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Here’s what four GLAMOUR staffers want to find under the Christmas tree this year


If you’re anything like us, it doesn’t feel like Christmas until gingerbread lattes and mulled wine start appearing on menus and the festive adverts start dropping. And since all of those things have now appeared (wahoo!), we’re declaring the 2020 festive season officially started.

Of course, that means we are now using every opportunity possible to start dropping hints on the kind of gifts we’d quite like to find wrapped up under the tree this year, all while also thinking about what presents we’d like to treat our loved ones to.

If there’s one thing you can’t go wrong with, it’s a skincare gift. Who wouldn’t appreciate something that’s going to ramp up their glow? Whether it’s a makeup-melting cleanser, a good-for-skin moisturiser, or gift set made up of a couple of top-sellers that allow you to try more than just one star performer – after an uncertain few months, a little bit of self-care love is totally what we’re craving RN.

Luckily for us, No.1 British skincare brand Elemis has turned out to be our one-stop shop for GLAMOUR-approved beauty treats, and its website is decked to the nines with gift ideas we know our friends and family will love.

Even better, if you make a dash for elemis.com from Friday 27 November until 11.59pm on Tuesday 1 December, you’ll be able to get a whopping 35% off skincare treats, plus 30% off the Christmas collection on Black Friday for 24 hours only (using the discount code SPECTACULAR at checkout). Elemis is also offering an exclusive free five-piece gift of your choice worth up to £98 when you spend £100 or more, once your discount has been applied.

Need help choosing? Four GLAMOUR staffers have cherry-picked their favourite Elemis products for amazing skin (and they’ll earn you some serious friend/daughter/sister points too).

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You’re so welcome…

Luca Wetherby-Matthews, Social Media Assistant
The product:
Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30
RRP: £87 – Black Friday offer from 27 November to 1 December, £56.55*


What initially caught my attention with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is how multi-purpose it is: SPF, collagen, hydration and even a makeup base?! Unreal. The anti-wrinkle factor, which comes from the marine and plant-derived ingredients, is what makes it the perfect gift for my mum this Christmas, as she’s always on the lookout for serums, lotions and potions to help boost her skin elasticity and leave her feeling rejuvenated.

I also really love the texture of this cream for my own skin, it’s not too heavy or thick (which can be a problem for my oily T-zone), but a super-hydrating gel cream which feels light on my skin and leaves me glowing. And, as I’m starting to think about getting ahead of the game with preventative anti-wrinkle skincare, I’ll definitely be gifting myself this for Christmas, too.

Donna Dia, Events Director
The product:
Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Duet Gift Set
RRP: £75 – Black Friday offer for 24 hours only on 27 November, £52.50*


After using these products I will definitely be adding both of them to my mum’s Christmas gift list! The Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm feels so luxurious and nourishing. I found that the texture of the balm made cleansing feel like a real treat. It made my regime incredibly relaxing, almost indulgent, as if I was giving myself a mini facial in the evenings. It’s certainly a gift my mum would love and make real use of.

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As well as feeling pampering, my skin was really smooth and clean afterwards. I’m usually a fan of double cleansing, but I didn’t feel like I needed to after using the balm, which is great for time-saving too. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil was the icing on the cake in this gift set and left my skin baby smooth and nourished. I think this duo will be the perfect gift and make my mum feel deservedly special and spoilt.

Chelsea Hughes, Picture Editor
The product:
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
RRP: £44 – Black Friday offer from 27 November to 1 December, £28.60*


While the stress of Christmas is looming, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is zen in a jar, which we all need this festive/lockdown season. It doubles-up as an oil that removes makeup and a hydrating milk that can be left on like a mask.

When I opened the product, the smell made me feel like I had just sashayed into a luxury spa resort. The smell is SO intense and I really love that about Elemis products, you can instantly sense the quality, reassuring you that it’s worth the cost.

My favourite way to use this product is to set 10 minutes aside in the morning, apply the balm onto my woke-up-like-this skin and let the product really sink into my pores. I love that you can pack loads of nourishing minerals and anti-ageing ingredients into your skin even in the cleansing stage – it gives you a head-start before you get to your serums and moisturisers. I think I will be gifting this one to myself this year, but I also reckon my sister would adore it just as much as me.

Grace Barnes, Creative Production Director
The product:
Elemis Star Performers Gift Set
RRP: £70 – Black Friday offer for 24 hours only on 27 November, £49*

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I am a long standing fan of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, I genuinely see a difference in my skin when I use it and I am constantly raving about its superpowers to anyone who will listen. So, this set of minis (which includes the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream) is such a great way to try before you buy. Elemis products are award-winning and high-tech, and this is reflected in the price tag. So by being able to try out some of the star performers first helps you decide where you want to invest if you cannot stretch to the full range.

I am a newbie to cleansing balms and I LOVE them, so I have been waiting to try the Elemis version. The texture is perfect, light and moisturising. Using this alongside the skin smoothing Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads, the Peptide4 Eye Recovery Cream and Pro-Collagen Marine Cream make for a gorgeous Sunday self-care ritual. All of the products have their own delicious, subtle scent creating instant spa zen.

The best thing is that the Superfood Facial Oil is full size. I loved using this before bed, it is quite light for an oil and sinks straight into the skin so no messy pillows! Perfect for nourishing winter skin.

The set comes in its own luxe makeup bag and can double up as your complete beauty travel companion, for when we can finally board a plane again! It’s a fab treat for yourself or a gift for skincare-loving mates.

*Use the code SPECTACULAR at checkout to claim your discount

Tempted by any of these GLAMOUR-approved Elemis beauty gifts? Head to elemis.com, pronto.



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