by Mark Gray May 10, 2018
One thing that sets the Ao range apart is our reliance on ingredients sourced from the New Zealand wild. For instance, we use Totarol, derived from New Zealand’s unique totara tree, as a preservative.
The indigenous Māori people discovered that totara wood was highly durable and resistant to decay. When European farmers arrived on the scene, they turned to totara heartwood fence posts for the same reason.
Science later confirmed that totara wood contains a naturally produced diterpene that has strong antimicrobial and therapeutic qualities. This substance has been isolated and is now produced from recycled totara fence posts. So instead of specifying synthetic chemicals such as parabens as preservatives, we include Totarol.
But the good news doesn’t end there. Totarol also has antioxidant qualities, quenching the free radicals that cause damage at the cell level.
Research has confirmed this:
Totarol also prevents cells from undergoing oxidative stress in vitro by acting as a hydrogen donor to peroxy radicals or reacting with other peroxy radicals to terminate undesirable radical reactions.
Totarol is a multifunctional marvel, produced by nature. By using ingredients with more than one benefit, we can multiply the beneficial effects and minimise the risk of side effects. Your skin will feel the benefit.
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by Lilly Falcon May 10, 2018
While the anatomy of the skin is the same from person to person, there are some gender differences in the physiology of our skin. But is there really a need for skin care products based on gender, and specifically something as universal as moisturizer? To answer this question, we take a look at the differences between male and female skin.
by Mark Gray April 26, 2018
Technologies such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are commonly used for wrinkle reduction, and of course there’s a place for lasers in tattoo removal. This suggests a philosophy of aggressive intervention rather than the approach we generally prefer, which is to promote homeostasis, i.e. the skin’s natural ability to maintain itself.
But it’s not quite that simple.
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