I’m not sure when skincare became my obsession, but there’s no denying it’s top of my priority list when it comes to daily rituals. Skipping breakfast, a hair wash, gym session, manicure appointment or anything inbetween is totally fine with me, but my daily skincare ritual is utterly uncompromiseable – both morning and night – so I’m always on the lookout for new products and great brands that can deliver just what I need. ARK Skincare have been on my radar for a few years now, but it’s only recently* that I’ve fully got to grips with the range as a whole.
They’re quietly changing the beauty landscape and challenging what it means to be a skincare brand in 2019, by being fundamentally inclusive and diverse. (Unlike other brands who add it as an after-thought.) They empower their customers to celebrate the age they are and unlock their healthiest and most radiant complexion at every stage of their life, thanks to their three age intelligent ranges that provide skin what it needs whether you’re in your teens and 20s (Protect,) 30s and 40s (Defend,) or 50s and beyond (Defy.) ARK Skincare believe your needs change as you age, rather than by typical ‘skin type’ so their ranges reflect this – allowing you to add in additional steps with more targeted ingredients. Honestly, it’s so refreshing (and simple once you get to grips with it.)
Not only are ARK Skincare cruelty-free, free-from lots ingredients (including artificial colour and fragrance, mineral oil, formaldehyde and lanolin,) made in Britain and stocked in around 200 spas nationwide, but their products deliver exceptional results, are suitable for vegans and have multi-award wins under their belt. Wondering why you’re just hearing about them now? I’m here to change that…
I’ve been putting many of ARK Skincare’s products to the test over the last couple of months, and these are undoubtedly five firm favourites I’d recommend in a heartbeat; for such great formulations, and such a current ethos and approach, it’s luxe without being unattainable and premium without being inaffordable. If you’re considering giving ARK Skincare a go, here’s where I think you should start…
(FYI, the products I’m using are within the 30’s & 40’s ‘Defend’ category, but if you’re younger or older you just switch up to either ‘Protect’ or ‘Defy’ depending upon your needs.)
Age Defend Conditioning Cleanser* (£25.00)
Usually I’d say you don’t need to invest a lot of money in a liquid cleanser, but this one has changed the game for me. It smells great, gently lifts away dirt and grime without stripping the surface, plus includes antioxidant ingredients to help maintain radiance. Kiwi and and Passion Fruit lipids are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids to boost hydration, while Moringa Oil is rich in Vitamin A and C to ensure the skin retains essential moisture; the addition of Blue Lotus helps to promote skin firmness and elasticity, essential in those thirty-plus years, so the result is a beautiful cleanse that really starts my day off right.
Age Defend Replenishing Moisturiser* £35.00
Although I’ve got many different moisturisers on repeat right now, this is the one I keep going back to – for both morning and night. The super lightweight and quickly absorbing texture is packed with natural moisturising agents (including Shea Butter and Olive Oil) as well as clinically proven wrinkle plumping peptides to smooth, plump and tone skin. Kiwi and Passion Fruit lipids are present once again to deliver those deliciously plumping Omega 3 fatty acids, as is the Blue Lotus antioxidant which boosts firmness and elasticity, but it’s one added bonus ingredient that got my attention: Vitamin A from Retinyl Palmitate converts to Retinol when absorbed by the skin, helps keep it strong, plump and radiant.
Radiance Serum* £45.00
More of a super lightweight oil than a traditional serum, this helps to brighten, soothe, hydrate and illuminate skin for radiance both in the short and long-term. I’ve been using it daily as my serum of choice for the last six weeks and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the overall texture and appearance of my skin. That’s thanks to Vitamin C which combats dull skin to deliver a more energised and healthy looking complexion, and Amino Acids which help to brighten and even skin tone; Red Algae also gives skin luminosity and reduces the look of pigmentation, while Velvet Flower Seed aids in skin cell repair and regeneration for a more youthful glow over time.
Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer* £36.00
Without a doubt the product I’ve become a little obsessed with, this is such a great multi-tasker that suited to every skin concern and age; a multi-award winner loved by beauty press and celebrities alike, it works as a primer, lightweight moisturiser and sun protection in one when used as the last step in your skincare regime. It offers broad spectrum defence against UVA and UVB rays to prevent both sun damage and premature ageing, as well as protection against the effects of pollutants thanks to an antioxidant complex. Added Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Sunflower ensures this is packed with nourishing ingredients that leave skin looking and feeling fab. It’s a one-stop skincare shop, especially in the warmer months when you don’t want too many layers or products that are too heavy.
Intensive Hand & Nail Cream* £20
I’m all about a great hand cream, and although this is a pricey addition to my collection I think it’s totally worth it. The lightweight but deeply nourishing cream contains Raspberry, Omega Fruit Lipids and Cocoa Butter to intensely hydrate and protect against moisture loss; it really does help to soothe dryness and comfort parched hands to leave them feeling comforted in an instant. What’s even better is that the addition of Red Algae targets pigmentation, while Amino Acids encourage strong and healthy nails; the result is hands that in the long term will look much more uniform and radiant – and I’m totally here for that.
This is such a great brand and I know everyone who tries it will fall in love with it as much as me.
What would you pick to try first?
Discover more about ARK Skincare here: www.arkskincare.com
This post isn’t in any way endorsed or requested by ARK Skincare, but in the interests of transparency I’m working with them on an ongoing consultancy project – hence the re-introduction! My opinions are in no way swayed and I haven’t been compensated for this content. I just blooming love their stuff.