Jo Taylor has found her perfect match with Ark Skincare, the best kept beauty secret in Town.
I will hold my hands up and say I’ve never been absolutely perfect with looking after my skin. Be it a bit too much sunburn or hastily using a makeup wipe before bed in lieu of washing, I’ve always been a bit slapdash.
However as I creep ever closer to my mid-thirties that has changed. Nothing like a fine line or five to make you cleanse, tone and moisturise like your life depended on it. I’ve always struggled to find brands that work for me that aren’t going to cost me the earth - more of a Nivea than La Mer kinda girl. In addition I have the constant struggle of dry skin but with the annoyance of London grime induced acne and clogged pores. I also have sensitive skin so have had a falling out with a number of brands when the inevitable dryness, acne or rashes appear and find myself wasting money on products that promise to deliver then leave me red and itchy.
So I was very excited when earlier this year I was introduced to ARK Skincare, a relatively well-kept secret but a skincare star amongst those in the know. It has won a number of awards and featured in major publications with rave reviews. It is cruelty free (and thus suitable for vegans) and free from nasties such as artificial colours, fragrance, formaldehyde and lanolin. The brands philosophy is focussed on using the most innovative natural ingredients to give effective results whilst caring for the skin. And having spent the last few months trying out the cleanser, pre-cleanse make-up remover, moisturiser and primer and have recently started with the exfoliator and masks for winter. I can’t help but agree.
What I love most about the range is that it is categorised into three age intelligent ranges providing skin what it needs from teens through to fifties and beyond; Age Protect, Age Defend, Age Defy as well as the Skin Essentials range for all ages. This means that the products are absolutely tailored and include the right ingredients to suit the differing needs of skin as it matures.
I’ve trialled a few of the products from the ranges and I have three absolute favourites. My first must-have is the Skin Essentials sun protector SPF30 Primer. I like to wear SPF all year round and this product is light enough to wear every day as it doesn’t clog the pores as well as being the perfect base for make-up allowing foundation to glide on effortlessly. For flawless hydrated skin I cannot recommend the Skin Perfector Radiance Serum designed to brighten, soothe, hydrate and illuminate skin for a dewy look. This has been my autumn and winter go to as the weather gets colder and my skin a bit drier – I cannot live without. And for that once a week deep clean I use the Triple Action Exfoliator which leaves my skin clean and smooth but without dryness.
Having tried a few other brands over the past few years I finally feel like I have found a brand that is tailored to my skin as I age (gracefully hopefully!), providing all round care and moisture to see me through city living. And having recently had a colleague tell me she simply did not believe I was 34 because the tone, texture and radiance of skin was flawless and that of a 25 year old, I the results of using ARK Skincare really do speak for themselves.
Available at www.arkskincare.com as well as Look Fantastic and other beauty retailers, getting your paws on this fabulous range is just a click away. With Christmas fast approaching the products will make perfect presents for friends and family. Or of course you can treat yourself to see you (and your skin) through party season.
Whilst I was provided with some free samples I was in no way obligated to write a review or recommend the products. My skin is a glowing testament to the great products and come fully recommended by us here at Pretty Peachy and I shall definitely be stocking up on more!