We label our day and night creams as treatments rather than moisturizers. This is an important distinction.What are moisturizers?
The health and vitality of the skin is controlled by complex endogenous interactive mechanisms. One such system is the production of natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) – amino acids, urea, lactic acid and other molecules. These agents act to keep the skin supple and protect it from environmental hazards.
In the vast majority of people these natural endogenous agents provide ample moisturizing of the skin. True dryness of the skin is in fact uncommon. Rather, it is the skin thinning and retention of dead surface skin cells (corneocytes) resulting from natural aging and following environmental stress such as wind and UV exposure, which gives the impression of skin dryness rather than this being due to a lack of water per se. The application of moisturizers improves the look and feel of the skin but it is a temporary illusion and does nothing to address the underlying pathology.
There is evidence in fact, that the overuse of moisturizers can switch off or reduce the production of NMFs. This can lead to a cycle where the skin actually becomes drier over time and feels tight. This ironically often leads to an increase in the use of the offending moisturizer or worse switching to a more viscous oilier product. A vicious cycle!
So what is the solution to this conundrum? The answer is to treat the underlying pathology. This is achieved in Ao Skincare’s day and night treatments by the inclusion of multiple carefully selected active ingredients, which promote and preserve NMFs, protect the skin barrier and help to slow or reverse the pathological effects of skin aging and environmental stresses and by the omission of harmful emulsifying agents made possible by cold processing methodology. The result of these treatments over time is a sustained (not temporary) improvement of the appearance and biological function of your skin.
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