By Tina M.
As a 50-something woman who grew up in Hawaii during the era of baby oil, I have long been a fan of vitamin C. My dermatologist recommended adding a vitamin C serum to my usual skin care routine, as research shows it aids in protecting the skin against environmental damage and in stimulating collagen production to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. This made me both curious and eager to try Ao Skincare’s Fortify Day Treatment ($89.95 in the shop), a day cream with vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants.
This formula includes ferulic acid, which is known to increase the potency and efficacy of vitamin C. It also contains niacinamide (or vitamin B3), an ingredient that works to promote firm and resilient skin, and gardenia plant stem cells to make skin act more youthful at the cellular level. All of this information is on the brand’s website, along with more in-depth information on the origin of each ingredient and the cold-pressed process they use to ensure the ingredients are not damaged.
One of my favorite natural skin care ingredients is honey. In this case, Ao Skincare use manuka honey from New Zealand, where they originate. I have used other vitamin C serums that left my skin feeling dry. This product definitely did not. I believe the inclusion of the manuka honey made my skin feel oh-so-soft and moisturized.
The directions state to use two pumps in the morning after cleansing and before sunscreen. Everyone should be using sunscreen every day — no matter the season — as sun damage is cumulative. This serves as useful reminder to apply sunblock, as it is meant to boost the sun protection factor (SPF). On another note, I personally love a pump dispenser like this, because I’m not repeatedly putting my fingers into the product, which can cause contamination. As always, any vitamin C product should not be kept in your warm, damp bathroom. It has a tendency to break down when exposed to light or moisture, so I keep mine on my dresser in the bedroom.
This product is a real winner! For years, I have had a persistent smattering of dark spots along both sides of my jawline that is noticeably fading. I am happy to report that I’m no longer dotting a color corrector on those areas. I have also been plagued by dark circles under my eyes. I actually walked out of my house the other day and realized I had forgotten to use my concealer, as they were much less prominent. I would highly recommend this product — it has worked really well for me! After each use my skin glows and overtime started to look and feel firmer.