Prepare to be wonderfully cleansed with Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Is there something you do that is taking the lazy way out? Do you neglect to take off your makeup? Do you forget about finishing your face by adding in a polished brow? What about leaving off sunscreen since you’ve already put on your moisturizer? All of these are things you know you should change and now is the perfect time to do that.

Ao Skincare’s #1 Prepare Cleanser

I have to admit that I’m guilty of to often using Micellar Water to cleanse at night yet I realize that I’m not getting my skin as clean as I should. In my quest for better skin I’ve turned over a new leaf and am now using Step #1 from Ao Skincare, their Prepare Cleanser ($39.95 with free shipping).

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser


This is a cleanser unlike the others in my routine and that’s what makes me like it so much. It’s actually a Dry Cleanser – but that needs to be explained. You apply Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser to your face as a first stop. Apply it before you use water. Then massage it gently in before you activate it with warm water. That transforms Prepare into a moisturizing cleansing milk.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

I find that it’s great on the days I’m wearing makeup and that I’m reaching for it every time I have on foundation because it really cleans my skin yet doesn’t strip it at all. There’s a very gentle fragrance that is so mild that no one would really notice it unless they were looking for it and the fragrance doesn’t linger in any way.

The outer packaging is a fun triangular shape but it’s the pump container inside that does the work.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Ao Skincare is a company from New Zealand that uses rare botanical ingredients and includes Artesian water rich in trace elements. They use a cold process technology to combine the ingredients so that they remain as pristine and effective as possible.

Prepare Cleanser doesn’t dry out my skin since it contains a low level of surfactant (soap) in its formulation. It doesn’t strip skin of its natural oils.

Ao Skincare Prepare Cleanser

Directions say to apply two pumps of the cleansing gel to your face and use your fingertips to spread in a circular motion. I then apply warm water with my hands to create the milkiness and wash it off with a washcloth or muslin cloth. My skin feels well moisturized after and I’m comfortable even if I wait to put on further moisturizers and serums.

The key ingredients of this cruelty free cleanser are

  • Pure New Zealand Artesian Water  – this 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.
  • Totarol  – an extract from the New Zealand Totara tree which contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants which actively clanse the skin.
  • Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Seed Oil  – this contains omega-6 lineolic acid.

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

What it doesn’t contain are sulfates, parabens, PEGS, TEA, Dea, mineral oils, petrochemicals or artificial fragrance.

I may never get to New Zealand but I trust that the country has some of the purest, untainted areas. The products in the Ao Skincare line all look wonderful and ones that would take 2018 into a new level of skincare for us. Taking care of ourselves is the perfect kind of goal and a resolution you won’t be tempted to break.  —  Marcia

Cleanse and treat the New Zealand way with Ao Skincare

Ao SkincareI am always up for trying something new and the New Zealand line Ao Skincare intrigued me. Ao Skincare just launched in the US and is a dermatologist-led anti-aging cosmeceutical line.
Dermatologist Dr. Mark Gray has a chain of 17 clinics nationwide.  He noticed that a large percentage of people don’t stay loyal to their skin care brands.  Why? Mostly because products simply don’t live up to their hype, as well as because of the polarizing approach many companies take in the science vs. nature debate.

His vision?  To provide evidence-based skin care products with no compromises that are the perfect blend of science and nature.  This is what makes Ao Skincare different:

•  a unique delivery system that avoids the need for traditional emulsifiers. This means that the anti-aging ingredients are not damaged by heating them up to 190 degrees farenheit (as is normally the case in most skin care methods of manufacture).
‘next generation’ botanical boosters that potentiate (or boost) their already potent active anti-aging ingredients. Ingredients like Ferulic Acid and Bakuchiol are seldom used but have incredible efficacious results.
They are natural – the entire range has successfully been developed without the use of parabens, sulfates, PEGS, TEA, DEA, mineral oils, petrochemicals, and contains no artificial fragrances.
• The incorporation of a number of relatively un-discovered antipodean botanicals from New Zealand that have proven anti-aging efficacy.
The Ao Skincare line has six products that are helpfully numbered so you know the order in which to use. I was sent two products to test:  #1 Cleanser – Prepare ($40) and #4 Serum – Restore ($120).

Ao Skincare Cleanser - PrepareThe #1 Cleanser – Prepare is in an airless pump, which I think is always good news for any sort of skin care. It comes out like a gel and you smooth it onto dry skin first, then add water to create a very light foam. It doesn’t have much in terms of surfactants so it cleanses without stripping the skin or making it dry.

Ao Skincare Cleanser - PrepareAo Skincare Cleanser - PrepareThe ingredients include:

Pure New Zealand Artesian Water sourced from one of the purest places on earth; an aquifer beneath the ancient Kauri forests in the lush far north of New Zealand.

Totarol, an extract from the New Zealand Totara tree that contains powerful naturally sourced antioxidants which actively cleanse the skin.

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

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

I love this cleanser. It has no fragrance and it deep cleans beautifully. Although it has almost no foam after adding water, it does have enough slip to really work well with a device like the Clarisonic or the Luna. However, even just regular washing using hands gets a wonderful, somehow hydrating deep clean. In short, it’s great stuff.

Ao Skincare Serum - RestoreThe #4 Serum – Restore is a light serum that is full of peptides and vitamins that help repair, firm, and moisturize skin. Like the cleanser it is housed in an airless pump, which increases efficacy and longevity of the serum. (Why aren’t ALL skin care products packaged like this??)

The ingredients include:

Vitamins B3, B5 and C (Niacinamide, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) that work together as antioxidants to promote the appearance of firm skin.

Ferulic Acid, a powerful antioxidant, which also increases the stability and potency of vitamin C.

Peptides and Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Traps) – these diverse molecules perform multiple functions important for optimum skin health.

New Zealand Manuka Honey, which nourishes and draws precious moisture deep into the skin and encourages skin vitality.

Ao Skincare Restore SerumAo Skincare Restore SerumI’ve been using this serum in the morning before moisturizing and at night after cleansing and toning. It has no fragrance and sinks in nicely, leaving my skin moist but not wet. I don’t even feel like I need to use an eye cream at night. So far my skin has loved this serum and it looks terrific. This is one bottle of product that I will completely finish and I know I will be sad when it’s gone.

The other products available from Ao Skincare include #2 Day Treatment – Fortify, #3 SPF 30 Sunscreen, #5 Night Treatment – Repair, and #6 Retinol – Rewind. There is also an option to purchase the entire range (in pretty cool packaging!) for 20% off.
I am very impressed with the New Zealand way of doing skin care and I hope you will take a look!  – Lisa
*sent for editorial consideration

For a short video about Ao Skincare  Click here.