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ARK Skincare's 5 Top Tips For Looking After Sensitive Skin

A persons hand showing swatches of ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness Collection

What is sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated and more reactive than normal skin. Symptoms of sensitive skin can include red, dry or tight skin which may feel hot or sore to touch. Symptoms may be constant, or come and go depending on what causes them. 

What causes sensitive skin?

There are many factors that may contribute to skin sensitivities. Skin conditions such as Rosacea and Eczema are often associated with sensitive skin as they can cause skin to be more reactive. Other causes of skin sensitivities may include extreme weather conditions such as strong winds or sun, stress, fatigue or even dietary habits.

How can I treat it?

There are many things to consider when looking after sensitive skin. In this post, we share our 5 top tips and some of our best product suggestions to help you calm and nourish your skin.  Keep reading to find out more!

1. Prioritize your cleansing routine

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover. Vegan friendly skincare.
Pictured:  ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

Cleansing is one of the single most important things you can do for your skin. Throughout the day, bacteria is attracted to our skin through touch, sweat and environmental pollutants.

If bacteria is left on the skin, it can linger, grow and contribute to early ageing, pigmentation and breakouts. Therefore, double cleansing is essential for removing make-up, daily grime and excess oils to ensure skin is left thoroughly cleansed. 

If you are new to the idea of double cleansing, we have lots of helpful information in our previous blog posts including a Q&A with ARK Skincare’s CEO Tamsin Styles (here) and a step-by-step guide on how to cleanse your face properly (here). 

 You may also like to take a look at our Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover. The effective oil based-formulation attracts excess oils and lifts grime and bacteria from the surface while nourishing the skin with a blend of essential oils. To learn more about this product and read some of our fabulous customer reviews, click here to head over to our website.

2. Cleanse your skin with lukewarm water

Man washing his face over a sink in a mirror

Cleansing with hot water strips skin of its natural oils & can exacerbate sensitivities, so it is always best to cleanse your face with lukewarm water instead. Lukewarm water helps to loosen the dirt and grime, but preserves your skin's natural hydrating oils.

Once you have finished cleansing, make sure to gently pat your skin dry with a cotton face cloth. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation.

3. Use gentle skincare products to soothe and nourish your skin

Products from ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness Collection. Vegan friendly. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Perfectors 

If you suffer from sensitive skin, it is important to steer away from products with any harsh ingredients that may cause irritation. Instead, choose skincare products which contain high-quality natural ingredients that will gently soothe and nourish your skin. 

Here at ARK Skincare, all of our products contain a high percentage of natural ingredients, created with sensitive skin in mind. We ensure our formulations are FREE FROM Parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D. Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and Artificial Colours & Fragrances as we understand avoiding these irritants is the first step in achieving optimum skin health. 

We also use hard-working active ingredients in all of our products which are  carefully selected to help nourish and soothe the skin. Allantoin & Bisabolol are used in many of our product collections and are especially gentle, making them ideal for sensitive skin. 

Allantoin offers exceptional healing, moisturising, and soothing properties, making it perfect for use on sore or irritated skin. It is found naturally in most organisms, and is the active ingredient in Comfrey Root which has been used for centuries in medicinal preparations. 

Allantoin's anti inflammatory and highly efficient hydrating properties make it a skin calming "must have" for anyone with skin sensitivities. Clinical trials demonstrated a significant decrease in irritation; a reduction in redness; and an increase in moisture content after application. It can help heal and protect skin. 

Find Allantoin in the ARK Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream; Hydrating Beauty Mist; Radiance Serum;  Plumping Lip Cream; and Intensive Hand & Nail Cream

Bisabolol, is found in soothing Chamomile, but can also be sourced from the Candeia Tree in Brazil. It is a natural remedy which soothes very sensitive and easily inflamed, or irritated skin, and can also assist the absorption of other active ingredients. It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been widely used for centuries to help calm and soothe and heal. In addition it can help fade hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone giving a brighter complexion.

Bisabolol is an active ingredient in the ARK Skincare De Stress Serum and the Conditioning Body Serum.

To learn more about our soothing products and learn more about the key-active ingredients we use, click here to visit the ARK Skincare website

4. Keep to a simple and consistent routine

Woman applying her skincare products in front of a bathroom mirror

While we know it can feel tempting to try lots of different products with the hope to treat sensitivities, doing so may overstimulate your skin and actually do more harm than good.

To keep your skin calm, resist the urge to chop and change between lots of products. Instead, create a simple routine with a selection of high-quality products which is easy for you to stick to. Consistency is key. 

Have you ever heard of a skin cycle? The skin cycle is where a new skin cell is formed at the deepest layer of the epidermis and works its way up to the surface of the skin. On average a skin cycle is 5-6 weeks. Therefore, we would recommend trying any new products for at least 6 weeks to see results. 

If you know your skin is particularly sensitive, we would always recommend patch testing any new products on a small area such as the side of your neck before applying it to a larger area to ensure your skin reacts well.

It is also a good idea to add new products to your routine one by one over a matter of days. This means that if your skin were to react to a product, you will be able to determine which one it was and narrow down which ingredients your skin may be sensitive to. 

5. Remember to apply your SPF 

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer for sensitive skin.

Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer 

The sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) rays can cause multiple skin issues including premature aging, pigmentation and increased sensitivity. SPF products help to shield skin from these harmful ways and ensure it is kept protected. Look out for broad ‘spectrum’ protection which will protect your skin against both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) radiation. You can learn more about the importance of wearing SPF by visiting our blog

ARK Skincare’s Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer offers broad spectrum protection as well as working as your daily moisturiser and the perfect make-up primer, tackling 3 jobs in one. 

ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness collection full of products suitable for sensitive skin on a bathroom counter. Vegan friendly.

If you are experiencing soreness, redness, irritation, inflammation or tightness please do look at our collection of products curated for such concerns.

ARK Skincare’s Sensitivity & Redness collection is filled with products that utilise natural ingredients with proven soothing and anti-redness properties to de-stress and calm irritated skin, reducing the signs of redness. Plus, each of these formulations have undergone independent testing to verify their suitability for sensitive skin. 

To learn more about our products, you can visit our website www.arkskincare.com, or follow us on social media! @arkskincare 

For personal recommendations, please contact our customer care team who will be more than happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness Collection - Products To Calm & Soothe Sensitive Skin

ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness collection formulated for sensitive skins
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Sensitivity & Redness Collection, formulated for sensitive skins

Here at ARK Skincare, all of our products are created with a high percentage of natural ingredients, with sensitive skin in mind. We ensure our formulations are FREE FROM Parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D. Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and Artificial Colours & Fragrances as we know that avoiding these irritants is the first step in achieving optimum skin health. 

In this week's post, we focus on a selection of products which contain botanical complexes clinically proven to soothe, calm and protect. Plus, these formulas have all undergone independent testing to verify their suitability for sensitive skin.

Skin Perfector De-Stress Serum 

 

ARK Skincare's De-Stress Serum for sensitive skin suffering from stress or fatigue. Vegan friendly skincare.

 

Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector De-Stress Serum

Are you suffering from stress or fatigue? The combination of stress and tiredness can often have a negative impact on your skin, leaving it feeling tight, dry or irritated. 

ARK Skincare’s De-Stress Serum is especially designed to protect the skin against pollution, environmental factors and stress. Packed with antioxidants, this highly protective serum acts as a second skin, helping to shield stressed, tired skin. 

Vitamin E offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, whilst Grapeseed Oil provides a silky feel to the skin. Bisabolol, found in Chamomile, also works as an anti-inflammatory and helps to calm and soothe irritation. Rasmaranic Acid defends against free radicals (these are unstable molecules that can cause damage to your skin cells).

This serum is perfect for those whose skin is suffering from stress, fatigue or environmental damage as it works to bring the skin back to optimal health. 

How & When

Apply 2-3 drops directly onto clean, dry skin before moisturiser, or mix into your moisturiser and apply together.

Skin Perfector Anti-Redness Serum 

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Anti-Redness Serum for sensitive skin suffering from redness and Rosacea
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Anti-Redness Serum

Do you suffer from redness, facial flushing or tightened, sensitive skin? ARK Skincare’s Anti-Redness Serum has received numerous positive reviews and has helped many of our lovely customers who suffer from skin concerns to reduce the appearance of redness. 

This popular formulation contains a botanical complex which is clinically proven to calm and protect irritated skin. A blend of ingredients including Solomon’s seal, Arnica & Cypress help to decrease inflammation and stop redness in its tracks, minimising the appearance of redness associated with Rosacea. 

Sunflower Oil soothes and maintains moisture levels by protecting the skin's natural barrier, helping to keep it feeling soft and supple. Defensil reduces itching, dryness and flushing. 

Perfect for people of all ages who struggle with redness, facial flushing or itchy, inflamed skin. Our Anti-Redness Serum will leave your skin feeling cool and calm with redness and irritation diminished. 

How & When

Apply 2-3 drops directly onto clean, dry skin before moisturiser, or mix into your moisturiser and apply together.

Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque formulated for dry, sensitive skin

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

The perfect weekly treatment for those suffering from dry or dull looking skin.

ARK Skincare’s Hydration Injection Masque drenches the skin in hydration, helping to boost moisture levels and offer 24 hour protection against water loss, helping to keep the skin feeling soft and plumped. 

A vitamin blend helps to restore vibrancy - Vitamin A to regulate collagen synthesis; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C to fade pigmentation & Vitamin E to prevent free radical damage.

Hyaluronic Acid optimises water circulation of water through all skin layers, helping to keep skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Sugar Beet & Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. 

Perfect for anybody suffering from dry, dull or sensitive skin. The bioactive ingredients ensure skin looks rested, restored to health, and with a youthful glow.

How & When

 Use once or twice per week. Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave on as stated below, depending on your skin’s age-related needs:

 Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.

Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes. 

Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes. 

Use overnight for an intensive treatment. 

Remove with a cloth soaked in hand-warm water. Pat dry.

Skin Essential Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

Exposure to the sun is a common sensitivity for those with rosacea. Protect your skin with our SPF 30 Primer which acts as your skin-perfecting daily defence by shielding skin against UVA & UVB rays.  

Shea Butter works as a natural UV filter, protects, nurtures and regenerates skin cells whilst working as an anti-inflammatory. Sunflower, rich in Vitamin E, soothes, calms, heals and hydrates, making it suitable for those who suffer from skin sensitivities such as eczema or acne. Hyaluronic Acid optimises the circulation of water throughout all layers of the skin. The airbrush finish also makes this the perfect primer to apply before make-up application for a flawless complexion. 

Perfect for those who are looking for a daily moisturiser, sun protector and make-up primer all in one or those who are looking for an additional boost of hydration and SPF protection to apply on top of their daily moisturiser. 

How & When

Apply a generous amount to cleansed skin in the morning, alone or over your moisturiser, before applying make-up

Skin Essential Hydrating Beauty Mist 

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Hydrating Beauty mist formulated for sensitive skin

Our intensely refreshing beauty mist helps to cool and calm irritated skin. Ideal for those prone to facial flushing, it soothes and protects whilst adding a veil of hydration.

An Amino Acid Complex mimics the skin's natural moisturising function to soften and smooth, while Hyaluronic Acid aids hydration, reduces roughness and relieves dry skin. Goji & Blue Lotus provide high concentrations of essential nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants with detoxifying and antioxidant properties. The perfect handbag savior, make-up refresher and hydration hit throughout the day. 

How & When

Before make-up: Spritz onto cleansed skin before proceeding with a serum or moisturiser to trap an extra layer of moisture into the skin. 

For a dewy look: Spritz after applying powder makeup to give a dewy finish.

To refresh makeup: Spitz over face prior to reapplying or touching up makeup. It ensures make up reapplies with ease.

To refresh, cool and calm: Spritz as required when hot and bothered in warm climates; when travelling; or when feeling flushed. The natural scent of wild water mint will revive you.

During exercise: Spritz to cool, calm and refresh. Perfect for use during a yoga or Pilates class.

If you suffer from sensitive skin and would like to learn more about these products, click here to visit our website. Should you have any questions or need further product advice, please feel free to contact us via office@arkskincare.com and our customer care team will be more than happy to assist you. 

Fore more product information, reviews and other latest news you can follow us on socials! @arkskincare

Interview with ARK Skincare's Resident Therapist Kate Hardy

Would you like to learn more about our Skin Perfector treatment products?

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

Product Spotlight - ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection Masque

 

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector promotion. Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection Masque for all skin types on multi-coloured flat lay.

 In need of a pick me up or feel like indulging in a little bit of self care? In this post, we focus on two of ARK Skincare’s popular Skin Perfector treatments and how their powerhouse ingredients work to provide amazing results for your skin.

We also share a selection of independent reviews from customers and brilliant quotes from the press.

ARK Skincare’s Triple Action Exfoliator 

ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator with ingredients for all skin types. Improves blemishes and reduces excess oil.

If you’re looking for a product to give your skin the ultimate refresh, this is the one for you. Our luxurious facial exfoliator gently buffs away dead skin cells, dirt and grime from the surface, revealing a brighter, more luminous complexion. This triple action formula combines three types of exfoliant action - physical, fruit acid and enzymatic. It is also free from harmful plastic micro-beads which cause plastic particle water pollution. Instead, we use bamboo particles which are not only much better for the environment, but also help to strengthen skin cells and work as an anti-inflammatory.

Ingredients

Bamboo Particles

Bamboo plant to represent bamboo particles used in ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator

The Bamboo micro-particles thoroughly slough through dead skin and impurities from the skin's surface, helping to clear pores and create a flawless, polished texture. 

Fruit Acids

Orange plant with slices of orange to represent the fruit lipids used in ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator

Our exfoliator contains a blend of 5 botanical extracts: Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon. These contain naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) which increase cell renewal, helping to encourage a youthful complexion by minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Regenerating Enzyme

A close up shot of a women looking relaxed and at peace with her skin

 

 

 

Dissolves desmosomes (adhesive proteins that can cause dead cells to build up on your skin), to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E icon to represent vitamins used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque

 

 

 

This powerful antioxidant helps to protect skin against free radical and environmental damage from harmful UV rays. 

How to Use:

Use once or twice a week. Apply to a dampened face and neck after cleansing. 

Wet hands and massage gently into the skin using circular motions. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs. 

Teens and twenties: Wash off after massaging in.

Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 2 minutes.

Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.

Remove with a cloth soaked in hand hot water. (Please note this product will not simply rinse off, it does need to be removed with a warm cloth.)

Press & Reviews

"Magic in a tube" - Curva Magazine

“Used this for the first time last night and was blown away by the results - my skin felt softer straight after use. My skin is generally dry but this treatment has made it feel super soft and hydrated. I Think after many years of looking, I have found my perfect exfoliator. Will be using this on a regular basis. Very pleased” - Sue I, customer

“I have a very sensitive skin but this product is not too harsh and just perfect. I use it twice a week and my skin is so much clearer and smoother.” - Lucia F, customer

“I purchased the exfoliator. This is the first product I have used from Ark. It certainly will not be the last. After just one application my skin was left feeling very soft, looked smoother in texture and glowing. Beautiful.” - Gillian T, customer

“I use this exfoliator twice a week as directed and I must say it has done wonders for my skin. It's amazing that something so gentle can slough away dead skin and debris from the skin to reveal a more polished and plump texture.” - Tash Pantz, Beauty Blogger

ARK Skincare’s Hydration Injection Masque

ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque for all skin types with ingredients. Hydrates and soothes dry skin.

2020 - Winner of Best Face Mask - Beauty Shortlist Awards

If your skin is feeling dry or in need of a pick me up, our Hydration Injection Masque has got you covered. This luxury facial masque is specifically formulated to quench dry skin in moisture and restore hydration levels. Packed full of hard-working active ingredients, this masque will ensure skin looks rested and restored to health.

Ingredients

Multi-vitamin blend

Vitamin A icon to represent vitamins used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection MasqueVitamin B5 icon to represent vitamins used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection MasqueVitamin C icon to represent vitamins used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection MasqueVitamin E icon to represent vitamins used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque

Vitamin A encourages collagen production and keeps skin supple, Vitamin B5 conditions, hydrates and smoothes, Vitamin C helps to brighten and reduce pigmentation, and Vitamin E protects against free radicals and offers antioxidant protection.

Hyaluronic Acid 

A splash of water to represent Hyaluronic acid used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque

 

 

 

Drenches skin with moisture and optimises the circulation of water throughout all the layers of skin, helping to prevent future moisture loss. 

Abyssinian Oil

A splash of oil to represent abyssinian oil used in ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque

Abyssinian oil, extracted from the seeds of the Brassica Abyssinica flower is packed full of omega acids, a multi-blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The oil is extremely lightweight and absorbent and provides intense hydration without leaving the skin feeling greasy.

How to Use

Use once or twice per week. Apply a thin layer of the product to cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs.

Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes. 

Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes. 

Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes. 

Use overnight for an intensive treatment. 

Remove with a cloth soaked in hand-warm water. Pat dry. Follow with ARK Hydrating Beauty Mist and your Age Intelligent Moisturiser.

Press & Reviews:

The Independent tried over 40 brands and picked the ARK Hydration Injection Masque as one of the best for delivering real results. They said: "Our tester found it refined her pores and made them appear smaller, skin felt smoother and she had a soft, dewy canvas ready for make-up the next morning" - The Independent, IndyBest 

"Excellent. I'm 51 & use this product in the evening & leave it on overnight which hydrates my skin perfectly, reducing my fine lines and wrinkles"- Mrs P, Customer

'I am a beauty therapist and have been using ARK products in my salon & on myself for just over a year now. I like to leave it on overnight for an extra special boost. My skin looks and feels amazing in the morning. I've got a toddler and a preschooler as well as running my own beauty business so life is pretty hectic - thankfully it doesn't show on my face!'- Kate, ARK’s Resident Therapist

“It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!” - Dalry Rose, Beauty Blogger

To learn more about our Skin Perfectors collection and the rest of the ARK Skincare range, click here

 

 

ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Product Focus

Welcome, February... one step closer to spring!

It’s fair to say that we’re all starting to miss the idea of face-to-face conversations, seeing friends/family and being able to get out and about. However, while you might not be in your usual routine, we are here to remind you that it is still important to take some time for yourself and practice self care.

With that in mind, in this post, we focus on our indulgent Body Beautiful range. Created for both mind and body, our popular body products contain hard-working natural ingredients helping to keep both you and your skin looking and feeling great.

ARK Skincare’s Intensive Hand & Nail Cream 

ARK Skincare's Intensive Hand & Nail Cream for dry, cracked, sore hands and skin

Pure Beauty Global Awards Winner - 2019

Our award-winning hand & nail cream certainly became a hero product for us all last year. As we all know, washing our hands more regularly has become a very important message throughout the pandemic. However, over-washing can often result in dry, cracked and sore skin.

Give your hands some love by treating yourself to our Intensive Hand & Nail Cream, specially formulated to nourish and soothe dry, irritated skin. Raspberry Seed Oil, rich in Omega Fatty Acids, helps to strengthen the skin's protective barrier, while Amino Acids encourage healthy nails. This formulation is also made from Shea Butter which warms at skin temperature, meaning it is easily absorbed and moisturises skin without leaving it feeling sticky. Red Algae protects the skin against UV rays, helping to prevent brown spots, pigmentation and wrinkles.

How To Use: 

Make a habit of applying hand cream after hand washing. Use throughout the day and massage well into the skin. Apply before bed for an overnight treatment. 

Press & Reviews:

"I can't recommend this enough. Just one application on my daughter Poppy's hands has made the world of difference. Really amazing stuff.  - 40plusnotgivingupyet, Beauty Blogger

“I was first given this hand cream by my daughter-in-law, having never heard of the make before. I started using the hand cream during COVID-19 lockdown when we all had to wash our hands far more frequently than usual. Using this kept my hands in better condition than normal.” - Rowena D, customer

“THE best hand and nail cream I’ve ever used, (and at 68 years old, I’ve tried many) especially during the current crisis where hand washing is so frequent.” - Kathleen N, customer

ARK Skincare’s Vitality Hand & Body Wash

ARK Skincare's Vegan Body Beautiful Vitality Hand & Body wash to hydrate and soothe skin

 Awards Finalist -  Pure Beauty Global Awards 2019

Lather up with our popular, soap free body wash. The perfect treat for sensitive skin. This luxurious formulation is made up of Coconut - a gentle natural cleanser, Sea Minerals to help strengthen the skin and Vitamin B5 to help moisturise and hydrate. The 100% natural fragrance is made from a blend of Palmarosa, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Mimosa. 

How To Use: 

Use as a luxury hand wash and/or body wash. Gently massage into the skin until you form a lather. Wash off with warm water and follow up with ARK’s Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion or Conditioning Body Serum.

Press & Reviews: 

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

"I bought this for my friend who suffers with eczema on his hands. It's one of the only products that doesn't irritate. He now has one by every sink in his house!" - Customer review

I absolutely adore this body wash. It lathers up so beautifully and the natural scent is divine. As someone who suffers with sensitive skin and eczema, I can rest assured knowing I can use this without risking any flare ups. I would highly recommend it.” - Customer, Lucy Kate

ARK Skincare’s Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion

ARK Skincare's Vegan Body Beautiful Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion for hydrating sensitive skin

Treat your skin to our nourishing lotion, made for both hands and body. Shea Butter deeply moisturises, while Coconut Oil helps to soothe itchy and irritated skin. Sea Minerals help with cellular cohesion and strengthening skin cells. Kukui Nut Oil is easily absorbed into the skin and offers essential fatty acids and antioxidants to keep it soft and supple. 

This formulation also offers a 100% natural fragrance which has a fresh, gentle scent, made from a blend of Palmarosa, Rosemary and Clary Sage with soothing florals of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Mimosa. 

How To Use: 

Massage gently into cleansed skin after showering to lock in moisture and hydration.

 Press & Reviews:

"Absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it looking and feeling smooth & hydrates. I'm very fussy about what I put on my skin, but I would not hesitate to recommend this for anyone wanting a more nourishing body lotion" - Liz F, customer

“One of my all time favourites, I’ve used it now for a couple of years. It’s particularly invaluable at the moment with the increasing use of a Hand Sanitiser. My rescue product.” -  Margret C, Customer

‘I've been using this product for a couple of weeks now and I love it. It cleared my eczema which always suffers during the winter months and it smells great too! Will certainly be purchasing again. Thank you!” - Lawrence, Customer

ARK Skincare’s Conditioning Body Serum

ARK Skincare's Vegan 100% natural Body Beautiful Conditioning Body Serum helping to hydrate sensitive skin

Our beautifully scented body oil, featured on beauty journalist Ceilia Walden’s ‘can’t-live-without’ products list, is the ultimate treat for anybody searching for a healthy, natural glow.

With a blend of natural essential oils, the serum will release a subtle fragrance when in contact with the skin and absorb almost instantly. Sweet Almond Oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omegas 3, 6 & 9 which helps to strengthen skin cells, while Vitamin E, high in antioxidants, helps to prevent skin from environmental damage. Bisabolol, extracted from the Brazilian Tree, offers a natural remedy for sensitive or irritated skin. Olive oil helps to moisturise. 

How To Use:

Apply a generous amount all over the body. Massage the oil gently into the skin and enjoy the subtle fragrance as it absorbs. 

Press & Reviews: 

 "Absolute bliss, hydrating, easy to apply, packed with all natural ingredients - I know I’m really nourishing my skin. Great for use all year round - I’ve loved using it in the evenings after my skin’s been exposed to the sun." - Kirsty Gallacher (TV Broadcaster & Journalist) 

“Wonderful product, the oil is easily absorbed with a delightful scent. It is not greasy, and has a nice texture that allows it not to leave an oily residue and does not make skin shiny. The scent is light, and relaxing and not at all overpowering. Would recommend it for all skin types.” - MG, customer

“Thought I would try this out and absolutely love it. Glides on easily, smells heavenly and absorbs very quickly leaving your skin feeling soft and silky. Use it every day and can’t recommend it highly enough. So glad I found Ark Skincare as my skin has not felt or looked this good for years.” - Joyce G, customer

To learn more about our Body Beautiful collection and the rest of the ARK Skincare range, click here

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  

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.

 

ARK Skincare's Black Friday Event - Our Top Picks

This week is especially important for taking a look at your marketing emails because Black Friday is fast approaching! 

During the whole of Cyber Week, ARK Skincare are offering some unbelievably generous deals with up to 30% discount off almost all of our products. If you’ve been waiting to stock up on your favourites or are in need of a Christmas present for somebody special, now is the time to take advantage!

In this post, we ask our head office team members to share their top picks and what they will be purchasing on Black Friday. So, if you’re stuck for ideas on what to treat yourself to or buy as a gift for somebody else, hopefully we can help.

Q: Which products will you be stocking up on during ARK Skincare’s Black Friday Sale

Do you have a favourite product you could recommend to somebody who might be yet to try ARK? Or perhaps suggest a specific gift set from this year's collection that you think would make a great gift for somebody?

Tamsin, ARK Skincare's CEO shares her top picks from ARK's black Friday sale

I’ve seen amazing results from using our new Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment this year. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone aged 50 or over. My skin is calmer, and clearer, and looks brighter in the mornings. I really do think it helps to keep my Rosacea under control.

I was thrilled when the lovely Harriet at Spacemasks agreed to partner with us to create a sleep set, and our Age Defy Beauty Sleep Collection is my top gift recommendation for this year. Who doesn’t want the gift of sleep?! It is perfect for anyone over 50 – you don’t need to worry about skin types or concerns. If you have someone to gift to who is under 50 look at the Defend Beauty Sleep Collection which is ideal for those in their 30s or 40s. But be quick – I think these sets will run out!” - Tamsin, CEO 

Katie, ARK Skincare's Director shares her top picks from ARK's black Friday sale

This Black Friday I'll be stocking up on the Triple Action Exfoliator and the Hydration Injection Masque - these are my ride or die products! I use them once or twice a week and they always deliver a noticeable skin pick-me up, leaving me with a plumper, more radiant complexion. I also use these products once a week on my hands for a really indulgent home manicure. The exfoliator is great for smoothing rough cuticles, and the masque has saved my dry hands! - Katie, Director

Lucy, ARK Skincare's Sales and Marketing Co-Ordinator shares her top picks from ARK's black Friday sale

 “Since starting with ARK earlier this year, I have learnt so much about the importance of a proper cleansing routine. Before, I was definitely guilty of using an excessive amount of wipes or cotton pads to remove make-up but ever since using ARK’s Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover, I’ve found it so much easier. By simply massaging the oil into dry skin and rinsing with water, it melts make-up away so easily and saves me so much time.

I also adore our Hydrating Serum which always feels like such a treat for my skin. I find it really reassuring to know I'm using products which contain high-quality natural ingredients that I know will benefit my skin long-term. I’ve not used anything else since and would definitely recommend taking a look!” - Lucy, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator

Rosie, ARK Skincare's Sales and Office Administrator shares her top picks from ARK's black Friday sale

“I am new to the ARK team and have loved trying my Age Intelligent range, I definitely underestimated the benefits from a regular skincare routine. In the short time I have used the AgeDefend range, I have noticed my skin feels softer and looks brighter.

This Black Friday I am really looking forward to treating myself and trying our De-Stress serum. I often experience flare-ups where my skin can be red, sore, and extra sensitive around my T-zone, and think this will really help“ - Rosie, Office & Sales Administrator

Kate, ARK Skincare's resident therapist shares her top picks from ARK's black Friday sale

“I’ve been using ARK both on my clients and myself for just over 4 years. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite as I love so many of them! But my absolute must have is the Radiance serum, I would literally bathe in it if I could! 

It really does do as the name suggests, my skin looks instantly brighter, it soothes, hydrates and has definitely made my hyperpigmentation less visible. This is my go to product to brighten & illuminate my skin." -  Kate, ARK’s Resident Therapist

To find out more about our Black Friday sale, head over to the ARK Skincare website - but be quick! The offer is limited while stocks last and we'd hate for you to miss out! 

Should you need any help or product advice before you buy, please remember you are welcome to get in touch with our customer service team by emailing office@arkskincare.com or calling the office on 0203 740 3303. We're always happy to help. 

In the meantime, happy shopping! 

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. 

 

5 Top Tips To Get Your Summer Glow

Image: Woman sat on the side of a pool dipping her feet into the water

Ever feel like your skin needs a bit of oomph? Many things can affect your skin - your diet, environment, the weather, or perhaps not cleansing as often as you should. But don’t worry,  we’re here to help! In this post, we focus on our top tips to help you achieve a natural glow this summer. 

1. Start With a High-Quality Cleanser 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers

ARK Skincare is passionate about cleansing. We strongly believe that it is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Always make sure to double cleanse to ensure you remove any airborne bacteria, pollution or dirt that is attracted to your face. It will also help the skin care products you apply to work their magic properly!

Tip: Start with ARK Skincare’s Pre-Cleanser and follow up with your Age Intelligent Cleanser

2. Exfoliate Once Or Twice a Week

Image: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator on a white background

Another important step to a good skincare routine is exfoliating. This helps to buff away any dead layers of skin and reveal a bright, healthy complexion. ARK Skincare’s Triple Action Exfoliator includes Bamboo Particles which gently remove any grime from the surface while fruit acids and enzymatic action create exceptionally smooth skin.

3. Add a Serum

Image: ARK Skincare's Radiance Serum

Choose a serum to help give your skin a boost with nourishing active ingredients. ARK Skincare offers a range of six, each specifically designed to tackle each specific skin concern. For our glow seeker’s, we recommend our Radiance Serum - it’s rich in vitamin C which brightens dull skin for a glowing, energised complexion. 

4. Eat Well 

Image: Colourful plate of vegetables, fruits and nuts


We all know "healthy-looking skin comes from within". So make sure to choose foods which your body will thank you for. Experts suggest to “eat the rainbow” and pack as many colours as possible onto your plate to get all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy diet, (while remembering treats now and again, of course!) 

5. Stay Hydrated

Image: water being poured into a pink glass with ice and lemon.

As we all know, drinking water is crucial. Not just for our skin, but our entire body. So make sure you’re drinking plenty throughout the day - especially in the summer months!

Give your skin an extra boost by using hydrating products. Take a look at our popular Hydrating Serum - the perfect cocktail for thirsty skin, or our Hydrating Beauty Mist for a spritz during the day.

To view our full range of products, visit the ARK Skincare website. Should you ever need any help or product advice, please email office@arkskincare.com or call us on 0203 740 3303. We'd love to hear from you! 

How To Tackle Dehydrated Skin: Our Top 5 Tips

Many of us are experiencing dry skin as lockdown takes its toll. Feeling stressed, taking less exercise, and spending more time indoors can all affect our skin. Here are our 5 top tips and favorite products to help keep your skin hydrated. 

1. Say No To Steamy Showers

Image: Water streaming from shower head against white bathroom tiles

A steamy shower can often sound tempting - especially when it’s cold outside. However, 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 immediately after bathing to lock in hydration. 

2. Remember your fruits and veggies! 

Image: A flatlay of different fruits and vegetables

A daily dose of fruit and vegetables is essential for your diet. There is a proportional amount of water in these foods that can be absorbed by the body, helping to keep you hydrated and give your skin the vitamins it needs for a natural, radiant glow. 

3. Drink plenty of water

Image: Slices of lemon floating in fresh cold water

 

Hydration starts from within. Like the rest of your body, your skin is made up of water. 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. The NHS suggests you should aim for 8 glasses a day. 

4. Go easy on alcohol 

Image: Woman pouring a glass of red wine

One of the biggest effects alcohol has on the skin is dehydration. Consuming too much can lead to puffiness and inflammation. Alcoholic drinks are often high in sugar too, so overindulging too often can also lead to break-outs and dull complexion. It's important to enjoy a treat now and again but remember to stay mindful! 

5. Invest in natural skincare products 

Image: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Beauty Mist

Image: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Beauty Mist

Healthy, glowing skin is a great way to boost anybody's self-confidence.  When we look good, we feel great. Take care of your skin by opting for products with a high percentage of natural ingredients to help nurture and hydrate your skin. ARK Skincare offers three different age intelligent ranges, specifically designed for each age group, helping to achieve beautiful skin at every age. We also have multiple other ranges, such as our Skin Perfectors to help you tackle specific skin concerns and our Skin Essentials to help you create the perfect daily skincare routine. 

Here are some of our top picks to help you keep your skin hydrated:

Hydrating Serum

Cocoons skin with hydration

Image: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Serum in glass bottle with pipette next to slices of cucumber sitting on a marble slate.

Our best-selling serum instantly hydrates dry, thirsty skin and locks in moisture. Ingredients include Laminaria Algae and cucumber extract which help to freshen and restore the skin’s texture and suppleness. Add 2-3 drops directly onto clean skin before moisturiser or blend with moisturiser and apply together. 

Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

Instantly tightens and hydrates skin, while fading dark circles & diminishing puffiness

Image: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eyecream next to Aloe Vera on a blue back backdrop.

This instant-effect eye cream contains multiple powerhouse ingredients to help lift, tone and hydrate the eye area. BeautifuleyeTM, created from Persian silk tree extract, is proven to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, while Amino acids boost moisture levels to plump skin and minimize signs of aging. Aloe Vera helps to calm and nurture dry, sensitive eyes. 

Hydration Injection Masque

A Rejuvenating treatment to restore vibrancy 

Image: ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque on a marble slate with an orange half and vitamin capsules

An intensive multivitamin hydration injection masque to quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy. This rejuvenating treatment masque is the ideal weekly pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed or lacking in radiance.

Rich in hyaluronic acid, this is the perfect product to drench skin with moisture and provide protection against water loss. Give your skin a boost with vitamin C to fade pigmentation, Vitamin E to prevent free radical damage and Vitamin B5 for smoothness. 

ARK Skincare’s Dehydrated Skin Rescue Kit

Image: ARK Skincare's Dehydrated Skin Rescue Kit Artwork, including images of ARK's hydrating serum, hydration injection masque and eyecream with a tote bag

For a limited time only, you can purchase these three products, plus a tote bag as part of our Dehydrated Skin Rescue Kit for over 50% off. Click here to view on the ARK Skincare website.

References: 

Alyaka -  5 No-Nonsense Habits To Keep Skin Hydrated Naturally

Insider - Here's How Cutting Out Alcohol Can Affect Your Skin 

Elle - Real Affects Alcohol Can Have On Your Skin 

Cosmopolitan - How To Hydrate Your Skin

 

Living with Atopic Eczema: Our 10 Top Tips

Image: Girl wearing a white tank top scratching her sore red arm

What is Eczema?

Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. It can affect any part of the body but is most common on hands, the insides of elbows and the back of knees.

  Some may have small patches of dry skin and others may have larger areas of inflammation. People who suffer from eczema usually experience periods when symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods when symptoms become more severe. These are called flare-ups.

Causes of Eczema

No one is entirely sure what exactly causes eczema but The National Eczema Association believes a combination of genes and triggers are involved. Those with eczema tend to have an overactive immune system and when triggered by a substance inside or outside the body, it responds by producing inflammation. This is what causes the red, itchy and painful skin symptoms associated with eczema. 

Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific cure for eczema. Treatment for the condition aims to heal the affected skin and prevent flare-ups of symptoms.

Here are our top tips for managing symptoms and keeping them under control.

1. Don’t scratch
Although it can be tempting, when you scratch or even rub, you can make the itch and your eczema worse. Some people scratch so much they bleed, and that's a setup for infection. Instead, try using a cold compress to cool the skin and apply moisturiser to avoid it from drying out. 
2. Keep a food diary
People with eczema can experience inflammation from eating certain foods. Common triggers are citrus fruits, dairy and gluten/wheat but each person will have unique triggers they should avoid. Keep a note of what you are eating and be mindful of how/if your skin reacts. This can help to illuminate what causes your flare-ups and which foods you should try to avoid. 
3. Choose Skincare Products Carefully: 
Choose products that are advertised as “safe for sensitive skin” that won't include irritants that may affect your eczema. Stay away from products that are highly scented as fragrance can be a number one cause for irritation. People with particularly sensitive skin should always introduce new products slowly over a matter of days. It may also be a good idea to perform a patch test on the neck or inside of your arm to ensure your skin reacts well before applying to a large area. If you wash your hair while standing in the shower, using a gentle shampoo and conditioner is worth considering too.
4. Choose soft fabrics.
Material that is rough, too tight, or itchy can trigger eczema. Allowing yourself to get too warm can make you sweat and cause a flare-up as well. Synthetic materials such as nylon, rayon, and polyester tend to be warmer which can cause itchiness and prolong the effects of eczema so are best avoided. Opt for soft clothes that are gentle on your skin and keep it cool.
5. Learn your allergens
Eczema may flare up when you’re around things that may cause an allergic reaction. These can be different for each person, so it’s important to be mindful of things that may cause you to react. Some of the most common allergens are: seasonal pollen, dust mites, fine fur from cats and dogs, mold and dandruff. Taking note of the appearance of your skin each day can help to identify things you should avoid.
6. Manage stress.
Stress is known to exaggerate skin concerns. Use stress management strategies and take care of yourself. Sleep, eat well, exercise, and consider including meditation or breathing exercises in your daily routine.
7. Choose the right form of exercise
Exercising can lower stress, boost the immune system and help to keep you healthy. However, the downside is that sweat can also trigger eczema to flare-up. As sweat evaporates, the skin dries and is left with a salty residue that can irritate eczema and encourage you to itch. If you are suffering from a flare-up,  try low-impact exercises like walking, yoga or pilates. These can be helpful to relieve stress and give your skin a break.
8. Be aware of your environment
Many people with eczema become itchy if they get too hot. This can happen if you get too sweaty or layer up too many clothes. During the cold winter months, it’s important not to allow your skin to dry out from harsh winds, so always make sure to keep skin hydrated with gentle moisturising creams.
9. Avoid Hot Water
When your skin is irritated, a hot shower can often feel like a great way to temporarily relieve itching. However, dermatologists warn that this can actually make eczema worse. Hot water dries out the skin and causes it to crack and become sore. Turn the heat down and soak in luke-warm water instead as this will absorb into the skin. Moisturise straight after bathing to lock in hydration.
10.  Look after your hands
It is important that we wash our hands throughout the day to get rid of any nasty germs and bugs. With the current pandemic, we are all being encouraged to do this as often as possible to reduce the risk of infection. However, it’s important to take care of our skin too. Make sure to pat your hands dry as opposed to rubbing them as this can make them sore. Always follow up with hand creamYou can read more about how to treat sore hands here.

All of ARK Skincare’s products contain a high percentage of natural ingredients and are made without any known irritants, made with sensitive skin in mind. Find out more about our products on our website

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ARK Skincare’s New Night Treatments: Your Feedback

At the start of this year, ARK Skincare launched two brand new night treatments. (If you missed the big news, you can find our original post here!)

We’ve given you plenty of information about each of the treatments and how they benefit your skin while you sleep, but what does everyone think?

Since these products were made available on the ARK Skincare website, we have been so thrilled with the feedback that we decided to round-up all the things that people have been loving and share them with you!

Image: ARK Skincare's Age Defend night treatment

Clean Natural Scent

“It contains no artificial colours or fragrances so has a very healthy smell to it, one I personally love and one that’s not over-powering. You don’t need a lot as a little goes a long way and it applies like a dream, sinking in beautifully. My skin instantly feels plumped and hydrated.” – Tracey, Lifestyle Blogger (@the-naughtyfortydiaries)

 

Kate Hardy, ARK Skincare's Resident therapist's positive feedback on ARK's night treatments

 

Brighter, Softer Skin

“I’ve been using the Age Defend night cream now for 6wks. I’ve been using ARK on my skin for 4yrs, so I was very excited to get my hands on the night cream! It really does not disappoint. My skin feels amazing, it looks clearer, brighter, feels softer. It’s a lovely rich, nourishing texture without leaving the skin sticky & heavy like some night creams. It also smells divine & is a must now in my daily skincare routine.” Kate Hardy - ARK Skincare’s Resident Therapist 

Helps to Hydrate

Nourishing and healing…the ARK’s Defend Night Treatment Cream is amazing! Light, silky smooth and provides the perfect amount of hydration. Yet another beautiful product from ARK, thank you! Karen D - Customer 

Gentle on Sensitive Skin

“It calms down my Rosacea that tends to flare up with the cooler weather” – Annemieke, Beauty Blogger (@_beautyonreview)

A Great Under-Eye Treatment

“I simply cleanse and follow with the serum of my choice. I then apply and massage Age Defend Night Treatment in using my jade tool which feels amazingly therapeutic. The Night Treatment can even be used under the eyes as it contains Prodizia which helps reduce dark circles and eye bags.” - (@the_naughtyfortydiaries)

 

Image: Blogger content showing ARK Skincare's night treatments

 

Gorgeous Glow

“This lightweight formula and silky texture melts quickly into the skin adding a layer of much-needed hydration. Each morning my skin looks plump, hydrated and has a youthful glow which I am loving!” Sharon, Beauty Blogger (@backtoyoubeauty)

Leaves You Looking Rested

“I’m a big fan of ARK’s Defy range, so couldn’t wait to try the new Night Treatment. It’s rich without being heavy and I’ve noticed an improvement in skin texture in only one week of using it. I feel like I wake up looking more rested now!” Judith S - Customer 

Perfect for Dry Skin

“I’ve been using the two products each night and my skin feels lovely and replenished when I go to bed right through to morning. I have sensitive, dry skin usually but it’s been looking so much clearer as well as being brighter and more supple.” – Emma, Lifestyle Blogger.  (@Evenangelsfall)

Works While You Sleep

“The cream is nicely absorbed by my skin and in the morning my skin feels soft, nourished and looks brighter already. I feel that my skin is more hydrated too, making it the perfect night cream for the winter months.” (@_beautyonreview)

It is a simple, quick and effective routine that leaves my skin prepped for its beauty sleep. (@the-naughtyfortydiaries)

 

Talonted Lex, beauty blogger

Gives The Skin Some 'Oomph" 

"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

We were also thrilled to be part of Lex's February Skincare Shakeup on her blog which you can read here.

 

To view the night treatments on our website you can click here.

ARK skincare's night treatments with ingredients

 

6 Tips to Save Dry & Sore Hands

Over-washed, sore hands? Our top tips will help…
 Hand washing has never been so important. However, over washing causes dryness and irritation leaving many suffering with soreness. Here we explain simple steps you can take to protect and soothe your hands.
But first, why are we having to wash our hands so much?
 person washing their hands in a teal sink under running water
We find ourselves in unprecedented times, and all of our lives have suddenly changed. The first message we received as soon as word spread about the COVID-19 virus was to wash our hands. Washing hands is essential to stop the spread of the virus. The COVID-19 virus itself is covered in a layer of sticky molecules, which is how it so easily attaches to surfaces and clings to your hands. The good news is this sticky coating is made up of molecules that are also attracted to soap which can destroy it. Using soap breaks down the outer layer of the virus, allowing it to be dissolved by water, washed away, and destroyed.

When you wash your hands with soap and water, you surround any microorganisms on your skin with soap molecules. The hydrophobic tails of the free-floating soap molecules attempt to evade water; in the process, they wedge themselves into the lipid envelopes of certain microbes and viruses, prying them apart. 

“They (the soap molecules) act like crowbars and destabilise the whole system.”

Professor Pall Thordarson, acting head of chemistry at the University of New South Wales.

More details on this can be found in this article from the Independent on Soap, Hand Washing & Covid-19. 

But what if hand washing facilities are not available? Can hand sanitizer gels help too? The answer is yes, if they are at least 60% alcohol based. The alcohol can effectively kill the virus but you need to fully coat your hands, so you need to use the gel liberally, and, let it dry naturally, to take effect. The problem with gels is that the alcohol, the very ingredient that makes them effective, is incredibly unkind to your skin. Skin soaked in alcohol will show the signs of dryness and cellular damage. Obviously this is preferable over the transmission of any Coronavirus, but it can lead to irritation and soreness, meaning hand washing with soap is always the preferred option, if you have the choice. You can learn more here.
 
 
Hand washing needs to be thorough to be effective (see more advice on this here) so it can unfortunately also lead to dry irritated hands. In extreme circumstances they may become so dry they become red, cracked and incredibly sore. It can even lead to conditions such as contact dermatitis. This is because excessive cleaning can strip away natural oils along with the dirt and germs.
SO what can we do when we have to be washing our hands but don’t want to suffer from the associated side effects? Here are our top tips:
Image that displays text explaining what tip 1. is - 1. Use tepid rather than hot water.
Hot water strips the hand of essential moisture. Make sure you use lukewarm water. This is a top tip for your whole body as very hot baths and showers do the same.
Image that displays text explaining what tip 2. is - 2. Use a moisturising soap or hand wash.
Look for products with shea, olive oil or aloe vera and avoid harsh synthetic chemicals. Soaps all work in the same way, and those with natural hydrators will prevent dehydration. You may like to try the ARK Skincare Body Beautiful Vitality Hand & Body Wash
And don’t forget to use a nail brush to clean under your nails too. Lots of us have one lurking in a bathroom cupboard – time to get it out!
Image that displays text explaining what tip 3. is - 3. Pat don't rub.
After washing, gently pat your hands dry. Don’t rub them vigorously. Studies have found the most hygienic way is to use paper towels, but be gentle with them to save making your hands sore. Remember, whilst hand dryers can seem efficient, they can be the cause of increased skin irritation. Read more about this here.
Image that displays text explaining what tip 4. is - 4. Moisturise straight after washing.
To prevent excessive dryness, and to lock in moisture, use a good quality hand cream straight after washing and frequently throughout the day. Have your own tube in your bag or pocket to minimise contamination from sharing with others. Keep a hand cream by your bed to give them a good coating before you go to sleep too – maybe treat yourself to a nightly hand massage to soothe and calm yourself before bed?
The cream should be free from known irritants and contain ingredients to reinforce the skin barrier. Learn more about our award winning Hand Cream here
Image that displays text explaining what tip 5. is - 5. Try a weekly hand treatment.
Don’t save your exfoliator and masque just for your face. You should give your hands a weekly treatment too. Exfoliate away dry skin to allow the moisturisers to work. You can also treat your hands to a hydrating masque. Smooth the masque on and place your hands in a small plastic bag, or even a large sock, whilst you let the active ingredients get to work. Your hands will emerge feeling super soft and any irritation will be calmed. Click through here to find out more about our exfoliator and masque products.
Image that displays text explaining what tip 6. is - 6. Wear gloves.
Gloves are a must! Wear them for household chores, especially the washing up, or if working in the garden. They will save your hands from further wear and tear.
 
 
 
In summary, effective hand washing, and good hand care, will be a lesson we have all learnt only too well by the end of this current pandemic. Moving forward our hands will continue to take the brunt of the battle against the transmission of viruses. Take steps to protect and nourish them now, and save yourself from the uncomfortable side effects which can occur.
 
To learn more about the battle against coronavirus and the latest government advise please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Shop ARK Skincare's Hand Care Collection HERE

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Flatlay of ARK Skincare handcare products, featuring Hand Lotion, Hand Wash and Hand Cream.