First and foremost Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones isn’t it? It’s a time to get together either with those you see every day or those you only see every so often to eat, drink and be merry. But as we all know, Christmas can also be incredibly stressful too, especially if you’re hosting the Holidays from your own home. Amara have teamed up with top skincare and wellness brand ELEMIS for an exclusive Christmas giveaway to help the host with the most look after themselves, their home and their guests this season.
ELEMIS is Britain’s number one skincare brand. They put your skin, body and wellness at the heart of each of their products and every ground-breaking formula is an innovative blend of science and nature. Full of powerful active ingredients from above and below the earth’s surface, ELEMIS’ pioneering formulas and transformative results are what set the brand apart from the competition.
The perfect pairing for us, ELEMIS looks after the mind and the skin over Christmas, whilst Amara looks after another important wellbeing aspect of the season, your home. To get to know the ELEMIS brand a bit better we’ve interviewed co-founder and president, Noella Gabriel, who creates all of the brand’s treatments & award winning products. Here she talks festive hosting tips, how to look after yourself during the busy Christmas period and skincare must haves for winter…
What led you and your co-founders to creating the ELEMIS brand?
ELEMIS was born out of the vision to bring together the power of nature, science and aromatics. We have always worked to harness the highest-grade actives, refining them for real, visible and lasting results—not just on your skin but also on your wellbeing.
Why has ELEMIS partnered with Amara for this Christmas giveaway?
Working with a brand like Amara seemed like a really natural step at Christmas when stress-levels are high and the home is in the spotlight. We believe strongly in the power of taking time to create a nurturing environment at home whilst also supporting your wellbeing with beautiful skincare and transformative aromatics, so helping our customers have a truly magical and stress-free Christmas was a great opportunity.
How do you relax over the busy festive period?
For me, bathrooms are a haven of relaxation. The soothing energy that water brings is incredible, so I run the bath, dim the lights and put on some soothing music. Our Beauty Wellness Wonders Collection is ideal for inspiring a deep level of relaxation at bathtime. Taking that little extra time surrounded by water really does lower stress and make it easier to tackle decorating the tree, wrapping gifts and whatever comes next.
What is the link between skincare and wellness?
Wellness is absolutely linked to your skin because we all know when you’re living well, it shows in a glowing complexion. When you drink plenty of water and hydrate your skin, you glow. When you relax in the bath with beautiful aromatics and follow with a good night’s sleep, you glow. Your lifestyle choices today reflect on your skincare choices tomorrow. It was one of the main inspirations behind our skin-synchronising Peptide 24/7 range.
How important is it to focus on your own wellbeing in daily life?
Hugely, I love enjoying more me-time. It’s easy to let work consume you but taking time out for oneself or with one’s friends and family actually means you can return to work feeling rested, refreshed and more productive. I’ve always loved swimming; not only is it great, low impact exercise, but it’s also a brilliant way to switch off mentally and gain a real sense of calm. Music is also my first love, so it never ceases to uplift and motivate me. The key to wellness! Finally, so many of us are dehydrated – and it’s written all over our skin. I make sure I am being strict with myself and aim for a good two litres of water a day.
What are your top tips for creating a wellness enhancing experience at home for you and guests?
Our Fabulous Frangipani Collection is full of iconic products from our Frangipani range, including a scented candle, so it’s perfect for hosting. I’d light the candle in the living room, surrounded by drinks and nibbles, and I’d spread the bodycare pieces through the guest bathrooms to really extend the scent of the exotic through the house.
Irish homes like mine are always full of music, so I also think it’s lovely to start listening to your favourite Christmas playlist 20 or so minutes before your guests arrive so that you yourself can get in to the spirit.
What are your go to at home treatments/products to help you relax?
It’s really lovely to give yourself a little foot massage when you’re sat on the sofa and all the little jobs are done. Light a fire, put on a cheesy Christmas film and just allow yourself to curl up and massage your feet. Don’t worry about technique, just work through the kinks and indulge in the cosiness of the feeling.
What are your tips for hosting guests over the Christmas season?
1. Dim the lights and set the mood with scented candles, aromatic hand care duos in the bathrooms and nice touches like crackers and little gifts dotted around. This year, ELEMIS have created an array of beautiful stocking fillers, perfect for putting a smile on your guests’ faces.
2. No one wants to be around a flustered, stressed-out host, so take care of you. The night before a party, sink into a long warm bath with our soothing Sea Lavender Stars, apply our Papaya Enzyme Peel to soften and revitalise skin, and finish by massaging Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir over your face, neck and décolleté for radiant skin with a party glow.
3. If you’re prone to redness and puffiness when you’re under pressure, apply our Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Masks while you’re working your way through prepping the food or decorating and pop a thin layer of Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm under your makeup for dewy luminosity.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests for help. Get someone serving champagne and someone else setting the table. This time of year is all about good food, good music and good conversation—don’t waste it by trying to take on too much and working yourself in to a frenzy!
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What are your top tips for keeping your skin looking & feeling perfect in winter?
Switch to oils! Honestly, it’s the ultimate trick. Winter brings harsh weather, shorter days, less sunshine, a dramatic change in diet from seasonal salads and fruits to soups and warmer food, which all has a direct impact on skin tone and radiance. When you switch to oil-based products, both for your body and your face, your skin really relishes the change in texture and the beautiful veil that allows it to feel protected and hydrated all day long.
Our beautiful Pro-Collagen Deep Sea Duo features our Marine Oil to nourish and protect the skin as the weather cools.
Describe your perfect Christmas day?
Christmas is all about quality family time, so we keep it simple and wholesome with super dressed-down days and no make-up. My birthday is on the 20th so I always fly back to Ireland just after that and I spend the holiday with my daughter, Kate, my sister and her children and my lovely great-nephew. We’ll get together with our neighbours to carol sing on the corner of our street with a glass or two of mulled wine, and at home decorating the tree is of great importance – one person is nominated to style it each year!
Make Christmas a breeze with ELEMIS’ beautiful gifts curated for every budget, skin need and lifestyle. Perfect for enchanting the ones you love.
Amara X ELEMIS Exclusive Prize Draw
Win a Luxury Hosting Hamper Worth £570 To Treat You, Your Home & Your Guests
To help you and your home look and feel amazing this Christmas, we’ve partnered with the UK’s no.1 luxury skincare brand, ELEMIS, to offer you the chance to win an exclusive Christmas wellness prize.
The prize includes a £200 Amara voucher to spoil your home, a BIOTEC facial treatment worth £125 at The House of ELEMIS to de-stress the mind and an ELEMIS Beauty Wellness Wonders collection worth £245 to treat your guests (or yourself).
Plus, four lucky runners up will win an ELEMIS Beauty Wellness Wonders collection each! to enter simply click on the button below and you will be taken to the ELEMIS site for more information, T&Cs and to enter the prize draw.