You'll have a good memory if you remember me (well, my Mum) raving about ARK's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream almost a year ago. She's still totally in love with it and even asking for a new one for Mother's Day. So the point I'm making is that ARK Skincare is a working miracle.
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!
Both of these products work together to form a two-step cleansing regime and for those days where I have a bit more time to myself , it's perfect. It feels like I'm having a mini pamper session!
First things first, I'll start with the Skin Essential Pre Cleanse and Makeup Remover by gentle rubbing it into my face then rinsing my hands and using that water to delicately wash my face. The idea of the pre cleanser is to prepare your skin for the second cleanse so it removes makeup, excessive sebum and grime and you're skin will instantly feel better for it. Not going to lie, it does a smashing job of removing any traces of makeup, even my stubborn Maybelline mascara! Normally after removing my makeup my skin feels a bit sore but surprisingly I don't get that at all with this which makes a change so there's the thumbs up for anyone with sensitive skin. My only problem with this is it does feel a bit oily/greasy on my skin and after removing my makeup I can feel it on my skin for quite a while.
Now it's time for the Skin Clear Cleanser designed for anyone in their teens or twenties. I generally have combination skin and my cheeks can get really dry which would normally be a pain for most cleansers but this one worked really well! This really helps to balance the oil in my skin and for the time being has done a pretty good job at keeping blemishes at bay. I use this in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser which takes no time at all and also gently exfoliates my face a little bit making it silky smooth once I'm finished! PS. it smells amazing but does sting your eyes a little if you put too much on that area.
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!
To find out more about these products, please click on the images or the links beneath each picture:
- Best Skincare for over 45s
- Best Skincare for over 50s
- Best Skincare product for over 50s - Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser
- Best All in one cleanser - Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover
- Best Primer - Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
- 2017 Editor's Choice Awards - Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser AND Regenerating Skin Defence
Regardless of how much we enjoy the process of applying our make-up, no one wants to slave away to remove it all at the end of the day! If anyone knows a thing or two about that, it's the hugely talented make-up artists Nic & Sam of Pixiwoo. We were therefore extremely flattered when we heard that the stunning sisters enjoy using our Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover to remove stubborn make-up in an instant!
Read on for their review:
"One thing I’m super proud of is that I never go to bed with my makeup on. I just can’t do it, even after a couple of gins! If it’s been an evening out where I have worn a heavier base of eye I find it much easier to spend an extra minute using a pre-cleanse. I know we all just want to get into bed after a late night but by giving your skin a once over with a pre-cleanse will ensure all of your makeup is removed easily, your skin will be perfectly clean and more importantly, you won’t need to wash your bed linen the next day to remove the remnants of your mascara.
I have been using ARK Pre-cleanse makeup remover for the last few weeks.
It’s a multi fruit mix of makeup dissolving ingredients, which lift of even the heaviest of eye makeup. Its oily texture will sink into your makeup and through circular movements will gently dislodge your layered products enabling your regular cleanser to just wipe off the stragglers and condition the skin.
What’s in it?
Grape seed, avocado oil and kiwi oil lift off makeup and soften the skin whilst Margosa Leaf Extract acts as an anti-bacterial ingredient to ensure there’s no blemish causing nasty’s lurking on the skin. There is also an Ayurvedic herb called Zi Cao, which is particularly beneficial on a sensitive skin.
The product can be poured out of the 150ml bottle allowing you to get a good amount of product to work into your skin. It’s gentle enough to use over the eyes and lips and once washed off there is no residue.
I don’t tend to use this everyday but reserve it for occasions when I need something a little stronger than my regular cleanser. It’s also a great product for removing waterproof mascara, liner and lip stains.
ARK Pre cleanse is £30.00 and available here."
Hands are as exposed as our faces and yet we hardly put any thought into skincare or protection for them. Until, that is, winter hits and they start chapping. Modern hand creams don't just boost moisture levels, they're now anti-agers too and can reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines, and help combat eczema. From sink-side pump dispensers to balms, creams and crème-gloves, we've rounded up the best hand nourishers in the business:
Nasties-free (including no mineral oil and fragrance), this British niche-brand bases its hand cream on essential fatty acids and lipids to boost hydration and reinforce the skin's natural moisture barrier. While red algae targets age spots and keratin amino acid ensures nails are kept strong and healthy. Palmarosa, clary sage, rosemary, ylang ylang, jasmine and mimosa also give this cream a stunning fresh floral scent.
ARK were delighted to visit the Thomson Airways Gatwick Headquarters this week to award their star on board crew member a prize for selling the most ARK products in 2016. Thomson Crew have a passion for quality on board retailing and offer a large range of trending beauty essentials, designer fragrances, and limited edition gifts as well as special offer spirits and tobacco products. Two of the ARK Skincare range are offered on all Thomson flights. Hydration Injection Masque and Skin Protector SPF30 Primer.
Both these products are travel essentials, with Skin Protector Primer a must have for daily protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, as well as serving as a make up primer ensuring make up glides on effortlessly and lasts all day; and Hydration Injection Masque being the perfect pick me up for dehydrated, sun damaged, or wind damaged skin. Both contain multivitamins and antioxidants for maximum efficacy. Next time you travel with Thomson ask your crew for more details, and to see the full range of ARK products visit www.arkskincare.com
Today, tomorrow, this year...always! “Rock your age” Starts this week!
She’s 98, she’s the world’s oldest yoga teacher and of all the quotes we’ve read about ageing, hers tops the lot: “I don’t believe in age. I believe in energy. Never let age dictate what you can and cannot do”, says Tao Porchon-Lynch (bottom row, far right), nailing the fact spot-on that it’s not “how old are you?” It’s about how you “live your age”!
Another nugget of wisdom from Sophia Loren: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
We’re not doing “New Year, New You” (January’s most over-used glossy magazine cover), and we are definitely not detoxing (I believe the winter months are a terrible time to do this, completely going against nature and what our bodies need – and who wants to detox when it’s minus one degree outside?) Best leave that to the lighter, longer, warmer days of spring. Better just to cut out the crap and eat lots of whole, nutrient-rich foods or if you really do want to detox, make it a very short one!
Instead, we invite you to join January’s ageless beauty conversation on social media (hashtag #RockYourAge – yes the caps are useful here, otherwise it looks like #rockyourage Rock Your Rage…no!)
I really hope you enjoy The Beauty Shortlist’s January ROCK YOUR AGE campaign!
We’ll be sharing videos, interviewing women who are breaking boundaries and creating innovative makeup ranges for those of us who are just hitting 40-ish or already did way back when, and we’ll be zooming in on some of the most intelligent beauty products you have to have/add to your kit if you haven’t tried them yet.
What does Rocking Your Age mean to you? Which products do you swear by? Do you think we’ll see a more visible spike in older-centric beauty brands? Brands have been notoriously slow and somewhat reticent to embrace this market, led so far by L’Oreal and skincare brands like ARK SKINCARE. Will we see more revolutionary campaigns, magazine covers and shifts in attitude this year? However cloudy or clear your crystal ball is, 2017 could pull off some big surprises…
For the first time for the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards, we included new categories like “Best Beauty Product for Age 60-plus”, and we can’t wait to share the results on Thursday 2nd March.
If you only do one thing this month…get off the sofa and on to the dance floor
Tao Porchon-Lynch shows us how it’s done – at age 96 on America’s Got Talent
“She’s 96, but sometimes I think she lies” – Vard, Tao’s dance partner.
“Dancing is pure pleasure, there’s so much to do and so little time to do it” – Tao.
"Ooooh well I use everything. I'm very attached to both my Hydration Injection Masque and Pro Remove Pre Cleanse at the moment. And the Radiance Serum because it's helping me with pigmentation - my skin is looking so clear without make-up. I sound greedy I'm picking so many.....!"
Finally what do you suggest for something a bit different?
"My friend Vicky Silverthorn wrote a book called 'Start With Your Sock Drawer' and it's inspired me to have a declutter. Life is easier without too much stuff.... "
I have been trialling a hydrating masque by ARK Skincare, who's range comprises of three key age products: teens & 20s protects skin; 30s and 40s defends skin; and 50s + defies ageing. ARK is an award-winning skincare range which is made in Britain, contains natural ingredients and is never tested on animals.
I use this masque once or twice a week if I need a pick me up - my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth. Even when I have a spot outbreak, which often happens when central heating comes on as my skin gets dry, I use the masque and my skin feels clean and clear after use. If you're in your 20s: leave the masque on for 5 minutes; in your 30 and 40s: leave it on for 10 minutes; and 50s + leave it one for 15 minutes for a truly pampering feel.
It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!
After our brilliant Radiance Serum was featured as one of Stylist magazines most popular products earlier in the year, our favourite make up primer with SPF 30 has now also been featured and we can't say we disagree!
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Finally, we have a product to round off the day with a name to match it's acting, the De-Stress Serum by ARK. This product looks like you're dabbing milk onto your face, but it gives such a calming effect to the skin, perfect to round off a pamper evening. The product has chamomile to give an anti-inflammatory effect, assisting in getting rid of any kind of issue with the skin, whether that irritation or sun damage. It's a little pippette full of magic!
I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about Ark Skincare as a brand before on my blog, as they have some really great products for sensitive and dry skin types. I love the chic grey and white minimalist feel to the products (they look very pretty on the bathroom shelf) and what’s inside, certainly doesn’t disappoint. This month I’ve been testing out two of their age protect products, which are essentially especially formulated for those in their twenties – featuring all of the skin goodness (technical term, definitely) suited to your skin’s age-related needs. The main ingredients include Avocado and Peach lipids for balancing moisture and then Vitamin E, which helps strengthen skin and soothe any redness.
They’re both fab at this time of the year when you’ve had potentially a little too much sun and need to replenish and hydrate your skin cells – ready for the dryness that A/W can bring with it. The Skin Vitality Moisturiser is really lightweight and non-greasy, yet it sinks into your skin and immediately provides a splash of moisture. It smells really fresh – and when you team it with the Skin Clear Cleanser, you get this lovely silky softness – a perfect morning base for your make-up! If you (like me) need something a little extra to recover your skin and not realise halfway through the day that you’ve got dry patches, their Hydration Injection Masque is amazing at keeping flakiness at bay!
About 5 years ago when I lived in London I met a friend of a friend who introduced me to ARK Skincare. I was a cynic and sick of people telling me "their" skincare range was the best. At the time I'd been a long time La Prarie user and each year I was spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on their skincare that included micronised diamonds and pearls and all sorts of fancy stuff.
Enter Tamsin Styles from Ark and we talked about my skin and concerns and I really liked what she told me about their products. The clincher was when she showed me her left hand which was where she was regularly rubbing creams into to show clients different products compared to her right hand. Such an amazing difference.
Aside from another cleanser I use sometimes in the shower, since that day I've never used another brand on my face. It's just that good. It's also about a tenth of the cost of what I was spending on La Prairie. At 43 I'm at the age where skin really starts showing it's age and I'm so glad I got a little head-start thanks to Tamsin.
Ark is a British brand that ships to Australia and if you're looking for new skincare I highly recommend it. I've converted a few friends who all love it.
Anyone who has followed me a while knows I quite often promote products and services I use and love. I don't write sponsored posts and I'm not paid to plug brands. Just sharing the love ❤️#arkskincare