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April - Stress Awareness Month. What is causing you stress and how can you cope with it?

Did you know April is stress awareness month? A month to become aware of what may be causing you stress, how it affects you, and how to adopt coping mechanisms. 
It is possible to measure the amount of stress in your life and whether it is likely to affect your health. Doctors often use the Homes and Rahe stress scale which lists 43 life events which may cause stress. This can be very useful and interesting studies have resulted from it. However, it is also worth remembering that anything which puts a high demand on you can cause you stress, which can have negative effects on both your body and mind.

When we are stressed Cortisol is released by the body. We have discussed Cortisol before as it can have very negative effects on skin causing skin sensitivities, break outs, and irritations. Cortisol is released as part of our fight or flight defence mechanism. It is not all bad as in small doses it prepares us for action. However, large or prolonged doses can have a number of negative effects on our health. Unfortunately, as we age, the amount of Cortisol we release increases, and it takes longer for this potentially damaging hormone to return to normal levels, meaning we are exposed to it for longer, and negative side effects may be seen.

The first step to managing stress, and reducing cortisol, is to acknowledge it. We can not adopt coping mechanisms unless we acknowledge what is adversely affecting us. There are a number of signs which can help us identify if we are chronically stressed. Poor memory, lack of concentration, only seeing negatives, as well as irritability, anxiety or a change in eating patterns can all be symptoms. Take the time this month to assess situations which may be affecting you and then find ways to cope with them. 

Coping mechanisms can help us overcome chronic stress. Coping can be achieved by changing the situation you find yourself in, or by changing your reaction to the situation. There are a lot of well documented ways to cope. The key is to find what is right for you. 

Top tips which have helped some of the ARK Skincare team:

Laugh - studies have shown laughter can reduce the stress hormone Cortisol. Find something which makes you laugh and do it more!

Exercise - symptoms of stress can be reduced by including physical exercise in your weekly routine. Just twenty minutes a week can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing according to this study

Unplug - modern technology can seriously increase the amount of demands placed upon us. Take time to "unplug", turn off devices, and slow down. 

Be mindful - take time to bring your complete attention to the present moment. There are plenty of techniques, find out more here


Massage - Studies have found that regular massage can reduce stress and improve sleep patterns. There are many different kinds. Find a therapist here

In summary it is key to remember to accept that stress is unavoidable. You can take steps to reduce your stress and learn how to cope with it, but you will never be completely rid of stressStress serves a purpose as a healthy response to overwhelming situations or perceived threats, and it can be dealt with in an equally healthy fashion. Remembering this is, in itself, a good coping strategy. 
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L Page Beauty Product Review

Leanne Page has recently featured us in a series of Instagram Posts & Blog posts, "Skincare I am Just Loving" & "Best in beauty - March". Our Radiance Serum featured in both, and our triple action exfoliator also featured in "Skincare I am just loving".  
"A product from ARK I've been loving is this exfoliator. It contains a potent blend of AHA, Fruit acids and Bamboo micro particles to lift away dead cells, encourage the skin to renew and boost radiance. This stuff is amazing. It's quite an abrasive scrub but this really does work. It has really helped improve my texture issue and keep my skin looking bright. Definitely one to check out."
About the Radiance Serum she said: "My dehydrated skin loves a good serum, especially one that brightens too and that's exactly what this serum does. It has an oily consistency but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and it absorbs really quickly. Leaving my skin soft and so smooth. I've been using this for a few weeks and definitely think my skin looks brighter. It has given my skin a nice glow. I've been using this as part of my evening and morning skincare routine, it works brilliantly in both and it sits well under makeup without making my skin oily but giving it the hydration it needs."
 
Thank you Leanne for your lovely review. 
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Read the full blog posts at: www.lpagebeauty.com
Check out Leanne's Instagram - @lpbeautyblog

Pixiwoo's latest Blog Post all about ARK!

Pixiwoo's latest Blog Post is all about our Massaging Body Brush and Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil. They provide top tips on how to use the products and explains why they're a must have to your beauty regime. 

Pixiwoo reviews ARK's Massaging Body Brush and Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil.

"After only a few circular strokes you can instantly feel that your skin is softened. The bristles on the ARK Body Brush are very firm so you will find that you can only go over the same area for a few seconds. The brush also contains smooth flexible nodules, which work together to massage, improve circulation, remove dead skin cells and leave the skin visibly glowing."
Pixiwoo provides tips on how to use ARK's Massaging Body Brush and Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil and explains why they're a must have to your beauty regime.

"The body beautiful conditioning oil smells like a spa, it’s amazing and instantly promotes a sense of calm and relaxation. It’s multi purpose and can be used as a moisturiser all over the body, as a massage oil or on the tips of your hair to treat fly away or split ends."

Order Our Massaging Body Brush and Conditioning Oil now: 

https://www.arkskincare.com/collections/body-beautiful

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Read the full blog post at: http://www.pixiwoo.com/
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Check out Pixiewoo's Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo

Kathryn's Loves End Of Summer Beauty

Kathryn show us her 'end of summer' beauty favorites in her latest blog post. This includes our intensely refreshing Hydrating Beauty Mist!
Image of Ark's skin essentials hydrating beauty mist.
"I love products which serve more than one purpose, and the ARK Hydrating Beauty Mist (£25) is one of those gems. It can be used spritzed onto the face as a toner, sprayed after applying powder for a dewy finish, to refresh your makeup, to cool, calm and soothe the skin on hot days or when feeling flushed, and during exercise and refresh. This is an intensively refreshing and soothing beauty mist which has been formulated using bio active ingredients to hydrate and protect the skin and is well worth carrying in your bag on the go."
Check out Kathryn's blog and read her full post at; 
http://www.kathrynsloves.com/
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Order our Hydrating Beauty Mist now at;  
https://www.arkskincare.com/collections/skin-essentials/products/hydrating-beauty-mist-150ml?variant=35754158157
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For the month of September 2017 if you spend £65 on our website you will receive a hydrating beauty mist FREE! 

Albertine Sarah shows us 'Six Skincare tips for WTF weather'

AlbertineSarah keeps her blog very real and only features products that she loves and are suitable for 'the lifestyle of a twenty-something, busy, creative, hyper London gal'. In her latest blog posts, she provides 'Six Skincare tips for WTF weather', as if you live in the UK you will be familiar with the unpredictable weather which can hugely affect your skin. 
Albertine Sarah trusts ARK's Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser to keep her skin hydrated as a 'twenty-something, busy, creative, hyper London gal'.
One of her tips is that 'hydration is key'. For this she features our age protect skin vitality moisturiser; "I don’t leave my house without putting on a moisturiser, my skin just doesn’t feel the same without it!". "When it comes to moisturiser, it’s all about your skin type and what it responds well to. I know mine likes all of the moisture and hydration, but yours may prefer something lighter, so follow the formulas you know work for you, but don’t skip it!"

Check out AlbertineSarah Blog and read the full article at;
http://www.dippywrites.com/2017/09/six-skincare-picks-temperamental-british-weather.html
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Shop our Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser now at:
https://www.arkskincare.com/collections/age-protect/products/age-prepare-skin-vitality-moisturiser-50ml?variant=1184009305

Talonted Lex's 'Skincare Shake Up'

Blogger Talonted Lex shows us her 'Skincare shake up August 17 edition' and one of the products shes tried and loved has been our Skin Perfecter Anti-redness serum. 
"The ARK website (and brand concept) is enormously helpful to those who are a bit confused as to where to start when it comes to skincare, because you can either take a look at products recommended by age or by skin concern. They recommend that you pick your cleanser and moisturiser based on the age bracket, and any additional products based on the specific skin issues you want to target. With that in mind, I’ve been testing out the ARK Skin Perfector Anti-redness Serum which is a wonderfully light and easily absorbed product that has helped to soothe itchy or sore skin when my rosacea has been playing up, all while helping to keep my skin hydrated."
Blogger Talonted Lex tried and loved ARK's Skin Perfector Anti-Redness Serum.
Order now at www.arkskincare.com 

BEAUTY SHORTLIST AWARDS

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Believing that we can have beautiful skin at every age, we were delighted to hear that Ark Skincare has recently announced a total of five wins at the prestigious 2016 Beauty Shortlist Awards. This British Skincare brand treats the skin by age and concerns, using active natural ingredients. By doing this, it ensures a highly effective personalised skin treatment for each and every individual. Suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin, Ark Skincare tackle everything from breakouts and redness to pigmentation and dullness, so it was no surprise to hear that the brand had scooped up so many awards…

THE AGE DEFEND RANGE WINNER FOR THE BEST AGE-TARGETED SKINCARE BRAND (40+)

The best-selling Age Defend range wowed the judges for its brilliance at maintaining beautiful skin in your 40’s. Bursting with Blue Lotus, Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids, this range provides vital nutrients and greater antioxidant protection for the 30s and 40s. Alongside its ability  to boost the skin’s collagen production, it also minimises any redness, leaving you with a calm and supple complexion!

THE AGE DEFY RANGE WINNER FOR THE BEST AGE-TARGETED SKINCARE BRAND (50+)

Ark Skincare’s age defy range was a firm favourite with the judges with its ability to support skin 50+, with the most innovative skin brightening and firming ingredients including Vitamin A, Red Algae and Starflower. Not only will this range deeply quench, firm and brighten the skin’s radiance, it’ll also leave your complexion toned and super radiant!

THE AGE DEFEND REPLENISHING MOISTURISER FOR THE BEST DAY MOISTURISER (35+)

Chosen as the number one product on the market for 35+ skin, Ark’s Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser contains Co-enzyme Q10 and is packed with a whole host of natural moisturising agents including Shea Butter and Olive Oil. Smooth out wrinkles, plump and tone the skin, and help diminish signs of premature ageing.

THE AGE DEFY NOURISHING MOISTURISER FOR THE BEST DAY MOISTURISER (50+)

With 97% of 100 women revealing that they would prefer to use the Age Defy Moisturiser over their usual moisturiser, the judges were equally as impressed and awarded the Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser as the Best Day Moisturiser for women aged 50+. This powerful anti-ageing moisturiser helps combat the signs of hormone loss such dullness, dryness, uneven skin tone and loss of elasticity. This moisturiser also provides the perfect base for make-up!

HYDRATION INJECTION MASK FOR THE BEST FACE MASK (AGE DELAY)

Loved by beauty addicts across the globe, including beauty blogger and brand ambassador Susie Amy – the Hydration Injection Masque is the perfect weekly pick me up! This intensive multivitamin hydration injection masque provides the ultimate hydration that our skin craves. After just one use, skin looks rested, restored and with a radiant glow!

Ark Skincare Hydration Injection Masque

https://www.arkskincare.com/blogs/blog/93578881-beauty-shortlist-awards-2016

ARK: Age Aware Skincare Review

ARK Skincare, a brand that's loved by many BIG publications, such as Tatler, Glamour and Elle Magazine. ARK are a British Skincare brand that treats skin by age and concern, which provides a personalised skin treatment that fits each person perfectly.

I chose some of ARK's ageprotect products, the products especially formulated for my age, teens and 20's. I chose their 'Skin Clear Cleanser' and their 'Skin Vitality Moisturizer' from their ageprotect range and then I also chose one of their skin perfecting serums, their clearing serum. These products are all formulated to help my skin, as well as yours too. If you have blemish prone skin, acne or dull skin, then ARK is for you and you NEED to keep on reading.

ARK'S AGE PROTECT SKIN CLEAR CLEANSER

Price: £24.00

ARK's skin clear cleanser is a godsend. My skin has always been oily on my t-zone and dry everywhere else, but since using this cleanser my skin feels balanced and healthy. I can feel the results instantly from the moment I wash it off. In the morning before applying makeup and in the evening after removing it, I will use this wonder product by wetting my face, applying one pump to my face, rubbing it all in until it lathers up before rinsing it and I feel the need to, I will repeat. This cleanser is incredible. I was using it throughout having a really bad bout of influenza, which caused my skin to go dry and become cracked, but as I used ARK's skin clear cleanser, my skin healed super quickly and only felt sore for one day, compared to the usual 3-4, this just proves how nourishing their products are!

ARK'S AGEPROTECT SKIN VITALITY MOISTURISER

Price: £30 

ARK's skin vitality moisturiser is a highly hydrating and replenishing face cream that is formulated for people age between their teenage years and late 20s. This antioxidant rich moisturiser protects skin from the urban environment whilst ensuring your skin looks vibrant, clear, youthful and bright. I will apply this rejuvenating moisturiser once I have cleansed using ARK's age protect skin clear cleanser and patted my face dry. My skin has felt incredible since using this moisturiser, it feels replenished, rejuvenated, revived and most importantly, blemish protected.

ARK'S SKINPERFECTOR CLEARING SERUM

Price: £42

ARK's skinperfector clearing serum is a luxurious and opulent aid to the skin, that banishes bacteria and refines your pores to treat any breakouts before they, well, breakout. This serum is great for oily skin, which is why I chose it. My skin is slightly oily sometimes, which means my skin isn't fully hydrated, but this serum hydrates my skin, stops the oily zones from becoming oilier and prevents my skin from drying out. I use this after I have moisturised with my ARK facial cream, or I will add one or two drops of the serum into the moisturiser. Their clearing serum is formulated for all ages, which is what makes this a good versatile product.

Overall I think that ARK's skincare products are absolutely incredible. Not only has my skin improved dramatically, but it hasn't changed for the worst. I can sometimes get spots from changing my skincare products, but not with ARK. ARK's products are natural and beautiful and oh my, I just really love them. I cannot recommend ARK enough! No matter what your age, there is a range for you. Whether you're in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or over - ARK can and WILL cater for your skins' every need!

http://theperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/beauty-ark-age-aware-skincare-review.html

Chronic Beauty - Anti-Redness Serum

I had heard a little about Ark as a brand in the last year or so but never tried anything from their range myself. That was until I had the opportunity to try the Ark Skincare Anti-Redness Serum, to see if it helped with the appearance of my broken capillaries and sensitivity.

Ark Skincare Skinperfector ‘Anti-Redness’ Serum

I always worry about trying new brands, as any of you who read my blog will know I have sensitive skin, which can also be reactive prone, to ingredients/products/due to health etc, etc. Using this I needn’t have been worried in the slightest. It’s super gentle and is having a good effect on my skin, whilst being part of my morning routine.

Ingredients : Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acetamide Mea, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Solomon’s Seal Extract, Cypress Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Disodium Edta, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Vanilla Planifolia, Acacia Dealbata, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol. Plus perfume – from essential oils.

This lovely creamy, yet light and cooling serum, has a great slip so a little goes a long way when applying to the face. I have been using it amongst other products (containing mainly essential oil ingredients), as part of my morning routine so over oil and under moisturiser. If my skin feels a little stressed during the day and gets red, I press a couple more drops into those areas to soothe. It’s simply lovely, very calming, no perfume, no stickiness, no roll-off with other products (as I layer), even with foundation. Now that’s really good, considering many serums used whilst layering will often cause product ‘bobbly bits’ or, roll-off, especially when adding foundation over the top.

I am noticing a difference in my overall redness and my skin seems soothed and calmed. My broken capillaries will always be there unless they are lasered surgically (and I’m not up for that), but they are not looking as prominent lately due the calming of the redness. This lovely natural based serum contains Echium oil which, is high in Linoleic – omega fatty acids that help reduce inflammation whilst protecting the epidermal layer of the skin.

Ark Skincare is a British made brand, their product statement being ; ‘Natural Ingredients, Effective Results’, and if the rest of their products are like this serum, I can totally comprehend that statement. They have different products to see skin through different ages/stages of life, suiting different needs. I am now interested in trying more from Ark Age Aware Skincare, especially their Firming serum along with a few other products.

Ark Skincare Skinperfector Anti-Redness Serum is available in a 30ml size (which with 2-3 drops each use will last a few months). Priced at £42 it can be purchased here.

 Heidi x

 

http://www.chronicbeauty.uk/2015/10/ark-skincare-anti-redness-serum.html