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16th November 2015


Dermalogica is the number one choice for skin care professionals and consumers worldwide, so it’s no surprise it bills itself as ‘The Moment Your Skin Changed. Forever’.

We wanted to get under the skin of Emily Ockwell, Dermalogica’s Lead Therapist at Harvey Nichols Birmingham, to quiz her on her own skincare regime, the beauty products she can’t live without, and her Christmas list…

Hi Emily, first things first, tell us about yourself…

Fresh out of school at the age of 16, I went to college to study Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3, along with holistic therapies. It’s the path I always knew I wanted to take as I love practical work and enjoyed all aspects of beauty and skin health.

Whilst studying at college I managed to get my first job within the beauty industry at a local salon, performing a wide variety of treatments using Dermalogica products. I then went on to work at a hotel spa delivering treatments, focusing more on massage techniques.

I always knew that my favourite treatments to perform were skincare related and having used Dermalogica in college and at a previous salon, inevitably I developed a great passion for the brand. I love how Dermalogica focuses on targeted customisation and high level education… And now here I am 4 years later!


What is your day-to-day skin care regime?

Generally, I’ve always had quite dehydrated skin as a result of working in air-conditioned environments, so my regime is packed with super hydrating Dermalogica products.

First I double cleanse with PreCleanse and UltraCalming™ Cleanser, followed by a leave-on exfoliation treatment Daily Resurfacer. To target and treat pre-mature signs of skin ageing, I use MultiVitamin Power Serum from our AGE smart® range. I then moisturise with Intensive Moisture Balance and finish off with SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 to even out my skin tone, treat skin ageing and ensure I’m getting my SPF coverage every day.


You’re stranded on a desert island and can only take one beauty product with you – what would you pick and why?

Of course I would need to bring my 3-in-1 SkinPerfect Primer SPF30. I also cannot live without NARS Bronzing Powder in ‘Casino’. It’s such a great product to use as an all-over bronzer or as a contour when going out… It’s always in my bag for those emergency top ups!



What is the most common skincare mistake we’re all making?

Using face wipes that strip and dry the skin without removing make-up correctly. It’s important to seek professional skincare advice to learn what products are personalised for your own skin and how best to keep your skin clear!


We’ve spotted a number of treatments that you can enjoy in store at Harvey Nichols – can you describe each of them in just 5 words?

Face Mapping®professional, targeted skin health consultation

Skin Bar®test-drive your prescribed regimen

MicroZone® treatments – quick fix for troubled skin

Dermalogica skin treatment – completely customised for your needs


Working in Harvey Nichols, it must be tempting to enjoy a lunch-time shopping spree. With Christmas coming up, what’s top of your Christmas list this year?

It really is! I do love my fragrances; my favourites are Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules‎ and Tom Ford Noir. I go through them like there’s no tomorrow so Christmas will be the perfect time to stock up!

I also have my eye on one of the classic Mulberry purses but I’m a skincare and beauty lover at heart so most of my money goes towards products!


Have you ever been given one piece of beauty advice that you still swear by today?

Always look after your skin, hair and body by having a good quality regime – invest your time and money into it as you only get one of each!

Emma, Emily and Polly who all work at Dermalogica at Harvey Nichols here at the Mailbox

Emma, Emily and Polly who all work at Dermalogica at Harvey Nichols here at the Mailbox