From picking my course to training to assessments… here’s how I qualified.
I have been fascinated by the skin for quite a while now and really wanted to find a way to learn more, in a professional setting. I then realised, after speaking to my beauty therapist mother, that I could indeed do just that whilst also learning how to become a facialist! I am now qualified with a Level 2 VTCT in Skincare and Facial Massage and also have a qualification in Facial Electrical Treatments. This is something I have worked really hard at and was very time consuming on top of a full time job but it was so worth it!
Here’s how I did it…
Level 2 VTCT Skincare and Facial Massage
Obviously working Monday-Friday meant that I needed to find a course that would fit flexibly to my schedule so I started researching weekend courses and focused on London with me being based here right now. I stumbled across the London School of Beauty and Makeup (LSBM) where I saw they offered a 6 week course in skincare and facial massage that took place on weekends – perfect! The one downside I’d say was that it was very expensive… £995 to be exact, so I took a little while to think about it and figured I could make that money back when I started offering facials, so applied and was booked onto the course!
I turned up on the first day and we were thrown straight into the deep-end with anatomy and physiology lessons and learning the basics of a facial – I didn’t expect it but of course, we only had 6 weeks to learn everything! We learned all about Health & Safety in the salon, skincare, anatomy and physiology and of course how to do a facial! The facial itself consists of cleanse – skin analysis – deep cleanse – steam – extractions – exfoliate – facial massage – mask – moisturise. It was intense!
In order to pass the qualification, we had to pass a Health & Safety exam, a Covid-compliant exam, an Anatomy & Physiology Exam, a skincare exam and 3 practical exams. This meant that a lot of my spare time for those 6 weeks involved studying, researching and also practising my facial massage. I won’t lie – it was stressful, but it was so worth it! I absolutely loved the course and felt completely in my element. 6 weeks later I passed and became qualified… woo!
Facial Electrical Treatments
As I loved my Skincare and Facial Massage course, I was really keen to then do my facial electrical treatments course. My lovely lecturer from my LSBM course, Carol, has her own training school where she teaches facial electrics, and because I had such a lovely experience with her, I decided to book onto her course with my friend, Debbie. This course meant that in the space of a day I learned how to do Microcurrent, Galvanic and High-Frequency treatments. You may be wondering what these are so I’ll explain them:
Microcurrent Facial – A microcurrent facial uses low-voltage electricity to stimulate the facial muscles – it’s almost like a “workout” for the face. The goal is to encourage the muscles to look more defined, growth of Adenosine triphosphate (a molecular unit which prevents ageing), and collagen development.
Galvanic Facial – Galvanic is great for most skin types, whether oily, normal, or dry. It boosts the effectiveness of any skin treatment, and because water-soluble substances are presented to the skin, it increases the skin’s ability to absorb, allowing the active ingredients of the facial as well as skin products to penetrate deeper. This is especially great if you have very dry skin, or ageing skin and want to reap the benefits of your skincare routine.
High Frequency Facial – High Frequency is an electrical current and radio frequency used to stimulate, sanitise and heal the skin. The High Frequency current generates warmth in the skin and stimulates nerve endings. This in turn increases blood circulation and encourages healthy cell function and promotes skin healing. It also has germicidal and bacterial effect which can help eliminate and prevent acne.
This meant I covered all bases when it came to facials that tackle ageing skin, dry skin and acne-prone skin. Again it was an intense day that involved an exam at the end, but it was so much fun geeking out with the facial machines and learning how to do them – especially as I have had all those treatments myself before!
So, what’s next?
I am planning on offering at-home facials very soon in London! Keep an eye on my facial page for any updates.
If you have ever thought about doing a similar course, I would really recommend you go for it! I have linked the courses below and if you have any questions, leave it in the comments and I will answer!