Given the world has finally woken up to climate change, protecting animals and supporting local businesses, I was very excited to have the opportunity to try British skincare brand Ark Skincare.
My skin has always been a problem area for me. As a model it’s really hard to work when your skin isn’t in good health. I have suffered from acne, scarring, redness and sensitivity since my mid-teens into my early 20’s and I have tried everything. From dermatologists’ recommendations to antibiotics to mums’ favourites. Therefore, it is really important for me to like a product and to know what is in it. To know they are free of all toxins is a mark of approval in my book.
I am currently on a drug called isotretinoin to treat my previously severe acne. It acts in a way that dries out your pores so that you produce no oil whilst you are on the medication. So, a good moisturiser is what I currently need. I tried three products from Ark Skincare’s stress and pollution damage category. Working long hours in the city and travelling constantly means my skin needs all the help it can get to stay protected from irritation. The Skin Protector SPF 30 primer is not only a primer it also moisturises and works as a sunscreen. Now I must say all the products I tried came in beautiful packaging. The standout packaging definitely being the regenerating skin defence giving the perfect amount of product. I also tried Ark Skincare’s destress serum but the primer worked best for my skin upon first impression.
It plumped my skin and moisturised it and protected it against UVB and UVA rays. The moisturiser primed me for a day’s work on which the make-up artist did my make-up. I did use a SPF in combination as I think it is important to use SPF 50. I put my moisturiser underneath as my skin is so dry. Individuals with normal skin could use this product without the moisturiser.
The main thing I noticed other than the beautiful packaging was the smell of the Ark Skincare products. Skincare for me is about taking some time to look after yourself, and to check back in with myself at the beginning and end of the day. It gives me a moment off of my phone in which I have to chill. The smell of these products makes that time a whole sensory experience. My sister did not like the smell of the Ark Skincare products, but it reminded me of a spa. It immediately relaxed me and made me feel like the products were doing something good for my skin. Smell in my case is very much linked to emotion and so that is why I liked not only the skincare but also the candle I was gifted.
Having a travel candle to take with me whilst away, has made stressful days into chilled out simpler nights. If I was only allowed to repurchase one product, it would 100 percent be Ark Skincare’s Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint travel candle. It is a wholesome smell which fills a room and burns slowly so that you get the most use out of it. I can’t say yet if I would repurchase any of the other products. I like to give them time for my skin to see results. Given the price point I would like to make sure they are worth it.
As I work in the beauty industry, I love that the Ark Skincare brand promotes the view that all women and men are beautiful no matter the age and should embrace the skin they are in. Their imagery and products represent this and don’t discriminate. For this alone, I already love the brand.
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