We teach a unique style of skin care that you will not learn elsewhere! We focus on natural, healthy, and accessible ways to create skin care that is unique to every skin type, condition, and personal preference. We do this by getting in touch with the use of all natural ingredients. The primary aspect of our aesthetics program is on the natural, healing properties of herbs, roots, flowers, vegetables, and fruits, and we also teach you how to preserve what you make naturally. The old adage still rings true, “You are what you eat,” so if it is good for your internal health, then it must be good for your skin!
In our Facials course, you will learn everything you need to know to pass the Colorado state written and practical exams, in addition, you will learn how to give a Basic and Advanced Facial, as well as learn about the Anatomy and Physiology of the skin, proper sanitation and disinfection, Skin Analysis, the differences between professional products and homemade ones, as well as new techniques in facial massage, Thai acupressure points for the face, Chinese medical face mapping, facial yoga, and incorporating different types of machines that can boost any style of facial. Below is a more detailed look at each aspect of the Facial module.
These classes are dedicated to the “ABCs” of facials—the foundations of how to give an amazing facial: Step- by-step direction in European facials, fabulous facial massage techniques, usage of warm towels, and disinfecting materials properly. In this class, we use a local, organic, Colorado product line called Lily’s Organic Skin Care. They call their products, “Farm Fresh Skin Care” because they have their own farm in Henderson, Colorado where many of the skin care products are sourced. Our staff has toured Lily’s farm & met with her personally. In addition, Lily will speak to our students about her products, and we hope to organize a farm visit for our Aesthetic students during the program. After this class, you will have the knowledge to perform professional, product-based facials that will be relaxing and soothing for your future clientele.
We believe that our students should be empowered to know the Art of Product Making, so they can make their own skin care products for clients, friends, and families. It’s an amazing moment of empowerment, accomplishment, and joy when you make your own products, understand all of the ingredients, know what each ingredient does to nourish and support the skin, and be able to share this information with future clientele. Our students will learn how to make cleansers, masques, toners, and moisturizers, and one of the final projects will be to share each other’s creations! Our students will also learn about toxic ingredients that are commonly in most skin care products—learning why they shouldn’t be used and how to make products without these toxic substances. In addition, the students will have an introductory class about Chinese herbal tonics that benefit the skin. Also, a local herbalist will be teaching about hydrosols and lotion-making, for the body and the face.
Results are important to all clientele when it comes to facials and treating the skin. Many people hear the word “medical” in regards to skin care, and they think that session will be a more effective facial, meaning more effective at treating various skin conditions. At the School of Botanical Aesthetics, we believe that Botanical ingredients and homemade products can be as effective if not more than many “medical” products and treatments, but we also know that once there’s a certain level of skin damage, with certain skin pathologies, the botanical facials may not help with damage that has happened. In these situations, it is important to look at current, technological advances in the Esthetics industry if a client is wanting to make changes. Our students will learn about various Facial Machines as well as Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels and how these more “medical” treatments can help various skin conditions. Our students will be well-versed in how to treat facial clients from both a “medical” and “botanical” perspective.
These classes include instruction on Extractions, which can be done with fingertips or a metal tool, to remove the sebum that can be causing acne. If extractions aren’t taught or done correctly, they could cause scarring on the face, so we make sure to teach and give special attention to this technique, so our students are safe and effective in their professional practice. Extractions are useful for keeping the skin clear of blemishes. The “Advanced” part of a Facial is also using particular masques and toners that will work well will various skin types—it’s understanding how to treat the skin properly, not just cleansing the face well but treating the skin so it can look and feel clear, balanced, and beautiful long term.
In these classes, students will also learn about various facial machines that can improve skin tone and quality, and get an introduction to microdermabrasion and chemical peels—how those more advanced tools, machines, and products can enhance skin quality and texture and how to integrate those tools and techniques into a Facial.
To create a more transformative, facial experience, it’s important to include the use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols that are safe and effective to be used topically and for inhalation. Aromatherapy is powerful medicine. While you’re nourishing someone’s skin, you can also help to calm the nervous system and bring a greater sense of peace via the use of Aromatherapy. Many people know and use essential oils, but many people don’t know the importance of the quality of the oils—how the oils are distracted, processed, and sourced. Our students will learn an introductory awareness of Aromatherapy, how they can integrate oils and hydrosols into their facial sessions, and how they can integrate them into their lives.
Yoga asanas (poses) are not just for the body! Just as the body holds tension and tightness, so does the face. Many people hold much of their stress and anxiety in the face, and they are habitually holding their faces in certain positions that increase the likelihood of wrinkles. At the beginning of almost every class, there will be about 30 minutes of “Facial Yoga”, exercises that equally tone and relax the facial muscles. Our graduates will feel confidant to start sharing these techniques with their friends, family, and clients. Many of our students are already massage therapists and yogis, so they can also share these techniques with their massage clients and yoga students