Career advice: How I became Dermalogica's Associate Marketing Director

26-Apr-2022

In partnership with CEW UK, Emily Mitchell, Associate Marketing Director of Dermalogica, shares her journey to the top of the skin care staple

The now Unilever-owned Dermalogica was founded by Jane Wurwand in 1986

The now Unilever-owned Dermalogica was founded by Jane Wurwand in 1986

Emily Mitchell is the Associate Marketing Director of professional skin care brand Dermalogica.

After being inspired by her beauty therapist sister to enter the industry, Mitchell join the Unilever-owned luxury beauty brand in 2011 as a marketing co-ordinator and worked her way up the career ladder and was promoted to her current role on 2021.

"I don't have a university degree, which is something that I always worried would hold me back, but I still landed my job at Dermalogica and have climbed the ranks without one," she tells Cosmetics Business.

Here, in association with CEW UK, Mitchell shares what she believes are the most essential skills a cosmetics industry professional can possess and how to become a leader in beauty.


Why did you first want to enter the beauty industry?

My older sister trained as a skin therapist, so for most of my childhood and teenage years, I was her human model.

She used me to practice her techniques and brought home new and exciting professional products for me to play with.

Being in her salon and seeing what a successful entrepreneur she had become, inspired me to enter the industry that puts more women into business than any other.

What was it about Dermalogica that made you want to join the company?

Well firstly, Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica’s founder. She is truly one of the most brilliant people on this planet. Bold, tenacious, creative and empathetic – the ultimate leader.

I feel very lucky that I get to work with her. I’d highly recommend you read Jane’s book Skin in the Game if you’re a budding entrepreneur (or are generally feeling ‘stuck’ in your life/career at the moment).

Secondly, Dermalogica’s...

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