COS810 - Skin Theory, Analysis and Facial Procedures

Outline info
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Subject Title
Skin Theory, Analysis and Facial Procedures

Subject Description
This subject examines the structure and function of the skin, bones, and muscles of the face and neck as they apply to advanced esthetic practice. Students study the principles of facial care, analysis of the skin and its characteristics, skin problems and disorders. Theory is continually integrated with practical work.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Esthetics Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Record the client's medical history when recommending various esthetic treatments.

2. Analyze a client's skin, determine skin type and specific problems with the aid of a magnifying lamp, incorporating knowledge of the structure and function of the skin, bones and muscles.

3. Choose and apply appropriate products to be used on the client's skin.

4. Cleanse the skin using the facial steamer and high frequency machine, given full knowledge of contra-indications.

5. Perform manual extractions.

6. Perform a basic facial massage using knowledge of the circulatory, lymphatic and vascular systems and contra-indications.

7. Recommend a product treatment line and home care regime to a client.

8. Deal with clients in a professional manner.

9. Project a professional image.

10.Sales techniques.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

COS 820 Basics of Esthetics, (can be taken concurrently).

To be eligible to begin the first class of COS810, students must first complete an Immunization Record Form (available at the Continuing Education Office.)
Students must obtain a Standard First Aid / Basic Rescuer CPR Certificate prior to Graduation.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject (or have an advanced standing for
the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty. 

Topic Outline

  •     Muscles of the face and neck
  •     Guidelines for the client consultation and skin analysis
  •     Skin analysis
  •     Preparation of the client
  •     Cleansing the face and decolete
  •     Structure and function of the skin
  •     Hygiene
  •     Basic facial procedures
  •     Professional conduct
  •     Sales

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, discussions, audio visual presentations, practical demonstrations, workshops, and assignments.

Prescribed Texts
The Foundations Beauty Therapy, The Official Guide To Level 2; Lorraine Nordmann; Cengage Learning

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students will be required to provide their own linens specific for facial treatments:
1 Flat sheet
1 Fitted sheet
2 Large towels
4 Small towels

Students are required to wear a  lab coat and appropriate footwear during all classes

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements: 
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%).  If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Grading is based on the following scheme:

Participation 10%
Practical Test (x2) 20%
Written Test (x2) 20%
Final Written Examination 25%
Final Practical Examination 25%
Total 100%

Student Success: 
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Lisa Somers