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Product Focus: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers

 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers. Protect. Defend. Defy. All ages. Natural Ingredients.

 

Here at ARK Skincare, we understand that skin changes with age and needs to be treated accordingly. Young skin needs protecting but not over stimulating, whilst mature skins need higher levels of nourishment, and help to keep skin supple and firm.

With that in mind, ARK Skincare offers three Age Intelligent Cleansers, each packed with active ingredients to cleanse, nourish and target the skin in each age group. We have Protect for teens & 20s, Defend for 30s and 40s and Defy for the over 50s. 

In this post, we focus on how each of our Age Intelligent Cleansers work to help you achieve optimum skin health and share some independent reviews from customers and brilliant quotes from the press. Keep reading to find out more!

Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser

ARK Skincare's Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser for teens and 20s with ingredients
The best skin clearing cleanser for your teens & 20s 

Clear blemishes and smooth your complexion with ARK Skincare’s Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser. Especially designed for young skins, our Age Protect Cleanser contains an anti-spot formula, helping to keep hormonal skin clean and clear by gently lifting away any dirt, grime and excess sebum. It also cleverly balances oily and dry areas, helping to leave skin feeling clean and comfortable.

Ingredients

Watercress, Nettle & Horsetail herbs reduce excess sebum, eliminate excess shine and help to naturally balance the skin, whilst Oat Amino Acids gently wash away any impurities. White Tea provides anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and protects from free radicals (these are unstable molecules that can cause damage to your skin cells). Vitamin E, with antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties protects against environmental damage and leaves skin feeling smooth.

Reviews

"I love using this cleanser - and a little goes a long way as it lathers up so nicely!" - Darly Rose, Beauty Blogger

"I use this after the pre-cleanse makeup remover and it is amazing. I have suffered with teenage spotty skin in my late 20s and this range has completely changed my life (might sound drastic but my skin ruined my confidence!) I normally get a lot of sebum causing spots around the jaw and mouth and no other cleanser has really cleared that without leave my skin ridiculously de-hydrated and dry. This range is my life saver please never discontinue!" - Charlotte S, Customer

 “When I first started using the cleanser I was quite surprised how light and liquidy, almost gel like the cleanser was… It leaves my skin feeling so clean and refreshed. It's not harsh or drying and I'd definitely say it's had a positive impact on my skin with regards to blemishes - especially with all the hormones in my body just now.” Jenna Suth, Beauty & Fashion Blogger

"Best my skin has ever been since using this amazing cleanser. Worth a try if you have really sensitive skin..." Laura Crane, Love Island Contestant 


Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser

ARK Skincare's Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser for 30s and 40s
The best cleanser for use in your 30s and 40s

When we hit our 30s and 40s, skin may be beginning to show signs of ageing or sensitivity. During this age, we would recommend reaching for ARK Skincare’s Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser

This ultra nourishing cleanser gently removes impurities and daily grime, while a blend of natural ingredients boost skin’s firmness and defend against moisture loss. An ideal cleanser for sensitive skin it instantly calms the appearance of redness whilst conditioning agents promote elasticity and keep skin supple.

Ingredients 

Kiwi and Passion Fruit Lipids quench the skin and Passion Fruit helps to reduce sensitivity and redness. Moringa Oil removes impurities and gently exfoliates to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Vitamin A Palmitate provides antioxidant support and protects the skin, whilst Omegas 6 & 9 protect against moisture loss. Blue Lotus keeps skin supple and acts as an anti inflammatory. 

Reviews & Press 

"This is probably my favourite...as it's such a pleasure to use. The gel-type consistency that my skin always seems to favour, it also has the loveliest light and natural fragrance to it... I've been using this morning and night for a while now, and it always leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped, and beautifully balanced." - 'Kate Louise Blogs' Beauty Blogger

 "I have always struggled with sensitive dry skin and have tried numerous cleansers. I have been using this for a couple of weeks and so far so good. No issues so I am pleased. Also it isn't tested on animals so thats another bonus :)" - Jayne M, Customer 

 "I’ve been using Ark for around 7 years and I cant recommend it highly enough. The cleanser paired with the Ark pre-cleanser are extremely effective while still leaving your skin feeling hydrated and without that tight face feeling afterwards" - Stephanie D, Customer 

"I recently ran out of all my facial products by another brand and swapped to Ark. That was a fantastic move - the cleanser cleans my skin beautifully (and removes all makeup!) and doesn’t leave it feeling tight. Lovely fragrance. I have waited 6 weeks before reviewing and I am so happy with the swap!" - Hannah S, Customer  

Age Defy Brightening Cleanser 

ARK Skincare's Age Defy Brightening Cleanser for 50s and onwards with ingredients

The best cleanser for your 50s and onwards

When we get to our 50s, the skins natural processes have slowed down which can leading to less efficient moisture retention and more potential for sensitivity, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles. 

Especially designed for mature skin, ARK Skincare's Age Defy Brightening Cleanser is packed full of active ingredients to help brighten, nourish and hydrate. The rich cleansing cream helps to create a more radiant complexion, rejuvenating skin and reduce the signs of ageing. 

Ingredients

Apricot Kernel Oil moisturise and nourishes mature, dry, sensitive skin, whilst Vitamin C and Red Algae help to reduce pigmentation or age spots and brighten the skin. Blackcurrant and Starflower Oil are rich in fatty acids which help to strengthen skin and boost moisture retention. Gojiberry provides protects, detoxifying and rejuvenating properties particularly suited to mature skins.

    Reviews & Press  

    "...it was the nicest cleanser I've used in ages, and it did appear to make my skin brighter...... A really impressive brand: I loved everything I tried" - India Knight in The Sunday Times Style 

    "Bought this with the pre cleanse, it is amazing. Have used Ark products over the years, but this just gels them all together. The cleansers leave your skin so soft, no dryness at all, and with my oils and moisturiser, my skin really is feeling lovely! I love this cleanser and would definitely recommend it" - Mandy W, Customer

     "I've been using this cleanser for a few weeks now and I'm loving it, it cleans all my makeup off leaving my skin so hydrated and it seems my skin is clearer as well. I've used lots of very expensive cleansers in the past but this is my new best friend and I will be using this from now on." - Jane C, Customer

    "I've Often found cleaners for mature skin drying, but this was easy to use and made my skin feel smooth and soft afterwards. Will definitely buy again" - Sallie C, Customer

     To learn more about our Age Intelligent Cleansers and the rest of the ARK Skincare product range, click here to visit our website!

    Double Cleansing Q&A with ARK Skincare's CEO Tamsin Styles

    Headshot of ARK Skincare's CEO, Tamsin Styles

    Here at ARK Skincare, we are passionate about cleansing. We truly believe that practicing a good cleansing routine with high-quality products is one of the most important ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great. 

    Throughout the day, bacteria builds up on the skin from touch, sweat and airborne pollutants. Therefore, it is important to cleanse regularly to remove any dirt, oil and excess sebum. 

    If you don’t cleanse your skin, your pores may become congested which could lead to unwanted skin concerns. Cleansing thoroughly also helps to create a clean surface before applying your skincare products, helping them to absorb properly into your skin.

    In this post, we share the answers to our frequently asked questions on double cleansing and help you to understand how it can benefit your skin. 

    Q: What is double cleansing?

    A: Double cleansing is simply cleansing twice with two cleansers. Step one is to cleanse with an oil-based cleanser to remove make up, pollutants and daily grime; step two is to cleanse skin with a gel or cream water-based cleanser to leave skin thoroughly clean.

    Q: Why use a first step oil cleanser? 

    A: Oil attracts oil so a first step oil-based cleanser will efficiently lift away make up and oil-based grime, and excess sebum, as well as clinging to pollutants to ensure they are thoroughly removed. This is essential for skin health.

    Q: I have oily skin so is using an oil cleanser a good idea?

    A: It is. Oil cleansers are very efficient ways of removing excess sebum from the skin and preventing congestion and shine without stripping away natural oils needed for healthy balanced skin. Massage the ARK Skincare Pre Cleanse oil onto the skin and once you add water it turns milky, and washes off very easily along with unwanted oils, dirt and grime leaving your skin soft, clean and clear, but never greasy.

    Q: How long will it take as I just do not have time….

    A: Using a first step pre cleanse is faster than a wipe! Our pre cleanse was formulated for professional use by facialists wishing to have a very fast efficient way of removing their client’s make up when they arrived for a treatment. It is so fast you won’t look back!

    Q: My skin feels clean after the first step, so why do I need a second?

    A: Once you remove your daily makeup, pollutants and grime, you can move on to cleansing the skin. Use an age specific cleanser which also includes active ingredients to treat and nourish the skin as you clean it. You will really notice a difference. 

    Q: Do I need to double cleanse morning and night?

    A: You should always double cleanse in the evenings to ensure every last bit of makeup, daily pollutants and SPF are removed. It is vital that you do not go to sleep with these clinging to your skin. However, in the morning it is not necessary to perform a full double cleanse, but it is still important to clean skin with your age intelligent cleanser before applying your serum, moisturiser and daily SPF. 

    Q: Will all this cleansing make my skin feel tight?

    A: No. Not if you are using a good quality oil cleanser and an age specific cleanser. The ARK Skincare cleansers are formulated with the antioxidants, vitamins and lips your skin requires for optimal health and will leave a soft, calm feeling after use. 

    New to the idea of double cleansing? We have everything you need to get started:

    Skin Essential Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    Introduce a pre cleanse to your skincare and make-up removal routine and you'll never look back. This multi-fruit lipid blend with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 is perfect for thoroughly removing your make-up and clearing away everyday grime build-up.

    Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser 

    The best skin clearing cleanser for use in your teens and 20s. 

    Our Age Protect Cleanser, specially formulated for younger skin, is packed with  hard-working active ingredients which help to clear blemishes, reduce excess sebum and illuminate excess shine. It also cleverly balances oily and dry areas of the skin, leaving skin clear and comfortable. 

    Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser

    The best cleanser for use in your 30s and 40s.

    Our ultra nourishing Conditioning Cleanser helps to effectively remove daily grime and make up while boosting the skin's firmness, leaving skin clean, plump and supple. This moisturising cleanser also defends against moisture loss and instantly calms any appearance of redness or irritation.

    Age Defy Brightening Cleanser

    The best cleanser for use in your 50s and onwards

    Specially formulated to combat the signs of hormone loss in mature skin, our rich cleansing cream encourages a radiant complexion while helping to reduce the signs of ageing. Natural ingredients help to strengthen the skin and give it a generous boost of moisture. Perfect for skin needing brightening and hydrating.

    We hope these answers have helped to clear up any questions you may have on double cleansing. Should you ever need any help or product advice, please do get in touch via office@arkskincare.com or mentioning us on socials @arkskincare. We will be more than happy to help!

    For more information on the rest of the ARK Skincare product range, click here to head over to our website!

    In Need of Inspiration For Mothers Day? Here's How You Can Make It Extra Special

    A vase of flowers on a breakfast tray with cereal and pastries

    March is here and Mothers Day is just around the corner.

    Still looking for ideas? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. In this post we share some suggestions of how you can make this mothers day extra special.

    We also feature some of the products from our carefully selected gift collection and some exciting special offers to help inspire you.

    *We understand that not everyone may choose to celebrate mothers day. Although this post is mothers day themed, these ideas and gifts can be perfect for anybody, whether it be your mum, friends or family members.

    1. Get Creative With a Homemade Gift

    Women decorating a home-made chocolate cake

    If you have some spare time on your hands (which many of us do at the moment...)  and feel like giving something different a go, how about creating your own gift? There’s nothing better than receiving something homemade that someone has put thought and effort into. Perhaps you could have a go at baking her best loved treat, putting together a photo album of your favourite pictures or making your own mothers day card. (If you’re in need of some inspiration, there is lots of help on Pinterest and Instagram too!)

    2. Organise a Special Lunch

    A selection of sandwiches, cakes and desserts for an afternoon tea

    We’re all still waiting patiently until we are able to dine out and enjoy lunch/dinner at our favourite restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this mothers day one to remember. Why not think about bringing a special meal to her instead? Maybe you could surprise her with her favourite meal or take-away - or if you wanted something a little bit different, perhaps you could arrange an afternoon tea. There are some brilliant small businesses who have started offering delivery services. There's nothing better than a cup of tea and a piece of cake...

    3. Go On a Socially-Distanced Walk Together 

    A mother and daughter walking through the woods together

    If you live locally to one another, perhaps you could do a door-stop delivery to give your mum her gifts or even go for a socially distanced walk. There’s nothing better than being able to see one another and catch up in person with a take-away coffee... If you're lucky, hopefully the sunshine will be out too!

    4. Invite Her On a Virtual Date

    A young women lying on her bed on chatting to her family on a video call

    If you don't live close enough to be able to see your mum in person, now is the time to make the most of technology. Record a short video message or create a montage video with your favourite pictures to take her down memory lane.

    Perhaps you could even arrange a zoom date where you could both do an activity together or watch a film you both enjoy. Despite not being face-to-face, there are still plenty of ways to spend your time together...

    5. Make Your Own Post-Lockdown Coupons

    A handmade love coupon gift offering breakfast in bed

    If you’re not able to do the things you might usually do to celebrate mothers day, how about making some IOU coupons for activities you can do together post lockdown? Maybe you could take her for coffee or lunch, go on a day trip, plan a cinema date or do some of her favourite hobbies together. It will be something nice you can both put in your diaries to look forward to later on!

    6. Have a Spa Day At Home

    A wooden tray resting over a bath tub with a cup of tea, book, candle and vase of flowers

    Show your mum some TLC by setting her up with her very own spa day at home. We have a selection of thoughtful gifts we think will be perfect to spoil her with...

     If you aren't local to be able to deliver them yourself, simply enter her address at checkout and have them sent direct. There's nothing better than a surprise delivery!

    Body Beautiful Duo 

    ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Vitality Hand & Body wash and Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion

    Pictured: ARK Skincare’s Body Beautiful Vitality Hand & Body Wash and Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion 

    Indulge in a luxury shower (or bath time) experience with our Body Beautiful Duo. Lather up with our popular, soap free Vitality Hand & Body Wash in the shower, or pour a small amount under the running tap to fill your bath with bubbles. Follow up with our Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion to leave your skin feeling silky smooth. 

    You can learn more about the hard-working active ingredients in these two products by reading our previous blog post here

     Conditioning Body Serum 

    Person holding ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Conditioning Body Serum

    Pictured: ARK Skincare’s Body Beautiful Conditioning Body Serum 

    This luxurious body oil with a beautiful scent made from a blend of natural essential oils is like the equivalent to spa treatment in a bottle. Bisabolol, extracted from the Brazilian Tree, provides a natural remedy for sensitive or irritated skin, while Vitamin E helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental pollution. Gently massage the oil into your skin after showering to lock in moisture and help to keep your skin hydrated. 

    * Purchase a Conditioning Body Serum and get a FREE box of 5 facemasks! Limited time only. Click here to shop now

    Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint Travel Candle

    ARK Skincare's Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint Travel Candle in small silver tin

    Pictured:  Spaaromatics Geranium, Eucalyptus, & Peppermint Travel Candle

    Let this beautiful spa scented candle fill up the bathroom while you run a hot relaxing bubble bath. Geranium, Eucalyptus, & Peppermint with Lavender and Rose creates a calm, cocooning fragrance - the perfect addition to a pamper evening to help you relax. 

    7. Encourage Her To Take Some Time For Herself

    A woman posing as if she is a sleep wearing a spacemask (self heating eye mask) over her eyes

    Pictured: Spacemasks - Self heating eye mask

    Show your appreciation of everything your mum does by encouraging her to some time out to relax...

    We’ve teamed up with the brilliant Spacemasks - the perfect treat for yourself or somebody you love. These clever self-heating eye masks start to work their magic as soon as you take them out of the packet. Place on your eyes, lie back, and relax. The combination of the gentle warmth and Jasmine essence can help ease tension headaches and eye strain. The perfect way to unwind before you turn in for the night...

     Facial Massage Set

    ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque and Gua Sha Jade Facial Tool

    Pictured: ARK Skincare’s Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque & Jade Facial Tool 

    Our beautifully crafted Jade Facial Tool is used to perform a facial massage technique called Gua Sha. The ancient beauty therapy has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve a healthy, radiant, youthful complexion. Included you will find an easy step-by-step guide, giving you everything you need to become a Gua Sha expert. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque - the ultimate pick me up for tired, dull or dry skin.

    We hope these ideas can help give you some inspiration of how to make your mum feel special this Mother's Day.  We would love to see what you get up to, so make sure to tag us on on social media! @arkskincare

    To take a look at the rest of our special offers and the rest of the ARK Skincare collection, click here to visit our website!

    Feeling Overwhelmed During Lockdown? Here Are Our 5 Top Tips To Help

    A young girl with her head in her hands, feeling overwhelmed and sad.

    It is fair to say we’re living in a crazy time. In one way or another, the pandemic has affected absolutely everybody.

    We've had to adapt to living with Covid-19 restrictions, and almost a year on this can still feel overwhelming. Whilst some are finding themselves with a lot of extra time on their hands and not a lot to do, others are busier than ever -  key-workers are still going to work, parents are learning how to home-school and some may feel like they haven’t got five minutes to take a break. 

    Whichever end of the spectrum you might be, it is completely normal to feel uneasy or anxious or just plain fed-up! Despite us starting to get used to lockdown, it is important to remember that this is not a normal situation and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes.

    In this post, we share our top tips to help you keep positive and tackle the lockdown blues. 

    Allow Yourself To Be In The Moment

    A person writing notes down into a plain journal

    Feeling tense? Take a moment to take some deep breaths. When we are stressed or anxious, it shows up in our bodies. You may notice that you feel tension in your shoulders or that it is difficult to take a full breath. Set a reminder on your phone and make some time to practice a breathing exercise. This article by Healthline offers 10 examples you may like to try. 

    If you are constantly busy and feeling overwhelmed, you may also benefit from taking a few minutes to write down your thoughts. It may sound silly, but simply having a list of things in front of you can really help to visualise and prioritise the things you need to focus on. It may also help you to manage expectations of what you are able to achieve. Work through your list one thing at a time and remember to ask for help when you need to.

    Encourage Yourself To Keep a Routine 

    A pink and blue flat lay with an old fashioned duck egg coloured alarm clock

    With many of us spending more time at home, it can be difficult to stick to a normal routine. You may feel you’re juggling a bit of everything and struggling with motivation, but that is OK.

    Our homes are our safe places where we are used to relaxing but in this scenario, we are bringing work, school and all our social lives home with us! It is normal to feel overwhelmed. 

    Try putting together a new routine and build your ‘new normal’. Giving yourself just a few things to do each day is a great way to feel a sense of achievement. It doesn’t have to be strict - now is not the time to be pressuring yourself! Even something as simple as making your bed, going for a walk or taking some time to practice your skincare routine every day can really beneficial. 

    Take Some Time For You

    A woman stretching with her arms over her head, taking a minute to relax.

    We are all trying our best to adapt during lockdown which can be really challenging. Whether you’re rushed off of your feet with lots of responsibilities or are sat wondering what to do yourself, it is important to remember to take some time for you.

    Allow yourself some time to relax and show yourself some kindness. Have a bath, treat yourself to a cup of tea and a biscuit or listen to some soothing music. Even just five minutes can make a positive impact on your mood.

    If you’re looking for a way to relax and show your skin some extra love, you may like to take a look at ARK Skincare’s Jade Facial Tool. The ancient self-care beauty ritual Gua Sha has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve skin health and provide a radiant, youthful complexion. It can also be a therapeutic way to relax and unwind.

    ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Gua Sha Jade Facial Tool

      The sweeping action of the jade tool against the skin stimulates blood circulation and encourages lymphatic drainage. With regular practice facial tension is relieved, the jaw line becomes more defined, fine lines are reduced, skin is lifted and de-puffed. You can learn more about the benefits of Gua Sha in one of our  previous blog posts by clicking here

    Practice Positive Self Talk 

    A pair of glasses laid on top of a self-love poster print with encouraging affirmations

    It is normal to feel anxious or a bit low at the moment. There is lots going on in the world! We are all living in the most peculiar times. Just remember that things will get better. You may not feel 100% everyday but it is important to know that you are not alone. Remember, nobody has a ‘how to happily cope with the lockdown manual’ ...we are all just trying our best. 

    This article about positive self-talk is well worth reading. It gives some great examples of how you can turn negative thoughts into positive ones and ways you can improve your internal dialogue.

    You are doing your best. Be kind to yourself. 

    Reach Out To Others 

    A woman holding a space grey iphone to her ear and talking on the phone

    It’s no secret that lockdown can be very isolating. We are all missing seeing our friends and family and being able to do normal things. It may feel like there is very little to catch up on at the moment as the days and weeks can be so similar, but even so, reaching out to others is still really important.  

    Pick up the phone and give a friend or family member a call. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others can make you feel so much better. Even a quick conversation with a loved one may be everything you need to pick yourself up and it may even make their day too!

    Make Some Post-Lockdown Plans 

    A group of friends enjoying the sunset and walking through a field

    As we’ve said before, it’s important to remember that this won’t last forever. It may take a long time for things to go back to normal, but happier times are coming. You may like to think of some fun things you can do after lockdown to keep you inspired.

    How about planning a day out with a friend or family member? Perhaps you could research some different places you might like to visit or plan something nice you might like to do for yourself. Having things to look forward to is a great way to help you keep moving forward. We will get through this.

     You can learn more about ARK Skincare and our full product range by visiting arkskincare.com!

    ARK Skincare's 5 Top Tips To Get You In The Christmas Spirit

    Less than 10 days until the big day - we can’t quite believe it! Are you feeling ready for the Christmas break?...

    If you’re still looking for ways to get yourself feeling festive then hopefully we can help!  In this post, we share some of our favourite Christmas activities to give you some ideas on how you can keep busy in the build-up to the 25th. 

    1. Bake a festive treat!

    Freshly baked festive gingerbread snowflakes and candycanes

    It’s Christmas, so of course, we have to start with food... Now is certainly the time to allow yourself to indulge a little! There are so many different festive recipes out there for all kinds of different snacks and sweet treats - you’re bound to find something to make your tummy rumble. Why not have a go at making your own treats to enjoy? Here are some yummy recipes we like the look of! 

    2. Gift Wrapping

    Woman holding a hand wrapped christmas gift in sustainable wrapping paper

    With just a few weeks left to go, it’s time to finish off your Christmas shopping and get wrapping! There are so many fun, creative ways to wrap gifts. We love the look of these Furoshiki wrapping cloths; they are such a unique and fun way to wrap a gift for somebody, plus they can be reused again and again to avoid excess waste!

    If you’re looking for more sustainable ways to wrap your gifts, perhaps you could opt for the types of wrapping paper which are much easier to recycle (foil or glitter-decorated paper cannot be recycled and needs to go in the general waste). There are so many clever and sustainable ideas/ DIY hacks online to keep yourself busy. Perhaps you could even have a go at creating your own wrapping paper or wrapping your presents in reusable tote bags! Take a look at ours here.

    If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and are still on the hunt for the perfect gift, make sure to head over to the ARK Skincare website before the weekend! We have so many popular gift sets for all different ages so there is something for absolutely everybody - but be quick! The last day to place an order to ensure it arrives before Christmas is Sunday 20th December before midnight. 

    3. Treat yourself to a pamper evening!

    A wooden bath tray laid across a white bath tub holding a small flower and glass of wine

    While you might not have so many Christmas parties to get dressed up for this year, the Christmas break is definitely a good excuse to give yourself some extra TLC. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing pamper evening? Maybe a glass of mulled wine too?... You deserve it!

    If you’re looking for something to give your skin an extra pick me up, head on over to our website to take a look at our Skin Perfectors. We have our Hydration Injection Masque which will give your skin a generous boost of hydration (your best friend during the colder months!) and our Triple Action Exfoliator to help gently scrub away dead skin and debris from the surface, leaving you with a radiant glow. 

    We also have 6 Skin Perfecting Serums to keep you looking and feeling your best, depending on which skin concerns you’d like to tackle!

    4. Reach out to somebody 

    woman wrapped up in a winter coat wearing a festive hat, holding a Christmas card

    If you’re unable to visit certain friends or family members this year but still want to share some festive cheer, don’t forget to reach out and let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them! There’s just enough time to write your Christmas cards and get your last gifts in the post!

    If you’re in need of ideas, we have a generous selection of gifts to choose from on our website and you even have the option to ship directly to your recipient - just make sure to remember to amend the shipping address at checkout! 

    5. Donate to those in need 

    Multiple charity donation pots to raise money for people, animals and the planet

    Christmas is the time to show some generosity and goodwill and there are certainly people in need & lots of amazing charities who would appreciate your support. 

    Boxes of donations in the ARK Skincare boutique ready to be sent to a local food bank

    We recently gifted some of our products to the Haslemere food bank who were so grateful to receive a donation. They couldn’t wait to wrap and gift them at their Christmas distribution and reminded us that it really does mean a lot to those who are struggling.

    Do you have items that you no longer use that would make a great gift for somebody? Is there something you could donate to a local charity? You might just make someone's Christmas day!

    Lady hanging Christmas decorations on Christmas tree

    Not long to go now!...

    Hopefully we have inspired you to get stuck into something fun and festive to boost your Christmas spirit. We'd love to see what you get up to! Be sure to tag us in your stories and posts @arkskincare. 

    ARK Skincare's Heatwave Essentials

    Loving the warmer weather? We certainly are! It’s great to see some sunshine and feel the warmth on our skin while enjoying the long summer evenings.

    With the season change and warmer temperatures, it's important to keep your skincare at the ready to ensure your skin is kept clean and hydrated. 

    Therefore, In this post, we focus on our top heatwave essentials and the ingredients they include to keep your skin looking and feeling great throughout the summer. 

    SPF 30 Primer 

    Image: ARK Skincare's SPF 30 Primer jar in front of a sunlit blue background

    You can’t go without it. In fact, a good quality SPF is crucial all year round as sunlight rays are present even on cloudy days. However, they are at their strongest on the hotter days, so it’s extremely important to protect your skin from the sun.

    Unlike many others, ARK Skincare’s SPF is broad spectrum meaning it protects skin against both UVA and UVB rays. It also includes ingredients such as Sunflower and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and hydrate the skin, along with Shea Butter to protect it while keeping it soft and supple.

    You can find out more about why SPF is so important here

    Tip: Use alone or under make-up to create a perfectly smooth base for foundation application. 

    Radiance Serum 

    Image: ARK Skincare's skin perfecting Radiance Serum on a marble slate next to an orange - one of the product ingredients.

    "Radiance Serum is a miracle in a bottle. Obsessed is an understatement!" Stephanie Pratt, Actress

    Looking for a natural summer glow? This product is the one for you. Our radiance serum includes multiple powerhouse ingredients such as Red Algae to illuminate skin and reduce pigmentation, while Amino acids to help brighten. Vitamin C helps to boost the skin's collagen levels helping it to look energized and youthful. 

    Tip: Apply a few drops by patting them gently into the skin, or mix your serum in with your age intelligent moisturiser and apply together. 

    Hydrating Beauty Mist

    Image: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Beauty Mist held in persons hand against a blue background

    An essential in the summer months. Not only is this beauty mist great for keeping your skin hydrated, but it’s also the perfect product to keep in your bag for a refreshing spritz throughout the day to keep you cool. Active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid which helps to hydrate and relieve dry skin, Amino Acids to lock in moisture and wild water mint - an antioxidant to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. 

    Tip: For an extra intense refreshing spritz, keep your beauty mist in the fridge! 

    Conditioning Body Serum

    Image: ARK Skincare's Conditioning Body Serum

    A favourite of  beauty journalist, Celia Walden's - featuring on her 'can't-live-withouts' products list, in the Telegraph Magazine. 

     Made with 100% natural ingredients, our rich and silky body oil is perfect to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Sweet Almond Oil helps to keep skin smooth while Sacha Inchi Oil, rich in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, helps to lock in moisture and reduce redness. 

    Tip: Use all over the body. Massage into damp skin after bathing to lock in moisture. 

    Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    Don’t forget to protect your lips, too! Our intensive lip treatment cream helps to hydrate, plump and protect the entire lip area. It contains clinically proven plumping peptides which increase lip volume appearance while keeping the area hydrated and supple. Perfect for extreme weather conditions. 

    Tip: Use alone or as a hydrating primer under lipstick.

    To view more of our products, head over to the ARK Skincare website! Should you ever need any help or product advice, please send your questions over via email to office@arkskincare.com or call 0203 740 3303 and we will be happy to help. 

     

    Self Care 101 - Our 5 Top Tips On Taking Care Of Yourself

    Doesn’t it feel crazy to think that we’re halfway through the year? It’s pretty fair to say that no one predicted this is how 2020 was going to go and it’s certainly not been an easy ride. While many of our situations have been very different, we have all learned to adapt to the new ways of living and it's been rather unsettling, to say the least. 
    But, we are moving forward. Small signs of normality are slowly returning which is definitely a positive step. However, despite it being what we’ve wanted to hear for so long, we know it can feel overwhelming at times - especially after being programmed to stay indoors and fear the outside world for so long.
    With that in mind, we thought we would share our tips on how to practice a little self-care, be kind to yourself and remember to take some time out when you need to. 
     Image Title: 1. Share with others
    Image: Two ladies sat on a picnic blanket in a corn field
     It can feel like a sudden shock to the system now that the world is opening back up again so it’s completely normal to feel unsettled or nervous. We just have to remember that everybody is learning to adapt to this change and we are never on our own. If you’re feeling isolated, reach out to a friend or family member and share how you’re feeling. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved! 
    Image Title: Have a pamper evening
    Image: A white bathtub with a bath tray/table with a cup of tea, candle and flowers.
    Take some time out for you. Everyone feels a little better after pampering. Find some relaxing music or a good tv show and spend some time doing things that make you feel good. Whether it be indulging in a hot bubble bath, washing your hair, or practicing your skincare routine, spending a few hours focusing on yourself can really help to relax. 
    Image Title: 3. Be kind to your mind
    Image: White reminder card with hand written note which reads "mindfulness" on a window ledge.
    With everything that’s going on at the moment, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious. As we mentioned earlier, this is new to all of us and can feel very strange at times, so it’s important to remember to be kind to ourselves while we adapt to this new way of life. 
    Another thing to be mindful of is how much time we spend online. While being so limited with what we can do during the lockdown, many of us have reached for our screens. While they can be great a source of entertainment, it’s important to keep a balance and not compare ourselves to others and what they’re doing. Make sure you're following accounts that uplift you and make you feel good and steer away from those that don’t. 
    Image Title: 4. Treat yourself
    Image: Pink roses wrapped up in tissue paper next to a purse laid on a wooden table
    It’s always nice to treat yourself to something nice once in a while. Find something that you enjoy like your favorite film or food. If you fancy something different, why not have a look online? There are plenty of small businesses that would appreciate your support at the moment. If you're feeling generous you could even buy a treat for a friend - it would be a lovely way to show you're thinking of them!
    We have lots of luxury gift items which you can view here
     
     ARK Skincare's Uplift Care Package including 1 Vitality Body & Wash, 1 Nourishing hand & body lotion, 1 mini hydrating beauty mist and an ARK Skincare travel bag. Was £95, now £45. ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Duo including 1 Vitality Hand & Body wash & 1 Nourishing hand and body lotion. Was £58, now £38.
    Image Title: 5. Keep a journal
     ARK Skincare's Uplift Care Package including 1 Vitality Body & Wash, 1 Nourishing hand & body lotion, 1 mini hydrating beauty mist and an ARK Skincare travel bag. Was £95, now £45. ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Duo including 1 Vitality Hand & Body wash & 1 Nourishing hand and body lotion. Was £58, now £38.
    It doesn’t have to be a daily diary if that’s not your thing, but simply writing down what’s going on for you during this time can be a great way to express yourself and get out how you feel. It might even be a keepsake to look back on in years to come to reflect on everything that happened!
     
    Most importantly, remember to be your own friend. It's easy to feel anxious and under pressure in these uncertain times but we are all in this together and we will get through it.
    Slow down, be mindful and make sure you take a break when you need one. Don't put any pressure on yourself to do anything you don't feel comfortable with and keep the conversation flowing with friends and family so you aren't isolated. You can always keep in touch with us over on instagram and facebook @arkskincare, too! We love to hear from you. 
    Take care & keep safe! 
    Image: ARK Skincare logo

    April Favourites

    In the last few weeks, we have received some amazing product feedback so, we decided to round up some of the most recent reviews and share what everyone has been loving with you!

    Age Defend Night Treatment 

    Product Image of ARK Skincare's Defend Night Treatment on top of a velvet pink jewellery box next to a bottle of ARK's Radiance Serum.

     

    “I am so impressed with it that I can’t imagine using anything else at bedtime now. Using this combination of products has my skin feeling soft, supple and brighter, protected against the harsh winter weather” - Even Angels Fall, Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger


    “I've used the Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment most nights for nearly three weeks and I would confidently recommend it to virtually anyone who has skin. It feels a little bit indulgent to use, absorbs nicely and, so far, has made my face feel more hydrated and comfortable than it has in a long time.” Lippy In London, Beauty Blogger


    "When it comes to the colder months, my skin needs a bit more oomph in my moisturiser and this fits the bill perfectly. It has kiwi seed oil (omega 3 fatty acids for moisture and to help the skin barrier), passion fruit oil (anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory), Prodizia (for signs of fatigue), and CoQ10 (an antioxidant to help the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles)." Talonted Lex, Beauty Blogger

    Age Defend Moisturiser

     Product Image of a range of ARK Skincare products on a bathroom counter next to an Orchid.

     

    "ARK Skincare is a brand I've reviewed and raved about on my blog for a while now and I cannot recommend their Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser enough (it's my favourite product of theirs, closely followed by the new Age Defend Night Treatment" Of Beauty & Nothingness, Beauty Blogger

    "Now I must admit I'm always a little nervous about trying new moisturisers as I hate heavy products that feel too rich & worry that they will lead my hormonal skin to breakouts.  However, this product is anything but heavy & contains Co-enzyme Q10 & collagen-boosting vitamin A & despite the fact I initially pumped too much out of the bottle I was amazed at how quickly it absorbed into my skin & instantly left it feeling smoother & looking plumper."

    Product Image of ARK Skincare's Travel Candle being held above a cosy looking bed sheet with its branded product box.

    "I love candlelight. Something about it is so soothing. And better yet if the candle smells incredible. I’ve recently been loving the ARK Spa Aromatics Travel Candle. It’s small enough to take it with you on your travels so you can take your favourite scent with you wherever you go but big enough to have lots of burn time." Beauty Rocks, Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger


    Gua Sha Jade Tool 

    Product Image of ARK Skincare's Gua Sha Jade Tool laid on a wooden table with it's grey velvet drawstring bag

    "At night, (especially when I was using the tool on my neck) I felt a lot of tension released.  That’s what sitting at a laptop for most of the day typing can do for you folks! I did – through repeated use (and I stress the repeated use) – notice a difference especially to my eye area – it did appear that my brows were lifted and my eyes were more open." Living Pretty Happy, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

    Pre-Cleanse Makeup Remover & Defend Conditioning Cleanser

    Product image of ARK Skincare's Pre Cleanse Makeup Remover and Hydrating Beauty Mist being held against a cosy looking bed sheet.

    "I've been using these products for a few weeks now & I'm impressed with both.  The Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover effectively removes all traces of my make up, even when wearing a heavy smokey eye & when used with the Conditioning Cleanser I've found my skin has been left feeling deeply cleansed & smooth." My Midlife Fashion, Fashion Blogger 

     

    Triple Action Exfoliator 

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator laid on a fern leaf

     

    "I’ve used the ARK Skincare Triple Action Exfoliator once and I adored it.

    Once I washed the exfoliator off my face, my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth. This is such a satisfying feeling and I couldn’t stop touching my face. It reminded me of when I got a microdermabrasion treatment as my skin’s texture felt completely renewed."  A Womans Confidence Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger.

     

    Skin Perfector Clearing Serum

     Product image of ARK Skincare's Clearing serum next to it's product box and a pretty pink rose, laid out in front of a branded ARK Skincare gift box.

    " Before I used this serum, I genuinely used to use about four different ones to try and target different issues but this one does it all. It saves so much time only having to apply one product and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference since using this serum. My pores are definitely way less obvious, it calms my redness and even my blackheads have reduced." According to Alice Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger. 

     

    Skin Protector: SPF 30 Primer 

    Product image of ARK Skincare's Skin Essential SPF 30 Primer next to it's product box on a white counter top with pretty pink crystals scattered around it.

    "This went onto the skin beautifully and was super easily absorbed. I had been searching for a new daily SPF product for months and this is literally exactly what I wanted to add to my skincare routine, as I know it's protecting my skin from any harmful UVA and UVB rays, maintaining its youthfulness and overall health as well. "The "airbrush" finish allows makeup to glide on effortlessly and last all day long." Coconut Couture, Lifestyle Blogger

     

    Skin Essential Reverse Gravity Eye Cream 

    Product image of ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream next to a branded ARK Skincare box.

    "Another award-winning product I have been enjoying using is the ARK Skincare Gravity Defying Eye Treatment. This product is amazing at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and help to fade dark circles and diminishes puffiness."  Juelook, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

     

    You can view all of these products using the links above, or click here to go straight to the  ARK Skincare website!

    How To Work From Home

    What a peculiar time we’re living in. Strange - isn’t it? We at ARK are just trying our best to count our blessings and take each day as it comes. Whether you are at home, at work, or somewhere in between, we hope that you’re okay and keeping well.

    Please do keep in touch with us via social media, or if you wish to contact our customer services team, please email office@arkskincare.com or call 02037403303 and leave a message. We are all working from home but will respond to every message we receive. The ARK Skincare website is still operating as normal and we are continuing to ship orders.

    With a lot of us now staying inside, we thought we would share some tips on working from home. For this, we asked our newest member of the team Lucy, our new sales and marketing assistant, to share what she has learned in her first week from working from home.

    Image: laptop, diary and a coffee mug on a work desk

    If you’re like me and finding yourself working from home for the first time, you might be still finding out how to adjust. So, I thought it would be a better time than ever to create a guide for working at home and put together some top tips that I’ve learned. 

    1. Establish a routine

    Although you’re at home, there is still work to be done. Of course, your schedule might be a little more relaxed than usual, but it is still important to get a good night's sleep and wake up at a sensible time so you feel fresh and ready for the day. Deciding when you plan to take your lunch and breaks is important too as then you can work around your own guidelines.

    2. Create a workspace 

    Work desk set up in a home

    While at home, it’s really important to differentiate ‘being at work’ and being at home. Try to find a quiet space to do your work where you aren’t in the way of anybody else. Then, you can create a set up with everything you’ll need. Try your best to keep out of the way of any distractions like the tv, phones or your other family members. 

    3. Write a daily to-do list

    Somebody looking through their work diary

    Write yourself a list of things you want to achieve and then order them most to least important. I find starting with the most important first means I can relax a little knowing it's done and don’t rush through any of my other work. It can be really helpful to do this at the end of the working day so you know what has been done and what your priorities are for the next day.

    4. Remember to take breaks

    A laptop and written calendar laid out on a work desk

    Be realistic with the goals you set yourself. It’s not healthy to be sat down all day consumed in one thing. Aim to take short breaks every few hours to allow yourself some time away from a screen. This could be when you take a walk, make your lunch or catch up with a family member. 

    5. Get some exercise

    A lady wearing sports leggings and trainers running up some outdoor steps

    Without the need to get yourself to your workplace and with gyms being closed, it can be very easy to forget to keep active, but exercise is so important for both physical and mental health. This article by the NHS explains why sitting too much is bad for us and why it is so important to stay active. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a little bit of sun where you are, it's definitely worth getting out and making the most of it, even if it is just for a short walk!

    There are also some great pre-filmed workouts online and even some live workout classes being aired on youtube and Instagram which give a great sense of community and encouragement for those who feel like they need a pick me up. 

    6. Communicate 

    Please don’t allow yourself to get lonely. This is a difficult time for everybody, but we are so blessed to live in a world where we have technology and phones to be able to keep in contact with those around us. Make sure to keep in touch with family and friends by sending pictures and sharing the things that make you smile to keep the conversation flowing!

    7. Most importantly, be kind to yourself. This is something new for everyone and we are all still learning to adjust. Some days are bound to be easier than others and that is okay. Try your best to focus on all the little things that bring you joy and be proud of all the things you are able to achieve. We must keep finding the positives and remember that we will get through this. 

     

    In the next few posts we will be sharing some ideas of what you can do in your free time while being at home, so keep an eye out if you're in need of some inspiration!

    Also, while we're all washing our hands constantly, we have decided to put together a little gift. A free hand & nail cream will be added to any orders £5 or over - helping you to avoid getting dry hands! 

     Click here to shop now 

    ARK Skincare's Intensive Hand and Nail Cream

     

     

    Sources: 

    BBC: Coronavirus - 5 Ways to Work From Home

    The Independent: How to Be Productive When Working From Home

    NHS: Why Too Much Sitting Is Bad For Us

    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/why-sitting-too-much-is-bad-for-us/