For a long time now I’ve been looking for a skincare range that takes a more grown up attitude to ageing, and I think I’ve found it with ARK Skincare. This British company describes its range as “age intelligent” which I like so much more than the dreaded “anti ageing”.
They offer Age Protect for teens and twenties; Age Defend for thirties and forties; and Age Defy for those of us over 50. It’s all vegan friendly with an emphasis on natural, effective ingredients.
I’ve recently been testing out three products from the ARK Skincare range. Two cleansers (one suitable for any age, one for 50 plus) and a 50 plus moisturiser. The thing they all have in common are their delicious, natural scents, silky texture and unique, nourishing ingredients.
ARK Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser (50ml, RRP £35, currently reduced to £28 here).
Star players here are: Blackcurrant & Starflower Lipids, Gojiberry, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Red Clover Extract, Matrixyl.
This moisturiser has a rich but not greasy texture, making it perfect for day and night use. My skin feels really perked up and brighter after using it for a few weeks. Plus I have to give this one points for keeping the active ingredients safe in its airless packaging with the cute button that dispenses from the middle.
ARK Skin Essential Pre Cleanse & Make Up Remover (150ml, RRP £30, currently reduced to £24 here).
This is an all-age product that melts from oil to milky liquid, taking your make up with it. It combines Omegas 3, 6 and 9 with a Multi-Fruit Lipid blend to lift all signs of dirt and makeup from the skin, including waterproof mascara. It also fuses Grape Seed Oil with Avocado and Kiwi Oil to nourish and stop skin feeling dry after cleansing. Finally, a dose of Margosa Leaf extract inhibits bacteria growth, and the herbal benefits of Zi Cao soothe and comfort sensitive skin.
ARK Age Defy Brightening Cleanser (200ml, RRP £25, currently reduced to £20 here)
I love the texture of this one; it feels more like a moisturiser than a cleanser and leaves skin feeling nourished rather than stripped. It contains Linoleic Acid from Apricot Oil to boost moisture levels; Red Algae and Vitamin C to brighten the complexion and reduce age spots. There’s also Blackcurrant and Starflower lipids containing Omega 3 and 6 boost hydration to improve skin’s texture and reduce inflammation.
Try it out
If the ARK fifty plus range interests you, they do an Age Defy Discovery Collection containing generous travel sizes of all these products. It’s reduced from £65 to £45 here. I really like these products a lot. They seem to have the right blend of moisturising and caring for the skin in a gentle way, classily packaged and presented. They’re just a pleasure to use.
ARK Skincare is widely available both on its own website and at Look Fantastic, where it is currently 20% off. All products are not tested on animals and are suitable for vegans. They are free from parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D. Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and artificial colours and fragrance.
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