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THE RAWRDROBE : Reverse Gravity Eye Cream

I've never ventured into the world of eye creams but after seeing the reviews of the Ark Reverse Gravity Eye Cream, I was interested straight away.
  
It claims to be "a powerful, anti-ageing formula that works to minimise the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles" and "helps to lift, firm and tighten skin around the eyes, including the crease of the eyelid" so as you can imagine I was expecting some pretty amazing results.
  
After trying it out for a couple of weeks I didn't see any dramatic difference but I don't struggle with dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness so I wasn't expecting much of a change anyway. I did however notice how lovely this product is to use. It feels really luxurious, smells really refreshing and feels soothing on the skin. What more could you want from an eye cream? The formula is almost like a thick cream which absorbs into the skin quickly, making it feel really soft and non-sticky.
  
So because I couldn't really put this product to the test I was in need of a guinea pig and after a quick phone call to Mum, I had found one!
  
What did Mum have to say?
  
"I really enjoyed using this eye cream, I have noticed a difference in fine lines in that area especially which is something I've been trying to combat. It felt really soothing under my eyes and didn't irritate my skin at all, I think that has something to do with the aloe vera in it. The rollerball is really useful as well but sometimes it did feel like it was dragging the skin a bit. I love the texture of it and how soft and refreshing it feels and I only used it sparingly so hopefully it will last a long time."
  
So even though this may not be the best product for someone like me with no dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness, it's definitely one for more mature women who have problems in those areas. As you can see Mum's hooked on this now so there's absolutely no chance I'll be getting it back!
  
REPURCHASE FOR MUM? YES.
  

The Lavender Barn : Age Defy Brightening Cleanser + Nourishing Moisturiser

ARK Agedefy Brightening Cleanser + Nourishing Moisturiser


Hiya Darlins
 
You have heard me talk about the brand ARK recently when I discovered the Ark Pro Remove Pre Cleanse, a fabulous pre cleanse that simply melts away make up and grime, I followed this with Ark Agedefy Brightening Cleanser, the agedefy range that I tried is specifically designed for 50+ skin.

ARK Agedefy Brightening Cleanser + Nourishing Moisturiser
 
This beautifully creamy cleanser is applied to damp skin, massaged in and removed with warm water, completing my double cleanse. This cleanser contains a host of goodies including Red Algae and Apricot Oil to help reduce the appearance of age spots.  Omega 3 Fatty acids, Goji Berry and blackcurrant and Starflower lipids all add to the goodness.

The 200ml pump action bottle produces enough in one pump to cleanse your whole face, I really did feel that combined these two cleansers gave a really deep down clean without leaving my skin feeling stripped.

You are recommended to follow your cleanse with Ark Hydrating Toner, this I didn't have so used a different brand. Followed by 

ARK Agedefy Brightening Cleanser + Nourishing Moisturiser
 
Ark Agedefy Nourishing Moisturiser. This really is the loveliest moisturiser, the 50ml pump will be ample for your face with one pump, but should you wish to cover neck and decolletage then you will need more. It is light but at the same time rich, easily absorbed leaving a silky not greasy finish. It has an almost clinical fragrance which is really quite refreshing, containing 100% natural Hyaluronic Acid it leaves your skin feeling firmer and with quite a bounce to it.  I would say once you have tried this moisturiser it could easily become your ( go to ) 
 
ARK Agedefy Brightening Cleanser + Nourishing Moisturiser

http://www.thelavenderbarn.co.uk/2016/04/ark-agedefy-brightening-cleanser.html

House of Helen : Hydration Injection Masque

I mentioned a couple of months back that I've become slightly obsessed with skincare, I've literally gone from thinking "makeup wipes will do" to owning every cleanser on the planet.. Well not quite but my collection seems to be growing by the minute. After discovering ARK Skincare at the Bloggers Hangout London Fashion Week event and their amazing cleansing oil , I realised how much more proper cleansers have to offer than makeup wipes and I've made a conscious effort ever since to remove my makeup properly. I've got to say, I can see a huge difference in my skin, it feels so much softer and there's less redness and it's all thanks to that clever little cleanser.

When I heard ARK were releasing the Skinperfector Hydration Injection Masque* I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and see what it could do. ARK Skincare is a British skincare brand whose products are designed to treat skin depending on the age rangeand contain the best possible ingredients for that range, they also contain all natural ingredients.
 

The Skinperfector Masque is an intensive multivitamin hydration injection masque to quench skin, plump wrinkles and restore vibrancy. A bold statement but I have huge faith in ARK so I was confident even before trying it that this product would impress me.

The instructions say for teens and twenties (my age category, although very much on the twenties side!) to leave the masque on for approximately 5 minutes and then wash it off with a hot cloth, which is what I did for the first 4 or 5 times I used it. It does tingle a bit when it first goes on which is just the hyaluronic acid doing its thing. Although there was a difference in my skin it wasn't quite as much as I wanted to see so I then decided to go for an overnight intensive treatment and oh my goodness, the difference was unbelievable! My skin felt so soft and hydrated, I get quite dry skin around my nose and it completely got rid of that which meant my makeup looked much nicer and I didn't get any flaky patches towards the end of the day like I sometimes do. It acts as such an amazing base and completely refreshed my skin. I'm going home at the end of the month and I'm going to take it with me and introduce my mam to the world of ARK Skincare as I know she'll love it as much as I do.

 
As it is an intensive masque you only need to use it once or twice a week which is definitely enough to see a difference in your skin. I think this would be a brilliant product to take on holiday with you to give your skin a bit of TLC whilst you're in the heat and will soothe and restore giving you an extra radiant look whilst you're away. I actually used it after being out in the 27 degree heat on Sunday (unbelievably hot for England for those of you who are from hotter climates) and my skin felt incredible on Monday morning. Oh and for those of you who are brave enough to camp at festivals (I'm certainly not!) it would be the perfect product to use as a pick me up after being out in what I can only imagine is freezing conditions! What better time for a pamper than when you're back in the comfort of your own home.

Priced at £35 for a 75ml bottle it isn't cheap but you only need a very small amount and when you're only using a product once or twice a week it will last you absolutely ages. Skincare is so important and this product makes such a difference to my skin that I think it is completely worth the price. I would recommend it to anyone and especially those of you who could do with a post holiday treat! I'm officially ARK's number one fan. Well done ARK!

You can pick up the ARK Skinperfector Hydration Injection Masque here.

Have you tried and my ARK products? What are your favourites?


Helen x

http://www.house-of-helen.com/2016/05/ark-skinperfector-hydration-injection.html?m=1

Pretty Not Included - Age Protect Range

Ark, Skincare, Age Protect, moisturiser, cleanser, beauty expert
        
I've always felt that if you have a large sized skincare range, you should be sure to outline the target audiences for each product line. Make it easy for us so we have minimal excuses as to why we don't currently have a skincare routine. Ark Skincare are such a brand that have highlighted their range for each age group.
 
I've been using the cleanser and moisturiser from their Age Protect range which is aimed at people in their teens and 20s. My skin is very different to how it was in my teens so I was curious to see whether it would be an effective option for me. My teen skin was very oily and acne prone. Now, at the age of nearly 25, my skin is dehydrated, with minimal hormonal blemishes and most of the oiliness is gone. 

The Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser* was up on my bathroom shelf as soon as this package arrived. You know I love a good cleanser and it's been awhile since I've had a gel formulation in my routine so I was looking forward to using this in the mornings. It's a soap free cleanser that doesn't really foam up when massaged into damp skin so I wasn't worried about it being stripping or overly drying. It also contains oat amino acids which are created from oat proteins. They're a conditioning ingredient so I think this helped to prevent over drying. This is such a refreshing face wash to use on mornings especially if I've slathered my face in oils the night before. It just re-balances my skin and is so quick to use which I love first thing! I think this will be a great Summer cleanser if the weather gets hot and sticky. I also enjoy using this on some evenings after a really sweaty work out. It's a very light gel texture so it doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy or clogged. 
  
Ark, Skincare, Age Protect, moisturiser, cleanser, beauty expert
  
This is going to sound strange but I've always wanted to have a moisturiser in the type of packaging where you press the top and the product comes out! Although it's a bulky design, it's so fun (always the little things, eh?) and more hygienic than a pot. Luckily, the Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser* was equipped with such a nifty design. This one has a nice selection of nourishing ingredients that I was happy to get onto my skin. Avocado, peach lipids and olive oil are set to replenish and keep skin hydrated whilst also balanced. It also contains marine algae (this is my ingredient of 2016) to help protect the skin from environmental damage. There's been a lot of emerging research on the effects of pollution on our skin so introducing skincare like this to people from a young age is so important.
 
This moisturiser looks thick when it oozes out of the pot but it's actually a very light and refreshing formulation. For me, this isn't rich enough on its own for my dehydrated skin. I mix it with a facial oil and it applies beautifully. The combination doesn't leave a greasy finish on the skin but more of a fresh look. Unfortunately, it doesn't leave me skin as plump and nourished as it is when I use my other usual moisturisers. If you have combination to oily skin though, I think this would be a good fit.
  
The biggest thing I've taken away from having these in my routine is that I really wish I had these products when I was a teenager. They're so much more caring, gentle and nourishing on the skin than an intense scrubby face wash from Boots that depletes all of the oils in your skin and leaves it feeling tender and sad. I'll be passing these on to a family member who's skin suits it a lot better.
 
I've been exploring and their serums look interesting (especially the De-Stress Serum) and also that Hydration Injection Mask which is suitable for all ages, they just direct you on how long you should leave it on for - clever!
  

Spring Moisture Picks

With Spring ever so slowly starting to make it's presence known, my skin is starting to change with the weather so I've been dropping the super heavy moisturisers and oils for lighter alternatives. Don't get me wrong, I still slap on an oil most evenings, I've just been choosing to go for a lighter option. 

Despite my skin being far more dry in Winter, I've been using a day moisturiser far more and have been loving the Ark SkinCare Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiserwhich has honestly been making the biggest difference in my skin. I was kindly sent this but I always trial skincare for at least 10 days and I've been using this now day & night for about 3 weeks so I've definitely given it a more than fair trial! The packaging is brilliant, you push down the top and it pushes the product upwards so it's far more hygienic than dipping your fingers into a pot. The consistency is neither light nor heavy which makes it perfect to apply before makeup. I tend to pop this on in the morning and in the evening after I apply whatever facial oil or serum I'm going for. It's part of a range that is designed for teens & 20s to protect your skin and prevent it from ageing. That's not the reason I've been using it, it's just a fab moisturiser!

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Farheenxo : Pro Remove Pre Cleanse Review

ARK is a premium quality British skincare brand which uses natural active ingredients to treat skin by age and skin concern. I first came across ARK Skincare at The Bloggers Hangout London Fashion Week Event (post here) and I was really impressed by the company and the concept of their products. The brand stands out for me because it is very age aware; they have product ranges specific to different age groups as they believe that different age ranges have different requirements for their skincare, and they also have a vast variety of skincare products including cleansers, face masks, moisturisers and many others!
 

Over the last month or so, I have been using the ARK Pro Remove Pre Cleanse* Oil and it has become a big part of my skincare routine! As you may know, my normal to dry skin has become very dry and dehydrated during the colder months, so I've been looking for products which will give my skin the TLC that it really needs and my Pro Remove Pre Cleanse by ARK has been exactly that!

Cleansing oil's have been very popular recently, and after trying out the ARK Pro Remove Pre Cleanse, I can see why - they're a lot more effective at removing long lasting make up and unlike water based cleansers, they don't completely dry out your skin, which works really well for me.

This cleansing oil has been specially designed to be used as the first step in a double cleanse routine as the multi fruit lipid blend works brilliantly at dissolving the make up, dirt and grime that the skin builds up throughout the day. It contains a blend of Grape Seed, Avocado and Kiwi Oil, which cleanses and nourishes the skin, as well as Zi Cao (an ayurvedic herb), which helps soothe sensitive skin.

To double cleanse my skin after a long day, I've been applying the ARK Pro Remove Pre Cleanse all over my face first and massaging it into the skin to dissolve the make up, and then I've been rinsing it off with warm water and going in my current everyday cleanser (which is the Skin Doctor's pH Balancing Cleanser).

It's important to bear in mind that ARK is a premium quality skincare brand, with a premium quality price tag. - the Pro Remove Pre Cleanse comes in a 150ml bottle and retails at £30, which I know isn't for everybody, but I find that the product has been effective for me and I've noticed a difference in the way my skin looks and feels since I've been using it. 

http://www.farheenxo.co.uk/2016/04/ark-skincare-pro-remove-pre-cleanse.html

BEAUTY SHORTLIST AWARDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ark Skincare Hydration Injection Masque

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

PRODUCTS ON TRIAL

I love a good skincare shelfie, and although technically these aren't photographed on my shelf, I love them all the same. I've switched up my skincare over the last couple of months to give myself chance to try some new products. My skin, despite a few issues with acne on my chin, has been pretty good lately. I had a skincare consultation recently and they said how smooth the texture of my skin is, and that is definitely a result of one of the products I have been trying…

an image of skincare products from Zelens, ARK and Dermalogica

To kick-start my skincare regime I have been using the ARK Skincare Pro Remove Pre Cleanse (£30) and ARK Skincare Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser (£24). I had never used this brand before, so when I was introduced to it I knew almost instantly that it would be a relationship of complete admiration. The product that enthused me the most was the Pre Cleanse. We all know how important double cleansing is, but I was always unsure of what type of cleanser to use first and what one to follow with. This brand makes it super easy. Essentially the Pre Cleanse is an oil that quite literally dissolves every trace of make-up, even stubborn mascara! I also really like that ARK Skincare identifies its products in age ranges to target different skin types. I obviously fall into 'Teens and 20s' which I think really fills a gap in the market. Everything seems to be anti-ageing these days so it's nice to see products that are formulated to our skin when it is at its peak, inevitably preparing it for the ageing process and protecting it against daily pollutants and stressors. The ARK Skin Clear Cleanser is a soap-free facial cleanser with a gel formula, which ultimately feels amazing on the skin. Infused with natural ingredients, the formula balances oily and dry areas to leave skin clear and comfortable. I really like how this slightly lathers when emulsified too, it really feels like it's getting to work without stripping skin of natural oils.

an image of skincare products from ARK pre cleanser & cleanser

Moisturiser wise, I have been using the Zelen Hydro-Shiso Balancing Moisturiser in the morning, which is lovely under make-up and maintains moisture balance all day; and the ARK Skincare Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser (£30) in the evening to hydrate and regenerate skin cells. I really do adore both of these brands and it's great when you find a combination that works for your skin.

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ARK: Age Aware Skincare Review

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

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

ARK'S AGE PROTECT SKIN CLEAR CLEANSER

Price: £24.00

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

ARK'S AGEPROTECT SKIN VITALITY MOISTURISER

Price: £30 

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

ARK'S SKINPERFECTOR CLEARING SERUM

Price: £42

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

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

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

HOW TO GET A FLAWLESS FINISH + PROTECT YOUR SKIN

I find it tough to find products that can do a bit of everything. Make your makeup last, protect your skin, make you glow and also make you look flawless all at the same time.

ARK Skincare very kindly sent me their Award Winning Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer and it made me incredibly happy. All opinions are my own and very honest. I had previously spoke to them at a blogging event and heard all about their award winning products that can help with many skin concerns all at once.

Not only does it give you a flawless finish and hydrate your skin for a natural glow, it protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. I find that my makeup glides on effortlessly after applying just a very small amount, and also helps to blur any blemishes that I’m dealing with.

It’s lightweight formula feels very natural and helps your skin breath, even with makeup on. Due to its light formula it gives your skin a dewy finish depending on the foundation you choose to use. I tend to use medium coverage dewy foundations, but it also works incredibly well with matte finishes as it keeps your skin hydrated. I’ve also used just this without applying any face makeup and it made such a difference to brighten up my skin.

I will most definitely be using this more and more when the weather brightens up and for my summer travels due to its SPF formulation – who wants premature ageing, right? RRP £36.00.

What’s your primer pick at the minute?

http://www.lifewithmcm.com/2016/04/how-to-get-flawless-finish-protect-your.html?m=1

 

Beauty Shortlist Awards 2016

The annual Beauty Shortlist Awards are highly revered within the beauty industry so imagine our delight to discover we had won a total of 5 awards!

Here's what we won:

NEW: BEST AGE-TARGETED SKINCARE BRAND (Age 40+)

WINNER: Ark Skincare – The Age Defend Range

NEW: BEST AGE-TARGETED SKINCARE BRAND (Age 50+)

WINNER: Ark Skincare – The Age Defy Range

BEST DAY MOISTURISER (Age 35+)

Ark Skincare Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser

BEST DAY MOISTURISER (Age 50+)

Ark Skincare Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser

BEST FACE MASK – age delay

ARK SKINCARE Hydration Injection Mask

Here's what the judges said:

“ARK is a skincare brand that completely and deeply understands skin’s intrinsic needs at different ages  – it’s one of our “ageless beauty” go-to, glow-more brands”

"ARK's Hydration Injection Masque would be up there with my top 5 Desert Island Skin Saviours...it transforms a dry, too-many-late-nights, fatigued complexion into fresh, more velvety skin thanks to ARK's  super-hydrating  Hyaluronic Acid Booster and vital skin vitamins A, B5, C and E. What I love about it is its multi-tasking abilities - it's one of the most comforting, effective "skin-drenchers" I know and it works wonderfully left on overnight...this product is a vital addition to my skincare kit now, suitable for all ages and all skins but a real must-have if you're over 40!"

Was your favourite ARK product a winner? 

The Beauty Shortlist February 2016

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ARK SKINCARE’s SkinPerfector Triple Action Exfoliator is formulated for all ages.

I love ARK!

I was talking to two of the judges last weekend about this brand, as their judging sheets all came in on Friday and there are some high marks in there! An across the board hit, and interestingly, almost every product got a very high rating from all of us which is quite rare, there’s usually one of us who puts a dampner on our enthusiasm!  So good for ARK.

What’s special about this? Fruit acid enzymes and a hybrid oil-milk formula with Abyssinian Oil help calm/clear any imperfections among other things, but a big thing with this product is cell regeneration – off with the old, in with the new (cells), one of the priorities you need in place for consistently healthy, more vibrant looking skin. Loaded with fruity AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) – OK Bilberry, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon if you need the details!), this one’s good.

I would only use this once a week but you can use it twice weekly. (Side note here – the root of many skin problems is over-zealous cleansing/exfoliating, you can wreak havoc with skin’s natural acid/ph mantle – the protective, hydrolipid top film –  and when you upset its natural balance…err..good luck! You could set yourself up for problems).  Sandblasting your skin is like hitching a ride on the road to ruin.

Massage lightly on to damp skin (avoid eyes) and wash off immediately if you’re in your teens or 20s, but leave it on for 2 mins if you’re in your 30s/40s and if you’re older you can let it all do its beautiful work for 5 (mindful, breathe deeply) minutes.  Remove with a hot cloth and pat dry (obviously!)

Great for dark spots, scars and uneven skin. By the way – check out ARK’s moisturisers, I think they’re excellent value and among the best out there. This is a brand I would include in my Desert Island SKINCARE Top 10 of all time because there are no “duds” in the range, which can happen with some brands – I’ve seen this a bit in our awards entries, you start getting excited about a brand then it has a terrible cleanser or disappointing serum…consistency is absolutely key – I’d rather pull a product and do a whole rethink re. the formula, than include a product that’s sub-standard when the rest of the range is so good – it lets the whole side down and if that “dud” product is the first one you try, you’re not going to be coming back to explore the rest of the range.

ARK have got it right.

£35/75ml

www.arkskincare.com

To read the full article click here: http://www.thebeautyshortlist.com/2016/02/18/bored-with-your-current-cleanser-5-new-clean-up-light-up-options/

BRITISH JET - ANTI AGEING ROUTINE FOR YOUR TWENTIES

Anti-ageing in your twenties is a difficult concept to grasp. Why should you care about anti-ageing now? Well… ageing of the skin really does start to happen in your twenties. Some of us can be quite cavalier to our approach in our skincare regimen during our twenties…many smoke, drink and don’t use daily sun protection, and only use skincare to address our basic needs, but as you age the skin starts to lose its elasticity. Levels of collagen (the building blocks of our skin) production starts to slow down meaning our skin starts to look crepey, dry, starts to sag, and fine lines start to appear. Not only that but we also start getting age spots, discolouration, uneven skin tone, redness… I don’t dare to go on. If you’re having to read this post, chances are you don’t have much of a scoobies about skincare and so I will briefly outline the importance of an anti-ageing regimen and give product suggestions based on the most basic routine. It really doesn’t have to be complicated, but lemme tell you that it all starts with protection.

Anti-Ageing really matters

Now…

Why does ageing occur at such a young age? Have you ever looked at a child’s poreless and smooth skin (not in a creepy way)? You’ll notice that you just don’t seem to have the same smooth canvas as theirs and the primary reason for this is free radical damage.

What’s free radical damage?

Free radical damage is caused by things such as the environment (stress, pollution, smoking, drinking and sun damage). Free radical damage causes a process of oxidation and causes stress to the skin cells causing them to die and mutate. When this happens our skin basically starts to look a bit shit.
 

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So, how can I fix it?

The most important step of preserving your youth is PROTECTION (against free radical damage). You should try to protect yourself from free radical damage. Just recently, I was sent some amazing products by brand ARK. They’ve got a great cruelty-free line which is made up of individual products that are targeted for different age groups.

I love using uber luxury lines as I tend to treat my skincare as a bit of an OCD type indulgence, but to be honest, if you look for the key ingredients you can find some amaze products for half the price. Ark sits somewhere in the middle with me and I love the natural simplicity of the brand-nothing too fussy, just effective and affordable products that are optimised for each age group. I’ll talk you three a simple routine to help you understand anti-ageing a little better for us twenty somethings…

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The Age Protect Skin Clear Cleanser contains really natural ingredients and has been designed to balance out oily and dry areas-something I’m really prone to. My t-zone and chin is normally oily, whereas around my nose and cheeks are a little drier. It cleanses the skin to help you avoid any bouts of adult acne, and feeds your skin with white tea (an anti-microbial) which will help to fight free radical damage.

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The Skin Essential Hydrating Toner is filled with all kinds of gorgeous scrumptious antioxidants such as Blue Lotus which calms the skin and boosts elasticity. The way to fight free radicals and protect your skin is with anti-ageing antioxidants…as many as you can get your hands on. You can achieve this through eating lots of fruit and veg but research has shown that topical application can be just as effective, if not more so than oral consumption.

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Don’t underestimate the power of a serum! Ark Skincare's Radiance Skin Response Serum is one that it is loved by many celebs and bloggers including MIC’s Stephanie Pratt and is fast attaining a cult status! If you consider yourself as a bit of a glowgetter, then this one is deffo for you! The amino acids help to even out skin tone, and it helps to reduce the appearance of age spots. A little goes a long way.

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Last up is my fave step: Moisturising. Finish up with the Age Protect Skin Vitality Moisturiser. My favourite thing about this was the design of the bottle. You push down the lid and so it helps to avoid spreading bacteria over the bottle keeping your routine nice and clean. It’s full of Omega 9 fatty acids and vitamins to keep your skin plump and hydrated, and also contains Panthenol to help fight signs of acne and soothe irritation. It’s an effective moisturiser which will regenerate your skin and fight daily urban battles. Perfect for any city girl!

To summarise, make sure your products are loaded with antioxidants, and always ALWAYS use a product that contains SPF or a UV mineral filter-as the sun is the number one granny skin contributor! Don’t wait until it’s too late-start your anti-ageing regiment prompto. 

http://www.britishjet.co.uk/beauty/skincare/anti-ageing-routine-for-your-twenties

Wedding Ideas - Bath Goodies to Melt Away Wedding Planning Stress

Planning a wedding is a little bit stressful. Wait, no, REALLY stressful. So take a break and. Melt away wedding planning stress with these gorgeous bath goodies, says Wedding Ideas beauty expert Emily Berryman.

7. ARK Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil, £35

100 percent natural and bursting with a whopping 25 mood-enhancing essential oils, this beautiful blend can be used as a silky body moisturiser, massage oil, in-tub treat or even as a fabulous deep conditioner for your tresses! And we do admire a little multi-tasking.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.weddingideasmag.com/feeling-frazzled-from-wedding-planning-we-can-help-you/

FashStyleLiv - 2015 Skincare Favourites

This made our day to see that the lovely Liv from FashStyleLiv beauty blog had picked our new Hydration Injection Masque as one of her favourite skincare products from 2015!

 

Another mask which I loved last year for how smooth it left my skin was the Ark Hydration Injection Mask * (£35 //reviewwhich was new to me. I was so lucky to get a chance to try it and it's the closest feeling to what I would get in a spa. It smells so beautiful and it's strange but it really helps me feel relaxed whenever I use it.