Director, Toni shares some of her top tips for present giving and glowing skin this festive season.
What do you love most about Christmas?
Everything. My Christmas always starts as early as possible! The memories evoked by an open fire, and the aromas of turkey, mulled wine, spices and fir trees always combine to create a warmth in contrast to the weather. For me it’s a time of re-connecting with friends, quality time with family and celebrating and looking forward to a new year. I love the bright sparkling lights, the anticipation, Christmas films, and having a good excuse to sing… loudly!
How do you best avoid stress in the run up to the festivities?
I shop early. I always aim to have the bulk done by the first week of December so that I can enjoy the build up to the Christmas festivities. If I see something appropriate during the year I often buy it and snaffle it away.
What's top of your Christmas wish-list this year?
I’m a huge fan of long walks both for health and head reasons, and with the weather turning I’m certainly in need of some good waterproofs. I’d really like a dog to go with them but that needs to wait until I have plenty of time to really enjoy it!
Strictly colour-co-ordinated, full-on traditional or a pared-back natural look - what is the theme for the festive decor in your home this year?
I’m always in conflict on this one! I love pared-back but I have a box of special decorations that I have added to since getting my first home and they are too dear to me to keep in the box - so full-on traditional always wins out.
What are your top 3 tips for glowing skin this Christmas?
As we need a ‘blanket’ of extra layers to protect us in the change of season, so does our skin. It’s so easy to overdo eating and drinking so it’s vital to balance that with 1) drinking plenty of water. If taking on fuel means ‘eating on the go’ try to make sure you top up on lost vitamins. 2) A multi-vitamin tablet daily, or very least vitamin C, will help to ward off those pesky germs. 3) Invest in a good cleanser. Cleansing the skin is so vital at any time of the year to remove dead skin cells and revitalise and kick start your skins circulation, collagen production and drainage. Cleansers are so versatile and can be used as a 5 minute massage to reduce skin stress and as a 20 minute mask to rejuvenate and replenish - they’re not just to remove make-up in 30 seconds at midnight!
If you're buying for someone special, but you don't know their skin type, what would you recommend which will guarantee delight on Christmas morning?
If you’d like to make up your own special gift - I’d combine our Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser, our Honey, Borage & Echium Intensive Hand Repair and Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm. All are incredibly versatile and suitable for all ages, skin types, males or females and will provide results and a pampering treat in one. For me though, my personal favourite has to be the Youth Enhancing Skin Saviours kit - it’s for anyone who is starting to see the signs of ageing and who will no doubt be working very hard both on the build-up and during Christmas. It’s some serious 'me time' pampering in one box!