- Best Skincare for over 45s
- Best Skincare for over 50s
- Best Skincare product for over 50s - agedefy nourishing moisturiser
- Best All in one cleanser - Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover
- Best Primer - Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
- 2017 Editor's Choice Awards - agedefy nourishing moisturiser AND Regenerating Skin Defence
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.
"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.... "
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!
Love a festive fragrance? These Christmas candles will make your home smell amazing. Including all your favourite brands like Yankee, Elemis and Neom. Are your Christmas decorations up yet? Add to the festive ambience with one of these heavenly candles...
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
To see our entire range of skin perfector treatments, click here: http://www.arkskincare.com/collections/skin-perfectors