This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide facial treatments to meet client needs.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients, synthesise knowledge of anatomy and physiology, skin science, cosmetic chemistry and nutrition, and to design and provide facial routines and advice on products and protection of facial skin. Facials can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments.

The unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty salons and spas. In this environment they are part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate, follow and adjust treatment plans to provide six safe and appropriate facial treatments to clients with certain skin types and conditions; - design a series of four treatments and product recommendations for three of these clients to address client priorities; - recognise contraindications, skin diseases and disorders relevant to facials and products; - explain to each client as appropriate the development of skin conditions and the benefits and limitations of facial treatments; - provide facial treatments; - design and provide facial treatments; - vary repetition, rhythm and variation of massage movements to adapt to client needs; - design, record and maintain treatment plans and records for each client; - present self, according to organisational policy; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements, and; - clean, prepare and maintain treatment area according to organisational policy. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - federal, state or territory and local health, hygiene and skin penetration regulations and requirements relevant to facial treatments; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to facial treatments; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding treatments; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatment for client; - effects and benefits of two comprehensive and professional skin care ranges; - effects and benefits of each stage of facial on the physical structure of the skin; - position and action of superficial muscles in the face, throat and chest; - interdependence of body systems and their relationship to a healthy body and skin; - basic nutrition guidelines and relationship between nutrition and healthy skin; - foods which may have an effect on the skin or are contraindicated when using specific products; - skin anatomy; - function and role of skin; - structure and distribution of skin glands; - production, composition, functions and control of skin gland secretions; - appearance and characteristics of skin types; - normal body flora; - electromagnetic spectrum and effect of light on skin; - physiological basis of skin colour; - relationship between skin type, minimal erythemal dose, skin protection factor and sunscreen use; - Fitzpatrick skin types; - skin as a sense organ; - function, formation and behaviour of major skin chemicals; - growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin; - normal skin responses to irritation and trauma; - skin conditions; - trans-epidermal water loss; - differences between therapeutic, cosmetic and 'cosmeceutical' products; - concepts of cosmetic chemistry, and; - contraindications to specific cosmetic formulations and ingredients identified in product information.

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