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How can you, as an aesthetician, raise the standard of education in your own state?

"As a European trained aesthetician I have a great background in skin care; with 36 years experience in Europe and the U.S. I love my work, but what keeps me going and growing from just one employee at Elizabeth Adam Skin Care Clinic, Inc. to Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa with 40 employees is studying and learning new things. I believe that when you reach the point of 'I know it all' you stop learning and you take a huge step back. In order to stay current, safe and precise, it has been vital for my existence and growth to set high standards for the Spa and myself alike…. In order to treat skin internally I became a certified wellness consultant. I have introduced nutritional treatments for my clients for many skin conditions including but not limited to acne and rosacea. Fascinated by the results of nutrition in skin care I decided to learn more about the human body. I have joined and successfully completed the National College of Naprapathic Medicine. I became licensed doctor of Naprapathy in 2009. Introducing brand new and excellent treatments and raising the standards of education for myself and for others to follow is my way of raising the standards of education in my state."
~ Elizabeth Adam D.N.; Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa

"There is strength in numbers. Join or create a network of aestheticians in your city and state. Manufacturers are willing to participate and foster small groups and professional networks. You can create or join an existing group that hosts a luncheon/training date. At these events, a variety of speakers educate you and your network on topics that are prevalent to the industry: business, marketing, ingredients and treatments. When we join together to improve our well-being and education, we become stronger and smarter."
~ Tina Zillmann; Skin Rejuvenation Clinique® and Skin Rejuvenating Concepts™

"Our mission through The International Dermal Institute® and Dermalogica® has been to bring respect and recognition to the skills of skin therapists globally. In the U.S., there is a fundamental lack of consistency regarding what is required by each state. In all cases, not enough is required, and therapists must commit to a lifetime of learning after they receive their license. Just mastering the bare minimums makes you the master of nothing. So the responsibility rests with the individual therapist to keep pushing the boundaries of their expertise. And, it also makes sense for therapists and skin care centers to only support those brands which in turn support the skin care professional through ongoing education. The best brands are those which develop and cultivate the talents and potential of their stakeholders."
~ Jane Wurwand; The International Dermal Institute® and Dermalogica®

"Well for one – GET UPDATED TEXT BOOKS! All the aesthetics school use old books so outdated they don't even include any information about led light therapy or oxygen infusion or microcurrent or microdermabrasion – it's insane. Update there text books to the current decade – it's about three decades behind. That would be a great start!"
~ Marc Edward; Marc Edward Skincare

"As licensed professional it is our "responsibility" to contribute to raising the bar for our profession, and the only way that this is accomplished is by raising the standard of education! It's unfortunate that every state is so different, and even more unfortunate that the quality of education in aesthetics schools is so very different. But there is no sense in trying to change the past; we must focus on the future. Reach out to your state licensing departments and government officials and have a voice in your states standards, expectations and licensing examination requirements. Get involved!!! Even if it is by rallying aestheticians in your state to speak out and stand up for the scope of aesthetic practices and for what does NOT constitute quality education at the introductory level.
As professionals, we should be held to higher standards; and if we are held to them, we should practice them. What was the last continuing education class you attend? How many do you attend in a year? Do you return to your aesthetics school for this education? Do you work with fellow professionals to continue to educate yourself on the newest technology, innovations and ingredients? All of these actions will demonstrate the critical need for higher standards of education in each of our states. As an educator and a school owner I can say this ... it's not about the money ... it's about creating and empowering future professionals to enter the field MORE than ready to conquer the world!"
~ Michelle D'Allaird-Brenner; Aesthetic Science Institute

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