Introducing Emer Gillen
Emer’s desire to become a professional beauty therapist came from her interests in make-up artistry, skincare, massage and travel.
This wonderful combination led to her gaining a host of internationally recognized qualifications before embarking on a career with Steiner Transocean Cruise Liners where she first began working with ELEMIS. She has extensive experience as a tutor and also as a manager from her time at Spirit One Spa, renowned as one of Ireland’s leading destination spas. This meant her progression to heading up the ELEMIS training team was a natural one. Combined with her love of the brand, her expertise has seen her develop treatment training and professional products alongside Co-Founder, Noella Gabriel.
For over a decade, Emer has ensured ELEMIS standards of excellence and inspired enthusiasm in training and education across the globe. In 2009, as Brand Ambassador, Emer launched ELEMIS QVC in Germany, she has since represented the brand in France, Italy, Australia, the UK and the USA.
5 minutes with Emer
What has been the best moment of your career?
I have so many highlights from the past 12 years with ELEMIS but I think stepping in front of the camera in 2009 for the first time at QVC Germany was a very special moment because it was the beginning of this amazing journey which has resulted in me on QVC USA.
What’s the best part of your job?
Without a doubt, the people! I just love to meet and speak with people no matter where I go in the world and hear about their personal experiences with ELEMIS. It’s amazing to hear and see how we’ve made a difference in people’s lives. I love to have a good chat about ELEMIS, share skincare and bodycare advice, and talk about how to use the products to get the best results. I also work with a very lovely and amazingly talented bunch of people. I have been so lucky to work alongside the founders of ELEMIS from whom I have gained so much knowledge and who continue to inspire me.
What’s your favorite ELEMIS product?
This is the toughest question to answer, I adore so many! There are products like S.O.S. Emergency Cream and Skin Nourishing Milk Bath that I fell in love with in 1999 when I first worked with ELEMIS. I simply couldn’t be without these, they are staples for myself and my boys! (Emer is a proud mum of two) If I had to choose – and I feel so disloyal to all the other products! – I would say Skin Nourishing Shower Cream would be my favorite body product and Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm my favorite skincare product.
What’s your top skincare tip?
Respect that the skin is an amazing organ of the body, the largest we have and very often it is trying to tell us something through breakouts, dry sensitive patches, and dullness but we often don’t listen. Quick fixes do not lead to long-term gain. Get the basics right: cleanse, tone and moisturise every day, twice a day.