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6 Top Tips To Help You Ease Yourself Out of Lockdown

Finally. The sun is shining, the days are getting longer and lockdown rules are beginning to ease. Like many others, we are thrilled to be able to re-open our shop and see some friendly faces. It's great get back to work and sense a some more normality.

Although, after living under lockdown restrictions for the best part of a year, getting back into the swing of things can feel a little overwhelming. With that in mind, in this week's post, we share our 6 top tips on how you can feel a little bit more prepared when easing yourself back into a normal routine.

1. Pace yourself

A cup of coffee and a reading book resting on a brown sofa

After being locked up with very little to do for the best part of a year, there are many who are desperately excited to get back out there, go to their nearest shopping centre and arrange to catch up with friends and family straight away.

While it’s exciting to sense some normality returning, it is important to take things at your own pace and do what YOU feel comfortable with. Social situations and sensing the world opening back up overnight can feel daunting, so don’t be afraid to take your time when starting to do ‘normal’ things again. Make sure to do what feels right for you. 

2. Take Some Time To Get Organised

A marble journal resting on a work desk with a gold pen

For many of us, after being cooped up for so long, the idea of going out feels really unfamiliar. Even getting ready to go out and do something as simple as going to the shops can feel strange!

If you are starting to return to a more usual routine, now is the time to get organised. Often, by having a clear vision of what is happening around you and what you need to get done, it can help you to be more productive and feel more prepared for what’s coming next. 

Take some time to sit and write a list of everything you need to do and slowly work your way through. If you are returning back to work or education, even doing those simple tasks such as packing your bag or making your lunch the night before can eliminate some of the stress and busyness on the day, allowing you to feel more relaxed and prepared. 

3. Practice Self Care Rituals

A pink coffee mug resting on a magazine on rocking chair

Are you suddenly having to get used to your commute to work or starting back at the gym again? Many of us have spent so much time at home, especially for the last few months that now a ‘normal’ looking day can feel pretty exhausting! Lockdown easing is a sudden shift for everybody, so remember to be kind to yourself if you’re feeling tired or a little run down. 

Give yourself some time to continue the self-care rituals you have learned and practiced during lockdown to make sure you have an opportunity to unwind and take care of yourself. 

4. Get back into good habits

Women smiling while listening to music through her airpods

 

Now we are sensing some more normality, you may find it helpful to ease yourself back into a daily routine. By getting into the habit of doing things now, you’ll be doing them in a few weeks without even giving them a second thought.

Have a think of all the important things that keep you feeling well - staying hydrated, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and prioritising daily exercise often help all of us to feel good. Make a plan of when and how you can keep on top of things so you can ensure you have enough time.

Now is also a good time to think about your skincare habits. When was the last time you treated your skin to a weekly treatment? Are you making sure to apply your SPF every day? Do you remember to double cleanse every evening? For more on our Spring Skincare Tips, take a look at our previous blog post by clicking here

 

5. Show your skin some love

ARK Skincare's products for sensitive skin, shown on the back of a persons hand

When you begin to go out more, you may notice skin sensitivities occurring - especially with the change in season. Throughout the winter, skin has been hiding under our long-sleeved t-shirts and jumpers, hats, coats and gloves so spring does bring a significant change in your surroundings such as humidity, pollen and extreme weather changes. Now is the time to indulge in some self care and treat your skin to some TLC.

Top tip: Are you making sure to wear a clean mask each time you go out and nourish your skin to reduce symptoms of Maskne? Read more about our tips for Maskne Prevention here. 

ARK Skincare's products for sensitive skin

Pictured: ARK Skincare products for skin sensitivities and redness

A selection of our products were recently individually tested to verify their suitability for sensitive skin - all passed with flying colours and we have had some great feedback from many happy customers who have seen some brilliant results from using them. To learn more about skincare for sensitivity and redness, click here to visit our website

6. Be Kind To Others (and Yourself!)

Coffee mug with a quote inside which reads "always be kind"

We’ve been in the pandemic now for over a year, so with lockdown easing and things returning back to normality, anxieties are bound to be high.  It’s not surprising if socialising feels strange or more difficult when you haven’t been doing it, so be kind to yourself and remember to take one step at a time. It’s also important to remember that whilst the rules are easing, we all still need to do our bit to be safe and considerate of one another by keeping our distance, being patient with each other and be mindful of how others may be feeling. 

We hope these tips help you to feel a little bit more prepared for easing yourself back into normality. Remember, It’s a really strange time for us all, so it’s okay to feel uncertain, but this is a really positive step and soon we will have lots more to feel excited about, especially when the warmer weather comes!

In the meantime, if you would like to go read our previous blog posts with tips on self-care, you can find them by clicking here

To learn more about ARK Skincare, head over to our website www.arkskincare.com.

You can also follow us on socials! @arkskincare

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

Introducing ARK Skincare's 2020 Christmas Collection

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

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

 

ARK Skincare’s 2020 Christmas Collection 

Age Intelligent Discovery Collections

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

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

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

This gift includes:

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

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

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

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

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

This gift includes: 

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

    Age Intelligent Sleep Collections 

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

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

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

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

    This gift includes: 

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

    Facial Massage Set

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

    Everything you need to become a Gua Sua Expert. 

    Our beautifully crafted Jade Facial Tool is used to perform a facial massage technique called Gua Sha. The ancient beauty therapy has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve a healthy, radiant, youthful complexion. Included you will find an easy step-by-step guide so you’ll be a pro in no time. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque full of hyaluronic acid - the ultimate weekly treatment for thirsty skin, especially during the colder months!

    This gift includes: 

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

    Skin Perfectors Luxury Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This gift includes: 

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

    Skin Essentials Hero Collection 

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

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

    This gift Includes: 

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

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

    Hand Care Gift

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

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

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

    Travel Candles

    ARK Skincare's Luxury Spa Aromatic Travel Candles

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

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

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

     

    The Perfect Stocking Filler Gifts From ARK Skincare

     Well, I think we can safely say 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone…

     While we’re not going to let that beat us, this year, more than ever, I think we could all do with a little Christmas spirit and something nice to look forward to!

    With that in mind, in this post, we share our best suggestions for the perfect stocking fillers. Each of the gifts we’ve featured are the perfect way to show somebody you’re thinking of them. Whether that be a friend or family member, or perhaps somebody who you wouldn’t even usually buy for to show some extra appreciation.

    Do you know somebody who has been having a tough time or somebody who has been working particularly hard that deserves a thoughtful gift? Why not treat them to something special this Christmas… 

    Cotton Facial Cloths (Pack of 5) - £12.50 

     

    ARK Skincare's gift set of 5 cotton face cloths & a mini gift box

    This pack of 5 cotton face cloths is a great gift for everybody to have.

    All five cloths are individually wrapped, tied with ribbon and come in their own luxury mini gift box.  A practical, (yet pretty!) gift to surprise someone with on Christmas day…

    Intensive Hand & Nail Cream - £20 

    ARK Skincare's Intensive Hand & Nail Cream for dry hands

    Suffering from cracked, dry hands? This year, we’ve been mindful to wash our hands as often as possible, but when we pair that with the colder weather, it can take a toll on our skin. Our award winning hand cream is here to help! Raspberry Seed Oil & Vitamin E help to protect and moisturise the skin, while Amino Acids encourage strong, healthy nails - The perfect product to have in your bag throughout the colder months!

    Cotton Gloves & Care Card - £10
    ARK Skincare's Cotton Gloves & Hand Care Card

    If you’re looking for an extra intensive treatment for sore hands, why not take a look at our luxury cotton gloves. Simply apply a generous amount of your hand cream and gloves before bed to give sore hands the ultimate pamper session while you sleep. 

    Mini Hydrating Beauty Mist - £12

    ARK Skincare's Mini Hydrating Beauty Mist

    Treat a friend to our intensively refreshing and soothing beauty mist. Active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, Wild Water Mint to refresh and Aloe Vera to soothe. Use before your moisturiser to trap in an extra layer of hydration, before make-up as a toner, after make-up for a dewy finish, or simply just for refreshing pick me up throughout the day!

    Spa Aromatics Travel Candles - £15

    ARK Skincare's Spa Aromatics Travel Candles

    There’s nothing more relaxing than getting in after a long day, running a bath and lighting a candle... These beautifully crafted travel candles are the perfect way to make the dark, dreary evenings a little more cosy. Head over to the Spa Aromatics collection page to take a look at all the different scents we have to offer by clicking here.

    Age Intelligent Mini Duo - £15 (worth £24.75)

    ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Mini Duos

    If you’re looking for a fun gift to hang on the Christmas tree, this is the one for you! 

    This gift includes: 

    • 1 Age Intelligent Cleanser 30ml
    • 1 Age Intelligent Moisturiser 30ml
    • 1 Luxury Mini Gift Box 

    Each miniature cleanser & moisturiser are carefully wrapped in branded tissue paper and packed inside a luxury mini gift box, with a loop of ribbon on top, making them a Christmas decoration to remember!

    This gift comes in all three of ARK’s Age Intelligent ranges: Protect for teens & 20’s, Defend for 30’s and 40’s, and Defy for 50’s & onwards, making them the perfect gift for anybody at any age. 

    ARK Skincare Travel Bag - £22

    ARK Skincare's Luxury Grey Travel Bag

    If you’re thinking of treating somebody to our travel sizes, why not pair it with a travel bag? These are a great idea for anybody you know who likes to keep up their skincare routine while they’re away from home.

    ARK Skincare’s Hero Collection - £38 (worth £58)
    ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Hero Collection & Christmas Gift Bag

    This Skin Essential collection provides everything you need to cleanse, hydrate & protect skin; the ultimate skin care trio. 

    This gift Includes: 

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

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

    Jade Facial Tool - £20

    ARK Skincare's Gua Sha Jade Facial Tool

    Gift someone the ultimate pamper session with our carefully crafted jade tool.

    This facial tool is used to perform an ancient beauty ritual called Gua Sha, which helps to naturally achieve radiant & healthy glowing skin. You can read more about the benefits of Gua Sha in a previous blog post which you can find by clicking here

    The tool comes with is own silk pouch and instruction guide, making the ideal present for somebody who might like to take a little extra time on giving their skin and giving it that extra boost. 

    ARK Skincare's Stocking Filler Gifts

    With our generous selection of affordable, yet thoughtful gifts, ARK have got something for everyone this year. Should you have any questions, or need any product advice, please reach out to us by emailing office@arkskincare.com or calling the office on 0203 740 3303. 

     

    Product Focus: ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Pre-cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    At ARK Skincare, we are passionate about double-cleansing. We believe that a good cleanser and a good cleansing routine are two essential ingredients for healthy-looking and feeling skin. 

    In this post we are focus on our Skin Essential Pre-Cleanser & Make-up Remover and why keeping your skin clean is so important. 

    What is double cleansing?

    Double cleansing is a two-step process to remove any make-up and bacteria and deeply cleanse the skin. 

    Why do I need to double cleanse?

    You might be asking yourself if you really need to cleanse twice and the answer is yes! Whether you wear make-up or not, a double cleanse is essential for healthy skin. The first cleanse will remove any traces of dirt, pollution and airborne bacteria from the surface of your skin and the second cleanse will clean deeper into your pores.

    By practising this routine you will be safe in the knowledge that your skin is nice and clean. If dirt and bacteria aren’t washed away, they can linger on your skin and contribute to early ageing, pigmentation and breakouts.

    In addition to removing build-up, other benefits of keeping your skin clean are that it can help to prevent blemishes and even boost hydration. It’s very important to start with a clean base before applying any other products, the actives in your serum and moisturiser will not be as effective if they sit on layer of grime and dead skin cells.

    ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    This gentle and nourishing award-winning cleanser is the first step to our powerful cleansing routine. The multi-fruit lipid blend with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 dissolves every last trace of daily grime, excess sebum and make-up – even waterproof mascara – while nourishing and soothing skin with a blend of natural ingredients.

    Key Ingredients:

    Margosa Leaf Extract - this powerhouse ingredient offers many wonderful benefits. It is used as an antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It can also help to prevent acne and infection. 

    Vitamin E - Fantastic for skin; it protects against environmental pollution and UV radiation, quenches skin with moisture, calms and soothes, and helps with wound and scar healing.

    Zi Cao - an Ayurvedic herb, which soothes sensitive skin and helps to calm inflammation. 

    Grapeseed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil - Help to deeply nourish skin and protect it against dryness. 

    How To Use: 

    Apply onto dry skin with dry hands and massage gently over the face. Add warm water to turn the oil into a liquid emulsion and continue to massage into the skin before rinsing off with water. Then follow up with your age intelligent cleanser and moisturiser to lock in hydration.

    Image: Reviews on ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

     

    References: 

    Sharecare - Why is it important to cleanse my skin to keep it healthy?

    Glamour - What is double cleansing? 

    Elle - How to double cleanse your skin

     

     

    How To Freshen Up Your Skincare Routine

    Cleaning. One of those jobs that many of us often like to put off. However, while many of us have been spending more time at home, it seems to be the first thing on everybody’s to-do list - mainly just to keep busy!

     When talking about cleaning, the first things that often come to mind are our houses, cars and Monica cupboards...(if you know, you know!). But when was the last time you thought to clean out your skincare and give yourself a pamper?

    This week we thought we'd share our top tips on how to freshen up your skincare routine to help you achieve clear, healthy skin!


    1. Double Cleanse
    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Age Protect Vitality Cleanser held over a bubble bath
    Image: ARK Skincare's Protect Vitality Cleanser

    Whether you wear make-up or not, a double cleanse is an essential part of any good skincare routine.

    Your first cleanse will help to remove any traces of airborne bacteria, pollution and build up. If these aren’t washed away properly they can lead to pigmentation, break-outs and premature aging -  no thank you! 

    Once you’ve removed make-up and grime from the surface, it’s time to clean deeper with your second cleanse. Massage your product in for a minute or so to give your skin a thorough clean. Then follow up with your moisturiser

    Take a look at ARK Skincare's Pre-cleanse & Make-up Remover - the powerful first step to our cleansing routine. Simply apply to dry skin before adding water to form a thin liquid emulsion. Continue massaging then rinse off with warm water. We also have a range of Age intelligent cleansers, specifically designed for each age group. 

    2. Wash your make up brushes

    Image: Make-up brush being washed with cleanser in the palm of persons hand

    Don’t just invest in cleansing your skin - clean your brushes too! Dirty makeup brushes can be responsible for the transfer of bacteria, viruses and fungi which can cause cold sores, acne flare-ups, conjunctivitis or worse. 
    There have been a number of studies into how much bacteria can live on makeup and makeup brushes, and one test of 35 brushes showed 58% had high recorded levels of bacteria with 34% of them having dangerously high levels of bacteria on them. Alarmingly it was found that 44% of 1000 people surveyed said that they have never cleaned their brushes!
    You may want to reevaluate how hygienic your makeup and makeup brushes are. It could be one reason for your skin concerns. Remember to think about how you store your brushes too. If they’re sitting in a grotty make-up bag go and give it a wash!
    3. Be kind to your body 
    Image: Water pouring into a pink glass with slices of lemon

    This doesn’t have to be all about eating kale - we promise. Be mindful of your body by making healthier choices and going easy on sugary & high fat treats.

      Drink plenty of water, aim for your five a day and choose nutrient-rich foods to aid your body's natural detoxifying system and help your skin glow.  Keeping active during the day is also beneficial, (for both your body and your mind!)

    4. Tidy up your skincare

    Product Image: Range of ARK Skincare products displayed on dressing table
    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Protect Vitality cleanser, Hydration Injection Masque, Triple Action Exfoliator, Skin Perfectors & Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    It’s easy to get lured in by pretty packaging and then find yourself with multiple bottles of various different products - but which do you actually use? Most of the time less is more, so choose wisely. Opt for products that use high-quality ingredients to nourish your skin. 

    5. Practice good Hygiene 
    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Hand & Body Vitality Washand Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion
    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Hand & Body Wash Duo 

    Get into good habits - store your skincare in a place that you can keep clean and tidy. Aim to wash your make-up brushes regularly to ensure they aren’t spreading bacteria around and If you apply make-up with your fingers, wash your hands before each application to make sure they’re clean before touching your face. 

    Try to opt for contamination-free skincare products too. These are jars that you don’t have to put your fingers into. If one of your products does come in an open jar, use a spatula to access your product rather than your hands. You don’t want to be putting any bacteria into your pot!

    All ARK Skincare products are housed in contamination-free packaging to keep them hygienic. You can take a look at all of our products on our website.

    References:

    NHS - Eating Well Guide

    The Fox & She - Detoxing Your Skin

    Glamour - What Is Double Cleansing?

    ELLE - Everything You Need To Know About Double Cleansing

     

    8 Top Tips To Help You Stay Connected

    Due to current events, many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We know it can be difficult at times without friends and family around, so here are our 8 top tips to help you stay connected!
    Title: Tip #1 Pick up your phone!
    Image: Person's hand holding a note out in front of them saying "phone a friend"
    Let’s be honest, we spend a lot of time on our phones scrolling through social media, but when was the last time you called a friend? Instead of going to visit somebody, make time to sit down and call someone - even just for a few minutes. Checking in with those around you is a good reminder that you're not alone and a great way to keep others company.  Perhaps you could even make a nice plan of what you'll do together when this is all over! 
    Title: Tip #2 Write a Letter
    Image: Brown envelope with a white sheet of writing paper
    There’s nothing better than receiving a personally hand-written letter through the door. Especially when it's from a loved one. The time and thought that goes into letters makes them so special - they can even be a keepsake for years to come!  Dig out the writing paper and jot down a message for a friend or family member. You can guarantee it’ll put a smile on their face.
    Title: Tip #3 Send a surprise gift to a loved one!
    Image: Gift wrapped up in parcel paper with a string bow and gift card.
      There are so many amazing online stores who are still working during this time, (including ours!) You can find all kinds of different gifts online from letterbox flowers and chocolates to care packages and food parcels! Online orders also eliminate any social contact as you can ship the gift straight to the recipient. 
      Take a look at some of our gifts below. 

      ARK Skincare's Uplifting Care Package

        Product Image: ARK Skincare's Uplift Care Package including: ARK Skincare Travel bag, Mini Hydrating Beauty Mist, Vitality Body Wash & Hand and Nail Cream

        Includes: 

        • ARK Skincare Travel bag
        • Mini Hydrating Beauty Mist
        • Vitality Body Wash 
        • Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream

        Facial Massage Set

          Product Image: ARK Skincare's Facial Massage Set Including: Hydration Injection Masque & Jade Tool with a velvet pouch.

          Includes: 

          •  Hydration Injection Masque
          • Jade Tool & Velvet Pouch

          You can find lots of our thoughtful gifts here.

          Title: Tip #4 Get Creative!Image: Apple mac book on an oak table next to a coffee and notepad

            We know it can be hard to find things to talk about now everyone is spending so much more time at home; so it’s time to think outside the box! Why not plan a virtual pub quiz evening with friends and family, or perhaps watch a film together via zoom? There are still ways of keeping things light-hearted and fun! 

            Title: Tip #5 Have a virtual dinner date!
            Image: Bowl of pasta in a restaurant setting

              If you want some company at dinner time, why not schedule a ‘dinner date’ with a friend or family member? (A fun idea for couples too!) Spend some getting ready, choose a nice outfit like you would if you were going out, then prepare a yummy meal before calling your date! They can still be at the opposite end of the table, even if they are a little further away...  Don’t forget dessert!

              Title: Tip #6 Go to an online workout class with a friend!
              Image: Woman practicing stretches in front of her laptop, watching a live workout

                While we can’t go to the gym, why not sign up to an online workout class with a friend? It will give you something to commit to and you can encourage each other to stay motivated. It’s a great way to keep active, and you can catch up afterwards about how you found it! 

                Title: Tip #7 Join an online community!Image: Laptop on a desk with a notebook and pen

                If you're looking for something to keep you occupied, why not find an online community to join? There are so many online groups for all sorts of different things from blogging and baking to fitness and beauty. 

                Search for a hashtag online and find like-minded people who share your interests. You can find recipes, DIY's and tutorials for all kinds of things. You can guarantee to find something that will keep you busy!

                Title: Remember to take time for yourself, too.
                Image: Girl resting her reading book and cup of tea on her lap.
                We know how important it is to keep in touch with our loved ones and make sure they’re keeping well and coping okay, but remember you’re entitled to some time for yourself too.
                We’re living in a very strange time at the moment - it's almost as if we’ve come to a grounding halt. Although, while life has slowed down a lot for many of us, it can be a great opportunity to do the things that we might not usually have time for. 
                 Most importantly, we have to do what we can to keep ourselves and each other safe, help those who need us, and stay home to save lives and support the NHS.
                Take care & stay safe! x

                "I don't need SPF any more - the sun has gone"

                ARK skincare's SPF 30 Primer laid next to a sunflower

                So, the sun was short-lived! Time to put the flip flops and sunscreen away again? Wrong! Keep that SPF protection to hand. You still need it.

                UV rays can be damaging all year round and can actually even be stronger when it is cloudy. According to studies in the USA and Australia, UV rays can be strengthened by clouds as rays may bounce off them, or be redirected and scattered causing a higher, amplified UV threat to us on the ground. So do not be fooled - keep wearing that SPF protection!

                What is SPF Protection? We are all constantly told to use it. But why do we need it and how does it work?

                We are all aware that over exposure to the sun can be harmful. Skin diseases, cancers, and photo-ageing are increasing around the world, and we need to protect against the sun's damaging rays which cause this with broad spectrum protection. Having broad spectrum protection means we are protected against both UVB (burning) and UVA (ageing) rays. Did you know, UVA rays are not susceptible to seasonal variations and are a threat all year round? They can even penetrate glass, so skin should still be protected when indoors near a window or in the car, or on a train.

                What is the best way to protect ourselves? There are two types of protection. Physical and chemical.

                Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients which work by sitting on top of the skin (often giving the skin a white appearance) to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are effective at protecting against UVB rays however, they can not protect against the full spectrum of rays.

                Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun's rays (and converting them to heat) and offer full protection against the whole spectrum of damaging UVA and UVB rays. They tend to be lighter in texture than physical SPF products, and do not block pores or cause breakouts, so are often preferred as an everyday solution.

                Which approach does ARK Skincare take?

                ARK Skincare's Skin Protector SPF30 Primer is classified as a chemical SPF. We chose this route as we believe it is very important to offer a product with broad spectrum protection. The award winning formula contains protection against sun damage and associated premature ageing. It is a beautifully light weight moisturiser which offers a great base for make up and is easily adapted to your everyday routine. Whilst the formulation contains the necessary chemical compounds to offer effective protection, it is still 64.84% natural as it contains active naturals to hydrate, offer antioxidant protection, and provide a silky smooth luminous finish to the skin.

                There are a lot of skin protection options available, and you can read more on the pros and cons of different sunscreens here. The choice is yours. But whatever you decide, make sure you use a broad spectrum SPF daily, whatever the weather.
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                ARK Skincare's SPF 30 Primer
                 

                Cruelty Free Skincare

                ARK Skincare has never, and will never test on animals. We manufacture in England and are registered on the EU Portal for registration of cosmetics, CPNP - Cosmetic Product Notification Portal which adheres to all EU rulings. The ban on animal testing of cosmetic products in the EU came into effect in September 2004. it has been illegal to test cosmetic product on animals in the EU since that time. In the UK testing of cosmetic products was banned in 1997 after a voluntary initiative by the industry. The ban on animal testing of cosmetic ingredients in the EU came into effect in 2013. it has been illegal to test cosmetic ingredients since then. 
                We are a relatively young, independent owned company and not linked to any other companies who test on animals. 
                Bunny representing ARK Skincare's cruelty free ethos
                We often get asked, "What about the China debate?" Our answer is; we are not sold in any Chinese stores. We do ship worldwide from our web site and from other beauty web sites but this is via a "cross boarder" arrangement which means our products do not have to go through local tests and are definitely not tested on animals. We would not undertake any business activity which forces us to test our products
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