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In this post, we got in touch with our resident skincare therapist Kate Hardy to ask her what she values about ARK Skincare and quiz her on two of her favourite products, the Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection Masque.
She also offers some great tips on how to apply them to help you achieve the best results. Keep reading to find out more!
Q: Kate, for those who don’t know you, please could you tell us a little bit about yourself, the nature of your business and when/how you got started with ARK Skincare?
I’m Kate ARK’s resident skin care therapist. I’ve worked within the Health, Beauty & spa industry for 20 plus years, mainly within luxury health clubs, hotels/spas. I was managing a busy flagship spa in London before moving to Haslemere in 2010, where I worked locally in a small boutique salon before leaving to have my first daughter. Being at home with my family was hugely important to me so I took the plunge to start my own business where I could manage my days and hours. I have not looked back! I’m extremely lucky to have my own beauty studio within my garden. I now work part-time around my 2 girls, husband & Springer Spaniel.
I have an hugely loyal client base, I love my job and get so much pleasure from treating clients whether it be a simple eyebrow shape to my signature & most popular treatment – Total Body indulgence.
Obviously I am unable to work at the moment due to the pandemic, but I can’t wait to get back to my studio & welcome clients back!
I’ve worked with ARK for 6 years. I was initially introduced to the brand via a client. I fell in love with the products straight away, they were just perfect for my studio, I love ARK’s mission & everything the company stands for & I’m lucky enough to have them on my door step and thoroughly enjoy working with them.
Q: What do you value most about the ARK Skincare range?
There are many reasons I choose ARK as my skin care brand. It was really important to me to choose a British brand, that was cruelty free. I wanted a brand that wasn’t complicated, too many brands have an endless array of products & it gets very confusing for clients to know what they actually need. I feel ARK offers a range of products people need and will use regularly. I love that ARK have identified that we have different skin as a 20 year old to a 30-40 year old & 50 plus. The ingredients in ARK’s cleansers and moisturisers target the skin throughout each stage of life, there are also 6 serums to choose from in their Skin Perfectors range that are perfect for any targeted skin care concerns along with the Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection Mask. The Skin Essentials range including the Pre Cleanse, Beauty Mist, Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer all designed to work alongside each other. Allowing the client to choose the best products for their routine.
As therapist take pride in giving the best possible treatments I can. Facials are one of my favourite treatments to perform. For me it’s really important that the client doesn’t feel that products are constantly applied and then removed. I want my client to feel totally relaxed, indulged & almost unaware of what I am doing. If they fall asleep, then even better!
Q: We are currently doing a product focus on our Skin Perfecting Hydration Injection Masque and Triple Action Exfoliator. Can you tell us what it is you love about these products and how you find they benefit the skin?
I love both of these performance driven products, they really go hand in hand.
The Triple Action Exfoliator is such a clever product! A hybrid oil/ milk formulation this product helps to minimise skin imperfection with its micro bamboo particles which are gentle and not abrasive. The fruit acids help reduce scarring & fine lines. Vitamin E helps to prevent the skin's damage from free radicals and the Abyssinian oil is deeply moisturising. Unlike some exfoliators, not only does it leave your skin feeling super soft, it leaves it feeling completely nourished too.
The Hydration Injection Mask is a seriously luxurious product. It really gives your skin a complete glow, it's rich and deeply quenching to the skin. It’s packed full of vitamins – Vitamin A - helping stimulate collagen, Vitamin B5 helping to soothe, Vitamin C to help with reducing pigmentation & Vitamin E for free radical prevention. Your skin will feel so incredibly soft and hydrated after using this product
Q: Which stage do you like to use these products within your treatments?
I use the exfoliator after I’ve cleansed the clients skin. I will work the exfoliator into the clients skin, pop the steamer on & perform a hand and arm massage for 5mins or so which is enough time for the exfoliator to work.
The Hydration Injection Mask, I will use after I have performed the client facial massage. I apply the mask and then I will carry out a beautiful head massage routine before removing the mask with hot mitts.
Q: What changes / positive results have you seen after using these products on your clients?
My clients always leave with glowing, super soft skin - you really do see the results instantly, but the formulas have impressive long-term benefits too, the instant results are just the start!
I use these products on my own skin once a week as part of my skincare routine. My skin is definitely brighter, clearer, plus pigmentation & fine lines have been reduced.
Q: Last of all, what are your top tips for people using these products at home?
Triple Action Exfoliator – leave on for differing amounts of time according to age:
Teens – 20’s remove after massaging in
30-40 – 2 mins
50s onwards – 5mins
Be extra gentle around the eye area, work in to the skin using circular massage movements with the pads of your fingers rather than scrubbing up and down.
You don’t need to use a large amount of this product, about a 5pence size.
Warm the product before use, gently roll the tube in your hands so the oil can disperse evenly.
Make sure you use a cloth & warm water to remove properly.
Pop on before a bath, lay back & relax!
Again leave for length of time according to age:
Teens – 20s 5mins
50 plus 20mins
My top tip for a really intense treatment is to leave on overnight. This is especially good for those with dry or mature skin.
If I’m not leaving on overnight then as an extra treat for my skin I will use ARK’s Gua Sha Jade Tool for a lovely home facial massage. The Gua Sha Jade Tool comes complete with instructions on how to perform your own facial massage routine.
Use sparingly, again about 5pence size, apply a thin layer to cleansed skin.
Remove product with a warm cloth, follow with ARK’s Beauty Mist, choice of serum & or moisturiser.
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
What Is Maskne?
Sadly wearing masks has now become a normal part of our daily routines. Whilst we all appreciate why they are needed in the fight against COVID-19 masks can unfortunately be uncomfortable for some, and may also cause skin concerns to emerge for others. The combined effects of friction from wearing a mask, together with the warm moist environment they create, can cause redness, sensitivity, and breakouts which are being called Maskne. Those with inflammatory conditions such as Eczema or Rosacea are particularly at risk.
Maske may result from both the physical irritation of using a mask, as well as the increased opportunity for bacteria to collect.
The human mouth is teeming with bacteria. Human bites can be as dangerous as or even more dangerous than animal bites because of the types of bacteria and viruses contained in our mouths. Each time we exhale we omit high levels of these bacteria and viruses, and by wearing a mask we trap them close to the skin. As the bacteria and viruses collect, they thrive and multiply in the warm humid environment. The increase in skin temperature caused by covering the face may also cause more oil to be produced by the sebaceous glands. Excess oil can block pores and hair follicles, trapping the bacteria, and causing breakouts and acne.
Face masks need to fit snugly to be effective, and the pressure and friction caused by face coverings can cause microtears to the epidermis which is thinner on the face than on other parts of the body. These microtears can allow bacteria to more easily penetrate the skin. Different types of masks may cause different issues to emerge. Fabric masks which are often made from cotton may absorb natural oils causing dryness and sensitivity, whilst surgical masks can cause more friction irritation. All masks should only be used once, and not touched during use. When using disposable masks remember to dispose of them responsibly, and use a new one each time required. For reusable masks make sure you carefully consider the detergent used to wash them with. Harsh laundry liquids and fabric conditioners may cause a whole host of other sensitivity issues!
We are afraid there is more bad news. Stress is also a well-known trigger for breakouts and sensitivities. We have all lived through very stressful times associated with the global pandemic and this, combined with the problems associated with wearing protective facial coverings discussed above, means we all need a fastidious skincare regime to combat the adverse effects seen as Maskne.
What can we do to prevent Maskne?
Here are our top tips to prevent Maskne:
- Use a clean mask each time a mask is required. Always dispose of single-use masks as soon as you remove them. Always wash reusable masks after they have been worn. Ensure you use gentle, perfume-free laundry detergent.
- Avoid the use of makeup under your mask. This increases the chance for pores and hair follicles to become blocked.
- Undertake a fastidious skincare regime to ensure skin is clean and hydrated. Look for FREE FROM products which do not contain known irritants.Ensure your products are rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals.
- Do not overstimulate your skin. Use a balancing collection of products to clean and calm. Do not be tempted to use excessive products or switch regularly between treatments. Be consistent with your skincare regime.
How To Optimise Your Skin Care Routine To Prevent & Treat Maskne
1. Prioritise your cleansing routine
While wearing masks and breathing into them, we create a warm damp area for bacteria to grow, making double cleansing more important than ever to ensure our skin is clean. A first cleanse will help to remove any make-up, dirt and bacteria and the second will clean deeper into the pores, preventing any new blemishes. Opt for a high-quality cleanser with gentle ingredients that will clean the skin thoroughly without causing irritation.
2. Remember your weekly treatments
Another way to prevent Maskne is by giving your skin a treat with a gentle exfoliator to scrub away dead skin and excess oil. This can help reveal a clearer complexion and avoid pores from becoming blocked.
3. Choose a serum to treat your skin concerns
If you already have Maskne which needs treating, you may find a serum will give you the additional help you need to clear it up. Add a few drops of your serum of choice to specific problem areas, or simply mix in with your moisturiser before applying.
4. Be consistent with your routine
Make sure to stay consistent with your products and routine to keep your skin balanced. Remember that less is more and a short yet simple routine will be easier to make a habit and keep up with. Choose products wisely by opting for natural ingredients you can trust will nourish your skin.
With all these tips in mind, here are ARK Skincare's top picks to help you prevent and treat Maskne.
ARK Skincare's Top Products To Help You Tackle Maskne
You might be asking yourself if you really need to cleanse twice and now more than ever, the answer is yes! Whether you wear make-up or not, a double cleanse is essential for healthy skin. The first cleanse will remove any traces of dirt, pollution and airborne bacteria from the surface of your skin and the second cleanse will clean deeper into your pores.
Our popular Pre-Cleanse and Make-up remover is described as a spa treatment in a bottle. It's great for removing the first level of grime while active ingredients such as Grapeseed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil deeply nourish skin and protect against dryness. Another key ingredient, Margosa Leaf Extract, destroys bacteria and inhibits its growth on the skin.
How to use: Apply onto dry skin before cleansing with dry hands. Massage in gently all over the face before adding water to form a thin liquid emulsion. Continue massaging then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your Age Intelligent Cleanser.
After your first pre-cleanse, follow up with the second. ARK Skincare offers three age intelligent cleansers, with nourishing active ingredients specifically for each age group.
Specifically designed for your teens & 20's
Banishes spots & excess sebum
The best cleanser for your teens and 20s. Our soap-free facial cleanser has been designed especially with younger skin in mind. It cleverly balances oily and dry areas to leave skin clear and comfortable. Natural ingredients ensure skin is treated gently while spots and excess sebum are banished. Your new best friend.
Specifically designed for your 30's & 40's
Gentle formula, perfect for sensitive skin
The best cleanser for your 30s and 40s. This ultra-nourishing cleanser helps with skin’s natural exfoliation for a clear, radiant complexion. Effectively removes make-up & excess sebum leaving skin clean, plump and supple. Perfect for sensitivities as the natural ingredients soothe redness and inflammation too.
Specifically designed for your 50's onwards
Reduces pigmentation, softens lines
The best cleanser for your 50s onwards. This rich creamy cleanser is the perfect choice for more mature skin. It effectively removes debris and impurities while treating the skin to a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and lipids. Skin becomes brighter and softer while lines and wrinkles are plumped.
How to use: Apply to damp skin and massage in gently for 60 seconds before gently rinsing off with water.
If you’re looking to tackle specific skin concerns caused by Maskne, our hard-working skin-perfecting serums will make the perfect addition to your skin-care routine to help you battle them.
Banishes bacteria, tightens pores
For a solution to spots and blemishes, our clearing serum is the one for you. Filled with anti-bacterial properties, it’s the perfect remedy for acne and can even help prevent it by regulating sebum production and reducing excess oil and shine.
Diminishes look of fatigue
If you’re suffering tired or irritated skin, try our De-stress serum. This highly protective serum acts as a second skin and helps to reduce the signs of fatigue caused by environmental and lifestyle stresses. Chamomile provides soothing relief for irritation and Vitamin E and Grapeseed Oil boost moisture levels, leaving skin feeling silky and supple.
How to use: Apply one or two drops directly to problem areas or mix in with your daily moisturiser and apply all over the face.
Our three in one exfoliating treatment with physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action has everything you need to give your skin a generous treat.
Bamboo particles help to gently scrub away dead skin, dirt and debris from the surface, creating a flawless, polished texture while Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon increase the range of cell renewal, helping to diminish acne scars and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The Skin Regenerating Enzyme dissolves desmosomes to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.
How to use: Use once or twice per week. Apply to dampened face and neck. Wet hands and massage lightly into skin using circular movements, avoiding the delicate eye area.
Leave on as stated 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. Using a cloth should make removal easy) Pat dry.
Rejuvenating treatment, restores vibrancy
Or rejuvenating treatment masque is the ideal weekly pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed or lacking in radiance.
The masque instantly cools and calms and can bring instant relief to irritation and redness while Hyaluronic Acid drenches skin with moisture, optimizing the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss - perfect for dry skin. It also includes a blend of hard-working vitamins to regulate collagen synthesis and protect against UV damage.
To view all of these products in full detail you can head over to the ARK Skincare website by clicking here.
If you need any help or product advice, please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0203 7403303 - we'd love to help!
In the meantime, keep remembering to wash your mask in-between uses to keep your skin as clean as you can!
As we all work together in the battle against Coronavirus be kind to your skin.
Take care & stay safe,
At ARK Skincare, we are passionate about double-cleansing. We believe that a good cleanser and a good cleansing routine are two essential ingredients for healthy-looking and feeling skin.
In this post we are focus on our Skin Essential Pre-Cleanser & Make-up Remover and why keeping your skin clean is so important.
What is double cleansing?
Double cleansing is a two-step process to remove any make-up and bacteria and deeply cleanse the skin.
Why do I need to double cleanse?
You might be asking yourself if you really need to cleanse twice and the answer is yes! Whether you wear make-up or not, a double cleanse is essential for healthy skin. The first cleanse will remove any traces of dirt, pollution and airborne bacteria from the surface of your skin and the second cleanse will clean deeper into your pores.
By practising this routine you will be safe in the knowledge that your skin is nice and clean. If dirt and bacteria aren’t washed away, they can linger on your skin and contribute to early ageing, pigmentation and breakouts.
In addition to removing build-up, other benefits of keeping your skin clean are that it can help to prevent blemishes and even boost hydration. It’s very important to start with a clean base before applying any other products, the actives in your serum and moisturiser will not be as effective if they sit on layer of grime and dead skin cells.
This gentle and nourishing award-winning cleanser is the first step to our powerful cleansing routine. The multi-fruit lipid blend with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 dissolves every last trace of daily grime, excess sebum and make-up – even waterproof mascara – while nourishing and soothing skin with a blend of natural ingredients.
Margosa Leaf Extract - this powerhouse ingredient offers many wonderful benefits. It is used as an antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It can also help to prevent acne and infection.
Vitamin E - Fantastic for skin; it protects against environmental pollution and UV radiation, quenches skin with moisture, calms and soothes, and helps with wound and scar healing.
Zi Cao - an Ayurvedic herb, which soothes sensitive skin and helps to calm inflammation.
Grapeseed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil - Help to deeply nourish skin and protect it against dryness.
How To Use:
Apply onto dry skin with dry hands and massage gently over the face. Add warm water to turn the oil into a liquid emulsion and continue to massage into the skin before rinsing off with water. Then follow up with your age intelligent cleanser and moisturiser to lock in hydration.
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