Here, indeed in aging we have had a good track record with beauty products New Zealand – think MitoQ, Snowberry and Moana – so I was very receptive to take a look at a brand called Ao. The first thing I pounced on this down below line was backed scraping a sunscreen with astaxanthin, Ao broad spectrum protection SPF 30 ($ 59.95).
Before explaining why I was so excited by a sunscreen with a twister ingredient, I’ll give some context on the Ao brand. Ao is a reference to Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand and the “realization” of pure and natural beauty. Behind the brand is a dermatologist, Mark Gray, MD, whose mantra is that science and nature can coexist.
Here, I mean that from an aesthetic perspective and comfort, this is the best sunscreen I’ve encountered. I hope that leads – and I usually do not like sunscreen. Ao Protect is silky and smooth, not in the least chalky, sticky or shiny, but provides a (very subtle) subtle amount of coverage, something like a primer. I never use primer, but I’m willing to bet I could ditch to Ao.
As active sunscreens (yes, even minerals) are controversial and cytotoxic potential, I am very particular that a formula sunscreen tempered by antioxidants. This is where astaxanthin comes into play. According to a scientific, astaxanthin can eliminate 6,000 times more effective than vitamin C and 800 times that CoQ10 free radicals. It can prevent UV-induced collagen degradation, wrinkles, sunburn and phototoxicity.
Ao has also included ferulic acid , another great antioxidant that is credited with providing sunscreen and vitamin E, niacinamide and Granada.
Although plant stem cells are becoming more widely used in cosmetics, there are not many sunscreens with them. This has stem meristem gardenia plant cells, which is supposed to synthesize collagen production.
Ao going to some lengths to explain the function of each ingredient – and in some cases, justify them. Lanolin was one that caused raised eyebrows. I know there are a lot of sheep in New Zealand, but oil wool has in recent years has been discarded as an unwanted skin care irritating. According to Ao, lanolin has a bad reputation. As much as I like sunscreen Ao, I would not take this at face value and went to do my own research. It seems that the reputation of lanolin as an irritant is based on misconstrued research from the 1950s Although subsequent studies have shown that lanolin sensitization is relatively low and only slightly comedogenic, the myth lives on today. I am glad that my prejudices against lanolin has been revised.
The sense of well being of this silky sunscreen is due to a number of synthetic emollients. They proved to be only a small price to pay as he watched each and found them to be largely benign – just for thickeners and suspending agents (mostly fatty acids). And it’s nice to see that no harsh preservatives, antimicrobial course of an indigenous plant of New Zealand.