A Breath of Fresh Ayr

By Megan Portorreal

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Like many success stories, Ayr Skin Care (pronounced “air”) was first created after many years of struggles. Ever since the founder, Kirsten Thomas, was a child, she had a difficult time finding products that didn’t irritate her sensitive skin. From laundry detergents with added perfumes to facial washes with harmful ingredients, everything seemed to wreak havoc on her skin, and so her quest to find non-toxic, unscented products began. However, she quickly realized how tough that mission was going to be.

While the terms “organic” and “hypoallergenic” are commonplace today in the beauty and skincare industry, they weren’t always. In fact, Thomas had to look far and wide for products that were deemed “natural”—and even then, they didn’t help. When she finally spoke to her friends and family about her struggles, she realized she wasn’t alone.

“I always thought that I was alone in my skincare problems, but it turned out that almost every other person that I talked with had someone in their family with similar challenges,” Thomas said. Desperate to help herself and others who faced the same struggles, Thomas decided it was time for her to roll up her sleeves, do some research, and make the products she needed herself. That’s when Ayr Skin Care was born.

According to the company’s website, their ultimate goal is “to provide handcrafted products carefully prepared in small batches and made from natural and organic products of the highest quality.” After trying the products ourselves, we can see they mean every word of that.

“Our philosophy is that you’ll not only feel the difference that a luxurious product imparts, you’ll need less of it to experience vibrant and visible results,” reads the website. “We call it ‘the ultimate in affordable luxury.’”

“Affordable luxury” is correct. From a Revitalizing Eye Serum that fights wrinkles and stimulates collagen production to a Moisturizing Hand Cream that soothes dry skin and promotes stress relief, Ayr Skin Care provides several high-quality products that go the extra mile for a great price. Our favorite product, however, is the Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

The Reveal cleanser has a list of impressive benefits for all skin types. Not only does it moisturize your skin while gently cleaning out your pores, but it also gets rid of toxins, fights signs of aging, and promotes cellular regeneration. Perhaps its most important benefit is that the formula is gentle but effective, especially for those with sensitive skin. Many people with sensitive skin cannot use exfoliating products that contain alpha hydroxy acids because they are often harsh and do more harm than good. However, the Reveal cleanser uses AHAs obtained from fruit extracts as well as other ingredients that contain soothing properties. This harmonious balance is why the Reveal cleanser is different from many exfoliators currently on the market and is a dream come true for those with sensitive skin.

The Reveal cleanser also has a fresh citrus scent and gives you that spa-like feeling you desire when using a skincare product. Since this product foams into a lather instead of using harsh bead exfoliators, it won’t irritate or dry out your skin. Even after the first use, you will notice smoother (thank you, humectant-rich honey) and brighter (thank you, goji berries) skin.

“We’re making the products everyone wants, but can never find,” says Thomas. And now, we’re so lucky we found them. Visit ayrskincare.com for more information.

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