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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!

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