The clocks have sprung forward, the weather is starting to get warmer and spring has officially begun! We are so looking forward to the longer days and some normality returning in the next few months…
Now is the perfect time to be thinking about how you can adapt your skincare routine for the change in season. With that in mind, in this post, we share our 7 top spring skincare tips to help you keep your skin looking fresh, radiant and glowing.
1. Practice a Double Cleansing Routine
If there is one thing you should know about the team at ARK Skincare, it’s that we’re passionate about double cleansing.
If you didn’t cleanse your skin properly, your pores may become congested which could lead to unwanted skin concerns, meaning that cleansing thoroughly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin clear and healthy.
Cleansing thoroughly also helps to create a clean surface before applying your skincare products, helping them to absorb properly into your skin.
For your first cleanse, choose an oil based cleanser. Oil cleansers are very efficient ways of removing make-up, dirt and excess sebum from the skin. Cleansing oils also prevent congestion and shine without stripping away natural oils needed for healthy balanced skin.
Once you’ve removed make-up and grime from the surface, it’s time to clean deeper. For your second cleanse, opt for an age specific cleanser with high-quality ingredients. The second cleanse will help to ensure your skin is left thoroughly clean while the active-ingredients help to nourish your skin.
2. Wash your make up brushes
It’s time to be honest...When was the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes?
We know it may feel like a chore, but the truth is that keeping your brushes clean is extremely important for your skin’s health.
Overtime, make-up brushes accumulate bacteria, oil and dead skin cells. So, if you use your brushes over and over without cleaning them, you will increase the risk of spreading bacteria to your skin which can lead to skin concerns such as clogged pores, break-outs and dullness.
Get into the habit of cleaning your brushes regularly to reduce a buildup of bacteria. Experts suggest cleaning your tools once a week. Keeping brushes clean will also keep the bristles soft and be less irritating to the skin. It also reduces the risk of contaminating your make-up products.
3. Spring Clean Your Skincare
At this time of year many of us find it useful to have a spring clean and sort through our things - but have you tidied your skincare recently?
If you are someone with a collection of lots of different products, now may be a good time to sort through what you’re using and what you may need to get rid of. Especially during lockdown, time can often pass without us realising, so it may be time to check those expiry dates too!
You may also like to think about cleaning where you store your skincare products. We know how grubby make-up bags and draws can get...
4. Use a clean mask with every use and make sure to wash regularly
Ideally, each time we go out, we should be using a fresh face mask every time to reduce the spread of the virus, and also spreading bacteria to our skin.
Throughout the pandemic, many have opted for reusable masks. While there are many benefits to reusables, like being more environmentally friendly and choosing our own designs, it can also mean many of us become guilty of wearing the same mask over and over without cleaning it as regularly as we should be.
Wearing a mask is not very kind to our skin to start with. It covers our mouth and nose, trapping our breath and creates a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow. So, not only can re-wearing your mask make it less effective, but can also risk spreading more bacteria to your skin.
To avoid spreading bacteria to your skin, have 3-4 reusable masks to hand so you can alternate while you wash your used ones.
5. Don't Forget to Exfoliate
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator
With the warmer weather on its way, it’s time to buff away winter skin and reveal a brighter and more luminous complexion.
Have you tried ARK Skincare’s Triple Action Exfoliator?
This clever formulation exfoliates the skin in three different ways with three different exfoliants: physical, fruit acid and enzymatic. The physical exfoliant is made from bamboo particles which gently slough through dead skin and grime from the surface, leaving skin with a smooth, polished texture.
Alpha Hydroxyl Acids from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon increase the range of cell renewal, helping to diminish scars and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Skin Regenerating Enzyme 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.
Gently massage into the skin and follow the instructions depending on your age. Click here to learn more!
6. Don’t forget to apply (and reapply) your SPF!
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
The warmer weather is on its way and along with the sun comes stronger UV rays, meaning it’s important to layer up your SPF to keep your skin protected.
Time to reach for ARK Skincare’s Skin Protector SPF30 Primer. This award winning formula provides broad spectrum sun protection (from UVA and UVB rays) while Hyaluronic Acid Booster helps to smooth and hydrate skin. Apply alone as a daily moisturiser, on top of your age intelligent moisturiser for added sun protection, or as a primer before applying make-up.
Make sure to re-apply throughout the day for maximum protection.
7. Add a Layer of Hydration
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Serum
During the winter months, skin has been hiding under our scarfs, jumpers and cosy loungewear, but now that the warmer weather is here, skin is exposed more to the surrounding environment and therefore, prone to dryness. Make sure to apply a nourishing moisturiser and body lotion to keep your skin soft and supple.
If you’re looking for an intense boost of hydration, try ARK Skincare’s Hydrating Serum. Cucumber extract hydrates and improves elasticity, whilst Laminaria Algae traps water molecules in the skin to prevent water loss. Perfect for those suffering from dry or rough skin. Simply apply 2-3 drops to cleansed skin, or mix into your daily moisturiser for an added layer of hydration.
We hope that you find these tips helpful in the transition into spring... Do you have any other skincare tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Tag us at @arkskincare.
To learn more about the products mentioned and the rest of the ARK Skincare range, head over to our website! www.arkskincare.com
Here at ARK Skincare, we are passionate about cleansing. We truly believe that practicing a good cleansing routine with high-quality products is one of the most important ways to keep your skin looking and feeling great.
Throughout the day, bacteria builds up on the skin from touch, sweat and airborne pollutants. Therefore, it is important to cleanse regularly to remove any dirt, oil and excess sebum.
If you don’t cleanse your skin, your pores may become congested which could lead to unwanted skin concerns. Cleansing thoroughly also helps to create a clean surface before applying your skincare products, helping them to absorb properly into your skin.
In this post, we share the answers to our frequently asked questions on double cleansing and help you to understand how it can benefit your skin.
Q: What is double cleansing?
A: Double cleansing is simply cleansing twice with two cleansers. Step one is to cleanse with an oil-based cleanser to remove make up, pollutants and daily grime; step two is to cleanse skin with a gel or cream water-based cleanser to leave skin thoroughly clean.
Q: Why use a first step oil cleanser?
A: Oil attracts oil so a first step oil-based cleanser will efficiently lift away make up and oil-based grime, and excess sebum, as well as clinging to pollutants to ensure they are thoroughly removed. This is essential for skin health.
Q: I have oily skin so is using an oil cleanser a good idea?
A: It is. Oil cleansers are very efficient ways of removing excess sebum from the skin and preventing congestion and shine without stripping away natural oils needed for healthy balanced skin. Massage the ARK Skincare Pre Cleanse oil onto the skin and once you add water it turns milky, and washes off very easily along with unwanted oils, dirt and grime leaving your skin soft, clean and clear, but never greasy.
Q: How long will it take as I just do not have time….
A: Using a first step pre cleanse is faster than a wipe! Our pre cleanse was formulated for professional use by facialists wishing to have a very fast efficient way of removing their client’s make up when they arrived for a treatment. It is so fast you won’t look back!
Q: My skin feels clean after the first step, so why do I need a second?
A: Once you remove your daily makeup, pollutants and grime, you can move on to cleansing the skin. Use an age specific cleanser which also includes active ingredients to treat and nourish the skin as you clean it. You will really notice a difference.
Q: Do I need to double cleanse morning and night?
A: You should always double cleanse in the evenings to ensure every last bit of makeup, daily pollutants and SPF are removed. It is vital that you do not go to sleep with these clinging to your skin. However, in the morning it is not necessary to perform a full double cleanse, but it is still important to clean skin with your age intelligent cleanser before applying your serum, moisturiser and daily SPF.
Q: Will all this cleansing make my skin feel tight?
A: No. Not if you are using a good quality oil cleanser and an age specific cleanser. The ARK Skincare cleansers are formulated with the antioxidants, vitamins and lips your skin requires for optimal health and will leave a soft, calm feeling after use.
New to the idea of double cleansing? We have everything you need to get started:
Introduce a pre cleanse to your skincare and make-up removal routine and you'll never look back. This multi-fruit lipid blend with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 is perfect for thoroughly removing your make-up and clearing away everyday grime build-up.
The best skin clearing cleanser for use in your teens and 20s.
Our Age Protect Cleanser, specially formulated for younger skin, is packed with hard-working active ingredients which help to clear blemishes, reduce excess sebum and illuminate excess shine. It also cleverly balances oily and dry areas of the skin, leaving skin clear and comfortable.
The best cleanser for use in your 30s and 40s.
Our ultra nourishing Conditioning Cleanser helps to effectively remove daily grime and make up while boosting the skin's firmness, leaving skin clean, plump and supple. This moisturising cleanser also defends against moisture loss and instantly calms any appearance of redness or irritation.
The best cleanser for use in your 50s and onwards
Specially formulated to combat the signs of hormone loss in mature skin, our rich cleansing cream encourages a radiant complexion while helping to reduce the signs of ageing. Natural ingredients help to strengthen the skin and give it a generous boost of moisture. Perfect for skin needing brightening and hydrating.
We hope these answers have helped to clear up any questions you may have on double cleansing. Should you ever need any help or product advice, please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or mentioning us on socials @arkskincare. We will be more than happy to help!
March is here and Mothers Day is just around the corner.
Still looking for ideas? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. In this post we share some suggestions of how you can make this mothers day extra special.
We also feature some of the products from our carefully selected gift collection and some exciting special offers to help inspire you.
*We understand that not everyone may choose to celebrate mothers day. Although this post is mothers day themed, these ideas and gifts can be perfect for anybody, whether it be your mum, friends or family members.
1. Get Creative With a Homemade Gift
If you have some spare time on your hands (which many of us do at the moment...) and feel like giving something different a go, how about creating your own gift? There’s nothing better than receiving something homemade that someone has put thought and effort into. Perhaps you could have a go at baking her best loved treat, putting together a photo album of your favourite pictures or making your own mothers day card. (If you’re in need of some inspiration, there is lots of help on Pinterest and Instagram too!)
2. Organise a Special Lunch
We’re all still waiting patiently until we are able to dine out and enjoy lunch/dinner at our favourite restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this mothers day one to remember. Why not think about bringing a special meal to her instead? Maybe you could surprise her with her favourite meal or take-away - or if you wanted something a little bit different, perhaps you could arrange an afternoon tea. There are some brilliant small businesses who have started offering delivery services. There's nothing better than a cup of tea and a piece of cake...
3. Go On a Socially-Distanced Walk Together
If you live locally to one another, perhaps you could do a door-stop delivery to give your mum her gifts or even go for a socially distanced walk. There’s nothing better than being able to see one another and catch up in person with a take-away coffee... If you're lucky, hopefully the sunshine will be out too!
4. Invite Her On a Virtual Date
If you don't live close enough to be able to see your mum in person, now is the time to make the most of technology. Record a short video message or create a montage video with your favourite pictures to take her down memory lane.
Perhaps you could even arrange a zoom date where you could both do an activity together or watch a film you both enjoy. Despite not being face-to-face, there are still plenty of ways to spend your time together...
5. Make Your Own Post-Lockdown Coupons
If you’re not able to do the things you might usually do to celebrate mothers day, how about making some IOU coupons for activities you can do together post lockdown? Maybe you could take her for coffee or lunch, go on a day trip, plan a cinema date or do some of her favourite hobbies together. It will be something nice you can both put in your diaries to look forward to later on!
6. Have a Spa Day At Home
Show your mum some TLC by setting her up with her very own spa day at home. We have a selection of thoughtful gifts we think will be perfect to spoil her with...
If you aren't local to be able to deliver them yourself, simply enter her address at checkout and have them sent direct. There's nothing better than a surprise delivery!
Indulge in a luxury shower (or bath time) experience with our Body Beautiful Duo. Lather up with our popular, soap free Vitality Hand & Body Wash in the shower, or pour a small amount under the running tap to fill your bath with bubbles. Follow up with our Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion to leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
You can learn more about the hard-working active ingredients in these two products by reading our previous blog post here.
This luxurious body oil with a beautiful scent made from a blend of natural essential oils is like the equivalent to spa treatment in a bottle. Bisabolol, extracted from the Brazilian Tree, provides a natural remedy for sensitive or irritated skin, while Vitamin E helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental pollution. Gently massage the oil into your skin after showering to lock in moisture and help to keep your skin hydrated.
* Purchase a Conditioning Body Serum and get a FREE box of 5 facemasks! Limited time only. Click here to shop now.
Let this beautiful spa scented candle fill up the bathroom while you run a hot relaxing bubble bath. Geranium, Eucalyptus, & Peppermint with Lavender and Rose creates a calm, cocooning fragrance - the perfect addition to a pamper evening to help you relax.
7. Encourage Her To Take Some Time For Herself
Pictured: Spacemasks - Self heating eye mask
Show your appreciation of everything your mum does by encouraging her to some time out to relax...
We’ve teamed up with the brilliant Spacemasks - the perfect treat for yourself or somebody you love. These clever self-heating eye masks start to work their magic as soon as you take them out of the packet. Place on your eyes, lie back, and relax. The combination of the gentle warmth and Jasmine essence can help ease tension headaches and eye strain. The perfect way to unwind before you turn in for the night...
Our beautifully crafted Jade Facial Tool is used to perform a facial massage technique called Gua Sha. The ancient beauty therapy has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve a healthy, radiant, youthful complexion. Included you will find an easy step-by-step guide, giving you everything you need to become a Gua Sha expert. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque - the ultimate pick me up for tired, dull or dry skin.
We hope these ideas can help give you some inspiration of how to make your mum feel special this Mother's Day. We would love to see what you get up to, so make sure to tag us on on social media! @arkskincare
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!
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?
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?
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 product. It 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!
Again leave for length of time according to age:
Teens – 20s 5mins
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.
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.
Most of us have a bit of extra time on our hands at the moment. We are not travelling to work, not going to the gym, and not socialising, meaning we have some extra time in our usually packed schedules. It is easy to lose time to social media, negative thoughts, or rubbish TV. None of which helps to elevate our mood. Instead we have some helpful tips. Spend any extra five minutes you have in the following positive ways and help lift your spirits.
Have a five minute tidy
Tidying up can help clear your mind and make you feel positive. Clutter can be oppressive, cause stress, and make you tired. The thought of tidying your whole home may be rather overwhelming, but take five minutes at a time. Tidy your bedroom, make your bed, tackle one shelf in the kitchen, or clean out the fridge. Each five minute segment of effort will add up, and you will begin to feel more organised and positive.
Quick tidy challenge. Next time you have five minutes ...
- Make your bed and tidy your bedside table
- Organise the fridge
- Tidy your shoes, bags and coats by the front door
- Tackle one book shelf
Use the 'phone
Take five minutes to telephone someone. Talking is good. When our schedules are packed we often rely on text and social media messages. If you find yourself with five minutes, pick up the phone to someone you haven't connected with for a while. Make sure they are OK. You will both feel better.
Do something special for somebody
During this time, many of us are unable to visit friends and family - but you can still keep in touch! Let someone know you’re thinking of them by surprising them with something special. It doesn’t have to be huge. Even a small gift or a hand-written letter can make someone's day and it will make you feel great too! If you’re in need of a gift for somebody, head on over to the Ark Skincare website - we have something for everyone!
Nurture an indoor plant
Grow a seed, take a cutting to grow or invest in a new houseplant. Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but they've been shown to boost moods, increase creativity, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants — making for a healthier, happier you. Indoor plants don't just look good – they can make us feel good, too. Spend any spare five minutes learning more and caring for your plants.
Read a book
Do you often find yourself with very little or no time to read? If in lockdown you have some spare time on your hands, why not pick up a new book? Reading is a great way to lose yourself for a few hours, especially if you find a good storyline!
Open a window
It may be cold out there but open a window and breathe. Fresh air can help stimulate positivity, and make you feel revived. Stand at your window and take time to breathe. In addition throwing open a window helps eliminate toxins from our homes. Opening a window for at least five minutes a day should be enough to decrease the concentration of indoor air pollutants.
With many of us staying at home a lot more, it can be easy to find little motivation to exercise. We can imagine everyone might be a bit fed up with their daily walk, but getting some exercise is important for both your physical and mental health! Why not find a workout video online or a virtual class you can join?
Listen to some music
Put on some of your favourite music and have a dance! It has been proven that when listening to music the brain releases dopamine, also known as ‘the happy hormone’ which helps to elevate your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Give yourself a mini facial or a body treatment
Do you have a body brush you have never used? A Jade Tool you haven't worked into your skincare regime yet? Now is the time. Take an extra five minutes to body brush, exfoliate, or give yourself a facial massage. You now have the time to learn what works best for you and you will quickly get into the routine and see real benefits. If you’re in need of a treat for your skin, we’ve got you covered! Click here to head over to the ARK Skincare website to find out more.
Take a cold shower
Cold showers can improve circulation, speed up metabolism, increase immunity and decrease depression. They are hugely beneficial if you can stand the cold! With five minutes extra on your hands start to build them into your routine. Gradually get used to standing under cold water and you will soon see and feel the benefits.
Prepare a healthy snack
Feeling good starts from within. Take five minutes to prepare a healthy snack or plan some nutritious meals you can enjoy. Perhaps now is the time to get creative and learn a new recipe!
However you use your extra time, remember to use it to look after yourself. Give yourself a hug. You deserve it.
Our first blog post of 2021! Happy New Year from everybody at ARK Skincare. We are not sad to be leaving 2020 behind!
Each time the new year rolls around, there is often lots of conversation around setting new year resolutions or thinking about goals we might like to achieve. These goals usually include things like drinking more water, focusing on fitness targets or making more time to see friends and family but have you ever heard of Veganuary?
In this three part blog-post series, we focus on what being a vegan means, what benefits there are and suggest ways that you might like to get involved in the annual Veganuary challenge.
What is Veganuary?
Veganuary, founded in 2014, is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try veganism for January and beyond. Throughout the year, Veganuary continues to encourage and support businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people.
What does the term veganism mean?
'Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and a philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or lifestyle is known as a vegan.'
What are the benefits of being a vegan?
There are many different benefits of following a plant-based, vegan friendly diet:
For the animals
Roughly 60 million land animals are killed and used as commodities every year just to satisfy human taste preferences. Many people believe that the killing of animals is unjustified and so choose a vegan life-style to help prevent the exploitation of and cruelty towards them.
The Vegan Society encourages the use of words like ‘other animals’ or ‘non-human animals’ in their language to acknowledge that humans are animals too and we share a lot more with other animals than some of us might realise or like to admit.
Just like us, cows, sheep and chickens are living beings who have a desire to live and enjoy their freedom like we do. These animals don’t give consent to being slaughtered and in over 95% of cases, are killed prematurely once they are no longer considered profitable. Vegans do not financially support animal agriculture industries by choosing to buy or grow plant-based alternatives instead.
For your health
Confirmed by the British Dietetic Association, despite many myths, it is possible to follow a well planned, plant-based, vegan friendly diet which supports healthy living. Lots of the nutrients your body needs are naturally found in vegan foods such as fruits, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Some research has also linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
For the environment
Animal agriculture is responsible for a significant amount of global commissions. To put it into perspective, the transport sector accounts for 13% of greenhouse gases, while animal agriculture, is responsible for almost 4 times as much at 51% - a significant amount more than you might first think!
Researchers at the University of Oxford suggest that eating a vegan diet could be the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce environmental impact on the earth. They found that cutting out meat and dairy from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint by up to 73%.
Switching to a vegan diet can also help to reduce water consumption. The Vegan Society explains that it takes at least three times the amount of water to feed a meat eater compared with that used to feed a vegan. For example, it takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of beef, compared to180 litres for 1 kg tomatoes and 250 litres for 1 kg potatoes.
One person who goes vegan can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.
Just like veganism is the sustainable option when it comes to looking after our planet, plant-based living is also a more sustainable way of feeding the human population. A vegan diet only requires ⅓ of the land needed to support a diet of meat and dairy.
With the global food and water insecurity increasing due to many different environmental issues, choosing plant-based options is a great way to adopt a more sustainable way of eating. You can read more about how vegan diets can help people here.
While some people may choose to adopt a fully vegan friendly, plant based diet straight away, others might find it easier to ease themselves in slowly. You can still make a huge contribution by switching out meat and dairy options for vegan ones where you can - even if it is just a few times a week! Keep your eyes peeled for next week's blog post where we share our top tips on how to get started.
ARK Skincare are proud to be an entirely vegan brand who never have and never will test on animals. If you would like to learn more about our vegan skincare products, head over to the ARK Skincare website!
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
British Dietetic Association (BTA)
The Vegan Society
Have you heard the exciting news? Our Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment has recently been shortlisted for Best New Premium Skin Care Product in the Pure Beauty Awards 2020! Ever since our Night Treatments launched at the beginning of the year, they have been ARK best sellers, so we are delighted with this nomination.
What Is a Night Treatment Used For?
ARK Skincare’s Night Treatments are used to offer the ultimate pamper session while you sleep. These formulations are the result of extensive research and have been developed with the latest understanding of how skin cells rejuvenate at night. Both unique formulations contain hard working active ingredients which have been specifically chosen to help aid the skin’s natural healing process as you sleep. By applying before bed, you can trust that your Night Treatment will get hard to work, allowing you to wake up looking and feeling well rested.
Key Active Ingredients
Silk Tree Extract promotes the visible reduction of the signs of fatigue: dark circles, under-eye bags, dull complexion and drawn features by protecting and repairing the skin from damage caused by glycation. It also encourages a boost in collagen which can help your skin to glow and appear more energised.
Vitamin A Palmitate is an antioxidant and a source of vitamin A. In the skin, it is converted to retinol, and ultimately to retinoic acid (the active form of vitamin A). It functions as a protectie and free radical scavenger.
Passionfruit Seed Oil is very rich in essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, helping to alleviate inflammatory skin concerns such as rosacea and acne while keeping skin smooth and supple.
Blue Lotus is considered the sacred flower of anti-aging and a symbol of beauty. The flower is rich in flavonoids, which improves the skin’s firmness and elasticity. It also contains powerful antioxidants, ideal for sensitive and irritated skin.
A night cream formulated for those in their 50s onwards
98% natural. Suitable for vegans
Rejuvenates tired, damaged skin whilst you sleep. Bioactive ingredients tone, re-densify, and regenerate skin whilst improving the natural barrier function and diminishing the visible signs of ageing. Includes ingredients to promote collagen and reduce inflammation, as well as an energizing cocktail of vitamins and minerals to detoxify and vitalize.
Key Active Ingredients
Borage oil is the richest commercial plant source of GLA, an Omega Fatty Acid which is a key ‘building block’ in production of the body’s regulatory hormones. Borage oil also has many calming and nourishing properties, making it the perfect ingredient to treat skin concerns such as eczema, dermatitis and rosacea.
Jiaogulan extract contains high amounts of flavonoids and gypenosides, noted for their antioxidant effects and has been shown to prevent UV-induced damage.
Stabilised Vitamin C helps promote the synthesis of collagen which increases skin suppleness. It also scavenges free radicals, reducing the skin roughness and inflammation, appearance of wrinkles and helps to brighten complexion. Vitamin C can also help to heal skin and protect against sun damage.
Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain a moisturised and firm skin by improving cell cohesion. Our Hyaluronic Acid is organic and low weight, meaning it can penetrate to the deeper layers of skin to plump fine lines, boost moisture and improve collagen synthesis.
Blackcurrant seed oil contains two important fatty acids that help regulate inflammatory response and dry skin. It can also be used to nourish and protect skin tissues preventing chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Goji Berries are packed with nutrients including Vitamin C, Zinc and Selenium, which help in the formation of collagen and the repair of damaged skin tissue. They provide protecting, detoxifying, fortifying and vitalising properties and contain over 5 times the antioxidant activity of any other fruit or vegetable.
How to Use
Use in the evening. Massage into dry skin after cleansing with Pre-Cleanse and your Age Intelligent cleanser.
Reviews & Awards
Winner - BEST (NIGHT) SKINCARE PRODUCT (Age 30+)
“I've used the Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment most nights for nearly three weeks and I would confidently recommend it to virtually anyone who has skin. It feels a little bit indulgent to use, absorbs nicely and, so far, has made my face feel more hydrated and comfortable than it has in a long time.” Lippy In London, Beauty Blogger
When it comes to the colder months, my skin needs a bit more oomph in my moisturiser and this fits the bill perfectly. Talonted Lex, Beauty Blogger
Winner - BEST (NIGHT) SKINCARE PRODUCT (Age 50+)
Wake Up Feeling Well Rested!
Sleep becomes a precious commodity as we age; waking up after a long and restful slumber could be the closest thing we’ve got to a fountain of youth, for it offers up all kinds of benefits to body and mind. We’ve all felt that sluggish, temperamental and irritable feeling that often accompanies a restless night - and we’ve all experienced the radiant and happy reflection that greets us in the mirror after a great eight hours between the sheets. Sleep is often overlooked as one of the most important elements of a great beauty and wellness routine, and best of all: it’s free!
Although you shouldn’t completely neglect your beauty regime in favour of more time in bed, getting into good bedtime habits will have a long-term positive impact in so many areas. Research has shown that even one poor night of sleep can cause swollen eyes, dark circles, more prominent fine lines and even sagging skin around the jawline; a 2017 study* even found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected the participants perceived attractiveness, health and even trustworthiness. Sleep helps us to feel good and look good too.
But why is sleep so important?
During the daytime our bodies are in ‘defence mode’, focused on protecting against UV and free radical damage, but as this need depletes overnight it can start focusing on the vital process of regeneration and protection. As the sun goes down our skin renewal rate almost doubles, collagen production rises, cell damage reverses and UV-induced damage is repaired - having a hugely beneficial impact on our complexion.
What are the beauty benefits of sleep?
If we regularly get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night we’ll undoubtedly benefit from a multitude of visible improvements in our skin. With more collagen skin appears fuller, more youthful and fine lines appear reduced, while adequate blood flow and drainage will ensure the under-eye area is less puffy and free from dark circles. Investing in your bedtime routine will undoubtedly leave your complexion looking radiant, feeling smoother and becoming more supple over time.
The secret ingredient for great skin.
Although sleep is vital for a healthy looking complexion, there is an additional ingredient that will help support your skin and effortlessly boost the benefits it can provide: a great night treatment.
During those eight hours of abstinence from food and drink your skin needs all the hydration it can get, which is why night creams tend to focus on delivering moisture within rich and creamy formulations. As our skin is in repair mode, it’s also a great opportunity to deliver potent ingredients that can aid that process and ensure you wake up looking refreshed.
Picking a great night treatment will not only boost the benefits of sleep, but help to deliver a sprinkling of added goodness too: the metabolic activity of skin cells is at its peak as we slumber, making it an ideal time to achieve maximum results from a targeted treatment.
A targeted treatment to suit your age and your needs.
Our skin needs change as we age, so using a targeted treatment to deliver exactly what it needs is the key to unlocking your best skin yet. In our teens and twenties skin just needs a little helping hand, with essential nutrients and hydration to boost clarity, so it’s important not to overload the skin; that’s why ARK Skincare keep the Age Protect range stripped back and as simple as possible.
As we reach our thirties and forties our skin is showing the first signs of ageing. ARK Skincare Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment features a multitude of active ingredients to aid the skin’s natural repair process to leave it healthy, glowing and youthful.
Free radical scavenging antioxidants and Vitamins A and E help to reduce the appearance of skin ageing; Kiwi and Passionfruit Seed Oils are rich in fatty acids and work to hydrate, maintain moisture levels and alleviate inflammation; Blue Lotus extract provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, while Shea Butter helps to alleviate dry, irritated and sensitised skin. The result is a beautifully rich, hard working and effortless night treatment that we know you’ll love.
By the time we hit our fifties, skin requires more targeted support for the established signs of ageing - and richer formulas to counteract the loss of moisture and hydration that occurs later in life.
ARK Skincare Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment features Hyaluronic Acid to maintain moisturisation, firm and tone, Blackcurrant Seed Oil (a natural source of Vitamin C) to help regulate inflammation and dryness, and Vitamin E to condition and protect skin. Borage Oil, incredibly rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Omega 6, helps to treat dry and damaged skin, while Goji Berry extract also provides detoxifying, fortifying and vitalising properties.
The beautifully rich (yet not heavy) cream helps to promote collagen production, improve hydration, boost firmness and elasticity, plus provides a visible improvement of wrinkle depth around the eyes in particular. It’s everything you need to look and feel your best.
Both the ARK Skincare Age Defend and Age Defy Night Treatments can be used right up to the delicate eye area too, delivering smoother and fresher skin. They’re vegan friendly, cruelty-free and have been recognized in the Beauty Shortlist Awards as the best in their category, while the Age Defend has recently been nominated as the Best New Premium Skincare Product in the much celebrated Pure Beauty Awards 2020 – a huge achievement for an independent British brand like us.
What’s the difference between a day and night cream?
You may think you don’t necessarily need both a day and a night cream within your skincare repertoire, but investing in your daily routine will ensure you achieve the results you want.
The key purpose of a day cream is hydration and protection against the elements we face daily while going about our lives – which include pollution, air conditioning, central heating, blue light from devices and damaging UV rays (that are present even on British cloudy days!) A great moisturizer will provide the support our skin needs without weighing it down, acting as a ‘bookend’ to a great morning skincare routine. They’re also lighter in texture so are more suitable for use under makeup, and finding a great one can ensure a primed base that ensures you stay radiant all day long.
ARK Skincare Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser offers the perfect balance of hydration for younger skin. Rich in antioxidants and an active anti-pollution system, it helps to protect skin to leave it looking clear, radiant and vibrant. Enriched with Avocado and Peach Lipids (rich in Vitamins A,C and E as well as Omega 9 fatty acids) to keep skin hydrated and soft, Olive Oil to penetrate deeply for skin cell regeneration, and Panthenol (a form of Vitamin B) to help soothe irritated skin.
ARK Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser is specifically formulated to tackle challenges faced in your 30s and 40s, and is packed with natural moisturising agents such as Shea Butter and Olive Oil. Containing clinically proven wrinkle plumping peptides, including Matrixyl, it helps to smooth, plump and tone to diminish the signs of premature ageing. Vitamin A also helps keep skin strong, plump and increases collagen production, while Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids boost skin’s moisture and Blue Lotus (a powerful antioxidant) boosts firmness and elasticity.
ARK Skincare Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser powerfully combats the signs of hormone loss such as dullness, dryness, uneven tone and loss of elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin to visibly reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, Blackcurrant and Borage Seed Oil contain fatty acids to deeply nourish the skin, while Red Clover is known to soothe inflammation. The rich, non-greasy texture helps skin to look healthier, firmer and more radiant.
Combining your chosen moisturizer with a pump or two of Ark Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer will finish your skincare routine while ensuring essential sun protection. UV exposure has been identified as a primary cause of premature ageing**, so it’s essential to integrate an effective SPF product into your daily regime – 365 days of the year.
ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer is the ultimate multi-tacker and perfect daytime solution, combining the benefits of a lightweight moisturizer with a hardworking SPF and a primer too. When layered over your moisturiser for added hydration and protection, it also provides a smooth and luminous base that’s perfect for makeup application; it’s all you need for long-lasting results and a look that looks immaculate all day long.
Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Sunflower extract deliver protection, nourishment and essential vitamins to ensure skin looks and feels its best. With clinically-proven skin benefits, offering broad spectrum defence against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing, and with an advanced active antioxidant system to protect against the effects of pollutants, it’s a one-stop beauty must-have that simplifies your morning skincare and eases any skin anxieties.
If you want to simplify your routine or have a preference for more multifunctional products, then this can also be used alone as a quick and easy way to take care of your skin. It’s also great for travel, when you don’t have space in your case for your usual expansive routine!
Day creams are therefore lighter, and designed to be layered. Night creams, however, tend to be much richer in texture and focused on hydration and replenishment – delivering skin a boost as you sleep alongside targeted ingredients to help counteract the potential damage incurred during waking hours. ARK Skincare’s award winning night treatments have been specially formulated to work in partnership with their daytime counterparts, so to get the best results they should be used alongside a great morning routine.
Embrace the pre-bedtime hour: the perfect nighttime skincare routine.
The hour before bedtime provides the perfect opportunity to take care of your skin, and your mind, while indulging in a little pampering ‘me-time’. Enjoying the ritual of removing your makeup and applying nighttime products will ensure you’re in the perfect space for relaxation and help you drift off to sleep with ease. It’s also a great time to apply all manner of creams, treatments and masques to help deliver your skin what it needs while it’s in repair mode – boosting our body’s own natural processes.
If you’re not sure where to start, then follow these easy steps for an ultimate indulgent nighttime beauty regime:
STEP 1: Lift away the day’s grime with ARK Skincare Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover. The multi-fruit lipid blend dissolves every last trace of excess sebum and make-up (even waterproof mascara) while nourishing and soothing skin with a blend of natural ingredients. Massage a small amount all over the skin, taking the time to work it in and lift away stubborn makeup, before washing away with warm water and a flannel.
STEP 2: Follow-up with a non-foaming pump of ARK Skincare Age Protect, Defend or Defy Cleanser to remove any last traces of grime, makeup or SPF while helping to nourish and protect even the most sensitive of skin. It’s important to double cleanse if you’re wearing any kind of makeup or SPF so there’s no kind of residue left on the surface of skin.
STEP 3: Lift away any dead or dull skin cells twice a week with ARK Skincare Triple Action Exfoliator - an innovative triple effect exfoliator with physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action to create exceptionally smooth skin. Skin is left feeling exquisitely smooth and fine lines and scars are diminished, making it a great way to boost your routine.
STEP 4: For a weekly pick me up, apply a generous amount of ARK Skincare Hydration Injection Masque – an intensive treatment that helps to quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy. Ideal for skin which looks tired, stressed or lacking in radiance, this can also be left on overnight for even more skin boosting benefits.
STEP 5: Massage a pump of ARK Skincare Age Defend or Defy Night Treatment between your hands and apply across your forehead, cheeks and neck in gentle lifting motions. Suitable for even taking up to the delicate under-eye area, this will help to deliver what your skin needs as you sleep.
STEP 6: Your pre-bedtime routine doesn’t have to stop at your skin; take care of your lips with a small amount of ARK Skincare Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream. This intensive treatment cream helps to hydrate, plump and protect the entire lip area, while clinically proven plumping Peptides help to increase lip volume appearance and hydration. It also firms, smooths and reduces the appearance of vertical lines and wrinkles on the lips and the surrounding area – something that becomes more prominent as we age.
STEP 7: Finish off by treating your body to a generous amount of ARK Skincare Conditioning Body Serum and ARK Skincare Intensive Hand & Nail Cream, which both deliver skin much-needed nourishment and replenish essential vitamins our bodies need to thrive.
Now you’re armed with the knowledge, skill and products to take care of your skin all day long, your complexion will thank you.
ARK Skincare has recently had some exciting news. Our Defend Regenerating Night Treatment has been nominated as Best New Premium Skincare Product in the Pure Beauty Awards 2020!
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Feeling fed up with dark under-eye circles? ARK Skincare has got you covered. Our Reverse Gravity Eye Cream is the perfect product to tighten your eye area and keep it hydrated. In this post, we focus on the powerhouse ingredients that make this product so special and how they work to fade dark circles and diminish puffiness.
Do I need an eye cream?
The skin around your eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes can increase the appearance of lines, wrinkles and fluids collecting under the eyes which can cause dark circles, so It's important to remember to give your eye area a pamper every so often too.
Our instant-effect eye cream does it all: reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fades dark circles, soothes dry skin and minimizes puffiness.
Beautifeye™ is an extract from the Persian Silk Tree which is proven to tighten and lift the crease of the eyelid and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It also helps to reduce pigmentation and reduce any puffiness.
Grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6), an essential building block for ceramides - one of skin’s main moisturising elements that help to keep skin supple and healthy.
Grapeseed Oil also contains Vitamin E which fantastic for skin; it protects against environmental pollution and UV radiation, quenches skin with moisture and helps to soothe irritation.
This powerful ingredient is used intensively in cosmetics due to its well-known healing and rejuvenating properties. It contains antioxidants, enzymes, multiple vitamins and is also used as an anti-inflammatory. The perfect ingredient to hydrate and soothe your eyes.
This ingredient acts as an emollient that keeps your skin full of moisture and prevents dryness and irritation. Allantoin has a calming effect on the skin and is full of antioxidants to keep skin youthful, vibrant, and healthy. The presence of antioxidants in your skincare routine will always show in your skin.
How to Use
For the best results, use in the mornings and evenings. Gently warm a small amount of product between ring fingers and pat lightly around the eye area. Then massage in using the metallic ball. In the summer, keep your eye cream stored in the fridge for a refreshing treat on a hot day.
Take a look at what our customers had to say!
2020 - "Another award-winning product I have been enjoying using is the ARK Skincare Gravity Defying Eye Treatment. This product is amazing at reducing the appearance of wrinkles and help to fade dark circles and diminishes puffiness." Juelook, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger
2020 - Finalist at Beauty Shortlist Awards "Best Eye Product"
"This cream is lightweight and soothing. Formulated to be used by those with even super sensitive skin, it also scores points for being vegan, cruelty-free and made in Britain...we especially loved the cooling metal ball on the end of the tube which can be used to massage the cream into the skin." - The Independent
Herbal Dynamics Beauty - What is Allantoin & Its Role In Anti-Aging?
Healthline - Grapeseed Oil For Skin: Benefits and Uses
"If you watch my Instastories Often, you will have seen me using this loads lately. I just love the scent of refreshing Wild Mint and the way my skin feels suddenly cool and calm. This spray is perfect for all ages and stages of skin but I have included it in my mature skin round-up as I think that a hot, flushed skin, dehydrated skin or someone with those fine lines and wrinkles can really benefit from the hydrating properites it offers. The cooling sensation of that Wild Mint and the beautiful ingredients included make this a joy to use. Goji and Blue Lotus (which is in a lot of much higher price point skincare) bring lots of anti-oxidant rich, brightening properties as well as detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties which I think work wonderfully on menopausal skin. I am loving this brand so much and I know you will too."
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