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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.

The Independent loves our new Conditioning Oil

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 

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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.

Buy now

You can read the full article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/best-bath-oils-a6791771.html

Stephanie Pratt reveals her skincare 'secret weapon'

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!" Stephanie Pratt shows off her new skincare must-have, thanks to Susie Amy, 25 November 2015

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.

Stephanie Pratt poses for selfie after fake tan and blow-dry at Glo Fulham, 19 November 2015

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.

 

CAMILLA KERSLAKE’S CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE

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...


The prep
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 

New Spa Aromatics Collection

Beautiful Limited Edition Gifts

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.
         
Our 100% Soy Wax Candle is hand poured in the UK. The heavenly scent can be enjoyed even when unlit. Burns for 50 hours. £37.
Our Luxury Scent Diffuser uses 100% natural Rattan Reeds to fill your home with the beautiful scent of Fig, Geranium and Rose. £39.
A Beautiful New Scent - Fig, Rose & Geranium

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.

Luxury For Less This Christmas

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.

Chronic Beauty - Anti-Redness Serum

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.

 Heidi x

 

http://www.chronicbeauty.uk/2015/10/ark-skincare-anti-redness-serum.html

 

Top Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Prep

Every bride should start a great skincare routine at least 8 weeks before their wedding to look their most beautiful on their wedding day.

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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!