Did your skin care instructor struggle with a particular topic?

If so, I need your input!
Every year the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) holds a conference just for cosmetology and skin care educators called the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA). For several days, there are educational classes that help to keep educators informed, motivated and inspired.

This year, the CEA committee is looking for ideas of what instructors need to know to be the best teachers they can be, and I'm specifically interested in skin care educators.

Was there any particular area your skin care instructor struggled, whether it was treatment-related, explaining equipment usage, covering a business subject or just keeping you motivated?

I'd love to hear your ideas by January 18th to pass on to the committee!

Thank you!


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I think that our instructor struggled with make-up, which was kind of silly since she was so good at applying it.  Instead of really learning make-up, we learned only what we needed to pass our boards and we were encouraged on multiple occasions to take the $2,500 one week make-up class that they also offered.  Also, we didn't learn galvanic at all, which as a shame since it is so useful in the treatment room. 

Great feedback, and I will pass this on to the committee!

i know u r looking for oppsite, but i went to the aesthetic science institute in latham ny.  the education was exceptional.  ive met other who have went to other schools in area, and left not even perpaired for practicals, never did a peel or a micro.  some dont even understand skin phys., and how our who body effects it....  these are the basics...  im so grateful for my teacher, and the school, which have been a consistant support since graduation.  obviously i pick up new tricks, and techniques along the way...  but im building off a very solid foundation.  i get continued ed where i can.  esthetics is always changing, and estys that dont keep up on chnages offer less benifit to their clients... and use outdated tech...  anyhow, im glade this forum is here.  paying a smal fortune for a bad education is so unfortunate.  im glade i researched and visited schools before picking the right one.  thank you asi

Hi Amy,

Thanks for your input, and you are so right. Choosing the right school makes all the difference, and those who take the time to research schools, talk to the instructors (and even sit in on a class), talk to current students and alumni, all these things can help you make the right choice for your education. I also agree with you that in the esthetics profession, you need to be a "life-long" learner because of the new advances in treatments, ingredients and equipment!

Well, where to begin-I don't know for certain but I beleive my teacher got  her cosmo license and turned around and took esty instructor, which is allowed. I don't think she had any practical experience.

She was an excellent people person, but anyone off the street could read the underlined text-for testing! We were left on our own show a facial, brow wax, then do 3 on students (unsupervised) then take the clients-the blind leading the blind! I nearly quit-I went for the waxing with all the other stuff a bonus! She gave a really relaxing facial. I did my first facial 3 days into school-she asked if I was comfortable doing one, I said yes as I was-(I took a Belavi Facelift Massage CEU class 12 yrs ago for my LMT license.

I think teachers should have practical experience-prove of so many hours (years mean not so much to me!) of the different things. They do the same in massage schools-pass the class-hire em'! (I had really great mass. teachers though!)

A week into school I went to a Hair Show and attended 3 waxing sessions, (bought all my products to wax with) that helped alot. Practised free at my office on anybody who would take a chance on me.

So my foundation this past year and a half since grad. was attending wax sessions with the Wax Queen, later paying for hands on classes with her, purchasing DVD's, watching the professionals on you tube and practise as much as I could. Took 2 PCA and 2 BioElements classes. Last summer took the Face Reality Certification course.


Hi Deborah,

This is exactly what I was talking about. Yes, cosmetology instructor can legally teach esthetics in most states, even with minimal formal skin care training themselves, and often without any practical skin care experience. Many of them are uncomfortable in this role, and want additional training in skin care. CEA is a great conference to help in that regard, which is just why I asked this question. Thank you so much! 

When I was in school I feel we were not given sufficient training on the use of skin care machines.  I think the instructor had something against them and what little training we got was always with the machine turned off?!??  The only thing we ever got to use was the steamer and mag lamp.  This is sad, because I had to get training elsewhere on the use and benefits of even the most basic machines such as galvanic and high frequency. (Which, by the way, my clients always feel special when I use machines during a treatment and the results are so much better.)

Hi Colette,

More great feedback! Thank you! The Committee is planning on sessions that give hands-on demonstrations, and galvanic and high frequency are both on the list of what we would like to include, so your reply reinforces the direction we're going. Thanks again for taking the time to reply! 

I wish my instructors would have explained why chemical peels are healthy for the skin- and not just answer questions with "speeds up your cell turn over rate" It took me working with amazing people to learn that AHA actually improve the strength of the skin

Another great point! Thank you, Corine!

ive noticed other estys dont understand or have been trained on the high frequency, indirect hugh frequency, galvanac, desincrustation, cataphorsis, ect... also some never did a peel, micro or body treatment

 i did think of something i didnt have hand on education for at all.  my class was the frist one with male students, and brazilians were not taught, we had to pay for a seperate one day class.  this , thinking back, is kinda screwy, since previous students had it, and its such a popular service.  i kinda taught myself, utube vids, the wax queen, and common sensd

Amy, I appreciate your input. Due to the valuable in put I've gotten from this forum and other sources, we are planning to have hands-on demos at this year's CEA on high frequency, galvanic, LED, and waxing ethnic skin. The committee wouldn't go for a Brazilian waxing demo, but this will be the first year we've had so many hands-on sessions! Thank you all again for your input!


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