Jamila Askarova from luxury skincare brand Gazelli to talks to Brides about achieving gorgeously glowing skin on your wedding day and the revolutionary new facial to hit luxe London department store Harrods.
Tell us about your background and why you launched Gazelli…
My mother, Dr Zarifa Hamzayeva, founded Gazelli Group in 1999 and I began my career there almost 10 years ago having worked my way up to Gazelli Group Vice President. We launched Gazelli in the UK in September 2011 and it is currently available at Urban Retreat, Harrods. I dreamed of creating a new luxury skincare range allowing people in the UK to experience something which was exclusive to Azerbaijan.
How many products are in the range?
There are currently seven products in the Triple Youth Range, each infused with the unique regenerative Gazelli White Oil combined with hand harvested Black Mulberry, Pumpkin, Red Grape and Black Tea in order to regenerate, nourish and tone skin. They are designed to be extremely flexible and can be blended together for varying intensities and effects. Containing the highest concentrate of Gazelli White Oil™ , the Ultra Firming Serum is one of the hero products in the range whilst the Hydra-Radiance Face Mist is the ultimate handbag essential and can be used as a toner or a hydrating booster at any time of the day.
Talk us through the exclusive hero ingredient within Gazelli White Oil Gazelli White Oil is based on an ancient natural resource that can be found only in a specific region of Azerbaijan. This precious compound forms over hundreds of years in the deep layers of the earth and has been used and revered for centuries as a miracle cure in medicine.
It increases the metabolic processes at a cellular level, improving the skin's ability to absorb nutrients and oxygen. Clinical studies into Gazelli White Oil focusing on the Triple Youth Intensive Age Repair Cream and conducted by an independent laboratory in Paris, showed that 89% noticed an improvement in wrinkles and 96% noticed an improvement in the skin's state and aspect.
Why is the White Oil so special? The Gazelli White Oil has unparalleled anti-ageing and healing effects on the skin. The natural ingredients and patented adaptation method developed by my mother are completely exclusive to Gazelli, so it is not possible to find Gazelli White Oi in any other products in the world.
What are your top tips for a bride-to-be looking to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin on her big day?
I think it's important to start a dedicated skincare regime 3 months beforehand. At Gazelli our therapists put together a tailored product and treatment program for you to follow so that you can really rely on the natural beauty of your skin for the big day. Key products to use would be the Skin Balancing Cleanser (daily) which thoroughly removes makeup, excess
oil and traces of environmental pollution while deeply nourishing and maintaining the skin's natural pH balance. The Illuminating Perfecting Skin Polish (twice a week) to thoroughly clear pores and lift dull dead cells to visibly brighten the skin and the Hydra Radiance Face Mist as often as needed to hydrate and lift the complexion with an instant boost of freshness and radiance.
The Brides team are obsessed with the bespoke Gazelli facials at Urban Retreat in Harrods. Could you tell us about the treatment range?
Our two most popular facials in Urban Retreat at Harrods are the Triple Youth Facial and the Triple Cleanse Facial. In each the Gazelli White Oil is used to deeply nourish and repair the skin, while other highly targeted formulas and massage techniques are used for instant anti-ageing effects and deep cleansing respectively. The treatments are designed to provide instant results while also offering guests the height of luxury and comfort.
Gazelli products and treatments available at Urban Retreat, Harrods; www.urbanretreat.co.uk