Emmylou MacCarthy’s week in wellness

A presenter, author, beauty therapist and mum of three, Emmylou MacCarthy packs plenty into her week. However, the Garnier ambassador always makes time for regular exercise, too.

Emmylou MacCarthy in a garden


“I like to start the week off with a bang, so Mondays are my strength days. Basically, I lift something heavy, put it back down, then repeat. This helps keep me focused, and I feel strong and empowered after those weights classes. It puts me in a good mindset for the rest of the week.”


“Tuesdays are for cardio, whether it’s a HIIT class, a swim in the pool or a boxing lesson. I love swimming, but the chlorine does damage my hair. Putting a hair mask on the ends of my hair and popping it in a bun under a swim cap can prevent a lot of damage. I use Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Hair Food.”


“Some Wednesday mornings I feel like I really need to push myself to get out of bed. I find attending a class can help me stay accountable. When I book a class, I know I have to show up and it feels a bit easier to roll out of bed at 6am.”


“I love to box. I train one-on-one with a coach, hitting the pads for 45 minutes, and really focusing on my technique and the power in my body. I recently got my son, Sage, into boxing as well and it’s so much fun to have an activity to share with your kids.”


“If I need time to clear my head at the end of the working week, taking a long walk while listening to music really hits the spot. If I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed I love doing yoga nidra, a type of meditation that focuses on awareness of the body; this helps me settle in the present and feel more in tune with my body.”


“As boring as it sounds, on Saturday nights I love to stay in and do my own beauty routine using a face mask, a hair mask and just some general skin and body care. I love the Garnier Hydra Bomb tissue sheet masks. I’m a massive fan of hyaluronic acid, and these are packed with it.”


“I’ve always been an early riser, but more recently I’ve started to focus on getting more sleep and going to bed around 9.30pm. I find that I’m not doing any extra snacking and I’m getting more sleep – and I feel fantastic.”