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#1 Cleanser - Prepare

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.

• Low levels of surfactants
• Does not dry out the skin
• Unique gel, oil/water composition
• Gentle but deep cleansing
• Airless system - reduced oxidization
• No nasty ingredients

Pure New Zealand Artesian Water
Water is the primary ingredient in moisturizers. Ours 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 contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants, which actively cleanse the skin.

Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil
This hydrating oil contains omega-6 linoleic acid that helps repair the skin barrier.

Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil
Contains omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, which helps to maintain moisture in the skin and prevent drying and scaling. 

Apply 2 pumps of cleansing gel to the face, using dry fingertips to spread in a circular motion. Apply warm water to transform the gel into a soft milk, then rinse off. Use morning and night.

1 fl.oz. / 30ml (1-2 months supply)

Parabens, sulfates, PEGS, TEA, DEA, mineral oils, petrochemicals, and artificial fragrance.

Ingredient Why we used it
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it is non-sensitizing and considered an excellent emollient and skin repairing ingredient. This is due to the mix of fatty acids that the skin can use to repair its surface and resist moisture loss.*
Glycerin A humectant that works to moisturize the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin's outer layer. When combined with other occlusive agents It also forms a protective layer that helps prevent moisture loss. and prevent dryness and scaling.*
Water (Aqua) Sourced from New Zealand, it is pure mineralized artesian water containing silica, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace elements.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil An emollient and skin conditioner, it is known for its skin smoothing qualities and is considered non comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores).**
Sucrose Laurate A useful ingredient as it causes little or no irritation. It has excellent  surfactant (degreaser), emollient and emulsifying properties.**
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil A non-fragrant plant oil with topical anti-inflammatory benefits, it also helps to enhance the skin’s barrier repair properties and ability to heal from damage. With a rich source of fatty acids that the skin recognizes and can use, it  assists in stimulating collagen production and defending the skin against UV light damage.**
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil A plant kernel oil with high emollient properties and medium chain fatty acids, it is a natural alternative to petroleum based mineral oils. Studies have shown that it may also have anti-bacterial properties.*
Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil Extracted from the Kiwi fruit, it is rich in linoleic acid and  Omega-3 essential fatty acids. It is also high in Vitamin C (useful in the treatment of photoaging) and a form of Vitamin E Tocotrienol (a strong antioxidant) that research shows to be beneficial for the skin in helping to protect against wrinkles and photoaging caused by UV light. Research has also suggested that this oil may have cell regenerating properties due to its carbohydrate and AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) content which helps the skin to absorb and store water.**
Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil An oil containing high concentrations of oleic, palmitic, linoleic and stearic acid, and smaller contributions of triacylglycerol’s, phytosterols and antioxidants. Phytosterols are known for their anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty acids from Harakeke Oil are also attributed with repairing, moisturizing and soothing damaged skin.**
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil A non-fragrant oil from pressed almonds that functions as an emollient.*
Totarol An extract from the New Zealand Totara tree, this powerful nature-sourced antioxidant helps fight oxidative stress and free-radical damage to the skin. It also has natural antibacterial preservative qualities and is helpful in the treatment of acne. **
Sucrose Palmitate A thickening agent used to stabilize emulsions.**
Sucrose Stearate A thickening agent used to stabilize emulsions.**
Fragrance An all-natural selection of subtle green floral notes for a pleasant scent.
Dehydroacetic Acid A synthetic fungicide and bactericide predominantly used as a preservative in cosmetics. It is considered one of the mildest preservatives due to clinical tests showing no evidence regarding toxicity and potential for irritation. It is one of the only preservatives that meets our efficacy standards, and is a low hazard for the environment.**
Benzyl Alcohol An organic alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits, it is used as a low irritant preservative in cosmetics.**                                                           


** Other references in alphabetical order here

Q: Is it necessary to cleanse my skin twice a day?
A: Ao Skincare believes this is a personal preference. Some people like to cleanse at night only and some feel the need to clean twice a day.

Q: How long should the #1 Prepare cleanser last?
A: There are approximately 60 pumps in the cleanser and we recommend using two pumps for each cleanse. Depending on whether you clean your face once or twice a day the bottle will late 1 or two months.

Q: Does the cleanser take off makeup?
A: Yes it will take off light makeup but not long stay, waterproof makeup.

Q: Can I put the cleanser around my eyes?
A: You can use the cleanser to take off light eye makeup and non waterproof mascara.

Q: Where can I find a full list of  ingredients?
A: On the website under each product there is a full ingredient list tab, on the outer packaging there is a full list of ingredients.

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