Sunday, 21 September 2014

Review: Ark Skincare Age Awareness - Age Prepare ...



Ok, so I'm not going to beat around the bush here, I am well and truly head over heels for Ark Skincare, there, I said it...

I have to admit, up until a few months ago I hadn't really heard of the brand, but then they must have upped their game because all of a sudden I saw them pop up over and over again, so when the opportunity to review some of their range came up, I have to say I was pretty excited. Now I know this is shallow and they say 'don't judge a book by it's cover' but the thing that caught my eye first was their packaging. I love back and white, plain and simple, it really is the small things that make me happy. The simplicity of the packaging and being able to photograph them and be happy with my pictures really does make me want to buy more, shallow? Maybe, but oh so true!

I have always been a skincare lover but as I've got older I've learned to appreciate the quality of a product and that by spending a little bit more money, you will get greater benefits and skincare is definitely worth investing in. ARK is a little on the pricier side with all products above the twenty pounds mark, however they are animal friendly, neither the company or their product manufacturers test on animals, the majority of ingredients are natural, free from artificial fragrances, colours and parabens as well as all the other nasties.

At ARK Skincare, they focus on prescribing their skincare by age, rather than by skin type with the aim to personalise your skincare routine, which I think is pretty unique and makes you feel more special. The Age Prepare range that I received is designed for teens to early 30s and is designed to start preparing your skin for the effects of ageing, 'by maximising the quality of the skin and taking preventative measures against future harm.' I have been using the Age Prepare Discovery Collection for around four weeks now, I like to test a product until way after the purging phase to see just how well it works with my skin, in my opinion you can't review a product in much less than four weeks realistically as you need to go through the purging phase, the settling phase and then figure out whether or not it benefits your skin.

Here's the low down...



Skin Clear Cleanser

Finding a cleanser is the most important part of a skincare routine to me as it needs to tick all of the boxes and the Skin Clear Cleanser does just that! I love that this cleanser is soap free as I often find cleansers that contain soap quite drying on the skin and my skin is dry enough already. With Watercress, Nettle and Horsetail this cleanser balances both oily and dry areas of the skin, whilst reducing excess sebum to leave skin feeling clear and comfortable. The Oat Amino Acids clear away any impurities without damaging the skin's natural barrier and the White Tea protects the skin from free radicals whilst acting as an anti-microbial.

I usually remove my makeup with a micellar water first as I do with every cleanser, however I did use this to remove my makeup just to see how it works, as I know not everyone will pre-cleanse. This is actually pretty good at removing makeup, just be warned, be careful around the eye area as it stings a tad if it gets in there. I use this in both the morning and evening, applying a small amount to damp skin, massing in upward circular motions until a lather is created, I then rinse with warm water, repeat if necessary and pat dry with a clean towel.



Skin Refining Exfoliater

I don't often use exfoliaters as I find a lot of them to be a tad too harsh on my skin, with this one I love that although it contains rough particles, it actually feels quite a gentle scrub on the skin. This is great for helping to get rid of the dry and flaky skin that is left around any pesky pimples, my nose and mouth, otherwise known as the problem areas, thanks to the Bentonite Beads which also help to remove impurities and clear your pores. The loofah helps to exfoliate the skin and stimulate circulation, leaving skin soft and plump, whilst the Margosa Leaf Extract helps to prevent blemishes with its antibacterial properties.

I tend to use this once a week, directly before using the masque and after cleansing, whilst my face is still damp, I apply a small amount to my face and neck, gently scrubbing in upward circular motions until the exfoliating particles gradually dissolve, or my arms ache, either way, which indicates that the treatment is complete, I then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel. 



Skin Purifying Masque

This is probably my favourite product from the collection! I love a good face mask, especially during Autumn and Winter as my skin starts to become dry and flaky, which isn't easy to apply makeup on let me tell you! This one has to be one of the best ones I have tried, I'm not kidding, it smells seriously good, leaves my skin feeling super smooth, soothed and it's great for reducing any excess oil, making it great to apply before a night out! The mask is really good for congested skin as it contains Kaolin Clay which helps to heal any blemishes, whilst preventing any more from rearing their ugly heads. It also contains Wild Water Mint which reduces the size of your pores and Anti-pollution Algae, which sounds gross, however this helps to prevent any skin damaged caused by free radicals.

I love to apply this every Sunday night whilst I have soak, I simply apply a thin layer to freshly cleansed skin, leave on for the duration of my bath, however long that may be, and then I rinse with warm water. This only needs around ten minutes on the skin to receive the full benefits, I do often leave it on a little longer, however with it being a mask that hardens, leaving it on too long can sometimes leave me with a headache, not to mention how hard it becomes to take off, so maybe just stick to the ten minutes.



Skin Vitality Moisturiser

With the weather turning colder and the heating being turned up, yes already, I can already see that I need to switch my skincare to products that are more hydrating for my skin. This moisturiser seems perfect for my skin as it offers hydration, protection and leaves my skin feeling lighter and brighter. With Avocado and Peach Lipids, this moisturiser is full of vitamins A,C,D and E along with Omega 9 fatty acids which all aid hydration and help to keep the skin soft. It also contains Olive Oil which helps to regenerate skin cells, whilst the Panthenol helps to soothe irritated skin and plump fine lines as it contains Vitamin B. 

Every morning and evening after cleansing, exfoliating and using the masque, if applicable, I apply a small amount into the palm of my hands and massage gently into my skin and neck using upward circular motions to help boost circulation and stimulate blood flow. 

Overall I would recommend this for sure to anyone with congested, dry and/or oily skin under the age of thirty, it's certainly worth a try!

Have you tried any products from ARK Skincare yet? What do you think to their prescribing by age instead of skin type approach?

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