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 stress. Stress 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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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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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, 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.
ARK'S AGE PROTECT SKIN CLEAR CLEANSER
ARK'S AGEPROTECT SKIN VITALITY MOISTURISER
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
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!
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.