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Those fine, horizontal dehydration lines are often mistaken for signs of accelerated ageing, when actually, unlike reversing time, combatting a lack of moisture is a realistic skincare goal to reach. Along with sipping on plenty of aqua and getting a healthy diet in place, there are a ton of products out there to quench thirsty complexions. Where to start? Here are six we’re really loving…
ARK SKIN PERFECTOR HYDRATION INJECTION MASQUE
If you’ve got a big event, wedding, or holiday to look forward to and want to appear radiant and rested, this is your product. It’s packed with mighty hyaluronic acid (your best beauty friend for dehydrated skin) and quite literally, transforms a tired face from grey and dry to plumped up and completely comforted. The thick gel texture is like a big, moisture hug for stressed skin. There’s also a lovely addition of vitamin C to brighten. £35 | SHOP
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You'll have a good memory if you remember me (well, my Mum) raving about ARK's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream almost a year ago. She's still totally in love with it and even asking for a new one for Mother's Day. So the point I'm making is that ARK Skincare is a working miracle.
What ultimately sucks me into their brand is the fact they have a really positive approach to ageing and each product is specially designed for a number of different ages for anyone from their teens to over fifty. So whatever age you are, there is a product there dedicated to the needs of your skin. I find this so refreshing as I think so many brands these days just recommend anything to anyone but oh no, not ARK!
Both of these products work together to form a two-step cleansing regime and for those days where I have a bit more time to myself , it's perfect. It feels like I'm having a mini pamper session!
First things first, I'll start with the Skin Essential Pre Cleanse and Makeup Remover by gentle rubbing it into my face then rinsing my hands and using that water to delicately wash my face. The idea of the pre cleanser is to prepare your skin for the second cleanse so it removes makeup, excessive sebum and grime and you're skin will instantly feel better for it. Not going to lie, it does a smashing job of removing any traces of makeup, even my stubborn Maybelline mascara! Normally after removing my makeup my skin feels a bit sore but surprisingly I don't get that at all with this which makes a change so there's the thumbs up for anyone with sensitive skin. My only problem with this is it does feel a bit oily/greasy on my skin and after removing my makeup I can feel it on my skin for quite a while.
Now it's time for the Skin Clear Cleanser designed for anyone in their teens or twenties. I generally have combination skin and my cheeks can get really dry which would normally be a pain for most cleansers but this one worked really well! This really helps to balance the oil in my skin and for the time being has done a pretty good job at keeping blemishes at bay. I use this in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser which takes no time at all and also gently exfoliates my face a little bit making it silky smooth once I'm finished! PS. it smells amazing but does sting your eyes a little if you put too much on that area.
I honestly can't recommend this combo enough and even though I haven't tried any other ranges of the cleanser, if they're as good as this one then you need to get your mitts on it pronto! And just remember in this overwhelming world of skincare, that you need to use products suited to your skin, whether that's for age or type. It's so easy to pick up any cleanser which you've heard rave reviews about and slap it on your face but next time, try and tailor your skincare to your skin. The clue is in the name!
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Have you caught up with the Beauty Shortlist Awards yet? Ark Skincare have won a flurry of accolades for their products (congrats guys!) But before you pop the Prosecco it’s time for one last test – the beauty blogger review.
I was sent some lovely goodies from the team at Beauty Expert, so I thought I’d give them a whirl and see if they’re up to the hype! Obviously it goes without saying, that all of the opinions in this piece are my own :).
Ark Skincare – Skin Clear Cleanser
I’m really into low soap cleansers at the moment, so Ark Skincare AgeProtect Skin Clear Cleanser was a real treat. Comprised of watercress, nettle and white tea, this wash is void of soap which can be extremely drying on our skin.
Yep, no soap cleansers do exist and they actually do wonders for your skin! In fact, this Ark Cleanser really helped with the redness I’ve been having trouble with at the moment. After using it for a week, I could feel and see a noticeable difference in my complexion.
Don’t get me wrong, the wash does have a slight foam to it but it definitely doesn’t offer the same lather that most face cleansers do. Sometimes this can be a little off-putting because we think it’s the bubbles that clean us, when in fact it’s the natural elements in the solution that do all the work! If you’re struggling with acne or dry skin, you may find respite in this product. Nettle may not sound soothing, but its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties will aid recovery when breakouts rear their ugly heads.
The cleanser is clear and actually has a slightly black pepper-ish fragrance. It’s not overpowering at all and I only needed to use a small amount to effectively clean my face.
Ark Skincare AgeProtect Moisturiser
Well, this is a little embarrassing. I didn’t actually understand how to work this moisturiser at first! It has a press to reveal lid rather than a screw, so the product comes out through the middle. It’s actually really handy if you’re anything like me and sometimes put a bit too much product on your face.
At first I found the product a little heavy. It doesn’t seem thick on your hands, but it did once applied to my face. That said, it quickly sank in and my skin didn’t have that sticky balm feeling that most moisturisers leave me with. Again, the product wasn’t highly fragranced. It left my skin feeling great and provided a great base for my foundation.
Ark have plenty more award winning goodies that I know you’re absolutely going to love. I can definitely see myself indulging in more of their range. Do you think you’ll give them a go?
Whilst I’m not somebody who packs up my candles to take away with me on holiday, I do think there are some good uses for travel candles. For me it’s all about being able to try a luxury candle at a fraction of its normal retail price! ARK Skincare have just released their latest innovation and this time it’s all about spring candles. I’m here to give you the low down on the Ark Skincare Travel Candle…
ARK Skincare is a lovely british brand, who make all their candles right here in the UK. They are somewhat famous for their travel collection, which is highly sought after by their fans. The spring candle from ARK Skincare is all about bringing rose into your home. It’s a delicious combination of Rose Bulgaria, Rose Geranium, Bois de Rose and notes of Violet. On paper it sounds a little heavy on the rose, but in reality it is actually a very modern and very subtle scent. The candle arrives in a grey box, which is decorated with simple white writing. On the front there is a handy sticker, which has a metallic colour to match the scent inside. On this candle it’s a pretty dark pink, which I think is a really lovely touch.
When you open the box you find a silver tin, which actually has no branding on it at all. When you pop off the lid you find the candle, which has actually been hand poured into the tin. As you burn the candle it releases the scent (although it gives off a lovely scent when it’s unlit too) which lasts for 22 burning hours.
The travel candle is part of a larger travel line from ARK Skincare. If you don’t like the sound of this candle, there are two others you can choose from. There’s Vanilla, Sandalwood & Amber (which has a lovely sweet and earthy aroma) and there’s Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint (which is a more spa like scent – this one sounds like my favourite!) All the ARK Skincare candles are available now – you can pick them up from the ARK Skincare website. They are priced at £15 each, which is actually pretty reasonable.
Regardless of how much we enjoy the process of applying our make-up, no one wants to slave away to remove it all at the end of the day! If anyone knows a thing or two about that, it's the hugely talented make-up artists Nic & Sam of Pixiwoo. We were therefore extremely flattered when we heard that the stunning sisters enjoy using our Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover to remove stubborn make-up in an instant!
Read on for their review:
"One thing I’m super proud of is that I never go to bed with my makeup on. I just can’t do it, even after a couple of gins! If it’s been an evening out where I have worn a heavier base of eye I find it much easier to spend an extra minute using a pre-cleanse. I know we all just want to get into bed after a late night but by giving your skin a once over with a pre-cleanse will ensure all of your makeup is removed easily, your skin will be perfectly clean and more importantly, you won’t need to wash your bed linen the next day to remove the remnants of your mascara.
I have been using ARK Pre-cleanse makeup remover for the last few weeks.
It’s a multi fruit mix of makeup dissolving ingredients, which lift of even the heaviest of eye makeup. Its oily texture will sink into your makeup and through circular movements will gently dislodge your layered products enabling your regular cleanser to just wipe off the stragglers and condition the skin.
What’s in it?
Grape seed, avocado oil and kiwi oil lift off makeup and soften the skin whilst Margosa Leaf Extract acts as an anti-bacterial ingredient to ensure there’s no blemish causing nasty’s lurking on the skin. There is also an Ayurvedic herb called Zi Cao, which is particularly beneficial on a sensitive skin.
The product can be poured out of the 150ml bottle allowing you to get a good amount of product to work into your skin. It’s gentle enough to use over the eyes and lips and once washed off there is no residue.
I don’t tend to use this everyday but reserve it for occasions when I need something a little stronger than my regular cleanser. It’s also a great product for removing waterproof mascara, liner and lip stains.
ARK Pre cleanse is £30.00 and available here."
Hands are as exposed as our faces and yet we hardly put any thought into skincare or protection for them. Until, that is, winter hits and they start chapping. Modern hand creams don't just boost moisture levels, they're now anti-agers too and can reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines, and help combat eczema. From sink-side pump dispensers to balms, creams and crème-gloves, we've rounded up the best hand nourishers in the business:
Nasties-free (including no mineral oil and fragrance), this British niche-brand bases its hand cream on essential fatty acids and lipids to boost hydration and reinforce the skin's natural moisture barrier. While red algae targets age spots and keratin amino acid ensures nails are kept strong and healthy. Palmarosa, clary sage, rosemary, ylang ylang, jasmine and mimosa also give this cream a stunning fresh floral scent.
ARK were delighted to visit the Thomson Airways Gatwick Headquarters this week to award their star on board crew member a prize for selling the most ARK products in 2016. Thomson Crew have a passion for quality on board retailing and offer a large range of trending beauty essentials, designer fragrances, and limited edition gifts as well as special offer spirits and tobacco products. Two of the ARK Skincare range are offered on all Thomson flights. Hydration Injection Masque and Skin Protector SPF30 Primer.
Both these products are travel essentials, with Skin Protector Primer a must have for daily protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, as well as serving as a make up primer ensuring make up glides on effortlessly and lasts all day; and Hydration Injection Masque being the perfect pick me up for dehydrated, sun damaged, or wind damaged skin. Both contain multivitamins and antioxidants for maximum efficacy. Next time you travel with Thomson ask your crew for more details, and to see the full range of ARK products visit www.arkskincare.com
Today, tomorrow, this year...always! “Rock your age” Starts this week!
She’s 98, she’s the world’s oldest yoga teacher and of all the quotes we’ve read about ageing, hers tops the lot: “I don’t believe in age. I believe in energy. Never let age dictate what you can and cannot do”, says Tao Porchon-Lynch (bottom row, far right), nailing the fact spot-on that it’s not “how old are you?” It’s about how you “live your age”!
Another nugget of wisdom from Sophia Loren: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
We’re not doing “New Year, New You” (January’s most over-used glossy magazine cover), and we are definitely not detoxing (I believe the winter months are a terrible time to do this, completely going against nature and what our bodies need – and who wants to detox when it’s minus one degree outside?) Best leave that to the lighter, longer, warmer days of spring. Better just to cut out the crap and eat lots of whole, nutrient-rich foods or if you really do want to detox, make it a very short one!
Instead, we invite you to join January’s ageless beauty conversation on social media (hashtag #RockYourAge – yes the caps are useful here, otherwise it looks like #rockyourage Rock Your Rage…no!)
I really hope you enjoy The Beauty Shortlist’s January ROCK YOUR AGE campaign!
We’ll be sharing videos, interviewing women who are breaking boundaries and creating innovative makeup ranges for those of us who are just hitting 40-ish or already did way back when, and we’ll be zooming in on some of the most intelligent beauty products you have to have/add to your kit if you haven’t tried them yet.
What does Rocking Your Age mean to you? Which products do you swear by? Do you think we’ll see a more visible spike in older-centric beauty brands? Brands have been notoriously slow and somewhat reticent to embrace this market, led so far by L’Oreal and skincare brands like ARK SKINCARE. Will we see more revolutionary campaigns, magazine covers and shifts in attitude this year? However cloudy or clear your crystal ball is, 2017 could pull off some big surprises…
For the first time for the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards, we included new categories like “Best Beauty Product for Age 60-plus”, and we can’t wait to share the results on Thursday 2nd March.
If you only do one thing this month…get off the sofa and on to the dance floor
Tao Porchon-Lynch shows us how it’s done – at age 96 on America’s Got Talent
“She’s 96, but sometimes I think she lies” – Vard, Tao’s dance partner.
“Dancing is pure pleasure, there’s so much to do and so little time to do it” – Tao.
I have been trialling a hydrating masque by ARK Skincare, who's range comprises of three key age products: teens & 20s protects skin; 30s and 40s defends skin; and 50s + defies ageing. ARK is an award-winning skincare range which is made in Britain, contains natural ingredients and is never tested on animals.
I use this masque once or twice a week if I need a pick me up - my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth. Even when I have a spot outbreak, which often happens when central heating comes on as my skin gets dry, I use the masque and my skin feels clean and clear after use. If you're in your 20s: leave the masque on for 5 minutes; in your 30 and 40s: leave it on for 10 minutes; and 50s + leave it one for 15 minutes for a truly pampering feel.
It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!
After our brilliant Radiance Serum was featured as one of Stylist magazines most popular products earlier in the year, our favourite make up primer with SPF 30 has now also been featured and we can't say we disagree!
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