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Interview with ARK Skincare's Resident Therapist Kate Hardy

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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! 

Portrait of Kate Hardy, ARK Skincare's Resident therapist &  owner of Bargate Beauty

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?

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Range: Protect, Defend, Defy.

Pictured: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Moisturisers 

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?

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Treatments: Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection Masque

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 productIt 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!

Hydration Injection Mask:

Again leave for length of time according to age:

Teens – 20s 5mins

30-40s 10mins

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.

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

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

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.

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To learn more about our Skin Perfector Collection and the rest of the ARK Skincare Range, head over to our website! www.arkskincare.com

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!

Vegan series - Part Three: Living As a Vegan With Newest Team Member Rosie!

Newest ARK Skincare team member Rosie!For the third and final post of our veganuary series, we decided to sit down with our newest ARK team member, Rosie, to learn about what it’s really like to live a vegan lifestyle. We also talked to her about what it’s like working for a vegan brand and she shares her favourite ARK products!

Rosie switched over to a plant based diet a few years ago and has been really enjoying it ever since. So, whether you are a vegan, looking to become a vegan or even just want to introduce more plant-based meals into your diet, we hope this post can give you some inspiration.

Two bowls of carrot sticks, pepper strips and fresh berries

Q: When did you become vegan? Was there something in particular that sparked your interest in changing your lifestyle?

I think it was around the end of 2018. I remember there was a lot of content shared on social media at the time raising awareness about animal cruelty. Of course I knew where meat and dairy came from, but watching the videos of animals struggling really struck me. So, initially, I just knew I didn’t like the idea of contributing to the suffering of animals and wanted to do something about it. 

At first I was thinking about becoming vegetarian, so I decided to watch a few documentaries that had been recommended to me to learn more about the benefits. One documentary in particular called Cowspiracy really opened my eyes to the negative effect both meat and dairy industries have not only on animals, but also our environment and our health.

After watching the documentary, my husband was adamant that he wanted to become vegan straight away. He too was really shocked at how much of an impact animal agriculture had on our planet and so we both felt that the quickest way we could start making a difference was to switch over to a plant based diet. 

Q: How did you go vegan?

Although we were really keen to become Vegan, there was lots to learn so it was definitely a gradual process. Most of the meat and dairy products we used to buy were fresh anyway, so we used the last of what we had, plus anything in the cupboards and decided that when we next went shopping we would try our best to find vegan alternatives. 

A carton of oat milk from Vegan brand Oat-ly! next to a coffee cup.

Q: Did you find it difficult?

I think we both actually found it quite fun! We saw becoming plant-based as a bit of a challenge and really enjoyed learning about new foods and finding ways we could switch up our usual meals to make them plant based. 

I do remember the reality of eating out quite difficult in the beginning. When we started, there weren't many vegan options on the menu (if any!) but it wasn’t too long after that a lot of vegan brands really started to kick off, so more and more vegan options were being introduced in supermarkets, restaurants and coffee shops. I think we decided to go Vegan at a good time!

Sometimes it can be really easy to slip up or make the odd mistake, for example, choosing something that contains milk or egg in a product you wouldn’t expect to find it in. Although we don’t want to purchase products with those ingredients in, if we do purchase something by mistake, we won’t throw it away, we just take it as a lesson learned for next time. Slip-ups can be inevitable I think - especially when you first start out!

Q: Is there anything you miss now that you eat a plant based diet?

In the beginning, yes, I definitely missed having things like a big handful of cheese on top of my pasta! Although, looking back now, I realise I ate a lot of foods out of habit and after not having them for a while I don’t really miss them anymore. As I mentioned earlier, now that there are so many vegan options, I can choose an alternative option instead, so I actually still have a lot of the meals that I loved when we ate meat and dairy - I’ve just adjusted them to make them plant based. 

I think being Vegan has actually encouraged me to try a lot of things I wouldn’t have before. Plus, with the vegan market growing and growing, there are always new things to try which definitely helps to keep things interesting!

Q: We know a plant-based diet is a huge part of being vegan, but there is much more to it than that, how are you finding working for a vegan brand? Which is your favourite product from the ARK Skincare range so far?

There is definitely a lot to think about and be mindful of - especially when you first start and everything is so new. I decided I wanted to concentrate on changing my diet to start off as changing to a vegan lifestyle in every aspect at once was quite daunting. But now I have been vegan for a few years, I do like to try to be mindful and make sustainable choices in other ways like trying to reduce waste and opting for vegan friendly brands. 

It’s really rewarding to work for a brand who are so proud to be vegan. I love being able to introduce people to ARK Skincare because I know I am able to reassure them that whichever products they choose, they can rest assured that they will be 100% Vegan and will have never been tested on animals. 

When I first started, I was introduced to the Age Protect Cleanser and Age Protect Moisturiser and have kept using them both since. As someone who suffers with sensitive skin, I’ve found they’ve really helped to calm it down. 

ARK Skincare's Age Protect range for teens and twenties, young skin

Another product I absolutely love is the Triple Action Exfoliator. I remember the first time I used it I was genuinely surprised how much softer my skin felt afterwards and It’s such a lovely product to massage in. 

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Triple Action Exfoliator

Q: What would you suggest to somebody interested in becoming vegan?

My advice would be to ease into it slowly. Changing your whole lifestyle immediately can be challenging, so I wouldn’t worry about being super strict to start with. Just enjoy the process of learning new recipes and ways you can adapt meals you already love and enjoy.

I think watching lots of different documentaries is helpful too. Some of the facts you learn are really interesting and can help to keep you inspired. I’ve had to re-watch a few to get them to fully sink in!

I’d love to share my Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese recipe for anyone who is looking for some plant-based inspiration - I love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion, diced 
  • 1 pack of mushrooms, diced 
  • 2 garlic cloves / garlic granules 
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1 vegetable stock cube 
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 
  • 200ml passata 
  • 1 tin of green lentils 
  • 1 cup of walnuts 
  • 1 pack of meat free mince (optional)
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar 
  • A splash soy sauce 

Method:

  1. Toast the walnuts in a pan for a few minutes on a medium heat. Then, in batches, use a blender to blitz them into finer pieces. (If you don’t have a blender, a good alternative is to put them into a freezer bag and break them up with the end of a rolling pin!)
  2. Fry the mushrooms for 5-10 minutes before adding the onions and garlic. Fry everything until soft.
  3. Add the herbs, spices and the stock cube, then leave to simmer for a few minutes before adding the soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. If you are using mince, add this now too. 
  4. Next, add in the walnuts and lentils and mix everything through. Then add your tin of chopped tomatoes, passata and a splash of water. Leave to cook gently on a low to medium heat. 
  5. Cook your pasta of choice and mix everything together.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Are you interested in learning more about Vegan skincare? Click here to view the full ARK Skincare product range!

 

Winter Skincare Essentials : Everything You Need To Know

The winter season can be cruel to your skin. Cold weather and low humidity result in dry air which strips skin of moisture, causing tightness, dryness and irritation. Therefore, it is essential to learn what your skin needs so you can switch up your skincare accordingly. 

In this post, we focus on how the winter months can affect your skin and share our tips on how you can keep your skin looking and feeling great. 

ARK Skincare fact about central heating resulting in dry irritated skin

We know just how tempting it can be to turn the heating right up, especially when you come inside after being out in the cold. While it might feel comforting to warm yourself up, the dramatic change in temperature can wreak havoc on your skin. Central heating blows out dry, hot air which strips your skin of moisture and natural oils, resulting in redness and irritation. 

Top tip:

To keep your skin hydrated, keep your heating on a medium level and wrap up warm in plenty of layers instead. Having a humidifier in your home can significantly help by forcing moisture back into the air, preventing skin from becoming dry or irritated. If you don't have a humidifier,  putting a bowl of water above your radiator is a great alternative. 

Products to try:

ARK Skincare's Hydrating Beauty Mist with Hyaluronic Acid for dry skin

 Choose skincare products with hydrating ingredients to give your skin a generous boost of moisture.

ARK Skincare’s intensively refreshing Hydrating Beauty Mist will restore skin in  just a few spritz. Hyaluronic Acid relieves dryness and irritation, while Wild Water mint, Aloe Vera and Allantoin helps to soothe and calm. The perfect product to replenish your skin throughout the day.

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfecting Hydrating Serum for dry skin

You may also like to take a look at our skin perfecting Hydrating Serum. Cucumber extract cocoons parched skin in hydration, while Laminaria Algae helps to trap in water molecules and prevent against water loss. Apply directly to dry areas or mix 2-3 drops into your moisturiser before application. 

ARK Skincare fact about Omega Fatty Acids strengthening skin

Omega Fatty Acids are essential for happy, healthy skin. They act as the building blocks in your skin cells and help to strengthen the skin’s surface layer (also known as the Stratum Corneum), which protects against environmental factors such as cold weather and harsh winds. Although the skin requires these fatty acids for good health, your body is unable to produce them on its own. 

Top tip:

To give your skin the fatty acids it needs, make sure to include omega-rich foods in your diet. Examples include:

Omega-3 – Fish, vegetable oils, plant oils and leafy vegetables

Omega-6 – Nuts, seeds, sunflower, soybean and sesame oils

Omega-9 – Olive, sunflower and flaxseed oils, hazelnuts

Another highly effective way of getting omega-fatty acids to your skin is by applying them   directly through your skincare products. 

Products to try:

ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up remover for all ages

Try ARK Skincare’s Pre-Cleanse and Make-Up Remover and you’ll never look back. This multi-fruit lipid blend contains Avocado, Grape Seed and Kiwi Oil which are rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9, helping to deeply nourish and strengthen your skin, for a smoother, healthier complexion.

Use before your Age Intelligent cleanser to dissolve any last trace of dirt, grime and excess sebum to leave your skin clean and refreshed. 

ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Conditioning Body Oil Serum

You may also like to try our Conditioning Body Oil, a luxurious body serum with a beautiful scent made from a blend of natural essential oils rich in Omega 3, 6 & 9 to nourish the skin. 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.

ARK Skincare fact about dry skin around lips and mouth

Ever suffered from dry lips? Your lips are very different to any other part of your body. Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don’t have any oil or sweat glands meaning they lack protective oils.  They also have a much thinner protective layer of skin, meaning they are a lot more exposed to environmental factors like harsh winds and colder weather. 

regular skin cell vs lip skin cell

Diagram of a lip skin cell in comparison to a regular skin cell.

Top Tip:

Try to avoid licking your lips. It may feel relieving, but saliva evaporates quickly, meaning your lips may be left even be drier than before.  As your lips can’t naturally produce moisture, it is important to use a lip cream to help protect them. Make applying a lip treatment a part of your daily routine to give your skin the protection it needs. 

Products to try:

ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream for dry lips

ARK Skincare’s Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream is an intensive treatment designed to hydrate, repair and repair cracked lips. Ingredients such as macadamia oils contain high levels of linoleic acid which help to restore the skin's barrier function and prevent water loss, helping to keep your lips soft and supple. It also contains clinically proven plumping peptides to increase lip volume, hydration and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

ARK Skincare about UV rays affect on skin. Use SPF

Now the days are shorter and the weather is a lot colder, you may be tempted to put your SPF away. Please don’t! - Sun protection is important all year round, even in the winter months.

There are two types of light rays. UVA and UVB. Typically, we are more aware of the need for SPF in the summer because UVB rays which cause sunburn are very strong. In the colder months, UVB rays tend to weaken, but we are still at risk of UVA. 

While UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, up to 80% can still be absorbed by your skin meaning you still need SPF protection on cloudy days. UVA rays also penetrate the skin more deeply and are responsible for skin ageing and cause indirect damage to DNA so it is important to keep protected!

Top tip:

Incorporate products which contain SPF into your daily routine. This way they will easily become habit and you can rest assured your skin is taken care of. Make sure to apply a generous amount for ultimate protection. Experts recommend SPF 30 is a good level to use to keep skin protected. 

Products to try:

ARK Skincare's SPF 30 Primer. Works as a make-up primer and helps protect against UV rays.

ARK Skincare's Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer is one of our popular hero products which can be used as a sun protector, make-up primer and daily moisturiser all in one. With a blend of UVA and UVB filters, this formulation offers broad-spectrum protection, while nourishing ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid can help boost hydration. Vitamin E and Shea butter helps to soften and smooth. 

Are you planning to switch up your winter skincare? We've got you covered. To learn more about the ARK Skincare range, visit arkskincare.com today. 

References: 

Radiance by WEBMD - Natural Skincare - The Skinny on Fats

 NHS - Sunscreen and Sun Safety

NetDoctor - Winter Proof Your Skin

Paula's Choice - The Essential Role Of Omega Fatty Acids  

Vegan series: Part 1 - What is Veganuary & how can it benefit you?

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

Livestock: tagged cows in a cow barn

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 

Healthy, highly nutritious foods such as tomatoes, brocolli, avocado and peppers

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

Landscape showing a huge amount of greenery and a lake in the sunlight

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.

For people

young woman walking through the woods holding out a green leaf to represent vegansim

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!

Resources: 

Veganuary 

What We Do 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

- 7 Fantastic Health Benefits of Eating Vegan

- 16 Facts That Show How Going Vegan Helps Stop Climate Change

- Go Vegan - Save The Planet

British Dietetic Association (BTA)

- British Dietetic Association confirms well-planned vegan diets can support healthy living in people of all ages

The Vegan Society 

- Why Go Vegan?

- The Vegan Diet Supports Excellent Health 

- Compassion For Animals 

The Independant

Veganism is the 'single biggest way' to reduce our environmental impact

 

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 Top Tips For Your Winter Skincare Routine!

Dry skin, chapped lips, sore hands?

 The colder weather and lack of Vitamin D in the winter months is proven to have an affect on your skin - but we're here to help!

In this post, we share our top tips on how you can protect your skin and give it everything it needs to thrive.

1. SPF is still (very) Important!

Just because we have less sun doesn’t mean you should put away your sunscreen. While UVB rays tend to be a lot weaker, UVA rays can still penetrate through clouds and reach our skin meaning we’re still at risk of damage. Therefore, it’s extremely important to remember to apply SPF to ensure you’re protected.

ARK’s SPF 30 Primer is the perfect daily moisturiser, make-up primer and skin protector all in one. It is also a broad spectrum SPF meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays so you can rest assured that you're taking care of your skin.

You can read more about the importance of SPF here

2. Keep Hydrated 

Pouring a glass of water with lemon slices

“Healthy skin starts from within…”

We lose a significant amount of water every day so it’s important to replenish your body to allow it to function at its best. If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration can present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky, so make sure to keep your fluids up! The NHS recommends between 6-8 glasses a day. 

3. Say no to hot water...

Shower head with steamy water spraying

A hot bath or shower can often sound tempting when it’s so cold outside, but hot water can actually strip the skin of its moisture, leaving it sore, red and irritated. Instead, turn the temperature down a little. Lukewarm water is always best. Moisturise straight after bathing or showering to lock in moisture. Pat skin dry instead of rubbing to avoid irritation.

4. Use moisturising skincare products 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Moisturisers for all ages

 Choose a moisturiser with high quality ingredients to give your skin the treat it deserves. ARK Skincare offers three Age Intelligent Moisturisers, specifically designed with hardworking ingredients to treat each age range. 

  • AgeProtect Skin Vitality Moisturiser for teens & twenties
  • AgeDefend Replenishing Moisturiser for 30’s and 40’s 
  • AgeDefy Nourishing Moisturiser for 50s and onwards

You may also like to take a look at our Skin Perfector Hydrating Serum which is targeted specifically to dryness. Laminara Algae cocoons skin in hydration by trapping in water molecules, while Cucumber Extract improves elasticity and plumps fine lines.  

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Hydrating Serum for dry skin

5. Keep up your weekly treatments 

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection masque

Give your skin the extra boost it needs by adding in weekly treatments to your skincare routine.

ARK Skincare’s popular Triple Action Exfoliator gently scrubs away dead skin and debris from the surface, helping to leave skin feeling smoother and looking more refreshed. 

Then our Hydration Injection Masque contains a multivitamin blend of Vitamin A to keep skin supple, Vitamin B5 to hydrate and soothe, Vitamin C to brighten and Vitamin E which offers antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic Acid drenches the skin in moisture and prevents any moisture loss. The perfect treat for thirsty skin!

You can view both of our Skin Perfector treatments by clicking here. 

6. Protect your lips

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream for all ages

Suffering from chapped lips? 

The colder, dryer  weather can often dry out your lips too so it’s important to remember to keep some lip balm at the ready. ARK Skincare’s hardworking Advanced Action Lip Plumping Cream helps to hydrate and soothe the whole of the mouth area. Plumping peptides help to plump the skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while Macadamia Lipids help to restore the skin's hydrolipidic film, maintain softness and prevent dryness.

7. Look after your hands!

ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream for all ages

While washing your hands so often (especially this year!) it’s important to remember to pat your hands dry properly too. Otherwise, as water evaporates it can draw moisture out of the skin. 

Keep your hands soft and supple with ARK Skincare’s Intensive Hand & Nail Cream. Raspberry Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter Intensely hydrates and helps to prevent moisture loss while Amino Acids encourages strong healthy nails.

 

Introducing ARK Skincare's 2020 Christmas Collection

We think it’s safe to say that 2020 has certainly been a crazy year... Can you believe that we're in December? The Christmas countdown has now begun!

In this post we’re proud to share the ARK Skincare 2020 Gift Collection. With each of the luxurious sets we have to offer, you’re bound to find something for  everyone. So, if you’re still in need of the perfect gift, we’ve got you covered - but be quick! December 25th is fast approaching!

 

ARK Skincare’s 2020 Christmas Collection 

Age Intelligent Discovery Collections

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Discovery Collections: Protect, Defend, Defy

Our Age Intelligent Discovery Collections contain a selection of different miniature sizes; the perfect way to introduce somebody new to ARK Skincare, or an ideal set of travel sizes for those who enjoy using our products already. 

Each set is beautifully wrapped in branded tissue paper and packed in one of ARK Skincare’s travel bags.

This gift includes:

  • 1 Age Intelligent Cleanser 30ml
  • 1 Age Intelligent Moisturiser 30ml 
  • 1 Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover 50ml
  • 1 Hydrating Beauty Mist. 
  • 1 ARK Travel Bag

You can find our Discovery Collection in all of our Age Intelligent ranges, Protect for teens & 20's, Defend for 30's and 40's and Defy for 50's and onwards. 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Full Size Sets: Protect, Defend Defy

With a full-size Age Intelligent Cleanser & Moisturiser, this set offers all the staples you will need for a simple yet effective skincare routine.

The perfect present for everyone - all you need to know is which age range they fall into! 

This gift includes: 

  • 1 Age Intelligent Cleanser 200ml
  • 1 Age Intelligent Moisturiser 200ml
  • 1 Cotton Face Cloth
  • Complimentary Gift Bag
You can find our Full Size set in all of our Age Intelligent range: Protect for teens & 20's, Defend for 30's and 40's and Defy for 50's and onwards. 

    Age Intelligent Sleep Collections 

    ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Beauty Sleep Collections: Defend, Defy

    For our AgeDefend and AgeDefy ranges, we have created our Luxury Beauty Sleep collections. Who wouldn’t want the gift of a dreamy night's sleep? 

    This gift includes one of our luxury night treatments that contain hardworking active ingredients which help to aid the skin's natural healing process while you sleep.

    We have also teamed up with the wonderful Space Masks to offer you a pack of 5 of their self-heating eye masks, infused with Jasmine to help you relax and unwind. 

    This gift includes: 

    • 1 Age Intelligent Night Treatment 55ml
    • Pack of 5 Spacemasks 
    • Complimentary gift bag

    Facial Massage Set

    ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Facial Massage Set with Jade Tool

    Everything you need to become a Gua Sua Expert. 

    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 so you’ll be a pro in no time. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque full of hyaluronic acid - the ultimate weekly treatment for thirsty skin, especially during the colder months!

    This gift includes: 

    • Jade Facial Tool
    • Hydration Injection Masque 75ml
    • Step by step technique guide
    • Complimentary Gift Bag

    Skin Perfectors Luxury Collection

    ARK Skincare's Skin Perfectors Luxury Collection with Serums and Treatments

    This is called our luxury collection for a reason! This gift is filled with some really generous treats for the skin. Our Triple Action Exfoliator contains bamboo microparticles and fruit acids to gently slough dead skin, helping to create a smooth, polished texture.

    Hydration Injection Masque cocoons skin in moisture with a boost of hyaluronic acid and a blend of vitamins to restore vibrancy, helping to brighten complexion and restore vibrancy. 

    In this collection, you will also find two of our most popular Skin Perfector Serums. These are a great addition to your usual skincare routine to help tackle specific skin concerns. You can apply 1-2 drops to problem areas or simply mix in with your moisturiser and apply together. 

    Our Radiance Serum is full of Vitamin C and Amino Acids which help to reduce skins of ageing and improve complexion while hydrating and illuminating the skin, creating a radiant glow in an instant. 

    Our protective De-Stress Serum acts as a ‘second skin’. It has a blend of Rosmarinic Acid and Flavonoid Rutin from Lemon Balm that work to defend against harmful free radicals, while Vitamin E offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection. A hard working treat for skin that may need a pick me up, or protection for existing damage. 

    The ultimate self-care bundle, perfect for all skin types. 

    This gift includes: 

    • Radiance Serum 30ml
    • De-Stress Serum 30ml
    • Hydration Injection Masque 75ml
    • Triple Action Exfoliator 75ml
    • Complimentary Gift Bag

    Skin Essentials Hero Collection 

    ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Hero Collection, Cleanse, Protect, Hydrate

    Our popular hero collection provides everything you need to cleanse, hydrate & protect skin; the ultimate skin care trio. 

    This gift Includes: 

    • 1 Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover 50ml
    • 1 Hydrating Beauty Mist 50ml 
    • 1 SPF 30 Primer 30ml (full size) 

    Cleanse with ARK’s Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover, Hydrate with Hydrating Beauty Mist and Protect with our SPF 30 Primer. Three of our most popular formulations to keep skin looking and feeling great. 

    Hand Care Gift

    ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Hand Care Gift for Dry Skin

    Do you know somebody who is suffering from dry, cracked hands? With being so much more mindful of washing our hands this year, it can leave our skin feeling dry and irritated, especially now the colder weather is taking its toll!

    This hand care gift is the ultimate overnight treatment. Simply apply a generous amount of our Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream and luxury cotton gloves before bed and allow the active ingredients to soak in and work their magic overnight. Raspberry Seed Oil & Vitamin E help to protect and moisturise the skin, while Amino Acids encourage strong, healthy nails. 

    Travel Candles

    ARK Skincare's Luxury Spa Aromatic Travel Candles

    Our luxury candles are a great gift for those who love a cozy evening in or a good fragrance to fill a room. There are many different fragrances to choose from such as Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint, Vanilla, Sandalwood & Amber  and Rose, Geranium & Violet.

    If you’re looking for something more festive, you must take a look at our Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Clove candle - it’s Christmas in a jar! This popular scent also comes in a Luxury Size. You can view all of our Spa Aromatic Candle range by clicking here

    If you'd like to take a look at our Christmas collection in more detail, head over to the ARK Skincare website to find out more. If you need help, or any product advice, please do get in touch by emailing office@arkskincare.com and our customer service team will be more than happy to help. 

     

    ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments - Ingredient Focus

    Have you heard the exciting news? Our Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment has recently been shortlisted for Best New Premium Skin Care Product in the Pure Beauty Awards 2020! Ever since our Night Treatments launched at the beginning of the year, they have been ARK best sellers, so we are delighted with this nomination.

    ARK Skincare's Age Defend Night Treatment

    Please Vote! 

    If you like this product, we’d love for you to vote for us - it only takes a minute! As a small, independent brand, award wins really help spread the word about our products. You can find the voting page by clicking here. Thank you. 
    As we mentioned, since their launch, our Night Treatments have become very popular and have received lots of positive reviews emphasising the excellent results that they offer. In this post, we focus on why a Night Treatment is such a great addition to your evening skincare regime and how their unique formulations packed with active ingredients help to benefit the skin. 

    What Is a Night Treatment Used For?

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments and ingredients

    ARK Skincare’s Night Treatments are used to offer the ultimate pamper session while you sleep. These formulations are the result of extensive research and have been developed with the latest understanding of how skin cells rejuvenate at night. Both unique formulations contain hard working active ingredients which have been specifically chosen to help aid the skin’s natural healing process as you sleep. By applying before bed, you can trust that your Night Treatment will get hard to work, allowing you to wake up looking and feeling well rested. 

      Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment 

    ARK Skincare's Defend Regenerating Night Treatment

    A night cream formulated for those in their 30s and 40s 
    98% natural. Suitable for vegans.
    ARK Skincare’s Defend Night Treatment helps to combat the signs of everyday stress which tends to be at its peak at this age. In addition, free radical scavenging antioxidants stabilise and support the skin, whilst fatty acids moisturise, soothe and smooth. Conditioning agents intensively hydrate skin to relieve dryness and improve the skin’s elasticity. 

    Key Active Ingredients

    Silk Tree Extract  promotes the visible reduction of the signs of fatigue: dark circles, under-eye bags, dull complexion and drawn features by protecting and repairing the skin from damage caused by glycation. It also encourages a boost in collagen which can help your skin to glow and appear more energised. 

    Vitamin A Palmitate  is an antioxidant and a source of vitamin A. In the skin, it is converted to retinol, and ultimately to retinoic acid (the active form of vitamin A). It functions as a protectie and free radical scavenger. 

    Passionfruit Seed Oil is very rich in essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to alleviate inflammatory skin concerns such as rosacea and acne while keeping skin smooth and supple. 

    Blue Lotus is considered the sacred flower of anti-aging and a symbol of beauty. The flower is rich in flavonoids, which improves the skin’s firmness and elasticity. It also contains powerful antioxidants, ideal for sensitive and irritated skin.  

    Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment

    A night cream formulated for those in their 50s onwards

     98% natural. Suitable for vegans  

    Rejuvenates tired, damaged skin whilst you sleep. Bioactive ingredients tone, re-densify, and regenerate skin whilst improving the natural barrier function and diminishing the visible signs of ageing. Includes ingredients to promote collagen and reduce inflammation, as well as an energizing cocktail of vitamins and minerals to detoxify and vitalize. 

     Key Active Ingredients 

    Borage oil is the richest commercial plant source of GLA, an Omega Fatty Acid which is a key ‘building block’ in production of the body’s regulatory hormones.  Borage oil also has many calming and nourishing properties, making it the perfect ingredient to treat skin concerns such as eczema, dermatitis and rosacea.

    Jiaogulan extract contains high amounts of flavonoids and gypenosides, noted for their antioxidant effects and has been shown to prevent UV-induced damage. 

    Stabilised Vitamin C helps promote the synthesis of collagen which increases skin suppleness. It also scavenges free radicals, reducing the skin roughness and inflammation, appearance of wrinkles and helps to brighten complexion. Vitamin C can also help to heal skin and protect against sun damage. 

    Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain a moisturised and firm skin by improving cell cohesion. Our Hyaluronic Acid is organic and low weight, meaning it can penetrate to the deeper layers of skin to plump fine lines, boost moisture and improve collagen synthesis. 

    Blackcurrant seed oil contains two important fatty acids that help regulate inflammatory response and dry skin. It can also be used to nourish and protect skin tissues preventing chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. 

    Goji Berries are packed with nutrients including Vitamin C, Zinc and Selenium, which help in the formation of collagen and the repair of damaged skin tissue. They provide protecting, detoxifying, fortifying and vitalising properties and contain over 5 times the antioxidant activity of any other fruit or vegetable. 

     How to Use

    Use in the evening. Massage into dry skin after cleansing with Pre-Cleanse and your Age Intelligent cleanser. 

    Reviews & Awards

    Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment 

    Winner - BEST (NIGHT) SKINCARE PRODUCT (Age 30+)

     “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.  Talonted Lex, Beauty Blogger

    Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment

    Winner - BEST (NIGHT) SKINCARE PRODUCT (Age 50+)

    This night-time moisturiser is fabulous. It has a delicate scent, the packaging makes it easy to dispense just the right amount and the cream leaves my skin feeling nourished and moisturised without any heavy or sticky feeling. - Alison C, customer
    Really lovely cream, not too heavy but makes your skin feel so soft and smooth. I will buy again. - Julia, Customer

    Wake Up Feeling Well Rested! 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments offer

    To celebrate our most recent nomination, we are offering 25% off of the Age Defend and Age Defy Night Treatments. Add the code ‘BEAUTYSLEEP’ at checkout to receive your discount. 

    ARK Skincare's Vitality Hand & Body Wash

    We’re certain we’re not the only ones who are thrilled to have some normality back after the unbelievable few months we’ve all had. However, keeping ourselves safe and well is still as important as ever, so as well as remembering to keep our distance and wear our masks in shops, washing our hands should still be a top priority. With that in mind, in this post, we'll be focusing on our popular Vitality Hand & Body Wash

    Why It’s So Important To Wash Your Hands 

    Image: Person lathering their hands up with soap at a sink

    When germs and bacteria get into your body, they can make you sick. The most common way germs get into the body is through the eyes, nose and mouth - places we often touch without even realizing.  Bacteria from unwashed hands can also be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands. Therefore, it’s really important to keep your hands clean to avoid picking up or spreading germs around. 

    How To Wash Your Hands

    Image: illustration on how to wash your hands. step 1: wet hands, step 2: apply soap, step 3: rub hands together for 20 seconds (and sing your favourite song), step 4: rinse and dry

    No, a quick splash of water under the tap doesn't count! To clean your hands properly, it’s really important to lather up with a good quality soap and use enough to ensure your hands are completely covered before rinsing them off. Always make sure to dry your hands properly too as this will help avoid them getting cracked and dry. To keep hands nourished, follow up with ARK's Intensive Hand & Nail Cream.

    ARK Skincare’s Vitality Hand & Body Wash

    Image: ARK Skincare's Vitality Hand & Body wash against some marble slates and fresh green plants

    Our popular hand and body wash is a firm favorite of many for its gorgeous scent and gentle, softening properties. Our soap-free wash is made from 98% natural ingredients, perfect for those who suffer from eczema or sensitive skin. 

    Natural active ingredients include: 

    • Coconut - An amazing natural cleanser which also helps to improve skin's texture. 
    • Sea Minerals - Helps to strengthen the skin tissues, maintain the chemical balance of the skin, stimulate blood circulation and eliminate toxins.
    • Vitamin B5 - helps to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy. It is also deeply hydrating and helps keep skin quenched by absorbing moisture from the air. 

    How & When Should I Use It?

     Our wash can be used as a hand or body wash - the perfect 2 in 1!  Use it on your hands, in the shower, or add to a running bath to create soft, fresh-smelling bubbles to soak in. 

    Shower handle against a fresh white tiled bathroom wall.

    Press & Awards

    Image: ARK Skincare's Vitality Hand & Body Wash. Product Image against a white background.

    FINALIST - Best New Bath & Shower Product - Pure Beauty Awards 2019

    “Gentle enough for use throughout all stages of pregnancy & beyond” Babyworld

    "This is so beautiful, so hydrating, and clears up my eczema flare-ups with no problem!" - Boy Does Beauty, Skincare Blogger

    Free Gift With Purchase! 

    For a limited time only, you can receive a FREE Vitality Hand & Body Wash when you spend over £49 this weekend! Head over to the ARK Skincare website to find out more. 

    ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Lip Cream

    Have you ever suffered from dry or cracked lips? We can help! In this post, we focus on ARK Skincare’s popular Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream and how it's ingredients help to keep lips soft and supple throughout the day. 

    Why do I need a lip cream? 

     Your lips are made of skin just like the rest of your face, so it's important not to forget them when practicing your skincare routine. By using a high-quality lip treatment, you can ensure your lips are kept well hydrated and avoid them from coming dry and sore. 

    ARK Skincare’s Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    This intensive lip treatment smoothes, plumps and firms the skin. It also helps to reduce visible lines and wrinkles to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Hardworking active ingredients help to hydrate and create a protective barrier to protect lips in all extreme weather conditions. The perfect product to keep your lips soft and hydrated throughout the day.

    Key Ingredients:  

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Lip Cream with ingredient macadamia on a blue background Maxi Lip - a complex of clinically proven plumping Peptides that increase lip volume appearance and hydration. 

    Allantoin - moisturises and soothes sensitive lips.

    Macadamia Lipids - helps to restore the skin’s hydrolipidic film, maintaining softness and preventing dryness.

    How to use: 

    Use alone as a nourishing treatment to keep your lips soft throughout the day, or before applying lipstick as a hydrating primer. Pat the product gently into the lips to feel the formulation instantly soak into the skin. 

    Tip: For an extra intensive treatment, apply before bed and leave on overnight. 

    Image: Customer reviews

    Image: Customer reviews 2

    You can find out more about our Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream on the ARK Skincare website. Or to read more of our other blog posts you can click here

    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! 
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    Ingredient Focus: What is Beautifeye™ & How Does It Benefit The Skin?

    Ingredient Image: Silk Tree Extract

    What is Beautifeye™?

    BeautifeyeTM, is an extract derived from the Persian Silk Tree. The award-winning ingredient is proven to tighten and lift the eyelid and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

    How does it benefit the skin?

    1. It helps to lift the upper eyelid

    Image: Showing the difference before and after using beautifeye on eyelids

    BeautifeyeTM helps to support the dermal structure of the upper eyelid by boosting elasticity while supporting the walls of blood vessels so they are less prone to leaking and sagging, helping the skin to appear more youthful.

    2. It can fight free radicals

    Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to our cells. They can exist in our environment and can be generated from many different substances such as the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. The anti-oxidants packed within BeautifeyeTM can help fight the free radicals and reduce the damage they cause to our skin. 

    3. It helps to smooth crow’s feet  

    Image: Before and after of using beautifye on crow's feet (wrinkles in the corner of eye)

    The multi-action ingredient can also help to plump the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles made in the corner of the eye, (also known as crow’s feet). It also diminishes puffiness which is more common as you get older.

    4. It reduces the appearance of dark circles

    BeautifeyeTM can lessen the appearance of pigmentation under the eyes by reducing the intensity of red and blue colours which together, cause dark circles. 

    5. It supports collagen production

    It also supports the production of collagen - a protein naturally produced in the body which improves skin elasticity, reduces visible wrinkles, and increases blood flow to the skin. Boosting your collagen level can help your skin to glow appear more and appear more energised. 

    ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Beautifeye is one of the powerful active ingredients we use in our Reverse Gravity Eye Cream. To find out more about this popular product, why not take a look at the product focus we shared recently here.  

     

    References: 

    Xtend-Life - Skin benefits of BeautifeyeTM

    TruActivs - BeautifeyeTM

    Today - What are free radicals?

     

    Product Focus: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Feeling fed up with dark under-eye circles? ARK Skincare has got you covered. Our Reverse Gravity Eye Cream is the perfect product to tighten your eye area and keep it hydrated. In this post, we focus on the powerhouse ingredients that make this product so special and how they work to fade dark circles and diminish puffiness. 

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream
    ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Do I need an eye cream?

    The skin around your eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes can increase the appearance of lines, wrinkles and fluids collecting under the eyes which can cause dark circles, so It's important to remember to give your eye area a pamper every so often too.

    Our instant-effect eye cream does it all: reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fades dark circles, soothes dry skin and minimizes puffiness.

    Ingredients

    Beautifeye™

    Image: Product Ingredient: BeautifEye from the persian silk tree

    Beautifeye™ is an extract from the Persian Silk Tree which is proven to tighten and lift the crease of the eyelid and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It also helps to reduce pigmentation and reduce any puffiness. 

    Grapeseed Oil 

    Image: product ingredient, grapeseed oil

    Grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6),  an essential building block for ceramides - one of skin’s main moisturising elements that help to keep skin supple and healthy. 

    Grapeseed Oil also contains Vitamin E which fantastic for skin; it protects against environmental pollution and UV radiation, quenches skin with moisture and helps to soothe irritation. 

    Aloe Vera 

    Image: Aloe Vera Plant against a white background

    This powerful ingredient is used intensively in cosmetics due to its well-known healing and rejuvenating properties. It contains antioxidants, enzymes, multiple vitamins and is also used as an anti-inflammatory. The perfect ingredient to hydrate and soothe your eyes.

     Allantoin 

    Image: product ingredient: Allantoin

    This ingredient acts as an emollient that keeps your skin full of moisture and prevents dryness and irritation. Allantoin has a calming effect on the skin and is full of antioxidants to keep skin youthful, vibrant, and healthy. The presence of antioxidants in your skincare routine will always show in your skin.

    How to Use

    For the best results, use in the mornings and evenings. Gently warm a small amount of product between ring fingers and pat lightly around the eye area. Then massage in using the metallic ball. In the summer, keep your eye cream stored in the fridge for a refreshing treat on a hot day. 

    Reviews

    Take a look at what our customers had to say! 

    2020 - "I really love the design of ARK Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream. It’s basically a wand with a rollerball-tip." - Beautiful With Brains - Skincare Blogger

    2020 - "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

    2020 - Finalist at Beauty Shortlist Awards "Best Eye Product" 

    "This cream is lightweight and soothing. Formulated to be used by those with even super sensitive skin, it also scores points for being vegan, cruelty-free and made in Britain...we especially loved the cooling metal ball on the end of the tube which can be used to massage the cream into the skin." - The Independent 

    Resources: 

    Herbal Dynamics Beauty - What is Allantoin & Its Role In Anti-Aging?

    Healthline - Grapeseed Oil For Skin: Benefits and Uses