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Product Focus: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers

 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers. Protect. Defend. Defy. All ages. Natural Ingredients.

 

Here at ARK Skincare, we understand that skin changes with age and needs to be treated accordingly. Young skin needs protecting but not over stimulating, whilst mature skins need higher levels of nourishment, and help to keep skin supple and firm.

With that in mind, ARK Skincare offers three Age Intelligent Cleansers, each packed with active ingredients to cleanse, nourish and target the skin in each age group. We have Protect for teens & 20s, Defend for 30s and 40s and Defy for the over 50s. 

In this post, we focus on how each of our Age Intelligent Cleansers work to help you achieve optimum skin health and share some independent reviews from customers and brilliant quotes from the press. Keep reading to find out more!

Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser

ARK Skincare's Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser for teens and 20s with ingredients
The best skin clearing cleanser for your teens & 20s 

Clear blemishes and smooth your complexion with ARK Skincare’s Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser. Especially designed for young skins, our Age Protect Cleanser contains an anti-spot formula, helping to keep hormonal skin clean and clear by gently lifting away any dirt, grime and excess sebum. It also cleverly balances oily and dry areas, helping to leave skin feeling clean and comfortable.

Ingredients

Watercress, Nettle & Horsetail herbs reduce excess sebum, eliminate excess shine and help to naturally balance the skin, whilst Oat Amino Acids gently wash away any impurities. White Tea provides anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and protects from free radicals (these are unstable molecules that can cause damage to your skin cells). Vitamin E, with antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties protects against environmental damage and leaves skin feeling smooth.

Reviews

"I love using this cleanser - and a little goes a long way as it lathers up so nicely!" - Darly Rose, Beauty Blogger

"I use this after the pre-cleanse makeup remover and it is amazing. I have suffered with teenage spotty skin in my late 20s and this range has completely changed my life (might sound drastic but my skin ruined my confidence!) I normally get a lot of sebum causing spots around the jaw and mouth and no other cleanser has really cleared that without leave my skin ridiculously de-hydrated and dry. This range is my life saver please never discontinue!" - Charlotte S, Customer

 “When I first started using the cleanser I was quite surprised how light and liquidy, almost gel like the cleanser was… It leaves my skin feeling so clean and refreshed. It's not harsh or drying and I'd definitely say it's had a positive impact on my skin with regards to blemishes - especially with all the hormones in my body just now.” Jenna Suth, Beauty & Fashion Blogger

"Best my skin has ever been since using this amazing cleanser. Worth a try if you have really sensitive skin..." Laura Crane, Love Island Contestant 


Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser

ARK Skincare's Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser for 30s and 40s
The best cleanser for use in your 30s and 40s

When we hit our 30s and 40s, skin may be beginning to show signs of ageing or sensitivity. During this age, we would recommend reaching for ARK Skincare’s Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser

This ultra nourishing cleanser gently removes impurities and daily grime, while a blend of natural ingredients boost skin’s firmness and defend against moisture loss. An ideal cleanser for sensitive skin it instantly calms the appearance of redness whilst conditioning agents promote elasticity and keep skin supple.

Ingredients 

Kiwi and Passion Fruit Lipids quench the skin and Passion Fruit helps to reduce sensitivity and redness. Moringa Oil removes impurities and gently exfoliates to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Vitamin A Palmitate provides antioxidant support and protects the skin, whilst Omegas 6 & 9 protect against moisture loss. Blue Lotus keeps skin supple and acts as an anti inflammatory. 

Reviews & Press 

"This is probably my favourite...as it's such a pleasure to use. The gel-type consistency that my skin always seems to favour, it also has the loveliest light and natural fragrance to it... I've been using this morning and night for a while now, and it always leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped, and beautifully balanced." - 'Kate Louise Blogs' Beauty Blogger

 "I have always struggled with sensitive dry skin and have tried numerous cleansers. I have been using this for a couple of weeks and so far so good. No issues so I am pleased. Also it isn't tested on animals so thats another bonus :)" - Jayne M, Customer 

 "I’ve been using Ark for around 7 years and I cant recommend it highly enough. The cleanser paired with the Ark pre-cleanser are extremely effective while still leaving your skin feeling hydrated and without that tight face feeling afterwards" - Stephanie D, Customer 

"I recently ran out of all my facial products by another brand and swapped to Ark. That was a fantastic move - the cleanser cleans my skin beautifully (and removes all makeup!) and doesn’t leave it feeling tight. Lovely fragrance. I have waited 6 weeks before reviewing and I am so happy with the swap!" - Hannah S, Customer  

Age Defy Brightening Cleanser 

ARK Skincare's Age Defy Brightening Cleanser for 50s and onwards with ingredients

The best cleanser for your 50s and onwards

When we get to our 50s, the skins natural processes have slowed down which can leading to less efficient moisture retention and more potential for sensitivity, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles. 

Especially designed for mature skin, ARK Skincare's Age Defy Brightening Cleanser is packed full of active ingredients to help brighten, nourish and hydrate. The rich cleansing cream helps to create a more radiant complexion, rejuvenating skin and reduce the signs of ageing. 

Ingredients

Apricot Kernel Oil moisturise and nourishes mature, dry, sensitive skin, whilst Vitamin C and Red Algae help to reduce pigmentation or age spots and brighten the skin. Blackcurrant and Starflower Oil are rich in fatty acids which help to strengthen skin and boost moisture retention. Gojiberry provides protects, detoxifying and rejuvenating properties particularly suited to mature skins.

    Reviews & Press  

    "...it was the nicest cleanser I've used in ages, and it did appear to make my skin brighter...... A really impressive brand: I loved everything I tried" - India Knight in The Sunday Times Style 

    "Bought this with the pre cleanse, it is amazing. Have used Ark products over the years, but this just gels them all together. The cleansers leave your skin so soft, no dryness at all, and with my oils and moisturiser, my skin really is feeling lovely! I love this cleanser and would definitely recommend it" - Mandy W, Customer

     "I've been using this cleanser for a few weeks now and I'm loving it, it cleans all my makeup off leaving my skin so hydrated and it seems my skin is clearer as well. I've used lots of very expensive cleansers in the past but this is my new best friend and I will be using this from now on." - Jane C, Customer

    "I've Often found cleaners for mature skin drying, but this was easy to use and made my skin feel smooth and soft afterwards. Will definitely buy again" - Sallie C, Customer

     To learn more about our Age Intelligent Cleansers and the rest of the ARK Skincare product range, click here to visit our website!

    Have a Spare 5 Minutes? Here Are Some Positive Ways To Keep Busy

    Old fashioned black alarm clock on a wooden counter

    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

    Bedroom with an unmade bed with pillows and blankets

    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

    Young brunette woman smiling while chatting on 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

    Gift wrapped in grey packing paper with a bow tied in string

    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

    Tiny cardboard plant pots with baby shoots showing

    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

    Cosy flat lay with reading books and a mug of tea 

    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

    Woman pulling back white netting curtains to look out of 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. 

     Get Moving

    Person walking through a park wearing colourful trainers

    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

    young woman wearing airpods to listen to 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

    ARK Skincare's Gua Sha Jade Tool with Skin Perfecting Hydration Injection Face mask, great for dry skin

      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

    A woman laughing and looking shocked as she showers in cold water

    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

    Two pots of different healthy snacks including carrot and pepper sticks and mixed berries

    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. 

    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. 

     

    ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments - Ingredient Focus

    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.

    ARK Skincare's Age Defend Night Treatment

    Please Vote! 

    If you like this product, we’d love for you to vote for us - it only takes a minute! As a small, independent brand, award wins really help spread the word about our products. You can find the voting page by clicking here. Thank you. 
    As we mentioned, since their launch, our Night Treatments have become very popular and have received lots of positive reviews emphasising the excellent results that they offer. In this post, we focus on why a Night Treatment is such a great addition to your evening skincare regime and how their unique formulations packed with active ingredients help to benefit the skin. 

    What Is a Night Treatment Used For?

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments and ingredients

    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. 

      Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment 

    ARK Skincare's Defend Regenerating Night Treatment

    A night cream formulated for those in their 30s and 40s 
    98% natural. Suitable for vegans.
    ARK Skincare’s Defend Night Treatment helps to combat the signs of everyday stress which tends to be at its peak at this age. In addition, free radical scavenging antioxidants stabilise and support the skin, whilst fatty acids moisturise, soothe and smooth. Conditioning agents intensively hydrate skin to relieve dryness and improve the skin’s elasticity. 

    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.  

    Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment

    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

    Age Defend Regenerating Night Treatment 

    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

    Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment

    Winner - BEST (NIGHT) SKINCARE PRODUCT (Age 50+)

    This night-time moisturiser is fabulous. It has a delicate scent, the packaging makes it easy to dispense just the right amount and the cream leaves my skin feeling nourished and moisturised without any heavy or sticky feeling. - Alison C, customer
    Really lovely cream, not too heavy but makes your skin feel so soft and smooth. I will buy again. - Julia, Customer

    Wake Up Feeling Well Rested! 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Night Treatments offer

    To celebrate our most recent nomination, we are offering 25% off of the Age Defend and Age Defy Night Treatments. Add the code ‘BEAUTYSLEEP’ at checkout to receive your discount. 

    Give Your Skin A Good Night’s Sleep - Guest Blog by Hayley Hall

    Image: Guest blogger Hayley Hall - headshot

    Author: Hayley Hall, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

    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?

    Image: Woman tucked up in bed behind white bed sheets held up to underneath her eyes

    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.

    Image: Group shot of ARK Skincare's Age intelligent cleansers with ingredients

    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?

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Defend and Defy Night Treatments

    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.

    Image of a white wooden bedside table holding an alarm clock and small plant

    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!

    Whilst you're here, we'd be so grateful for your vote - it only takes a minute! 

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    SOURCES

    https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/beauty-sleep#1

    *https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsos.160918

    ** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3790843/

     

     

     

    Maskne - How Masks Irritate Our Skin and How We Can Prevent it

    Image: Woman wearing a white disposable mask to cover her nose and mouth

    What Is Maskne?

    Sadly wearing masks has now become a normal part of our daily routines. Whilst we all appreciate why they are needed in the fight against COVID-19 masks can unfortunately be uncomfortable for some, and may also cause skin concerns to emerge for others. The combined effects of friction from wearing a mask, together with the warm moist environment they create, can cause redness, sensitivity, and breakouts which are being called Maskne. Those with inflammatory conditions such as Eczema or Rosacea are particularly at risk.

    Maske may result from both the physical irritation of using a mask, as well as the increased opportunity for bacteria to collect.

    The human mouth is teeming with bacteria. Human bites can be as dangerous as or even more dangerous than animal bites because of the types of bacteria and viruses contained in our mouths. Each time we exhale we omit high levels of these bacteria and viruses, and by wearing a mask we trap them close to the skin. As the bacteria and viruses collect, they thrive and multiply in the warm humid environment. The increase in skin temperature caused by covering the face may also cause more oil to be produced by the sebaceous glands. Excess oil can block pores and hair follicles, trapping the bacteria, and causing breakouts and acne.

    Face masks need to fit snugly to be effective, and the pressure and friction caused by face coverings can cause microtears to the epidermis which is thinner on the face than on other parts of the body. These microtears can allow bacteria to more easily penetrate the skin. Different types of masks may cause different issues to emerge. Fabric masks which are often made from cotton may absorb natural oils causing dryness and sensitivity, whilst surgical masks can cause more friction irritation. All masks should only be used once, and not touched during use. When using disposable masks remember to dispose of them responsibly, and use a new one each time required. For reusable masks make sure you carefully consider the detergent used to wash them with. Harsh laundry liquids and fabric conditioners may cause a whole host of other sensitivity issues!

    We are afraid there is more bad news. Stress is also a well-known trigger for breakouts and sensitivities. We have all lived through very stressful times associated with the global pandemic and this, combined with the problems associated with wearing protective facial coverings discussed above, means we all need a fastidious skincare regime to combat the adverse effects seen as Maskne.

     What can we do to prevent Maskne?

    Here are our top tips to prevent Maskne:

    1. Use a clean mask each time a mask is required. Always dispose of single-use masks as soon as you remove them. Always wash reusable masks after they have been worn. Ensure you use gentle, perfume-free laundry detergent.
    2. Avoid the use of makeup under your mask. This increases the chance for pores and hair follicles to become blocked.
    3. Undertake a fastidious skincare regime to ensure skin is clean and hydrated. Look for FREE FROM products which do not contain known irritants.Ensure your products are rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals.
    4. Do not overstimulate your skin. Use a balancing collection of products to clean and calm. Do not be tempted to use excessive products or switch regularly between treatments. Be consistent with your skincare regime. 

    Shop our best picks for Maskne treatment and prevention here

    How To Optimise Your Skin Care Routine To Prevent & Treat Maskne

    Image: Pile of different coloured reusable cotton face masks

    1. Prioritise your cleansing routine

    While wearing masks and breathing into them, we create a warm damp area for bacteria to grow, making double cleansing more important than ever to ensure our skin is clean. A first cleanse will help to remove any make-up, dirt and bacteria and the second will clean deeper into the pores, preventing any new blemishes. Opt for a high-quality cleanser with gentle ingredients that will clean the skin thoroughly without causing irritation. 

    2. Remember your weekly treatments

    Another way to prevent Maskne is by giving your skin a treat with a gentle exfoliator to scrub away dead skin and excess oil. This can help reveal a clearer complexion and avoid pores from becoming blocked. 

    3. Choose a serum to treat your skin concerns

    If you already have Maskne which needs treating, you may find a serum will give you the additional help you need to clear it up. Add a few drops of your serum of choice to specific problem areas, or simply mix in with your moisturiser before applying.

    4. Be consistent with your routine 

    Make sure to stay consistent with your products and routine to keep your skin balanced. Remember that less is more and a short yet simple routine will be easier to make a habit and keep up with. Choose products wisely by opting for natural ingredients you can trust will nourish your skin. 

    With all these tips in mind, here are ARK Skincare's top picks to help you prevent and treat Maskne.  

    ARK Skincare's Top Products To Help You Tackle Maskne

    Skin Essential Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover

    Image: ARK Skincare's Pre-Cleanser and Make-Up Remover

    You might be asking yourself if you really need to cleanse twice and now more than ever, 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.

    Our popular Pre-Cleanse and Make-up remover is described as a spa treatment in a bottle. It's great for removing the first level of grime while active ingredients such as Grapeseed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil deeply nourish skin and protect against dryness. Another key ingredient, Margosa Leaf Extract, destroys bacteria and inhibits its growth on the skin.

    How to use: Apply onto dry skin before cleansing with dry hands. Massage in gently all over the face before adding water to form a thin liquid emulsion. Continue massaging then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your Age Intelligent Cleanser.

    Age Intelligent Cleansers

    After your first pre-cleanse, follow up with the second. ARK Skincare offers three age intelligent cleansers, with nourishing active ingredients specifically for each age group. 

    Specifically designed for your teens & 20's

    Image: ARK Skincare's Protect Cleanser for teens and twenties

    Banishes spots & excess sebum

    The best cleanser for your teens and 20s. Our soap-free facial cleanser has been designed especially with younger skin in mind. It cleverly balances oily and dry areas to leave skin clear and comfortable. Natural ingredients ensure skin is treated gently while spots and excess sebum are banished. Your new best friend.

    AgeDefend Conditioning Cleanser 

    Specifically designed for your 30's & 40's 

    Image: ARK Skincare's AgeDefend Cleanser for 30's and 40's

    Gentle formula, perfect for sensitive skin

    The best cleanser for your 30s and 40s. This ultra-nourishing cleanser helps with skin’s natural exfoliation for a clear, radiant complexion. Effectively removes make-up & excess sebum leaving skin clean, plump and supple. Perfect for sensitivities as the natural ingredients soothe redness and inflammation too. 

    AgeDefy Brightening Cleanser

    Specifically designed for your 50's onwards

    Image: ARK Skincare's Age Defy Brightening Cleanser for 50's onwards

    Reduces pigmentation, softens lines

    The best cleanser for your 50s onwards. This rich creamy cleanser is the perfect choice for more mature skin. It effectively removes debris and impurities while treating the skin to a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and lipids. Skin becomes brighter and softer while lines and wrinkles are plumped. 

    How to use: Apply to damp skin and massage in gently for 60 seconds before gently rinsing off with water. 

    Skin Perfector Serums

    If you’re looking to tackle specific skin concerns caused by Maskne, our hard-working skin-perfecting serums will make the perfect addition to your skin-care routine to help you battle them. 

    Clearing Serum

    Banishes bacteria, tightens pores

    Image: ARK Skincare's Clearing Serum

    For a solution to spots and blemishes, our clearing serum is the one for you. Filled with anti-bacterial properties, it’s the perfect remedy for acne and can even help prevent it by regulating sebum production and reducing excess oil and shine.

    Destress Serum

    Diminishes look of fatigue

    Image: ARK Skincare's De-stress Serum

    If you’re suffering tired or irritated skin, try our De-stress serum.  This highly protective serum acts as a second skin and helps to reduce the signs of fatigue caused by environmental and lifestyle stresses. Chamomile provides soothing relief for irritation and Vitamin E and Grapeseed Oil boost moisture levels, leaving skin feeling silky and supple.

    How to use: Apply one or two drops directly to problem areas or mix in with your daily moisturiser and apply all over the face.

    Triple Action Exfoliator

    Evens tone, diminishes fine lines & scars

    Image: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator

    Our three in one exfoliating treatment with physical, fruit acid and enzymatic action has everything you need to give your skin a generous treat.

    Bamboo particles help to gently scrub away dead skin, dirt and debris from the surface, creating a flawless, polished texture while Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon increase the range of cell renewal, helping to diminish acne scars and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The Skin Regenerating Enzyme dissolves desmosomes to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.

    How to use: Use once or twice per week. Apply to dampened face and neck. Wet hands and massage lightly into skin using circular movements, avoiding the delicate eye area.

    Leave on as stated below, depending on your skin’s age-related needs:

    Teens and twenties: Wash off after massaging in.

    Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 2 minutes.

    Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.

    Remove with a cloth soaked in hand-hot water. (Please note this product will not simply rinse off, it does need to be removed with a warm cloth. Using a cloth should make removal easy) Pat dry. 

    Hydration Injection Masque

    Rejuvenating treatment, restores vibrancy

    Image: ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque

    Or rejuvenating treatment masque is the ideal weekly pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed or lacking in radiance.

    The masque instantly cools and calms and can bring instant relief to irritation and redness while Hyaluronic Acid drenches skin with moisture, optimizing the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss - perfect for dry skin. It also includes a blend of hard-working vitamins to regulate collagen synthesis and protect against UV damage.

    To view all of these products in full detail you can head over to the ARK Skincare website by clicking here.

    If you need any help or product advice, please do get in touch via office@arkskincare.com or call the office on 0203 7403303 - we'd love to help!

    In the meantime, keep remembering to wash your mask in-between uses to keep your skin as clean as you can!

    As we all work together in the battle against Coronavirus be kind to your skin.

    Take care & stay safe, 

     

    Image: ARK Skincare logo

     

    References:

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-the-Epidermis.aspx

    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

    https://www.verywellhealth.com/sebaceous-glands-1069374

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/skin/face-masks-become-mandatory-prevent-maskne/

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/cope-maskne-mask-related-acne/

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8374545/How-magic-away-Maskne-Thats-curse-spots-caused-Covid-mask.html

    ARK Skincare's Vitality Hand & Body Wash

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

    Why It’s So Important To Wash Your Hands 

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

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

    How To Wash Your Hands

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

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

    ARK Skincare’s Vitality Hand & Body Wash

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

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

    Natural active ingredients include: 

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

    How & When Should I Use It?

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

    Shower handle against a fresh white tiled bathroom wall.

    Press & Awards

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

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

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

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

    Free Gift With Purchase! 

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

    ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Lip Cream

    Have you ever suffered from dry or cracked lips? We can help! In this post, we focus on ARK Skincare’s popular Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream and how it's ingredients help to keep lips soft and supple throughout the day. 

    Why do I need a lip cream? 

     Your lips are made of skin just like the rest of your face, so it's important not to forget them when practicing your skincare routine. By using a high-quality lip treatment, you can ensure your lips are kept well hydrated and avoid them from coming dry and sore. 

    ARK Skincare’s Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    This intensive lip treatment smoothes, plumps and firms the skin. It also helps to reduce visible lines and wrinkles to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Hardworking active ingredients help to hydrate and create a protective barrier to protect lips in all extreme weather conditions. The perfect product to keep your lips soft and hydrated throughout the day.

    Key Ingredients:  

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Lip Cream with ingredient macadamia on a blue background Maxi Lip - a complex of clinically proven plumping Peptides that increase lip volume appearance and hydration. 

    Allantoin - moisturises and soothes sensitive lips.

    Macadamia Lipids - helps to restore the skin’s hydrolipidic film, maintaining softness and preventing dryness.

    How to use: 

    Use alone as a nourishing treatment to keep your lips soft throughout the day, or before applying lipstick as a hydrating primer. Pat the product gently into the lips to feel the formulation instantly soak into the skin. 

    Tip: For an extra intensive treatment, apply before bed and leave on overnight. 

    Image: Customer reviews

    Image: Customer reviews 2

    You can find out more about our Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream on the ARK Skincare website. Or to read more of our other blog posts you can click here

    ARK Skincare's Heatwave Essentials

    Loving the warmer weather? We certainly are! It’s great to see some sunshine and feel the warmth on our skin while enjoying the long summer evenings.

    With the season change and warmer temperatures, it's important to keep your skincare at the ready to ensure your skin is kept clean and hydrated. 

    Therefore, In this post, we focus on our top heatwave essentials and the ingredients they include to keep your skin looking and feeling great throughout the summer. 

    SPF 30 Primer 

    Image: ARK Skincare's SPF 30 Primer jar in front of a sunlit blue background

    You can’t go without it. In fact, a good quality SPF is crucial all year round as sunlight rays are present even on cloudy days. However, they are at their strongest on the hotter days, so it’s extremely important to protect your skin from the sun.

    Unlike many others, ARK Skincare’s SPF is broad spectrum meaning it protects skin against both UVA and UVB rays. It also includes ingredients such as Sunflower and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and hydrate the skin, along with Shea Butter to protect it while keeping it soft and supple.

    You can find out more about why SPF is so important here

    Tip: Use alone or under make-up to create a perfectly smooth base for foundation application. 

    Radiance Serum 

    Image: ARK Skincare's skin perfecting Radiance Serum on a marble slate next to an orange - one of the product ingredients.

    "Radiance Serum is a miracle in a bottle. Obsessed is an understatement!" Stephanie Pratt, Actress

    Looking for a natural summer glow? This product is the one for you. Our radiance serum includes multiple powerhouse ingredients such as Red Algae to illuminate skin and reduce pigmentation, while Amino acids to help brighten. Vitamin C helps to boost the skin's collagen levels helping it to look energized and youthful. 

    Tip: Apply a few drops by patting them gently into the skin, or mix your serum in with your age intelligent moisturiser and apply together. 

    Hydrating Beauty Mist

    Image: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Beauty Mist held in persons hand against a blue background

    An essential in the summer months. Not only is this beauty mist great for keeping your skin hydrated, but it’s also the perfect product to keep in your bag for a refreshing spritz throughout the day to keep you cool. Active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid which helps to hydrate and relieve dry skin, Amino Acids to lock in moisture and wild water mint - an antioxidant to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. 

    Tip: For an extra intense refreshing spritz, keep your beauty mist in the fridge! 

    Conditioning Body Serum

    Image: ARK Skincare's Conditioning Body Serum

    A favourite of  beauty journalist, Celia Walden's - featuring on her 'can't-live-withouts' products list, in the Telegraph Magazine. 

     Made with 100% natural ingredients, our rich and silky body oil is perfect to keep your skin hydrated and glowing. Sweet Almond Oil helps to keep skin smooth while Sacha Inchi Oil, rich in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, helps to lock in moisture and reduce redness. 

    Tip: Use all over the body. Massage into damp skin after bathing to lock in moisture. 

    Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream 

    Image: ARK Skincare's Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

    Don’t forget to protect your lips, too! Our intensive lip treatment cream helps to hydrate, plump and protect the entire lip area. It contains clinically proven plumping peptides which increase lip volume appearance while keeping the area hydrated and supple. Perfect for extreme weather conditions. 

    Tip: Use alone or as a hydrating primer under lipstick.

    To view more of our products, head over to the ARK Skincare website! Should you ever need any help or product advice, please send your questions over via email to office@arkskincare.com or call 0203 740 3303 and we will be happy to help. 

     

    5 Top Tips To Get Your Summer Glow

    Image: Woman sat on the side of a pool dipping her feet into the water

    Ever feel like your skin needs a bit of oomph? Many things can affect your skin - your diet, environment, the weather, or perhaps not cleansing as often as you should. But don’t worry,  we’re here to help! In this post, we focus on our top tips to help you achieve a natural glow this summer. 

    1. Start With a High-Quality Cleanser 

    ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Cleansers

    ARK Skincare is passionate about cleansing. We strongly believe that it is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Always make sure to double cleanse to ensure you remove any airborne bacteria, pollution or dirt that is attracted to your face. It will also help the skin care products you apply to work their magic properly!

    Tip: Start with ARK Skincare’s Pre-Cleanser and follow up with your Age Intelligent Cleanser

    2. Exfoliate Once Or Twice a Week

    Image: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator on a white background

    Another important step to a good skincare routine is exfoliating. This helps to buff away any dead layers of skin and reveal a bright, healthy complexion. ARK Skincare’s Triple Action Exfoliator includes Bamboo Particles which gently remove any grime from the surface while fruit acids and enzymatic action create exceptionally smooth skin.

    3. Add a Serum

    Image: ARK Skincare's Radiance Serum

    Choose a serum to help give your skin a boost with nourishing active ingredients. ARK Skincare offers a range of six, each specifically designed to tackle each specific skin concern. For our glow seeker’s, we recommend our Radiance Serum - it’s rich in vitamin C which brightens dull skin for a glowing, energised complexion. 

    4. Eat Well 

    Image: Colourful plate of vegetables, fruits and nuts


    We all know "healthy-looking skin comes from within". So make sure to choose foods which your body will thank you for. Experts suggest to “eat the rainbow” and pack as many colours as possible onto your plate to get all the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy diet, (while remembering treats now and again, of course!) 

    5. Stay Hydrated

    Image: water being poured into a pink glass with ice and lemon.

    As we all know, drinking water is crucial. Not just for our skin, but our entire body. So make sure you’re drinking plenty throughout the day - especially in the summer months!

    Give your skin an extra boost by using hydrating products. Take a look at our popular Hydrating Serum - the perfect cocktail for thirsty skin, or our Hydrating Beauty Mist for a spritz during the day.

    To view our full range of products, visit the ARK Skincare website. Should you ever need any help or product advice, please email office@arkskincare.com or call us on 0203 740 3303. We'd love to hear from you! 

    Self Care 101 - Our 5 Top Tips On Taking Care Of Yourself

    Doesn’t it feel crazy to think that we’re halfway through the year? It’s pretty fair to say that no one predicted this is how 2020 was going to go and it’s certainly not been an easy ride. While many of our situations have been very different, we have all learned to adapt to the new ways of living and it's been rather unsettling, to say the least. 
    But, we are moving forward. Small signs of normality are slowly returning which is definitely a positive step. However, despite it being what we’ve wanted to hear for so long, we know it can feel overwhelming at times - especially after being programmed to stay indoors and fear the outside world for so long.
    With that in mind, we thought we would share our tips on how to practice a little self-care, be kind to yourself and remember to take some time out when you need to. 
     Image Title: 1. Share with others
    Image: Two ladies sat on a picnic blanket in a corn field
     It can feel like a sudden shock to the system now that the world is opening back up again so it’s completely normal to feel unsettled or nervous. We just have to remember that everybody is learning to adapt to this change and we are never on our own. If you’re feeling isolated, reach out to a friend or family member and share how you’re feeling. As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved! 
    Image Title: Have a pamper evening
    Image: A white bathtub with a bath tray/table with a cup of tea, candle and flowers.
    Take some time out for you. Everyone feels a little better after pampering. Find some relaxing music or a good tv show and spend some time doing things that make you feel good. Whether it be indulging in a hot bubble bath, washing your hair, or practicing your skincare routine, spending a few hours focusing on yourself can really help to relax. 
    Image Title: 3. Be kind to your mind
    Image: White reminder card with hand written note which reads "mindfulness" on a window ledge.
    With everything that’s going on at the moment, it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious. As we mentioned earlier, this is new to all of us and can feel very strange at times, so it’s important to remember to be kind to ourselves while we adapt to this new way of life. 
    Another thing to be mindful of is how much time we spend online. While being so limited with what we can do during the lockdown, many of us have reached for our screens. While they can be great a source of entertainment, it’s important to keep a balance and not compare ourselves to others and what they’re doing. Make sure you're following accounts that uplift you and make you feel good and steer away from those that don’t. 
    Image Title: 4. Treat yourself
    Image: Pink roses wrapped up in tissue paper next to a purse laid on a wooden table
    It’s always nice to treat yourself to something nice once in a while. Find something that you enjoy like your favorite film or food. If you fancy something different, why not have a look online? There are plenty of small businesses that would appreciate your support at the moment. If you're feeling generous you could even buy a treat for a friend - it would be a lovely way to show you're thinking of them!
    We have lots of luxury gift items which you can view here
     
     ARK Skincare's Uplift Care Package including 1 Vitality Body & Wash, 1 Nourishing hand & body lotion, 1 mini hydrating beauty mist and an ARK Skincare travel bag. Was £95, now £45. ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Duo including 1 Vitality Hand & Body wash & 1 Nourishing hand and body lotion. Was £58, now £38.
    Image Title: 5. Keep a journal
     ARK Skincare's Uplift Care Package including 1 Vitality Body & Wash, 1 Nourishing hand & body lotion, 1 mini hydrating beauty mist and an ARK Skincare travel bag. Was £95, now £45. ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Duo including 1 Vitality Hand & Body wash & 1 Nourishing hand and body lotion. Was £58, now £38.
    It doesn’t have to be a daily diary if that’s not your thing, but simply writing down what’s going on for you during this time can be a great way to express yourself and get out how you feel. It might even be a keepsake to look back on in years to come to reflect on everything that happened!
     
    Most importantly, remember to be your own friend. It's easy to feel anxious and under pressure in these uncertain times but we are all in this together and we will get through it.
    Slow down, be mindful and make sure you take a break when you need one. Don't put any pressure on yourself to do anything you don't feel comfortable with and keep the conversation flowing with friends and family so you aren't isolated. You can always keep in touch with us over on instagram and facebook @arkskincare, too! We love to hear from you. 
    Take care & keep safe! 
    Image: ARK Skincare logo

    Ingredient Focus: What is Beautifeye™ & How Does It Benefit The Skin?

    Ingredient Image: Silk Tree Extract

    What is Beautifeye™?

    BeautifeyeTM, is an extract derived from the Persian Silk Tree. The award-winning ingredient is proven to tighten and lift the eyelid and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

    How does it benefit the skin?

    1. It helps to lift the upper eyelid

    Image: Showing the difference before and after using beautifeye on eyelids

    BeautifeyeTM helps to support the dermal structure of the upper eyelid by boosting elasticity while supporting the walls of blood vessels so they are less prone to leaking and sagging, helping the skin to appear more youthful.

    2. It can fight free radicals

    Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to our cells. They can exist in our environment and can be generated from many different substances such as the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. The anti-oxidants packed within BeautifeyeTM can help fight the free radicals and reduce the damage they cause to our skin. 

    3. It helps to smooth crow’s feet  

    Image: Before and after of using beautifye on crow's feet (wrinkles in the corner of eye)

    The multi-action ingredient can also help to plump the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles made in the corner of the eye, (also known as crow’s feet). It also diminishes puffiness which is more common as you get older.

    4. It reduces the appearance of dark circles

    BeautifeyeTM can lessen the appearance of pigmentation under the eyes by reducing the intensity of red and blue colours which together, cause dark circles. 

    5. It supports collagen production

    It also supports the production of collagen - a protein naturally produced in the body which improves skin elasticity, reduces visible wrinkles, and increases blood flow to the skin. Boosting your collagen level can help your skin to glow appear more and appear more energised. 

    ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    Beautifeye is one of the powerful active ingredients we use in our Reverse Gravity Eye Cream. To find out more about this popular product, why not take a look at the product focus we shared recently here.  

     

    References: 

    Xtend-Life - Skin benefits of BeautifeyeTM

    TruActivs - BeautifeyeTM

    Today - What are free radicals?

     

    Product Focus: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    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. 

    Product Image: ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream
    ARK Skincare's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

    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.

    Ingredients

    Beautifeye™

    Image: Product Ingredient: BeautifEye from the persian silk tree

    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 

    Image: product ingredient, grapeseed oil

    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. 

    Aloe Vera 

    Image: Aloe Vera Plant against a white background

    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.

     Allantoin 

    Image: product ingredient: Allantoin

    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. 

    Reviews

    Take a look at what our customers had to say! 

    2020 - "I really love the design of ARK Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream. It’s basically a wand with a rollerball-tip." - Beautiful With Brains - Skincare Blogger

    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 

    Resources: 

    Herbal Dynamics Beauty - What is Allantoin & Its Role In Anti-Aging?

    Healthline - Grapeseed Oil For Skin: Benefits and Uses

    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