• Lauren Hughes

Training to be a Facialist | 2

I have just completed week five of my VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage and Skincare course at the London School of Beauty and Makeup. If you didn’t see my post talking about the first couple of weeks on the course you can read here. One of the best parts of the course has been meeting the other ladies on the course, we all get on really well and I think we will definitely stay in touch. I am now signed up to do the VTCT Level 3 Facial Electrotherapy course and also VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, really looking forward to learning more about the skin and how to use all of the different machines in treatments before I open my own business.

During week three we learnt all about the bones in the face, the circulatory system and the lymphatic system. I found the information about the lymphatic system particularly interesting because I have been massaging my own face for years knowing it was good for depuffing and drainage but now I know exactly why! We practised full facials on each other every day and I have also been practising my facials a lot on all of my friends and working on developing my own massage technique and routine.

Week four was all about exams, eek! On the Monday we had our longest, hardest theory exam. I was a little shocked and very happy when I got my mark back and I got 100%! I think it’s easier to revise when you are really interested in something (I wish I had LOVED science at school...) We also did our first assessed practical facial, which did not go quite to plan. We had a different teacher from the school, who created an extremely tense environment and it made us all very nervous and I forgot to do things like get the student to sign the consent form before the treatment started. It was horrible and very unnecessary to make us anxious to the point that we made mistakes, maybe she was having a bad day…I did another assessment with my teacher and everything went perfectly, phew!

Skin analysis is hugely important when it comes to a facial and we have spent a lot of time focusing on that during the course. VTCT recognises three different skin types (they seem to think ‘normal’ skin doesn’t exist). An oily skin generally has open pores, comedones (blackheads), shiny/greasy skin all over the face and often pustules and papules. A dry skin has very small pores, flakiness and rough patches. A combination skin has an oily t-zone and normal/dry cheeks. Sensitive and dehydrated are actually skin conditions, not skin types. Dry skin is lack of oil and dehydrated skin is lack of water so oily skin can be dehydrated for example. A lot of people think that they have dry skin but they are actually dehydrated. To pass the course, we have to correctly identify and treat an oily, a combination and a dry skin in the salon.

Week five came around so fast, we couldn’t believe it was time to work on paying clients in the salon. It was so nice to be in a proper treatment room on our own rather than in a classroom with 12 other students and a teacher! Melissa looked in on us every five minutes to check everything was going well and came in to assess our skin analysis. My first client was very sweet and she said she would like to come in to see me again. I had another lovely client the next day and she rated me as ‘exceptional’ in the feedback form. A part of the facial I really enjoy is the aftercare advice because, as you know if you follow my Instagram, I love recommending skincare ingredients and products to improve people’s skin. I was really pleased with how my first salon week went.

Next week I just have to successfully treat a dry skin to complete the course, fingers crossed! I will do another post about how Level Three is going in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading!

Lauren x



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