primary ingredient in moisturisers. The water used in A0 skincare is sourced from one of the purest places on earth; an aquifer beneath the ancient Kauri forests in the lush far north of New Zealand.

This extract from the New Zealand Totara tree heartwood contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants,
which actively cleanse the skin.

Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil
This oil contains omega-6 linoleic acid, which helps to improve dry skin.

New Zealand Manuka Honey
This monofloral honey nourishes and draws precious moisture deep into the skin and encourages skin vitality.

Active Ingredients

Retinal – Retinaldehyde (Vitamin A)
A derivative of Vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase skin radiance.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
This multifunctional vitamin improves skin dryness, oiliness and clarity.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C)
Vitamin C has powerful antioxidant activity that assists in promoting the skin’s natural condition and balance.

Peptides and Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (spin trap) 
These diverse molecules perform multiple functions important for optimum skin health.

Zinc Oxide 18.9%
A natural alternative to a chemical sunscreen that has broad UV protection.

Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture (plant stem cells)
These extracts make the skin appear more firm and youthful.

Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract
Helps promote the appearance of radiant, firm skin.

Lactic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
Promotes skin turnover (exfoliation) and improves skin texture.

A red pigment produced by marine algae that is a powerful super-antioxidant.

Botanical Boosters

Ferulic Acid
This powerful antioxidant increases the stability and potency of Vitamin C.

This antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia has similar benefits to topical
Vitamin A (retinol), but lacks many of the potential side effects such as irritation and photo-sensitivity.

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