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The 12 best hand creams as chosen by The Independent!

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.

Buy here: https://www.arkskincare.com/products/intensive-hand-nail-cream?variant=29705804493

Read more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/skincare/best-hand-creams-for-eczema-dry-skin-ageing-winter-cracked-age-spots-a6713806.html?amp

 

ARK visits Thomson Airways Headquarters!

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 

Rock Your Age with ARK Skincare : The Beauty Shortlist

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”!

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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

WATCH HERE

“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.

http://www.thebeautyshortlist.com/2017/01/05/today-tomorrow-this-year-always-rock-your-age-starts-this-week/

Need some gift inspiration?

Need some gift inspiration? We caught up with our two busy ARK Brand Ambassadors to chat about their top gifts for great friends, a gift for someone who has everything already, and what they would like for themselves!
  
 
 Susie Amy
   
"The Conditioning Oil is something that I think is impossible not to love. There are so many uses for it and it's perfect for every skin. I would pick it for a friend because it's something I now can't be without. I use it for my hair, my bath and my body oil. It comes everywhere with me and I love to buy gifts that I would love to receive myself. The travel candles are also amazing. I burn them for an hour before I go to sleep and can still smell them in the morning." 
 
"I have a friend who has EVERYTHING so I got her the Radiance Serum. I knew it would work brilliantly on her skin - who doesn't want glowing, radiant skin? 
And a tip as to what to get you, Susie?
"Ooooh well I use everything. I'm very attached to both my Hydration Injection Masque and Pro Remove Pre Cleanse at the moment. And the Radiance Serum because it's helping me with pigmentation - my skin is looking so clear without make-up. I sound greedy I'm picking so many.....!"

Finally what do you suggest for something a bit different? 
"My friend Vicky Silverthorn wrote a book called 'Start With Your Sock Drawer' and it's inspired me to have a declutter. Life is easier without too much stuff.... "
     
Alice Theobald 
    
Alice, what tips on buying for a good friend do you have?
"For a great friend I would pick an Age Defend Christmas Gift Set. I hope they don't see this! Dont tell them!" 
 
 
"For someone who already has everything I'd choose Body Beautiful Duo as everyone loves a lux hand wash and hand lotion and these double up for the body too!""And for me... If I was being honest everything! However if I am being polite the Soy Wax Candle as it brings a touch of Christmas magic and ambience to my home and to wherever my work place is for the day. Also, at the moment I am loving the new skin brush by Foreo it works very well with the Ark Age Defend Cleanser"
  
We hope that has helped. If still undecided why not consider a gift voucher

Dalry Rose : Hydration Injection Masque Review

Winter rolls in, central heating goes on, skin goes to poop. Cold weather creates the perfect conditions for dry skin problems such as tightness, sore spots, sensitivity - we have to keep skin hydrated and nourished throughout Winter to ensure our face doesn't only look beautiful, but feel comfortable too.
 
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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.

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ARK Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque is suitable for any age - the difference is how long you keep the masque on your face. The multivitamin hydration injection masque quenches dehydrated skin, plumps wrinkles and restores vibrancy to dull and tires skin. When your skin looks tired, stressed and dry you can turn to Skin Perfector to restore balance and a healthy glow - it's a luxurious weekly treat!
 
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The active ingredients contain a blend of multivitamins: Vitamin A which regulates collages; Vitamin B5 to help skin stay smooth; Vitamin C to fade pigmentation; and Vitamin E to prevent harmful UV damage. Another miracle ingredient in this masque is Hyaluronic Acid which makes your skin feel super smooth by boosting moisture - it optimises the circulation of water through your skins layers and provides 24hr protection against water loss. Hyaluronic Acid is also a good ingredient to have in products if you're suffering from acne as the moisture helps skin tackle spots. And finally, sugar beet and Abyssinian oil nourishes the skin and helps it feel soft, youthful, healthy and glowing.
 
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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!

http://www.dalryroseblog.com/2016/11/ark-skin-hydration-injection-masque.html

Thumbelina Lillie : Transitional Beauty

As the season's change, as does our beauty regime along with it. My products get rotated to suit the weather and the effects it causes on my skin...
It's always the same case, isn't it? The turning and bitterness of the wind can be harsh on our skin, causing chapped lips, dry skin, and red little noses. It is always around October time that I bring out my gloves and earmuffs to keep my lugs warm, there's nothing worse than stone cold ears now, is there? I always seem to bring out more and more skincare products too, as I just feel as if my skin could do with that extra TLC. There happens to be a serum a-plenty and an eye-cream galore that gets added into my simple routine, just so that my skin can soak up every single ounce of moisture that it possibly can because boy, oh boy, does it need it. 

Beauty Expert Transitional Beauty

Despite it being the colder months, there is still a touch of that Winter sun that comes out on the golden hour, which can give the most beautiful light and glow ever. SPF is still a necessity whether there are clouds in the sky or not, harmful rays still burst out of that sunshine. This Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 can double up as a makeup primer for an extra level of protection for the skin because SPF should be worn all year round. We also often find our skin on the dehydrated side, looking rather lacklustre thanks to the wind giving it a beating when we're out walking the dogs and what not. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient to have in a product to give you the boost and plumpness your skin may need. Omorovicza's Oxygen Booster combines that beauty of an acid with oxygen molecules to revitalise dry skin, plump it out and smooth the complexion. If you are ever having a makeup free day and need some added skin-loving, this can be a wonder. 
   
In the summer, I often can't wait to take off my makeup after a warm day and to be honest, I can't wait to take it off after a groggy one this time of year too! Instead of using something that can strip our skin, why not use something to continue the daily hydration boost? I often get sniffly at this time of year, which gives me mega dry patches around my nose (anyone else?!) from all the tissue blowing! Using an hydrating cleanser like this Jurlique Ultra Rich Cleanser can help repair the skin back to normal. Its combination of botanicals is designed to specifically assist the skin against the environment - perfect! 

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Finally, we have a product to round off the day with a name to match it's acting, the De-Stress Serum by ARK. This product looks like you're dabbing milk onto your face, but it gives such a calming effect to the skin, perfect to round off a pamper evening. The product has chamomile to give an anti-inflammatory effect, assisting in getting rid of any kind of issue with the skin, whether that irritation or sun damage. It's a little pippette full of magic! 

 

http://www.thumbelinalillie.com/2016/10/beauty-transitional-beauty-with-beauty-expert.html?m=1

 

Scarlett London : September Favourites

I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about Ark Skincare as a brand before on my blog, as they have some really great products for sensitive and dry skin types. I love the chic grey and white minimalist feel to the products (they look very pretty on the bathroom shelf) and what’s inside, certainly doesn’t disappoint. This month I’ve been testing out two of their age protect products, which are essentially especially formulated for those in their twenties – featuring all of the skin goodness (technical term, definitely) suited to your skin’s age-related needs. The main ingredients include Avocado and Peach lipids for balancing moisture and then Vitamin E, which helps strengthen skin and soothe any redness.

They’re both fab at this time of the year when you’ve had potentially a little too much sun and need to replenish and hydrate your skin cells – ready for the dryness that A/W can bring with it. The Skin Vitality Moisturiser is really lightweight and non-greasy, yet it sinks into your skin and immediately provides a splash of moisture. It smells really fresh – and when you team it with the Skin Clear Cleanser, you get this lovely silky softness – a perfect morning base for your make-up! If you (like me) need something a little extra to recover your skin and not realise halfway through the day that you’ve got dry patches, their Hydration Injection Masque is amazing at keeping flakiness at bay!

http://scarlettlondon.com/september-beauty-favourites-2/

 

 

Mama Marmalade review

About 5 years ago when I lived in London I met a friend of a friend who introduced me to ARK Skincare. I was a cynic and sick of people telling me "their" skincare range was the best. At the time I'd been a long time La Prarie user and each year I was spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on their skincare that included micronised diamonds and pearls and all sorts of fancy stuff. 

Enter Tamsin Styles from Ark and we talked about my skin and concerns and I really liked what she told me about their products. The clincher was when she showed me her left hand which was where she was regularly rubbing creams into to show clients different products compared to her right hand. Such an amazing difference.

Aside from another cleanser I use sometimes in the shower, since that day I've never used another brand on my face. It's just that good. It's also about a tenth of the cost of what I was spending on La Prairie. At 43 I'm at the age where skin really starts showing it's age and I'm so glad I got a little head-start thanks to Tamsin.

Ark is a British brand that ships to Australia and if you're looking for new skincare I highly recommend it. I've converted a few friends who all love it.

Anyone who has followed me a while knows I quite often promote products and services I use and love. I don't write sponsored posts and I'm not paid to plug brands. Just sharing the love ❤️#arkskincare

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLhmD7PDQjf/?taken-by=mamamarmalade

 

 

Best of Britannia

     

     

ARK are proud to be exhibiting at Best Of Britannia 30th September to 2nd October in London. Visit http://bestofbritannia.com for more information and watch this space to hear how it goes!

Blusher & Blogging : The Wonder Oil

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This is the perfect time of year to be talking about ARK Skincare’s award winning Conditioning Oil. This oil from the ARK range is 100% natural and contains 25 different essential oils. After being in the recent beautiful UK sunshine, and lightening my hair pre-summer I’m all together a little bit parched – my legs deserve a special mention in that category. I also have the odd spray tan – which makes me look healthy and is always a better option than baking in the sun, but I definitely notice that my skin is dryer in the days afterwards, due to the tanning agent DHA.       

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ARK’s Conditioning Oil is a multi-use product designed for massage, the bath, body and hair and here are some ideas:-

  • Hair Recovery – After sun exposure apply to the hair, I then knot mine into a bun. This is a great hair oil and protects the condition of the hair.
  • Heat styling – I am currently heat styling my hair for work every day and I love to counteract the damage by leaving the Conditioning Oil on for an hour prior to washing. I also use a few drops to smooth the ends.
  • Body Oil – incredibly nourishing for the skin. My legs are especially dry, I hate to write it but scaly at times! I shave them, I tan them, I expose them (protected with SPF) to the sun and they really need some looking after!
  •  I use Conditioning Oil to shave my legs when I really need them to be irritation free and silky smooth
  • If you prefer to have moisturised skin without putting body oil on before dressing or bed the Conditioning Oil makes a fantastic bath oil – and even a shower oil
  • One of the ingredients is sweet almond oil which is great for improving the strength and quality of nails – I use it on both my hands and my feet.      
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ARK Skincare’s Conditioning Oil won ‘Best Mum-To-Be’ Beauty Product in the Beauty Shortlist Baby Awards 2016 – it’s suitable for use in pregnancy.

Ingredients

Abyssinian Oil is a light oil that is highly heat resistant which makes it ideal for the hair before heat styling – a couple of drops is all you need if you are using it pre-styling. It also won’t clog the skin, and doesn’t leave a greasy film.

Sweet Almond Oil – which is packed with vitamins and deeply nourishing

25 Essential Oils – including Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Rosewood, Labdanum, Rose and Jasmine. The scent is warm and gentle.

Sacha Inchi Seed Oil – Contains high levels of antioxidants, and omega fatty acids which help skin elasticity. Renowned for its skin soothing properties and is helpful for irritated skin and dry skin.

The oil comes with both a screw and pump dispenser – so that it’s easy to travel with as well as use at home.

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Price – £35.00 for a 250ml bottle (use code SUSIE15 for 15% discount on all Ark Skincare orders)

Find it – HERE

Current offer at ARK Skincare

Spend £75.00 and receive a full size Conditioning Oil for free which is worth £35.00 – it will be automatically added at check in while stocks last.

Read more of Susie Amy's blog here: http://www.blusherandblogging.com/2016/09/12/the-wonder-oil-ark-skincare-body-conditioning-oil/

 

Worried about redness and flushing?

Do you suffer from redness and facial flushing? Do you have visible blood capillaries, raised pimples or even eye irritation? The causes of redness, irritation and flushing can be hard to understand. Is it rosacea, an intolerance or skin hyper sensitivity?
  
Rosacea is more common than you think and sufferers tend to have redness in the centre of their face and very sensitive skin. This can be accompanied by broken capillaries &, in the case of acne rosacea, breakouts. Symptoms can be triggered by many things. Environmental factors such as heat, cold or wind can exaggerate the condition, as can physical exercise. Dietary choices such as consuming alcohol, spicy food or even cheese may also make things worse.
 


Skin sensitivity can be caused by over use of inappropriate skincare products, or repeated use of exfoliants, microdermabrasion or lasers. Redness, tightness and burning may result. Skin could otherwise be normal but has become overly sensitive due to the over stimulation. 

All redness and irritation can be increased by highly scented products or synthetic chemicals. Learning to avoid triggers, using products specific to your age, and ensuring your products are free from any known irritants will help. Look for brands which display "free from" logos and explore ranges which are recommended for sensitive skin. 

Follow these easy skincare tips:
  • Use skincare products suitable for your specific age group. Take a "less is more" approach when still young
  • Avoid artificial scents and colorants, and avoid synthetic chemicals
  • Use a serum with calming benefits aimed at reducing redness and flushing
  • Use a daily broad spectrum SPF to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays
  • Use a cooling, calming spritz throughout the day 
  • Consult with your skincare therapist / facialist for advise on the best course of facial treatments for you

The best products for reducing redness and flushing
   
The ARK Anti Redness Serum is a cooling, soothing serum containing a botanical complex clinically proven to calm and protect sensitive, irritated skin. Reduces skin redness, itching and inflammation while boosting moisture levels and reinforcing skin’s natural barrier. Instant calm. 
ARK Anti-Redness Serum 30ml
ARK De-Stress Serum is an intensive, antioxidant-rich serum, which protects the skin from harmful free radicals and diminishes the look of fatigue cased by environmental and lifestyle stresses. This highly protective serum acts as a second skin to defend against daily stress while its anti inflammatory properties help boost the skin's healing process. Ideal if your redness and flushing is triggered by dietary choices, stress or physical fatigue.
ARK De-Stress Serum 30ml
Using a soothing spritz throughout the day can help reduce heat induced redness and flushing. Try ARK Hydrating serum with Aloe Vera and Wild Water Mint. A blend of natural ingredients to soothe the skin, leaving it feeling cool and calm. Keep one in your hand bag, take it with you to the gym, or keep one on your desk to spritz over the face throughout the day.ARK Hydrating Toner 150ml

To see our entire range of skin perfector treatments, click here: http://www.arkskincare.com/collections/skin-perfectors

THE BEAUTY EXPERT COLLECTION - THE ROSE EDITION!

Be beautiful with the Beauty Expert's rose collection - a selection of hand-picked products chosen for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the ideal collection for all skin types.

With its alluring, feminine and floral properties, the essential oil of rose is a delightful one, perfect for anyone who enjoys pampering their skin with only the finest of ingredients.

 

 

The collection includes Pai, Korres, Balance Me and REN, representing a wonderfully delicate and indulgent set of skincare products designed to hydrate, restore, and soften your skin, whilst allowing your senses to be enlivened by the beautiful scent of rose.

It includes our award winning Body Beautiful Conditioning OilThis gorgeous multi-purpose beauty elixir can be used as a massage, bath, body and hair oil. Containing sweet almond oil, abyssian oil and sacha inchi-seed oil, this unique blend rejuvenates your senses and ensures your skin receives maximum results

To purchase this fantastic collection, click here: http://www.beautyexpert.com/the-beauty-expert-collection-the-rose-edition/11270127.html?widget_id=293955

 

Jessica KG : Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

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One product I have never really used or trialled on my blog before is eye cream, mainly because I’d read that as long as you have a good quality moisturiser then a separate eye cream is not really necessary and a bit of a placebo product.

Over recent months I have however found myself becoming increasingly concerned about covering dark circles under my eyes and dealing with general fatigue and puffiness in my eye area. I was therefore really keen to trial and review this Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream for Beauty Expert.

The product comes in a long thin 15ml tube with a pump dispenser and has a gel like consistency which is easily absorbed into the under eye area and leaves a smooth grease free finish prior to the application of make up. It is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles by tightening and hydrating the eye area.

Rather crucially it is free from parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, SD, alcohol, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl Esther sulphate, artificial fragrance and artificial colours. What it does contain is Persian silk tree extract which is proven to tighten and lift the eye area and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains aloe Vera and Allantoin to calm the skin.

I have to say that I totally underestimated the power of this product. I have been trialling it since the beginning of May (so 2.5 months now), applying it every morning after my normal moisturiser and  underneath my make up and oh my what a difference it makes! On the days where I have forgotten to apply eye cream I have looked in the mirror and thought “Gosh woman you look dreadful.”

On those days my eyes looked darker, puffier and fatigued which I found hard to conceal and cover up. However, on the days where I have used this cream, my under eye puffiness and dark circles have been reduced and my eyes generally look brighter.

I am up really early in a morning as I commute to work every day and have quite a busy lifestyle so puffiness and eye fatigue have been real frustrations for me. Thankfully you only need one pump of this cream and to use it quite sparingly so it does last a really long time.

I found that if I used any more than one pump of the product, when I applied make up under my eye area the excess cream would flake off and look patchy. Using one pump allows the cream to be absorbed quickly into the skin and for your make up to go on flawlessly over the top.

My only real criticism of the product is that I found the pump dispenser to be quite awkward to use. The design itself is beautiful, but for me it’s very much a case of “style over substance”. A basic pump dispenser or a pipette which isn’t quite so awkward to push would make using the product much more enjoyable for me. In a morning speed is essential, so the easier it is for me to do my skincare routine the better!

Either way the Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream has totally altered my view on eye creams, so it just goes to show that sometimes you have to just give things a go. Don’t spend time trying to cover up skin complaints, try doing something that will treat them first.

http://jessicakg.com/ark-skincare-reverse-gravity-eye-cream/