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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

ARK Skincare's Vitality Hand & Body Wash

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

Why It’s So Important To Wash Your Hands 

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

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

How To Wash Your Hands

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

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

ARK Skincare’s Vitality Hand & Body Wash

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

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

Natural active ingredients include: 

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

How & When Should I Use It?

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

Shower handle against a fresh white tiled bathroom wall.

Press & Awards

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

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

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

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

Free Gift With Purchase! 

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

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

 100% Vegan Friendly. Award Winning. Made in the UK. 

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