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10 Valentine's Day Ideas During Lockdown

During these uncertain times it’s fair to say we could all do with a little bit of love.

We know that Valentine's day is set to look a little bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself. As February is the month we associate with love, we are focusing on how you can show some appreciation to those you care about. So, whether it be for a romantic partner, family member, friend or even yourself, in this post, we share some fun activities to inspire you. 

1. Enjoy a luxury breakfast in bed

A tray of breakfast foods and small vase of flowers for valentines day.

There’s no better way to start the day then a yummy breakfast in bed - and no, we’re not just talking about your standard bowl of cereal. Whether it be pancakes, or pastries, why not treat yourself and/or your partner to an indulgent breakfast to enjoy relaxing while still being snuggled up warm in your pyjamas. 

2. Take a walk and explore somewhere new

A woodland walkway path with lots of greenery

We know this might not sound quite so exciting...We too are definitely a bit fed up of our usual daily walk by now... but why not mix it up a little this weekend and go somewhere different to explore? 

Wrap up warm, make up a flask of hot chocolate and find somewhere local to you where you can take a gentle stroll. Perhaps you could even meet a friend for a social distanced walk. You’ll feel great for seeing them in person and it will give them something to look forward to as well!

3. Socialise With Friends By Taking Part In a Virtual Event 

A silver laptop screen with a live zoom event with lots of people chatting to each other

While we aren't able to go out and do the fun activities that we would usually, many businesses are offering the next best option with virtual events, allowing you to invite your friends to take part in a group activity. Enjoy cooking? Perhaps you could try a virtual cooking class. Miss having a drink with you friends? Have a go at mixing your own cocktails. Thinking of buying chocolate for somebody? Take it to the next level by booking a chocolate making workshop! There are plenty of options to keep you busy. 

4. Bake a Home-Made Treat

A stack of home-made chocolate brownies with raspberries and chocolate

Valentine's day is a great excuse to let yourself indulge with a sweet treat. Have a look online, find a recipe and have a go at making something tasty. We love the look of these cute shortbread hearts by Jane’s Patisserie. If you have friends and family close by, delivering some baked goods could make a great gift… but that’s only if you’re willing to share!

5. Bring The Romantic Meal To You 

A couple cooking a Valentines day meal together in their kitchen at home

It’s safe to say it’s been a long time since anyone has enjoyed going out for a meal, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Why not set the table and pull out all the stops for a special meal at home? If you're feeling inspired, perhaps you could find a recipe to follow and make something yourself... Or, if you prefer the idea of less washing up, choose your favourite take-away to have delivered instead.

6. Plan a Movie Night 

A person helping themselves to a bowl of popcorn

A film is a great way to lose yourself for a few hours. If you’re not able to see your friends or partner in person, take a look at Teleparty - a new way to watch your favourite films and shows with your friends and family online. It might not be quite the same as going to the cinema, but you can still enjoy each other's company. Don’t forget snacks...

7. Indulge In a Spa Experience At Home

Person holding ARK Skincare's Conditioning Body Serum

Dim the lights, burn some candles and unwind with a hot bubble bath and your favourite skincare products. Allow yourself some quality time to practice self-care. Whether it be a full facial or simply taking a little extra time to massage in your favourite body oil, take some time to relax.

ARK Skincare’s Body Beautiful range includes four luxury body products, each formulated for both body and mind, making them the perfect treat for an evening of relaxation.

You can learn more about each of these products in our Body Beautiful Product Focus blog by clicking here

8. Surprise Somebody Special With a Thoughtful Gift

ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque and Gua Sha Jade Facial tool

Pictured: ARK Skincare's Hydration Injection Masque and Gua Sha Jade Tool 

During these uncertain times where we’re unable to see friends and family as much as we might like to, a surprise gift is a great way to put a smile on someone’s face. If you’re in need of ideas, head over to the ARK Skincare website. We have lots of products that make lovely, thoughtful gifts, along with gift bags, boxes and e-gift cards starting from £25-£100.

9. Write a Letter Of Appreciation

A sheet of paper, white envelope, pencil and paper weight to write somebody a letter

You can’t beat a hand-written letter from someone you love. Whether it be a friend, partner or family member, write a message for a loved one. It doesn’t have to be a gushing long love letter - even just a quick note will be enough make somebody’s day. 

10. Show Yourself Some Love 

A young woman relaxing in her bedroom with a pot of tea and a reading book

Most importantly, don’t forget to show yourself some love this valentine’s day. We know times are really tough at the moment and it can be easy to get wrapped up in the next thing on your to do list, but remember to take some time for you. You deserve it. 

To learn more about our products, head over to the ARK Skincare website!

Vegan Series - Part Two: Top Tips On Taking Part In Veganuary

Are you interested in learning more about Veganism and how you can make more plant-based choices? In this post, we focus on how to take part in the Veganuary challenge and share some of our top tips to get you started.

1. Get Inspired

Double page spread of a vegan cookbook with fresh ingredients

There are many different reasons why you might be interested in trying Veganism - perhaps to protect animals, do your bit for the environment, or even just to try something new!

To get inspired, you may find it helpful to do some of your own research into why choosing plant-based options is a good idea. There are plenty of great resources available online and informative documentaries on Netflix, such as Game Changers, Cowspiracy & What The Health. 

You can read our previous blog post about some of the benefits of going vegan here.

2. Find foods that are accidentally vegan

The inside of a pantry with a selection of different food and snacks

Adopting a vegan diet doesn’t have to be as intimidating or overwhelming as you might first think. You may actually be surprised at how many vegan foods you have already have sitting in your cupboards!

We found two really helpful lists of ‘accidentally vegan foods’ created by  Veganuary & The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which you can view here. 

3. Try new things

Breakfast bowl made with Vegan strawberry yogurt by plant-based brand  Alpro

It can be daunting trying new things at first, but experimenting with food can be really enjoyable. 

This doesn’t mean you have to suddenly change your whole weekly shop, but even choosing a handful of plant-based alternatives to things you buy already is a great place to start. Now more than ever, there are so many different vegan options to choose from - you may even find a new favourite meal!

4. Veganise your favourite dishes

A plate of vegan curry made with fresh vegetables

 Choosing plant-based options doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite foods. You may be surprised to learn just how easy it can be to adjust the meals you already love to make them Vegan friendly. Enjoy a curry? Replace meat with chunks of potato. Friday night pizza? - Opt for plant-based cheese and double up on veggies. Burgers? - Choose a patty made from soya or vegetables and breadcrumbs. There are so many options available in both supermarkets and restaurants now making it far easier to choose Vegan. 

5. Explore the vegan community

Stack of vegan pancakes with berries drizzled in maple syrup

There are so many great Vegan food magazines, youtube channels and social media accounts to help inspire you and give ideas of what plant-based meals and treats you can make. Some of our favourites include: 

Deliciously Ella - Ella Woodward has both a YouTube channel and Instagram page where she shares a huge selection of her delicious plant-based recipes. She also has a selection of tasty treats available to buy online and in supermarkets around the UK.

Accidentally Vegan - This instagram page features all the best Vegan products you can find in all the UK supermarkets varying from sandwiches and pizzas to cheesecake and chocolate - everything you could possibly need. 

Mina Rome - A Youtube Channel run by Amina who shares her delicious, fun and creative recipes - the best place to look if you’re in need of some inspiration.

6. Perseverance is key - don't give up! 

Shopping isle with lots of different brands of food

Like any other food, when it comes to plant-based options, you might love the first one you try, or you may have to give a few a go before you find the one for you. Persistence is key. If you try a brand of Vegan cheese, for example, and it’s not for you, don’t give up on Vegan cheese altogether - there will certainly be another one to try! A positive thing to remember is that there are so many more vegan options out there than ever before, so you have the option to try and try again until you find what works for you. 

7. Look for vegan brands 

ARK Skincares vegan cleansers group shot

A Vegan lifestyle isn't just about food. You may also want to carefully think about which brands you are using on a daily basis. Some cleaning products, skincare and clothing can be made from or tested on animals, so it is important to always be aware of what you are using.
Here at ARK Skincare, we are proud to offer a whole range of skincare that is 100% vegan. To learn more about our products, click here head over to the ARK Skincare website.

8. Enjoy yourself! 

Young woman smiling with a huge slice of watermelon in front of her face

Some people may choose to adopt a fully vegan lifestyle straight away which is great - if it works for them. Others may decide to take a slower approach or simply just introduce more plant-based options into their diet.

When learning about something new, it’s important to remember that you’re allowed to take time to figure out what works best for you and it’s okay to slip up now and again. Even by making small changes or opting for 3-4 plant-based meals every week you can make a huge contribution. 

Take a look at ARK Skincare's Vegan Friendly collection here.

ARK Skincare's 5 Top Tips To Get You In The Christmas Spirit

Less than 10 days until the big day - we can’t quite believe it! Are you feeling ready for the Christmas break?...

If you’re still looking for ways to get yourself feeling festive then hopefully we can help!  In this post, we share some of our favourite Christmas activities to give you some ideas on how you can keep busy in the build-up to the 25th. 

1. Bake a festive treat!

Freshly baked festive gingerbread snowflakes and candycanes

It’s Christmas, so of course, we have to start with food... Now is certainly the time to allow yourself to indulge a little! There are so many different festive recipes out there for all kinds of different snacks and sweet treats - you’re bound to find something to make your tummy rumble. Why not have a go at making your own treats to enjoy? Here are some yummy recipes we like the look of! 

2. Gift Wrapping

Woman holding a hand wrapped christmas gift in sustainable wrapping paper

With just a few weeks left to go, it’s time to finish off your Christmas shopping and get wrapping! There are so many fun, creative ways to wrap gifts. We love the look of these Furoshiki wrapping cloths; they are such a unique and fun way to wrap a gift for somebody, plus they can be reused again and again to avoid excess waste!

If you’re looking for more sustainable ways to wrap your gifts, perhaps you could opt for the types of wrapping paper which are much easier to recycle (foil or glitter-decorated paper cannot be recycled and needs to go in the general waste). There are so many clever and sustainable ideas/ DIY hacks online to keep yourself busy. Perhaps you could even have a go at creating your own wrapping paper or wrapping your presents in reusable tote bags! Take a look at ours here.

If you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and are still on the hunt for the perfect gift, make sure to head over to the ARK Skincare website before the weekend! We have so many popular gift sets for all different ages so there is something for absolutely everybody - but be quick! The last day to place an order to ensure it arrives before Christmas is Sunday 20th December before midnight. 

3. Treat yourself to a pamper evening!

A wooden bath tray laid across a white bath tub holding a small flower and glass of wine

While you might not have so many Christmas parties to get dressed up for this year, the Christmas break is definitely a good excuse to give yourself some extra TLC. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing pamper evening? Maybe a glass of mulled wine too?... You deserve it!

If you’re looking for something to give your skin an extra pick me up, head on over to our website to take a look at our Skin Perfectors. We have our Hydration Injection Masque which will give your skin a generous boost of hydration (your best friend during the colder months!) and our Triple Action Exfoliator to help gently scrub away dead skin and debris from the surface, leaving you with a radiant glow. 

We also have 6 Skin Perfecting Serums to keep you looking and feeling your best, depending on which skin concerns you’d like to tackle!

4. Reach out to somebody 

woman wrapped up in a winter coat wearing a festive hat, holding a Christmas card

If you’re unable to visit certain friends or family members this year but still want to share some festive cheer, don’t forget to reach out and let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them! There’s just enough time to write your Christmas cards and get your last gifts in the post!

If you’re in need of ideas, we have a generous selection of gifts to choose from on our website and you even have the option to ship directly to your recipient - just make sure to remember to amend the shipping address at checkout! 

5. Donate to those in need 

Multiple charity donation pots to raise money for people, animals and the planet

Christmas is the time to show some generosity and goodwill and there are certainly people in need & lots of amazing charities who would appreciate your support. 

Boxes of donations in the ARK Skincare boutique ready to be sent to a local food bank

We recently gifted some of our products to the Haslemere food bank who were so grateful to receive a donation. They couldn’t wait to wrap and gift them at their Christmas distribution and reminded us that it really does mean a lot to those who are struggling.

Do you have items that you no longer use that would make a great gift for somebody? Is there something you could donate to a local charity? You might just make someone's Christmas day!

Lady hanging Christmas decorations on Christmas tree

Not long to go now!...

Hopefully we have inspired you to get stuck into something fun and festive to boost your Christmas spirit. We'd love to see what you get up to! Be sure to tag us in your stories and posts @arkskincare. 

ARK Skincare's Top Tips For Your Winter Skincare Routine!

Dry skin, chapped lips, sore hands?

 The colder weather and lack of Vitamin D in the winter months is proven to have an affect on your skin - but we're here to help!

In this post, we share our top tips on how you can protect your skin and give it everything it needs to thrive.

1. SPF is still (very) Important!

Just because we have less sun doesn’t mean you should put away your sunscreen. While UVB rays tend to be a lot weaker, UVA rays can still penetrate through clouds and reach our skin meaning we’re still at risk of damage. Therefore, it’s extremely important to remember to apply SPF to ensure you’re protected.

ARK’s SPF 30 Primer is the perfect daily moisturiser, make-up primer and skin protector all in one. It is also a broad spectrum SPF meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays so you can rest assured that you're taking care of your skin.

You can read more about the importance of SPF here

2. Keep Hydrated 

Pouring a glass of water with lemon slices

“Healthy skin starts from within…”

We lose a significant amount of water every day so it’s important to replenish your body to allow it to function at its best. If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration can present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky, so make sure to keep your fluids up! The NHS recommends between 6-8 glasses a day. 

3. Say no to hot water...

Shower head with steamy water spraying

A hot bath or shower can often sound tempting when it’s so cold outside, but hot water can actually strip the skin of its moisture, leaving it sore, red and irritated. Instead, turn the temperature down a little. Lukewarm water is always best. Moisturise straight after bathing or showering to lock in moisture. Pat skin dry instead of rubbing to avoid irritation.

4. Use moisturising skincare products 

ARK Skincare's Age Intelligent Moisturisers for all ages

 Choose a moisturiser with high quality ingredients to give your skin the treat it deserves. ARK Skincare offers three Age Intelligent Moisturisers, specifically designed with hardworking ingredients to treat each age range. 

  • AgeProtect Skin Vitality Moisturiser for teens & twenties
  • AgeDefend Replenishing Moisturiser for 30’s and 40’s 
  • AgeDefy Nourishing Moisturiser for 50s and onwards

You may also like to take a look at our Skin Perfector Hydrating Serum which is targeted specifically to dryness. Laminara Algae cocoons skin in hydration by trapping in water molecules, while Cucumber Extract improves elasticity and plumps fine lines.  

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Hydrating Serum for dry skin

5. Keep up your weekly treatments 

ARK Skincare's Skin Perfector Triple Action Exfoliator & Hydration Injection masque

Give your skin the extra boost it needs by adding in weekly treatments to your skincare routine.

ARK Skincare’s popular Triple Action Exfoliator gently scrubs away dead skin and debris from the surface, helping to leave skin feeling smoother and looking more refreshed. 

Then our Hydration Injection Masque contains a multivitamin blend of Vitamin A to keep skin supple, Vitamin B5 to hydrate and soothe, Vitamin C to brighten and Vitamin E which offers antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic Acid drenches the skin in moisture and prevents any moisture loss. The perfect treat for thirsty skin!

You can view both of our Skin Perfector treatments by clicking here. 

6. Protect your lips

ARK Skincare's Skin Essential Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream for all ages

Suffering from chapped lips? 

The colder, dryer  weather can often dry out your lips too so it’s important to remember to keep some lip balm at the ready. ARK Skincare’s hardworking Advanced Action Lip Plumping Cream helps to hydrate and soothe the whole of the mouth area. Plumping peptides help to plump the skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while Macadamia Lipids help to restore the skin's hydrolipidic film, maintain softness and prevent dryness.

7. Look after your hands!

ARK Skincare's Body Beautiful Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream for all ages

While washing your hands so often (especially this year!) it’s important to remember to pat your hands dry properly too. Otherwise, as water evaporates it can draw moisture out of the skin. 

Keep your hands soft and supple with ARK Skincare’s Intensive Hand & Nail Cream. Raspberry Seed Oil and Cocoa Butter Intensely hydrates and helps to prevent moisture loss while Amino Acids encourages strong healthy nails.

 

Introducing ARK Skincare's 2020 Christmas Collection

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

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

 

ARK Skincare’s 2020 Christmas Collection 

Age Intelligent Discovery Collections

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

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

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

This gift includes:

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

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

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

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

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

This gift includes: 

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

    Age Intelligent Sleep Collections 

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

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

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

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

    This gift includes: 

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

    Facial Massage Set

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

    Everything you need to become a Gua Sua Expert. 

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

    This gift includes: 

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

    Skin Perfectors Luxury Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This gift includes: 

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

    Skin Essentials Hero Collection 

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

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

    This gift Includes: 

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

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

    Hand Care Gift

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

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

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

    Travel Candles

    ARK Skincare's Luxury Spa Aromatic Travel Candles

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

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

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

     

    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 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. 

     

    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 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

     

     

    8 Top Tips To Help You Stay Connected

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

      ARK Skincare's Uplifting Care Package

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

        Includes: 

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

        Facial Massage Set

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

          Includes: 

          •  Hydration Injection Masque
          • Jade Tool & Velvet Pouch

          You can find lots of our thoughtful gifts here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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