In need of a pick me up or feel like indulging in a little bit of self care? In this post, we focus on two of ARK Skincare’s popular Skin Perfector treatments and how their powerhouse ingredients work to provide amazing results for your skin.
We also share a selection of independent reviews from customers and brilliant quotes from the press.
If you’re looking for a product to give your skin the ultimate refresh, this is the one for you. Our luxurious facial exfoliator gently buffs away dead skin cells, dirt and grime from the surface, revealing a brighter, more luminous complexion. This triple action formula combines three types of exfoliant action - physical, fruit acid and enzymatic. It is also free from harmful plastic micro-beads which cause plastic particle water pollution. Instead, we use bamboo particles which are not only much better for the environment, but also help to strengthen skin cells and work as an anti-inflammatory.
The Bamboo micro-particles thoroughly slough through dead skin and impurities from the skin's surface, helping to clear pores and create a flawless, polished texture.
Our exfoliator contains a blend of 5 botanical extracts: Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon. These contain naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) which increase cell renewal, helping to encourage a youthful complexion by minimising fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin Regenerating Enzyme
Dissolves desmosomes (adhesive proteins that can cause dead cells to build up on your skin), to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.
This powerful antioxidant helps to protect skin against free radical and environmental damage from harmful UV rays.
How to Use:
Use once or twice a week. Apply to a dampened face and neck after cleansing.
Wet hands and massage gently into the skin using circular motions. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs.
Teens and twenties: Wash off after massaging in.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 2 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Remove with a cloth soaked in hand hot water. (Please note this product will not simply rinse off, it does need to be removed with a warm cloth.)
Press & Reviews
"Magic in a tube" - Curva Magazine
“Used this for the first time last night and was blown away by the results - my skin felt softer straight after use. My skin is generally dry but this treatment has made it feel super soft and hydrated. I Think after many years of looking, I have found my perfect exfoliator. Will be using this on a regular basis. Very pleased” - Sue I, customer
“I have a very sensitive skin but this product is not too harsh and just perfect. I use it twice a week and my skin is so much clearer and smoother.” - Lucia F, customer
“I purchased the exfoliator. This is the first product I have used from Ark. It certainly will not be the last. After just one application my skin was left feeling very soft, looked smoother in texture and glowing. Beautiful.” - Gillian T, customer
“I use this exfoliator twice a week as directed and I must say it has done wonders for my skin. It's amazing that something so gentle can slough away dead skin and debris from the skin to reveal a more polished and plump texture.” - Tash Pantz, Beauty Blogger
2020 - Winner of Best Face Mask - Beauty Shortlist Awards
If your skin is feeling dry or in need of a pick me up, our Hydration Injection Masque has got you covered. This luxury facial masque is specifically formulated to quench dry skin in moisture and restore hydration levels. Packed full of hard-working active ingredients, this masque will ensure skin looks rested and restored to health.
Vitamin A encourages collagen production and keeps skin supple, Vitamin B5 conditions, hydrates and smoothes, Vitamin C helps to brighten and reduce pigmentation, and Vitamin E protects against free radicals and offers antioxidant protection.
Drenches skin with moisture and optimises the circulation of water throughout all the layers of skin, helping to prevent future moisture loss.
Abyssinian oil, extracted from the seeds of the Brassica Abyssinica flower is packed full of omega acids, a multi-blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The oil is extremely lightweight and absorbent and provides intense hydration without leaving the skin feeling greasy.
How to Use
Use once or twice per week. Apply a thin layer of the product to cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs.
Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes.
Use overnight for an intensive treatment.
Remove with a cloth soaked in hand-warm water. Pat dry. Follow with ARK Hydrating Beauty Mist and your Age Intelligent Moisturiser.
Press & Reviews:
The Independent tried over 40 brands and picked the ARK Hydration Injection Masque as one of the best for delivering real results. They said: "Our tester found it refined her pores and made them appear smaller, skin felt smoother and she had a soft, dewy canvas ready for make-up the next morning" - The Independent, IndyBest
"Excellent. I'm 51 & use this product in the evening & leave it on overnight which hydrates my skin perfectly, reducing my fine lines and wrinkles"- Mrs P, Customer
'I am a beauty therapist and have been using ARK products in my salon & on myself for just over a year now. I like to leave it on overnight for an extra special boost. My skin looks and feels amazing in the morning. I've got a toddler and a preschooler as well as running my own beauty business so life is pretty hectic - thankfully it doesn't show on my face!'- Kate, ARK’s Resident Therapist
“It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!” - Dalry Rose, Beauty Blogger
Welcome, February... one step closer to spring!
It’s fair to say that we’re all starting to miss the idea of face-to-face conversations, seeing friends/family and being able to get out and about. However, while you might not be in your usual routine, we are here to remind you that it is still important to take some time for yourself and practice self care.
With that in mind, in this post, we focus on our indulgent Body Beautiful range. Created for both mind and body, our popular body products contain hard-working natural ingredients helping to keep both you and your skin looking and feeling great.
Pure Beauty Global Awards Winner - 2019
Our award-winning hand & nail cream certainly became a hero product for us all last year. As we all know, washing our hands more regularly has become a very important message throughout the pandemic. However, over-washing can often result in dry, cracked and sore skin.
Give your hands some love by treating yourself to our Intensive Hand & Nail Cream, specially formulated to nourish and soothe dry, irritated skin. Raspberry Seed Oil, rich in Omega Fatty Acids, helps to strengthen the skin's protective barrier, while Amino Acids encourage healthy nails. This formulation is also made from Shea Butter which warms at skin temperature, meaning it is easily absorbed and moisturises skin without leaving it feeling sticky. Red Algae protects the skin against UV rays, helping to prevent brown spots, pigmentation and wrinkles.
How To Use:
Make a habit of applying hand cream after hand washing. Use throughout the day and massage well into the skin. Apply before bed for an overnight treatment.
Press & Reviews:
"I can't recommend this enough. Just one application on my daughter Poppy's hands has made the world of difference. Really amazing stuff. - 40plusnotgivingupyet, Beauty Blogger
“I was first given this hand cream by my daughter-in-law, having never heard of the make before. I started using the hand cream during COVID-19 lockdown when we all had to wash our hands far more frequently than usual. Using this kept my hands in better condition than normal.” - Rowena D, customer
“THE best hand and nail cream I’ve ever used, (and at 68 years old, I’ve tried many) especially during the current crisis where hand washing is so frequent.” - Kathleen N, customer
Awards Finalist - Pure Beauty Global Awards 2019
Lather up with our popular, soap free body wash. The perfect treat for sensitive skin. This luxurious formulation is made up of Coconut - a gentle natural cleanser, Sea Minerals to help strengthen the skin and Vitamin B5 to help moisturise and hydrate. The 100% natural fragrance is made from a blend of Palmarosa, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Mimosa.
How To Use:
Use as a luxury hand wash and/or body wash. Gently massage into the skin until you form a lather. Wash off with warm water and follow up with ARK’s Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion or Conditioning Body Serum.
Press & Reviews:
"This is so beautiful, so hydrating, and clears up my eczema flare ups with no problem!" - Boy Does Beauty, Skincare Blogger
"I bought this for my friend who suffers with eczema on his hands. It's one of the only products that doesn't irritate. He now has one by every sink in his house!" - Customer review
I absolutely adore this body wash. It lathers up so beautifully and the natural scent is divine. As someone who suffers with sensitive skin and eczema, I can rest assured knowing I can use this without risking any flare ups. I would highly recommend it.” - Customer, Lucy Kate
Treat your skin to our nourishing lotion, made for both hands and body. Shea Butter deeply moisturises, while Coconut Oil helps to soothe itchy and irritated skin. Sea Minerals help with cellular cohesion and strengthening skin cells. Kukui Nut Oil is easily absorbed into the skin and offers essential fatty acids and antioxidants to keep it soft and supple.
This formulation also offers a 100% natural fragrance which has a fresh, gentle scent, made from a blend of Palmarosa, Rosemary and Clary Sage with soothing florals of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Mimosa.
How To Use:
Massage gently into cleansed skin after showering to lock in moisture and hydration.
Press & Reviews:
"Absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it looking and feeling smooth & hydrates. I'm very fussy about what I put on my skin, but I would not hesitate to recommend this for anyone wanting a more nourishing body lotion" - Liz F, customer
“One of my all time favourites, I’ve used it now for a couple of years. It’s particularly invaluable at the moment with the increasing use of a Hand Sanitiser. My rescue product.” - Margret C, Customer
‘I've been using this product for a couple of weeks now and I love it. It cleared my eczema which always suffers during the winter months and it smells great too! Will certainly be purchasing again. Thank you!” - Lawrence, Customer
Our beautifully scented body oil, featured on beauty journalist Ceilia Walden’s ‘can’t-live-without’ products list, is the ultimate treat for anybody searching for a healthy, natural glow.
With a blend of natural essential oils, the serum will release a subtle fragrance when in contact with the skin and absorb almost instantly. Sweet Almond Oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omegas 3, 6 & 9 which helps to strengthen skin cells, while Vitamin E, high in antioxidants, helps to prevent skin from environmental damage. Bisabolol, extracted from the Brazilian Tree, offers a natural remedy for sensitive or irritated skin. Olive oil helps to moisturise.
How To Use:
Apply a generous amount all over the body. Massage the oil gently into the skin and enjoy the subtle fragrance as it absorbs.
Press & Reviews:
"Absolute bliss, hydrating, easy to apply, packed with all natural ingredients - I know I’m really nourishing my skin. Great for use all year round - I’ve loved using it in the evenings after my skin’s been exposed to the sun." - Kirsty Gallacher (TV Broadcaster & Journalist)
“Wonderful product, the oil is easily absorbed with a delightful scent. It is not greasy, and has a nice texture that allows it not to leave an oily residue and does not make skin shiny. The scent is light, and relaxing and not at all overpowering. Would recommend it for all skin types.” - MG, customer
“Thought I would try this out and absolutely love it. Glides on easily, smells heavenly and absorbs very quickly leaving your skin feeling soft and silky. Use it every day and can’t recommend it highly enough. So glad I found Ark Skincare as my skin has not felt or looked this good for years.” - Joyce G, customer
To learn more about our Body Beautiful collection and the rest of the ARK Skincare range, click here!
1. Get Inspired
There are many different reasons why you might be interested in trying Veganism - perhaps to protect animals, do your bit for the environment, or even just to try something new!
To get inspired, you may find it helpful to do some of your own research into why choosing plant-based options is a good idea. There are plenty of great resources available online and informative documentaries on Netflix, such as Game Changers, Cowspiracy & What The Health.
You can read our previous blog post about some of the benefits of going vegan here.
2. Find foods that are accidentally vegan
Adopting a vegan diet doesn’t have to be as intimidating or overwhelming as you might first think. You may actually be surprised at how many vegan foods you have already have sitting in your cupboards!
We found two really helpful lists of ‘accidentally vegan foods’ created by Veganuary & The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which you can view here.
3. Try new things
It can be daunting trying new things at first, but experimenting with food can be really enjoyable.
This doesn’t mean you have to suddenly change your whole weekly shop, but even choosing a handful of plant-based alternatives to things you buy already is a great place to start. Now more than ever, there are so many different vegan options to choose from - you may even find a new favourite meal!
4. Veganise your favourite dishes
Choosing plant-based options doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods. You may be surprised to learn just how easy it can be to adjust the meals you already love to make them Vegan friendly. Enjoy a curry? Replace meat with chunks of potato. Friday night pizza? - Opt for plant-based cheese and double up on veggies. Burgers? - Choose a patty made from soya or vegetables and breadcrumbs. There are so many options available in both supermarkets and restaurants now making it far easier to choose Vegan.
5. Explore the vegan community
There are so many great Vegan food magazines, youtube channels and social media accounts to help inspire you and give ideas of what plant-based meals and treats you can make. Some of our favourites include:
Deliciously Ella - Ella Woodward has both a YouTube channel and Instagram page where she shares a huge selection of her delicious plant-based recipes. She also has a selection of tasty treats available to buy online and in supermarkets around the UK.
Accidentally Vegan - This instagram page features all the best Vegan products you can find in all the UK supermarkets varying from sandwiches and pizzas to cheesecake and chocolate - everything you could possibly need.
Mina Rome - A Youtube Channel run by Amina who shares her delicious, fun and creative recipes - the best place to look if you’re in need of some inspiration.
6. Perseverance is key - don't give up!
Like any other food, when it comes to plant-based options, you might love the first one you try, or you may have to give a few a go before you find the one for you. Persistence is key. If you try a brand of Vegan cheese, for example, and it’s not for you, don’t give up on Vegan cheese altogether - there will certainly be another one to try! A positive thing to remember is that there are so many more vegan options out there than ever before, so you have the option to try and try again until you find what works for you.
7. Look for vegan brands
Here at ARK Skincare, we are proud to offer a whole range of skincare that is 100% vegan. To learn more about our products, click here head over to the ARK Skincare website.
8. Enjoy yourself!
Some people may choose to adopt a fully vegan lifestyle straight away which is great - if it works for them. Others may decide to take a slower approach or simply just introduce more plant-based options into their diet.
When learning about something new, it’s important to remember that you’re allowed to take time to figure out what works best for you and it’s okay to slip up now and again. Even by making small changes or opting for 3-4 plant-based meals every week you can make a huge contribution.
Take a look at ARK Skincare's Vegan Friendly collection here.
Our first blog post of 2021! Happy New Year from everybody at ARK Skincare. We are not sad to be leaving 2020 behind!
Each time the new year rolls around, there is often lots of conversation around setting new year resolutions or thinking about goals we might like to achieve. These goals usually include things like drinking more water, focusing on fitness targets or making more time to see friends and family but have you ever heard of Veganuary?
In this three part blog-post series, we focus on what being a vegan means, what benefits there are and suggest ways that you might like to get involved in the annual Veganuary challenge.
What is Veganuary?
Veganuary, founded in 2014, is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try veganism for January and beyond. Throughout the year, Veganuary continues to encourage and support businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people.
What does the term veganism mean?
'Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and a philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or lifestyle is known as a vegan.'
What are the benefits of being a vegan?
There are many different benefits of following a plant-based, vegan friendly diet:
For the animals
Roughly 60 million land animals are killed and used as commodities every year just to satisfy human taste preferences. Many people believe that the killing of animals is unjustified and so choose a vegan life-style to help prevent the exploitation of and cruelty towards them.
The Vegan Society encourages the use of words like ‘other animals’ or ‘non-human animals’ in their language to acknowledge that humans are animals too and we share a lot more with other animals than some of us might realise or like to admit.
Just like us, cows, sheep and chickens are living beings who have a desire to live and enjoy their freedom like we do. These animals don’t give consent to being slaughtered and in over 95% of cases, are killed prematurely once they are no longer considered profitable. Vegans do not financially support animal agriculture industries by choosing to buy or grow plant-based alternatives instead.
For your health
Confirmed by the British Dietetic Association, despite many myths, it is possible to follow a well planned, plant-based, vegan friendly diet which supports healthy living. Lots of the nutrients your body needs are naturally found in vegan foods such as fruits, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Some research has also linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
For the environment
Animal agriculture is responsible for a significant amount of global commissions. To put it into perspective, the transport sector accounts for 13% of greenhouse gases, while animal agriculture, is responsible for almost 4 times as much at 51% - a significant amount more than you might first think!
Researchers at the University of Oxford suggest that eating a vegan diet could be the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce environmental impact on the earth. They found that cutting out meat and dairy from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 73%.
Switching to a vegan diet can also help to reduce water consumption. The Vegan Society explains that it takes at least three times the amount of water to feed a meat eater compared with that used to feed a vegan. For example, it takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of beef, compared to180 litres for 1 kg tomatoes and 250 litres for 1 kg potatoes.
One person who goes vegan can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.
Just like veganism is the sustainable option when it comes to looking after our planet, plant-based living is also a more sustainable way of feeding the human population. A vegan diet only requires ⅓ of the land needed to support a diet of meat and dairy.
With the global food and water insecurity increasing due to many different environmental issues, choosing plant-based options is a great way to adopt a more sustainable way of eating. You can read more about how vegan diets can help people here.
While some people may choose to adopt a fully vegan friendly, plant based diet straight away, others might find it easier to ease themselves in slowly. You can still make a huge contribution by switching out meat and dairy options for vegan ones where you can - even if it is just a few times a week! Keep your eyes peeled for next week's blog post where we share our top tips on how to get started.
ARK Skincare are proud to be an entirely vegan brand who never have and never will test on animals. If you would like to learn more about our vegan skincare products, head over to the ARK Skincare website!
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
British Dietetic Association (BTA)
The Vegan Society