This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide specialised facial treatments incorporating the use of ultrasonic, direct current, high frequency and micro current devices.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with clients and synthesise knowledge of skin, performance of electrical machines and allied cosmetic products, and to design and provide treatments to address specific skin types and conditions. Not all equipment is used in each specialised facial treatment. Specialised facials can be a single treatment or form part of a series of treatments.

This unit applies to beauty therapists who work in beauty therapy salons. In this environment they work in 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 specialised facial treatments to clients; - design a sequence of four treatments and product recommendations for three of these clients to address client priorities; - recognise contraindications, skin diseases and disorders relevant to each device listed in the Assessment conditions and to allied cosmetic products; - demonstrate correct and safe application techniques; - design, record and maintain treatment plans and records for each client; - treat clients effectively and minimise skin reactions; - identify risk situations that cause short or overloaded circuits and take remedial action; - 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 specialised facial treatments; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to specialised facial treatments; - manufacturer instructions for use of electrical equipment; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities in regard to treatments and use of electrical equipment; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatment for client; - effects and benefits of two comprehensive and professional skin care ranges and their relationship to each device used; - effects and benefits on the physical structure of skin; - interdependence of body systems and their relationship to a healthy body and skin; - nutritional composition of food; - 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 and physiology; - structure, function and distribution of skin glands; - production, composition, functions and control of skin gland secretions; - appearance and characteristics of skin types; - 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 and relationship to each device used; - function, formation and behaviour of major skin chemicals; - growth, development, ageing and healing of human skin; - normal skin responses to irritation and trauma; - genetics of skin disorders; - trans-epidermal water loss, and; - absorption and relationship to skin treatments and products.

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