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!
Recently I have been getting more into my skincare, and I'm so happy to say I have completely ditched the makeup wipes. This surprises me a lot because before they were something I couldn't live without, bad beauty blogger I know but they were just so easy. That was until I found out that skincare routines don't actually take much longer than using multiple makeup wipes to attempt to remove the daily makeup.
I have picked up a few cleansers recently to remove my makeup, but the one I've been loving the most is the Ark Skincare Age Protect Clear Cleanser*. I trialled a sample of this cleanser last year when I wasn't overly into my skincare but I wasn't fussed by it, I felt like it wasn't doing anything due to the fact that it didn't lather up very much. I was pretty clueless back then, but since trying it again I have learnt a lot, and I have fallen in love with this cleanser. It is a soap-free cleanser, which I have learnt to love because I usually do love something that you can see is working on your skin, but my skin feels so clean and fresh after using this cleanser. It doesn't leave your skin feeling dry and tight like I've found other cleansers do.
This cleanser has many ingredients that help keep your skin clear, including Oat Amino Acids to wash away skin's impurities without damaging the skin's natural barrier, and White Tea which is an anti-microbial that protects skin from spots and free radicals. It has been designed with young skin in mind, to keep your skin young for as long as possible. The whole Age Protect range is amazing, I love every product as it all works wonders on my skin. They also do Age Defend and Age Defy ranges for older ages.
The bottle is priced at £24, which may seem a lot for a cleanser but it is so worth it. I find with skincare that the higher end products are 99% usually better than drugstore alternatives, which is so different to the makeup world. Skincare is something I'm willing to splurge on as I like knowing what I'm putting on my face, and higher end brands are usually better for your skin. I use one pump per cleanse, which is enough to take off all face makeup. I do like to double cleanse if I'm wearing particularly stubborn makeup so I either use this twice, or pair it with another cleanser to leave my skin fully clean and free from the makeup I wore that day.
If you listen to any of my advice it would be to ditch those makeup wipes, they are doing nothing at all for your skin, and pick up this cleanser from Ark Skincare.
I’ve been using products from the Age Maintain range at ARK Skincare for quite a while now, and I’m loving the effect they’re having on my skin. My complexion is far from perfect, and I do have annoying habit of touching my forehead which doesnt help, but that aside I’m beyond impressed with this collection and what it’s done for me. Overall my skin is definitely brighter, clearer and I have less blemishes than I did previously.
So I was really excited to find out that ARK have just launched a brand new product – the Hydration Injection Masque…
Designed specifically to revitalise tired skin, the new Hydration Injection Masque is described as the perfect pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed and lacking in radiance – yes this is definitely something I’d want to try on my skin!
I do love a good face mask as a treat for my often tired and dull looking complexion, but as I have sensitive, and I’ve just found out ‘very reactive’ skin, choosing a mask can be a bit of a minefield. It’s often just a case of if I don’t get a reaction then great, and if I do have a reaction I just have to deal with it – which isn’t ideal I know.
Anyway, I’ve used this mask a couple of times now and I can safely say my skin likes it, yay! No reactions here!
The product itself is semi-transparent, and has quite a thick consistency. I should also mention that this mask is part of the new Skin Perfectors range which targets specific skin concerns.
The Hydration Injection Masque contains active botanical Ingredients including an encapsulated blend of vitamins for maximum efficacy: Vitamin A to regulate collagen synthesis; Vitamin B5 for smoothness;Vitamin C to fade pigmentation and Vitamin E to prevent UV damage. Hyaluronic Acid Booster drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss, and Sugar Beet and Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin for a plush, luxury skin feel.
You’re advised to use it once or twice a week, and to apply a thin layer to cleansed skin whilst avoiding the delicate eye area. ARK recommend you use the product differently depending on your age, and remove with a hot cloth –
Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes. Can also be left on overnight for an intensive treatment.
If you’re on the market for a new skin plumping and hydrating mask, I’d definitely recommend giving this a go.
ARK Hydration Injection Masque, £35 for 75ml, and is available now from ARK Skincare.
I hope you enjoyed my post xxx
We were so excited to see our products pop up in Harper's Bazaar this week. Celebrity make-up artist Alice Theobald prepped the skin of the beautiful Camilla Kerslake for her photoshoot. As Camilla is in her twenties, Alice used the Age Protect products, which have been designed especially for teens and twenties skin.
See the full article here, Diary of a Soprano here: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/people-parties/people-and-parties/camilla-kerslake-diary-pictures-rugby-world-cup#slide-2
We have an exciting vacancy at the ARK Head Office in Tolworth. We are seeking an enthusiastic Office Administrator with the following skills and attributes:
- Professional telephone manner
- Computer literate
- Responsible with a mature approach to work
- Calm demeanor under pressure
- Interested in beauty and skincare
- Answering the phone
- General Secretarial duties
- Helping customers with orders
- Assisting with PR tasks
- Liaising with suppliers
If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com
We are super excited to announce the launch of our Hydration Injection Masque, the ultimate weekly treatment for your skin.
Part of our new Skin Perfectors range which targets specific skin concerns, this intensive multivitamin masque quenches skin, plumps wrinkles and restores vibrancy.
Our rejuvenating treatment masque is the ideal weekly pick me up for skin which looks tired, stressed and lacking in radiance.
Active Botanical Ingredients
An encapsulated blend of vitamins for maximum efficacy: Vitamin A to fade pigmentation; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C to regulate collagen synthesis and Vitamin E to prevent UV damage.
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.
How to use:
Once or twice per week apply a thin layer to cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave on as stated below, depending on your skin’s age-related needs then remove with a hot cloth:
Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes. Can be left on overnight for an intensive treatment.
Your skin will look rested, restored and smooth with a healthy, youthful glow.
Discover the magic for yourself here
ARK is delighted to welcome Reflexologist Susie Amy to our London Flagship Salon. Susie will be in residence for one day per month; we suggest booking early to secure one of these exclusive, sought-after appointments. In addition to her passion for Reflexology, Susie is also a beauty expert, blogger and actress.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy suitable for all ages. It is based on the theory that different points on the feet and lower leg correspond with different areas of the body. Applying pressure to these points helps the body with naturally healing and enhances overall wellbeing. It is a deeply relaxing treatment and induces a deep state of calm; most clients drift off to sleep!
Reflexology is not only deeply relaxing, but can be helpful for conditions such as hypertension, depression, stress and insomnia. The balancing effects of reflexology make it particularly helpful for digestive disorders and sinus congestions.
Reflexology may be helpful for certain infertility problems, and difficulties in conception. It aims to balance and improve the hormonal environment for conception, stimulate ovulation and increase blood supply to the reproductive organs – as well as induce deep relaxation.
Although not recommended during the first three months of pregnancy, it is an excellent treatment in the second and particularly third trimester. During the last 6 weeks of pregnancy working into the reproductive reflexes, helps to increase the circulation of blood to the pelvis ready for delivery.
One hour Reflexology, £60
To book call 020 8788 8888.
We were over the moon to discover that the newest addition to the ARK range, Regenerating Skin Defence, was chosen as the winner of a 2015 Beauty Shortlist Award!
Here's what the judges said about this innovative product:
‘ARK Skincare’s 2015 Winner Regenerating Skin Defence is like a cashmere blanket for the face - it's manna from heaven for skin that veers towards dry or is more mature. We noticed a significant difference and a marked increase in smoothness and luminosity during our skincare trials.’
This hero product contains Alpine Rose Stem Cells to repair and regenerate the skin along with Vitamins C and B3 to boost radiance. For best results apply over your Age Aware Moisturiser.
You can find our award-winning Regenerating Skin Defence here.
We are delighted to announce that the amazing Alice Theobald has joined ARK as Brand Ambassador. Alice is an established name in the hair and make-up industry. She graduated from The London College of Fashion with an HND in Fashion Styling Hair And Makeup in 2000. Thanks to her incredible talent and compassionate nature she has had a meteoric rise to stardom, working with supermodels, celebrities and royalty.
Her client list includes H.R.H Princess Beatrice, Jodie Kidd, Lindsay Lohan, Holly Willoughby, Mel C, and Amanda Holden to name but a few.
Alice’s work has been featured in numerous titles including Vogue China, Hello, Mail On Sunday, Sunday Times Style, Cartier Magazine, Harpers & Queen, You Magazine and Red. Additionally, Alice's TV credits include Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Next Top Model, The Jonathan Ross Show, Lorraine and The Graham Norton Show. Alice's talent extends into advertising across many brands comprising: Graff, Calvin Klein, Bentley, HSBC, Tesco and Moët & Chandon.
Alice is also a trained Beauty Therapist and writes beauty features for Hello! online. She joins current Brand Ambassador Susie Amy as the face of ARK.
Tamsin Styles, CEO of ARK says, ‘We are thrilled that Alice has chosen ARK to prep the make-up of her celebrity clientele. With her talent, passion and warm personality, Alice is highly respected make-up artist and a perfect fit for the face of ARK.’