This is the perfect time of year to be talking about ARK Skincare’s award winning Conditioning Oil. This oil from the ARK range is 100% natural and contains 25 different essential oils. After being in the recent beautiful UK sunshine, and lightening my hair pre-summer I’m all together a little bit parched – my legs deserve a special mention in that category. I also have the odd spray tan – which makes me look healthy and is always a better option than baking in the sun, but I definitely notice that my skin is dryer in the days afterwards, due to the tanning agent DHA.
ARK’s Conditioning Oil is a multi-use product designed for massage, the bath, body and hair and here are some ideas:-
- Hair Recovery – After sun exposure apply to the hair, I then knot mine into a bun. This is a great hair oil and protects the condition of the hair.
- Heat styling – I am currently heat styling my hair for work every day and I love to counteract the damage by leaving the Conditioning Oil on for an hour prior to washing. I also use a few drops to smooth the ends.
- Body Oil – incredibly nourishing for the skin. My legs are especially dry, I hate to write it but scaly at times! I shave them, I tan them, I expose them (protected with SPF) to the sun and they really need some looking after!
- I use Conditioning Oil to shave my legs when I really need them to be irritation free and silky smooth
- If you prefer to have moisturised skin without putting body oil on before dressing or bed the Conditioning Oil makes a fantastic bath oil – and even a shower oil
- One of the ingredients is sweet almond oil which is great for improving the strength and quality of nails – I use it on both my hands and my feet.
ARK Skincare’s Conditioning Oil won ‘Best Mum-To-Be’ Beauty Product in the Beauty Shortlist Baby Awards 2016 – it’s suitable for use in pregnancy.
Abyssinian Oil is a light oil that is highly heat resistant which makes it ideal for the hair before heat styling – a couple of drops is all you need if you are using it pre-styling. It also won’t clog the skin, and doesn’t leave a greasy film.
Sweet Almond Oil – which is packed with vitamins and deeply nourishing
25 Essential Oils – including Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Rosewood, Labdanum, Rose and Jasmine. The scent is warm and gentle.
Sacha Inchi Seed Oil – Contains high levels of antioxidants, and omega fatty acids which help skin elasticity. Renowned for its skin soothing properties and is helpful for irritated skin and dry skin.
The oil comes with both a screw and pump dispenser – so that it’s easy to travel with as well as use at home.
Price – £35.00 for a 250ml bottle (use code SUSIE15 for 15% discount on all Ark Skincare orders)
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Read more of Susie Amy's blog here: http://www.blusherandblogging.com/2016/09/12/the-wonder-oil-ark-skincare-body-conditioning-oil/
Skin sensitivity can be caused by over use of inappropriate skincare products, or repeated use of exfoliants, microdermabrasion or lasers. Redness, tightness and burning may result. Skin could otherwise be normal but has become overly sensitive due to the over stimulation.
All redness and irritation can be increased by highly scented products or synthetic chemicals. Learning to avoid triggers, using products specific to your age, and ensuring your products are free from any known irritants will help. Look for brands which display "free from" logos and explore ranges which are recommended for sensitive skin.
Follow these easy skincare tips:
- Use skincare products suitable for your specific age group. Take a "less is more" approach when still young
- Avoid artificial scents and colorants, and avoid synthetic chemicals
- Use a serum with calming benefits aimed at reducing redness and flushing
- Use a daily broad spectrum SPF to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays
- Use a cooling, calming spritz throughout the day
- Consult with your skincare therapist / facialist for advise on the best course of facial treatments for you
The best products for reducing redness and flushing
To see our entire range of skin perfector treatments, click here: http://www.arkskincare.com/collections/skin-perfectors
Be beautiful with the Beauty Expert's rose collection - a selection of hand-picked products chosen for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the ideal collection for all skin types.
With its alluring, feminine and floral properties, the essential oil of rose is a delightful one, perfect for anyone who enjoys pampering their skin with only the finest of ingredients.
The collection includes Pai, Korres, Balance Me and REN, representing a wonderfully delicate and indulgent set of skincare products designed to hydrate, restore, and soften your skin, whilst allowing your senses to be enlivened by the beautiful scent of rose.
It includes our award winning Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil. This gorgeous multi-purpose beauty elixir can be used as a massage, bath, body and hair oil. Containing sweet almond oil, abyssian oil and sacha inchi-seed oil, this unique blend rejuvenates your senses and ensures your skin receives maximum results
To purchase this fantastic collection, click here: http://www.beautyexpert.com/the-beauty-expert-collection-the-rose-edition/11270127.html?widget_id=293955
One product I have never really used or trialled on my blog before is eye cream, mainly because I’d read that as long as you have a good quality moisturiser then a separate eye cream is not really necessary and a bit of a placebo product.
Over recent months I have however found myself becoming increasingly concerned about covering dark circles under my eyes and dealing with general fatigue and puffiness in my eye area. I was therefore really keen to trial and review this Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream for Beauty Expert.
The product comes in a long thin 15ml tube with a pump dispenser and has a gel like consistency which is easily absorbed into the under eye area and leaves a smooth grease free finish prior to the application of make up. It is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles by tightening and hydrating the eye area.
Rather crucially it is free from parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, SD, alcohol, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl Esther sulphate, artificial fragrance and artificial colours. What it does contain is Persian silk tree extract which is proven to tighten and lift the eye area and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains aloe Vera and Allantoin to calm the skin.
I have to say that I totally underestimated the power of this product. I have been trialling it since the beginning of May (so 2.5 months now), applying it every morning after my normal moisturiser and underneath my make up and oh my what a difference it makes! On the days where I have forgotten to apply eye cream I have looked in the mirror and thought “Gosh woman you look dreadful.”
On those days my eyes looked darker, puffier and fatigued which I found hard to conceal and cover up. However, on the days where I have used this cream, my under eye puffiness and dark circles have been reduced and my eyes generally look brighter.
I am up really early in a morning as I commute to work every day and have quite a busy lifestyle so puffiness and eye fatigue have been real frustrations for me. Thankfully you only need one pump of this cream and to use it quite sparingly so it does last a really long time.
I found that if I used any more than one pump of the product, when I applied make up under my eye area the excess cream would flake off and look patchy. Using one pump allows the cream to be absorbed quickly into the skin and for your make up to go on flawlessly over the top.
My only real criticism of the product is that I found the pump dispenser to be quite awkward to use. The design itself is beautiful, but for me it’s very much a case of “style over substance”. A basic pump dispenser or a pipette which isn’t quite so awkward to push would make using the product much more enjoyable for me. In a morning speed is essential, so the easier it is for me to do my skincare routine the better!
Either way the Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream has totally altered my view on eye creams, so it just goes to show that sometimes you have to just give things a go. Don’t spend time trying to cover up skin complaints, try doing something that will treat them first.
We are delighted to announce that for the fifth time we have won at the Beauty Shortlist Awards!
This time it was in their Mama & Baby Awards, and we have been informed that this year’s awards entries were up nearly 150% on last year, and the calibre of products was the highest ever!
We are very proud to have won the following fantastic categories:
BEST TIME-SAVING/MULTI-TASKING BEAUTY PRODUCT FOR MUMS
WINNER: ARK Skincare – ARK SKIN PROTECTOR SPF 30 PRIMER
BEST MUM-TO-BE BEAUTY PRODUCT
WINNER: ARK Skincare – CONDITIONING OIL
I am always busy, be it running my kids around, cleaning the house, writing blog posts and lots of fun things like going to events and sourcing vintage for my business. The negative side to always being busy, is that I get really tired all the time. Now I’ve turned 30 I’m more aware of the negative impact this can have on my skin. I do eat very healthily and try really hard to drink enough, but I also try to have a really good skin care regime too.
As I’ve mentioned many times on the blog, I’m a bit of a skincare addict. When shopping for beauty products it’s always skincare items that I enjoy buying the most and will invest slightly more of my budget on. I was recently offered a new skincare product to review. I have been aware of ARK skincare for a while, but had never tried any of their products. They produce a beautiful range of specially formulated for different aged skin. They also avoid harmful chemicals in their products and favour natural ingredients, which is always something I look out for when choosing any kind of beauty product.
I was sent the Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque, which is aimed at all ages of skin. This product is perfect for the summer months when a mixture of sun, late nights and cocktails can get the better of us, especially during festival season. This SOS rescue masque is designed to instantly rehydrate the skin and get it back to its former glory.
It is packed with lots of lovely ingredients including; Vitamin A to help keep skin supple; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C for brighter-looking skin and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic Acid Booster drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss. Sugar Beet and Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin for a plush, luxury skin feel.
The product is easy to apply, you just smooth a thin layer over freshly cleansed skin. The amount of time that you leave the product on depends on your age. Having just entered the 30s bracket, I left it on for a full 10 minutes. I then gently removed it with a muslin cloth.
So what did I think? My first impression was how much I liked the formula, it has quite a thick honey-like consistency, with a lovely natural smell. It feels really nice on the skin and I found it easy to relax and read my book for 10 minutes while the mask worked its magic. After removing it, I could definitely feel a huge improvement in my skin, which felt soft and less tired. Appearance-wise my skin definitely looked brighter and less tired after using the mask.
I’ve been using the product once a week for the last few weeks and I still absolutely love it. The quality is fantastic and I am really seeing and feeling a difference in my skin since using it. I will definitely be re-ordering this one and adding it to the few favourite products which I use every week. I’d also love to find some other items from the ARK range to try.
This Vitamin filled mask is designed as once or twice weekly pick me up for tired looking skin that lacks radiance, I am happy to report that I have used this a few times now, the 75ml tube will actually go a long long way as you only need to apply a thin layer to gain the benefits. It has clean fresh almost herb fragrance, nothing overpowering or fake, applied to clean skin you leave the mask on for the given length of time for your age group from 5-20 minutes, needless to say I was in the 20 minute range, and on a couple of occasions I did even better than that and slept in the mask, my idea not Arks, when you are ready to remove simply clean off with a cloth and warm water, follow up with ideally Ark Hydrating Toner, I didn't have this so used another brand, and then follow with Ark Age Aware moisturiser which I have reviewed here my skin was left looking plump and refreshed as though I had had a really good nights sleep.
Just as a little side note the fragrance actually aids as a relaxing aroma when falling to sleep, it was like drifting off in the middle of a salon facial :)
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
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.
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?
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 Moisturiser* which 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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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.
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.