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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adopting a vegan lifestyle has become increasingly popular due to perceived health benefits, as well as environmental and animal welfare considerations. The endorsement of this way of life by celebrities, and the introduction of vegan ranges by many high street supermarkets, plus the availability of vegan friendly lifestyle products, mean it is no longer considered extreme.

So what does it mean to be Vegan? Vegans choose to stop eating all animal based foods, but also to adopt a lifestyle free from any animal derivatives. This isn't just giving up wearing leather shoes, it includes beauty products too. Did you know many cosmetics and skincare ranges contain animal by-products such as honey, beeswax, lanolin, animal fats, and gelatine. Vegans need to look for plant based skincare which is free from animal derived ingredients, and of course, to only use products which have never been tested on animals. Even if not following a vegan lifestyle, some may wish to choose such products as they can often be beneficial for those with sensitive, allergy prone, or easily irritated skin.

ARK Skincare's entire facial skincare line is suitable for vegans. If you wish to learn more about this please visit our website or give us a call. We would love to help you with your specific requirements which reflect your lifestyle choices.
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ARK Skincare are proud winners of four categories in the 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards!

Over 600 brands entered the 2018 Beauty Shortlist awards and judging took place over a six month period, from early September through to February. These awards are completely independent - there's no public vote, no ads, and no sponsors, just totally independent judging. And we won four categories!
100% independent. Tested. Loved. Recommended.

The winners

ARK Skincare won four categories:

Best Age Targeted Skincare Brand 
Best Cleanser (30+): ARK Skincare Age Defend Cleanser
Best Skincare Product (40+): ARK Skincare Age Defy Moisturiser
Best Daily Moisturiser (40+): ARK Skincare Age Defend Moisturiser 

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Natasha Summer's Current Skincare Routine

Natasha Summer featured the Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser in one of her latest YouTube videos, 'My Current Skincare Routine, Winter 2018'
"I love it, not only is the packaging beautiful, but this comes out as such a thick luxurious cream and you blend it in to your skin and it just melts, it is such a hydrating but non heavy cream, so it can therefore be used during the day and at night...I find this one works well for both"

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The Rawdrobe - "Currently loving: ARK Skincare"

The Rawdrobe featured our Age Protect Cleanser and our Pre Cleanse & Makeup Remover in a blog post as the products she is currently loving. She talks about what drew her to the brand and how she uses the cleansers to create her perfect double cleanse skincare routine. 
"What ultimately sucks me into their brand is the fact they have a really positive approach to ageing and each product is specially designed for a number of different ages for anyone from their teens to over fifty. So whatever age you are, there is a product there dedicated to the needs of your skin. I find this so refreshing as I think so many brands these days just recommend anything to anyone but oh no, not ARK!"
"I honestly can’t recommend this combo enough and even though I haven’t tried any other ranges of the cleanser, if they’re as good as this one then you need to get your mitts on it pronto! And just remember in this overwhelming world of skincare, that you need to use products suited to your skin, whether that’s for age or type. It’s so easy to pick up any cleanser which you’ve heard rave reviews about and slap it on your face but next time, try and tailor your skincare to your skin. The clue is in the name!"


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Beauty Queen UK - Pre cleanse & make-up remover review

'Beauty Queen UK' writes a glowing review on our pre cleanse & makeup remover.
Ark Skincare Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover
"The one product I have just finishing using up is the Pre Cleanse and Make-Up Remove...I always ensure that I double cleanse every day. Living in London, a city which is over polluted means my skin can change from week to week and I do change my skincare up and down as I feel I need to, but double cleansing is always a must because there is nothing quite like taking the day off your face. This cleanser...lifts literally everything off your face, even that waterproof mascara that is a complete pain to remove and with it comes all the surface dirt and grime which has deposited itself on your skin throughout the day. It always amazes me just how much 'muck' comes off my face, even though my journey too and from work on average is less than an hour!"
Ark Skincare Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover
"A cleanser which, thanks to its oily texture, grabs hold of everything and removes it so effectively and it leaves your skin feeling absolutely clean, soft and smooth ready for the following cleanse.  To use it, I simply ensure my face is damp and then pouring just a small amount into the palm of one hand, I massage it onto my face using circular movements to ensure that the gunk knows I am coming for it, then once I have finished the massaging, I use a muslin cloth to remove everything that has come loose, look in shock and horror at what has been found, then splash my face with warm water to ensure I have removed absolutely everything I possibly can and then do my second cleanse."

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Mummy's Beauty Corner - 'Three vegan brands worth checking out'

As November is 'World Vegan Month', Dagmara on 'Mummy's Beauty Corner' decided to write about brands and products that are vegan friendly, and for those that are not vegan however like more natural beauty products, show some products worth trying. 
ARK Skincare was on this list as we are vegan friendly and cruelty free. Dagmara focused on our Age Defend Moisturiser. 
"It feels lightweight on the skin, doesn't leave it greasy yet it hydrates and nourishes it making it soft, calmed and smooth...The moisturiser contains also clinically proven anti-ageing peptides, including Matrixyl, which smooth out wrinkles and plump out  the skin for a more youthful looking complexion. Vitamin A (retinol) helps to increase collagen production and plump the skin, Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost skin’s moisture, Blue Lotus, the ‘sacred flower of anti-ageing’ is a powerful antioxidant which boosts firmness and elasticity of the skin."
"I absolutely love the jar with airless pump, which you need to press firmly down to dispense the product, so hygienic and it keeps the moisturiser locked away from air which causes oxidation of some ingredients. One pump of cream is plenty for entire face and neck, there's subtle herbal scent which I'm not the biggest fan of but fortunately it dissipates very quickly." 
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Lady Writes - Gift Guide : The Candle Edit

Lady Writes wrote a beautiful blog post about the best candles you should be buying this Christmas, featuring our lovely travel candles. 
"Candles make such fantastic gifts - everyone loves a good scented candle after all. You can't go wrong with giving a scented candle as a gift, it's just about finding the right one for the person you're giving it to."
"I only recently started buying travel candles, and now I don't go anywhere without them. They're perfect for when going on holidays, or visiting friends, to lightly scent a room and create a relaxing atmosphere - no matter how far from home you are. If you're buying for someone who travels a lot for business or pleasure then these gorgeous Ark Travel Candles would make the perfect gift. There's several scents to pick from - favourites of mine are the Vanilla, Sandalwood and Amber which is perfect for musk lovers and then the Rose, Geranium and Violet which is perfect for the floral fragrance fans. Both have a delicate scent which won't overpower, but will lightly fragrance any space to smell exactly as your chosen person would like. Hand poured, each candle comes housed in a handy tin and has approximately 22 hours of burn time."
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'A skincare brand that's a must' - Lucy Alice Brooksbank

Lucy Alice Brooksbank has featured our products in her latest blog post, 'A skincare brand that's a must'. She features some beautiful images and a great review of our products. 
"I’ve definitely found that I’ve had clearer, brighter skin in the last few weeks since I discovered ARK Skincare. Each range is formulated to complement and enhance your skin through every life stage."
Lucy Alice Brooksbank's four-step skincare routine starts with products from ARK's Age Protect range.
"My four step staple skincare routine starts with the products above. The age protect range is for younger skin- packed with essential nutrients that balance hydration for a clear complexion. The clear cleanser is soup free and full of omega 9 lipids, Vitamin E and B5, white tea, watercress and nettle horsetail. It lathers into your skin so well and feels gentle whilst banishing skin impurities and excess sebum- its my new best friend!"

A photo of Lucy Alice Brooksbank, who has featured ARK Skincare products on her blog.

"The age protect vitality moisturiser is loaded with peach lipids, avocado oil, vitamin B5 and E, white tea, creatine and anti-pollution algae. It has plumped my skin and made it feel super soft and hydrated. Its rich in antioxidants and provides daily protection from the urban environment. The packaging is genius as the cream sits in an airless jar designed to fully evacuate leaving no wastage. "

ARK's Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser made blogger Lucy Alice Brooksbank's skin plump, soft and hydrated.

"The skin perfect exfoliator really does make your skin feel PERFECT! I was going through periods of having really fine tiny bumps over my cheeks that felt rough and looked irritated. .........After my first use I couldn't believe the smoothness of my skin- it was like milk and honey! A real life savour!"

"Lastly the skin perfect hydration injection masque. It’s so rich, melts into the skin and really makes you look luminous before you’ve even washed it off!....Its an ideal weekly pick me up for when skin is looking tired/ stressed or lacking radiance."

Lucy Alice Brooksbank was impressed at the smoothness of her skin after using ARK's Triple Action Exfoliator for the first time.


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Natasha Summer's September Favourites

Natasha Summer featured our Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser and Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser in her 'September Favourites' YouTube video. 
Natasha Summer included ARK Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser in her 'September Favourites' YouTube video.
"The ARK Defend Conditioning Cleanser - My skin in the past month has been playing up and I think its because I have been extremely stressed throughout the month.... and I just feel my eating has gone a little bit out the window and sleep has not been that great and it has definitely shown in my skin. This really calms my skin down, its a really nice rich cleanser that just removes all makeup, there are no bells and whistles to it, its just really gentle and effective and my skin has been responding to it really really well. I really enjoy it, I enjoy the scent as well."
Natasha Summer included ARK Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser in her 'September Favourites' YouTube video.
"Along with it I have been using the ARK Age Defend replenishing moisturiser. What I love about this is it is just so light weight, it sinks in really quickly but it gives you a beautiful hit of hydration and my makeup goes on top of this flawlessly, it just feels replenished, restored, plumper. I really enjoy it. This is actually formulated for people of my age, so 30s to 40s, I am 31, its a gorgeous formula, really targets around the eye area and tightens everything up, I've just been really enjoying it and the packaging is beautiful as well. So big big fan of ARK Skincare!"
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So Feminine's #Treatyoself Pay Day Haul!

So Feminine created a #treatyoself pay day haul, filled with fashion, beauty and everything in between. Showing you everything you need to be buying this pay day weekend. 
Our Body Beautiful massaging body brush was featured as the product 'to make exfoliating a doddle'.
ARK's Body Beautiful massaging body brush was featured in So Feminine's #Treatyoself Pay Day Haul.
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Award Winner Stockist: Rose's Beauty Room

Our amazing ARK Stockist Rose Green has won the LUX 2017 Awards for Best Beauty Therapy Practice - Sussex 
LUX 2017 Excellence Award for Aromatic Facial Treatments - UK
(using ARK Skincare Products!) 

We are thrilled to hear the great news, Congratulations Rose!


ARK Stockist Rose Green has won the LUX 2017 Awards for Best Beauty Therapy Practice - Sussex & LUX 2017 Excellence Award for Aromatic Facial Treatments - UK.

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Find Rose's Beauty Room at:

25 York Avenue
 Off herontye
 East Grinstead
 RH19 4TL

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Laurzrah's Autumn Skincare Edit

Laura shows us how she is switching up her skincare routine as were coming into autumn to focus on nourishing and hydrating products to leave her skin happy. Our hydration injection masque is an important addition to her new autumnal skincare routine. 
Blogger Laura trusts ARK Hydration Injection Masque to leave her skin happy and soft as Autumn comes.
"For when skin needs a big hit of moisture, the ARK hydration injection masque is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s so buttery in texture that it pretty much instantly makes skin feel much happier. I like sleeping in this one, too, and using it as an overnight treatment to make skin softer come morning."
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