I was very excited to try the ARK Skincare range. I had heard bits and pieces about it but didn’t know a whole lot about the range.
Co-founder Shula Starkey came to my house to do the party herself last Sunday. My Mum and my sister came, and three other friends who I thought would be interested in hearing about the products. By the end of the night – and I will add we were under no pressure to buy, because it was a party to introduce me to the range and to how a party worked – all of us ordered.
ARK is expanding – employing ARK angels, and encouraging people to host their own ARK skincare parties.
Shula has endless experience in the beauty industry. She is an incredibly wise lady, who is passionate about skincare. And we loved asking her question after question!
As always, as I do with anyone interested in beauty, I asked her for her number one skincare rule – and her answer was cleansing.
She was mentioning, and this is always of great interest to me, how little of an ingredient you have to put into a product, to label your product as containing it. She said that if anything at all had SPF in (sun protection factor), it was allowed to be called anti-ageing. Always a shame when people believe they are treating their skin to something, and actually it is of such a low quantity that it will have no effect at all. Shula for this reason, has her active ingredients at the highest level that they are allowed to be, before they would be labelled ‘pharmaceutical’.
The range is split into three age categories-
Age Prepare– Teens to Mid 30’s
Age Maintain – Mid 30’s to 50
Age Repair – 50 and Beyond
There are four core products to each of these age group categories – Cleanser, Exfoliator, Masque and Moisturiser. That would make up your basic skincare system as ARK suggests it. But then they have many products that treat the skin, and could fit into any of the age groups – such as a pre cleanse, serums, eye cream, plumping lip cream, hand cream, home products, toner.
ARK believes – as I’ve said before Dermalogica does – that they don’t believe in labelling skin types. They think that it is a mistake to say ‘I have dry skin’ and reach for every product that is labelled as being for dry skin. I completely agree with this approach. The reason I may have a skin breakout, may not be for the same reason as you do. Stress, for example, is a major cause of everything negative skin wise – and if that causes a skin problem – something else may be causing my sister to have what appears to be the ‘same’ issue.
ARK address ages. Shula’s mother fits into the ‘Age Repair’ catagory, Shula herself fits into the ‘Age Maintain’ catagory, and her younger sister is the correct age to be amongst those using ‘Age Prepare’.
Anyone of any age can use any of their 8 serums depending on what the skin requires – so these are almost ‘prescribed’ to deal with an issue or complaint – no matter how major or minor. Below are details of the serums, and which one may be best for a particular skin concern.
Hydrating – Fine lines, tightness
Clearing – Breakouts, skin congestion, shine
De-Stress – Capillary damage, inflamed, sensitive, reactive
Firming – Wrinkles, loss of tone, premature ageing
Radiance – Dull, tired looking complexion
Phytohormone – Texture, tone, sagging
Antioxidant – Environmental damage
Anti-Redness – Inflammation, eczema, rosacea
ARK skincare centre – http://www.arkskincare.com/serums – the serums are priced at £42.00
I have been using the Hydrating Serum, alongside the Age Prepare four piece basic skincare set. I mix a few drops of the serum with the moisturiser.
I fell completely in love with ARK’s at home products – candles, diffusers, room sprays – also their bath and body oil – that I ordered immediately. They have three scents – Loving (Rose, Patchouli, Myrrh) Lounging (Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot) Living (Lavender, Grapefruit, Rosemary). The three are extremely hard to pick between. For the body, I particularly like ‘Loving’, although I ordered something from each of the three!
The products are natural, so don’t hang around to use these. The back of the bottle with have a symbol that says 6,9 or 12 months, and it is recommended you use the product within that time frame. The moisturiser is in an airtight pump container – not relevant for me to mention necessarily – but I found it interesting to hear Shula saying imagine how many preservatives must be in moisturisers that we scoop out with our fingertips!
This is a seriously impressive range, that my skin is loving.
I have one of the full size four piece sets to send to someone – please comment below if you would like it and let me know which age range you would fall into – and I will ask the very kind person who arranged this giveaway for me to chose someone. I’m really excited to have this sent to someone because I am extremely confident that these products are impossible not to love.
Ark’s skincare centre is in Putney – 339 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2PG and all details are on their website http://www.arkskincare.com I am very excited to book in for an ARK facial in a month or so – my heavily pregnant sister had the one at the party – quite deservedly of course. For any products bought from the website use discount code SUSIE15 for a 15% discount.
Just as an update- Karleen who organised the gift for a reader – chose Priya to receive the set of ARK. I’m glad she made a decision because I wanted to give it to everyone!