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?
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?
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.
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/
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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 //review) which 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.
Happy New Year!
We had a great start to the year with our new Conditioning Oil being chosen by The Independent as one of the best Bath Oils on the market!
Here's what they said:
13. Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil: £35 for 250ml, Ark
A hard working multitasker, this UK-made, 100 per cent natural oil can be used as a bath, body, hair and massage oil. The blend of anti-oxidant sacha inchi seed oil from the Peruvian rainforest, nourishing Mediterranean Abyssinian oil and vitamin E-rich sweet almond oil leaves skin deeply moisturised, velvety soft and smooth. 25 essential oils including rose, jasmine, orange flower, mandarin, lemon and rosewood give this a sparkling floral scent with a winter warming hit from cinnamon, clove, frankincense and myrrh. A sensational fragrance that fills the bathroom – and most of the house – with its scent.
You can read the full article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/best-bath-oils-a6791771.html
We were so delighted when the stunning Stephanie Pratt from Made in Chelsea posted about how much she loves our Radiance Serum.
Stephanie posted the following image to her instagram account saying, "Ah my secret weapon has just arrived...thank you @susieamy, this is the bomb!"
Back in July the beautiful actress tweeted: "Obsessed is an understatement! [Radiance Serum is] a miracle in a bottle"
Stephanie was introduced to the product by her friend and fellow actress Susie Amy, who was eager to share one of her all time favourite skincare products.
Image copyright Instagram @officialstephpratt
Get Steph's gorgeous glow for yourself with ARK Radiance Serum. The secret ingredients to its efficacy are Red Algae, which brightens skin and fades pigmentation; Velvet Flower Seed, which helps skin to repair and regenerate; and Amino Acids which even out skin tone.
Royal soprano Camilla Kerslake has been speaking to Harper's Bazaar about how she stays looking so amazing during the hectic Christmas season. Her secret? ARK Skincare Facials at the Flagship Spa in London!
Here's a snippet from the article:
'Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is upon us and much merriment will be had by all; food will be eaten, fine wine will be swilled and gifts bought by the million. Carol concerts are in full swing and – let me tell you – there are few so busy as the humble soprano during the festive period.
With that in mind, here are my top tips for working women to help survive Christmas in style...
Being booked to sing at so many Yuletide events means that, while everyone else is indulging, I still have to look (and sound) my best. At the beginning of December I always treat myself to a facial at Ark in Putney to make sure my skin is winter ready.
To read the full article click here: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/christmas/camilla-kerslakes-christmas-survival-guide
Pictures courtesy of Camilla Kerslake
Our new Spa Aromatics collection has arrived just in time for you to treat someone special to a truly beautiful gift this Christmas. Created to reflect the elegance and serenity of the ARK London Spa, this limited edition range of home fragrance gifts will enchant and delight your loved ones.
A sensuous fragrance of sun-drenched Fig balanced with a breeze of sparkling citrus. Softly reveals a delicate heart of soothing Rose and calming Geranium to balance your mood for blissful tranquillity. The cocooning scent is harmonised with soothing base notes of earthy woods and warm Amber.
Christmas shopping can be stressful and expensive as you fight your way around the overcrowded, overheated shopping centres, vowing to start in June next year.
Why not do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home, choosing from our beautiful gift sets and saving money at the same time.
ARK’s Christmas Gift Sets have been handpicked to include our new and best-selling products, all elegantly wrapped in a white gift box or luxury gift bag.
Our Skin Perfectors Hydrating Duo, £62, is the perfect gift for someone special this Winter, when skin needs a little extra tlc. Containing our new Hydration Injection Masque and cult Hydrating Serum, this gift set will restore the glow to even the most winter-parched skin. Delivered free of charge in the UK, by choosing this gift you will be saving over 20% on the full retail value.
The Age Defend Collection, £72, is displayed in a beautiful white gift box for the ultimate in luxury gift giving. The perfect present for anyone in their 30s or 40s, this collection contains our best-selling Age Defend Cleanser and Moisturiser plus a De-Stress Serum to calm and soothe skin over the busy festive period. Also delivered free of charge, the Age Defend Collection includes a saving of £24!
It’s only fair that you buy one for yourself too! These great value collections are an affordable way to stock up on your favourite skincare products.
To see the full range of gift sets click here.
I had heard a little about Ark as a brand in the last year or so but never tried anything from their range myself. That was until I had the opportunity to try the Ark Skincare Anti-Redness Serum, to see if it helped with the appearance of my broken capillaries and sensitivity.
Ark Skincare Skinperfector ‘Anti-Redness’ Serum
I always worry about trying new brands, as any of you who read my blog will know I have sensitive skin, which can also be reactive prone, to ingredients/products/due to health etc, etc. Using this I needn’t have been worried in the slightest. It’s super gentle and is having a good effect on my skin, whilst being part of my morning routine.
Ingredients : Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyldodecanol, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Acetamide Mea, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Solomon’s Seal Extract, Cypress Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Disodium Edta, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Vanilla Planifolia, Acacia Dealbata, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol. Plus perfume – from essential oils.
This lovely creamy, yet light and cooling serum, has a great slip so a little goes a long way when applying to the face. I have been using it amongst other products (containing mainly essential oil ingredients), as part of my morning routine so over oil and under moisturiser. If my skin feels a little stressed during the day and gets red, I press a couple more drops into those areas to soothe. It’s simply lovely, very calming, no perfume, no stickiness, no roll-off with other products (as I layer), even with foundation. Now that’s really good, considering many serums used whilst layering will often cause product ‘bobbly bits’ or, roll-off, especially when adding foundation over the top.
I am noticing a difference in my overall redness and my skin seems soothed and calmed. My broken capillaries will always be there unless they are lasered surgically (and I’m not up for that), but they are not looking as prominent lately due the calming of the redness. This lovely natural based serum contains Echium oil which, is high in Linoleic – omega fatty acids that help reduce inflammation whilst protecting the epidermal layer of the skin.
Ark Skincare is a British made brand, their product statement being ; ‘Natural Ingredients, Effective Results’, and if the rest of their products are like this serum, I can totally comprehend that statement. They have different products to see skin through different ages/stages of life, suiting different needs. I am now interested in trying more from Ark Age Aware Skincare, especially their Firming serum along with a few other products.
Ark Skincare Skinperfector Anti-Redness Serum is available in a 30ml size (which with 2-3 drops each use will last a few months). Priced at £42 it can be purchased here.
You’re getting married, congratulations!
Every bride wants to look their most beautiful on their wedding day. By starting a great skincare routine at least 8 weeks before your wedding, you can ensure your skin will be clear, radiant and healthy on your special day.
Here are our top 5 tips to make for stress-free wedding preparations:
- Choose a Cleanser and Moisturiser designed for your skin’s age related needs.
Age Protect – for your teens and twenties - focuses on balancing skin, keeping it clear, healthy and protected against future ageing.
Age Defend – for your thirties and forties - aims to maximise collagen production and boost moisture levels for soft, supple skin.
Age Defy – for your 50s and onwards - helps to brighten skin and fade sun spots for a more even, radiant skin tone, as well as providing deep nourishment to plump lines and wrinkles.
- Sign up to bridal social networking site UKBride. This one stop shop for all things bridal contains Free Wedding Planning Tools, Tips & Advice and you’ll receive a free magazine. You can search suppliers, chat to fellow brides and browse over 5,000 wedding dresses. It’s free to sign up and you will be entered into a competition to win your dream wedding worth £25.
- Keep skin calm and under control. Our DeStress Serum is the perfect product to ensure that your skin is stress-free, even if you’re not. This protective serum banishes redness, hydrates dry patches and keeps breakouts at bay.
- Protect, Hydrate and Glow. If there’s one product you’ll need on your wedding day, it’s our SPF30 Primer. This multi-tasker gives skin a radiant glow without flashing back in photos, primes your make-up for flawless, all-day wear and protects your skin against redness and burning when you’re outside having your photos taken. It’s our no.1 Bridal Skin Saviour!
- Spoil yourself. Organising a wedding is hard work so make time for yourself and get your skin in the best possible health by booking a monthly facial at the ARK Salon in Putney. We can also take care of your pre wedding prep including waxing, manicure, pedicure and natural spray tan. Click here for our treatment menu.
We hope our tips help you feel sensational on your wedding day. Wishing you the happiest day ever!
Hydration is so important, especially during the summer. Hopefully you’re already making sure to drink your 8 glasses of water a day, but what are you doing for your skin?
I have a terrible habit of not moisturising enough during the summer months. Not because I’m lazy, rather the heat makes me feel so sticky and gross. But neglecting your skin’s moisture leads to premature ageing, dullness and dryness. So it’s best to use products that maximise hydration without leaving you greasy-faced.
My skin has been looking dull lately. Especially around my lips and nose. And as such, whenever I apply foundation or concealer to those areas I end up looking dusty and flaky. Urgh! I’d rather go barefaced than deal with that.
ARK’s website says that ARK Hydration Injection Masque contains will rejuvenate dull, tired skin and leave you with a smooth, healthy glow. The masque contains an intense blend of vitamins and other ingredients that work together to provide long lasting moisture, smooth your skin’s surface, fade pigmentation and regulate collagen.
ARK Hydration Injection Masque review.
My sample arrived quickly in a beautifully packaged in a good quality branded gift bag with a bow (seen below). Little extras like this make a huge difference when buying beauty products. Not only does it mean the item is ready to gift, but if the purchase is for yourself it really feels like a treat!
The product packaging is clean and simple. A plain white and grey box and a chrome-lettered tube gives a clinical finish. The flip cap (is that what they’re called?) is so much better than a screw on cap. A lot easier than fumbling around with masque-covered fingers!
This product smells so good! It has a pleasant, mild lemony scent. It empties out of the tube evenly so there’s no chance of wasting any precious product by spilling it. The formula has a viscous consistency and is different to any face masque I’ve tried before. Once smoothed evenly on the face, it remains sticky rather than setting like many other masques would. The box says that you can keep it on overnight for a super intensive treatment. This may be the case for back sleepers, but front sleepers like me would wake up with a messy pillowcase.
Treatment time depends on what age group you fall in to. The back of the box tells me I need to apply a thin layer and leave it on for about 10 minutes (recommended for age 30-50), but after application I got lost in the wonderful world of Pinterest for about 20 minutes (recommended for age 50+), so I did leave it on a little longer than I should have.
After removing the masque with a hot cloth my skin was noticeably more plump and incredibly soft. Really, I couldn’t stop stroking my own face. Slightly vain, but you would too…trust me.
Does it work?
Yes! 24hrs later my skin remains soft and moisturised and I woke up this morning with that youthful glow that the ARK website promised. This is the type of product you should use as a midweek pick up, or at the end of a stressful week at work. I’d imagine that this masque would come in handy during the winter months too, preventing your skin from becoming chapped by keeping it hydrated.
The plumping aspect of the masque has earned ARK Hydration Injection Masque a permanent place in my bathroom cabinet. My skin hasn’t felt this soft in ages!