Fashion queen Coco Chanel famously mused, ‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty, but it’s up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.’ The secret to flawless skin is something many people long to discover. We live in a world where every month a new health and wellness mantra appears, that all beauty buffs swear by; weather it’s drinking eight glasses of water a day, sleeping for eight hours at night, or practising facial exercises three times a week. For those who don’t have time to do all of the above, a facial is often a vital part of their skincare routine.
Yet as well as the cosmetic desire of air-brushed looking skin, as the largest organ in the body there are also health benefits when it comes to looking after your face. Our skin protects us from the invasions of foreign substances, but also releases toxins from the body. Often perceived as a mirror of our inner health and well being, a lot can be read through our face.
Whether you are already practising as a beautician and want to add facials to your repertoire, or are just looking to discover some industry secrets on your quest, a facial care course could be the undisclosed beauty weapon you have been looking for.
It turns out, some of us are prepared to try just about anything when it comes to removing flaws in our complexion. From Triple Oxygen and Sheep Placenta Facials (Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell are said to be massive fans) to vitamin skin peels. Treatments can often cost between £150 and £200, so this really is an industry where you can’t put a price on beauty. With plenty of courses out there offering different skills, training in a specialist treatment is a great way to get started.
When it comes down to the treatment, facials can usually be divided into two different categories. The first kind aim to pamper and relax you – like a massage or spa day; alternatively the others follow the pain equals gain principle. Knowing how to prepare your client and diagnose the main problem – be it ageing or acne is an important part of any facial treatment. With plenty of courses available, we’ve picked some of the most popular treatments out there for learners.
Exactly what it says on the tin; a natural facial is the type of treatment you look for if you just want to sit back and relax. When delivering a natural facial you will need to cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin, as well as massaging the natural ingredients into the face.
There are many forms of electrical skin treatments to work on problem skin. The high frequency waves emitted are said to improve the skin’s function and appearance, increase the cellular activity, improve the tone and function of facial muscles and stimulate blood circulation. This kind of treatment is said to have positive effects on acne prone skin, killing bacteria and reducing the chances of breakouts and black heads.
Also fitting in this bracket is the Ultrasound facial, a machine that emits high frequency sonic waves to cleanse, repair and stimulate the skin. It is important to note that before practising these treatments, facial training is essential to avoid accidental damage to the skin tissue.
An aromatherapy facial uses essential oils to heal the skin and deal with the problem. Plant extracts and careful massage techniques are used to rejuvenate and restore the skin and the natural products are used to relax the mind and body.
Face lift massage
Ageing is something that will happen to all of us, but most people try to avoid the signs for as long as possible. A number of treatments have been developed to try and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including the face lift massage. The massage will tighten the facial contours whilst improving complexion, yet like all facial treatments you will need careful training.
What will I learn on the course?
What you will learn will depend a lot on the course you choose and the area you specialise in, however most will cover areas of client consultation, health and safety issues and how to prepare the skin for treatment. Other courses will involve training in the anatomy and physiology of the face and the steaming, extraction and exfoliating practises used in treatment.
If you are already working in the beauty industry, it’s a good idea to look for a course that will give you a qualification, such as an NVQ certificate, an ITEC diploma or a diploma in facial skincare, that will add to your CV. Get armed with the secrets of perfect skin –in a constantly evolving industry, who knows what you might discover?