Facial Skincare Short Course

Here are the subjects that you will study:

  1. Introduction to Business English
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Professional Salon Skills
  4. Facial Skincare Theory
Facial Skincare Short Course

Facial Skincare: Short Course - Subjects

Here are the subjects that you will study:

  1. Introduction to Business English
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Professional Salon Skills
  4. Facial Skincare Theory

Career Opportunities

Here are your career options when you study the Beauty Therapy Course:

  • Makeup Artist
  • Artistic Director
  • Aromatherapy Specialist
  • Lash Technician
  • Spa Assistant
  • Holistic Therapy Specialist
  • Cosmetic Sales Person
  • Facial Therapist

What Will I Learn?

Introduction To Business English

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Non-verbal communication
  • Business communication
  • Communication skills
  • Meetings and presentations

Anatomy and Physiology

Here is what you will learn:

  • Human body anatomy
  • Body systems
  • Functions of the body system

Professional Salon Skills

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Introduction to the beauty industry
  • Professional conduct in a salon
  • Client liaison
  • Beauty Therapist behaviour

Facial Skin Care Theory

Here is what you will learn in this module:

  • Anatomy of the skin
  • Skin types
  • Skin tones
  • Skin disorders

Facial Skincare Short Course - Assessments

There are no assessments in the Facial Skincare Short course. You do not write formal exams,  your performance is assessed by the assignments that you complete. Provider programmes are created for self-development and skill-building.


You have to complete three assignments for each subject. Each subject should be passed with at least 50%. There are no due dates for your assignments. This means that you can complete and submit your assignments whenever you are ready, as long as it is within your duration date.


There are no exams for this course. You will only submit your assignments through email. After you have passed all the assignments with 50% and more, you will receive your Certificate.

Yes, Facial Skincare is a good career, here is why:

  • Everyday Is Different
  • You Can Work For Yourself
  • Set Your Own work Hours
  • Your Job Is Secure
  • You Can Work Anywhere
  • Allows Creativity
  • You Can Work Part-time

Everyday Is Different

Every day is different in a career in Facial Skincare. You get to meet different people from a variety of backgrounds. This will broaden your interpersonal communication skills as you get to give your individual attention to your clients.  

You Can Work For Yourself

With a Facial Skincare Short Course, you can work for yourself. This means that you can determine how much you can earn. If you are going to work for yourself, you can even start from home or visit your clients wherever they want to be attended to. 

Set Your Own work Hours

With a career in Facial Skincare, you can control the hours that you can work. This means that you can work in the morning or in the afternoon. When working for yourself, you can determine the hours that you want to work. This means that you fix your appointments with your clients at times that suit you.

Your Job Is Secure

The services for Facial Skincare are in demand. People are more and more always concerned with the way that they look. This means that your job is secure. People, especially women, are always willing to pay large amounts of money for beauty treatments and their appearance. 

You Can Work Anywhere

A Beauty Therapist can work anywhere. Not only in South Africa, but all over the world. With a Facial Skincare career, you are not only confined to a salon. You can also work in the television and film industry, modelling world and the events’ industry.

Allows Creativity

A career in the beauty industry allows you to be creative. As a Makeup Artist, Nail Technician, or Hairdresser, you have the freedom to use your creative flair. Facial Skincare is constantly introducing, for example, new facial treatments and techniques to their clients.

You Can Work Part-time

The beauty of a Facial Skincare career is that you can also work as a freelancer. This means that you can have a full-time job somewhere and practice your trade to make extra income. Most freelancers prefer to work from home, while some visit their clients in their homes.

According to missmillmag.com, the following are the top 10 highest paying beauty jobs:


  1. Hairdresser/Hair Stylist
  2. Cosmetic Surgeon
  3. Beauty Blogger or Vlogger
  4. Private Cosmetic Dentist
  5. Beautician or Cosmetologist
  6. Modelling
  7. Aesthetician
  8. Image Consultant/ Stylist
  9. Tattoo Artist
  10. Beauty Therapist

Here are the services that make the most money in beauty:

Semi-permanent browsR 6 515.00
Semi-permanent lineR 5 306.00
Semi-permanent eye-linerR 5 306.00
Ombre browsR 4 864.00
MicroshadingR 3 832.00

Here are the professions that work with skin:

  • Dermatology
  • Aestheticians
  • Cosmetologists


Here are the duties of a Dermatologist:

  • Evaluates patients’ skin condition
  • Keeps record of patient’s medical history
  • Record of patients’ symptoms
  • Analyse information regarding skin health conditions
  • Prescribes medication
  • Inform patients about available treatments
  • Monitor the effectiveness of skin treatments 
  • Conduct medical surgeries


Here are the duties of an Aesthetician:

  • Provides waxing, facials, body treatments and makeup applications 
  • Makes to appointments with clients
  • Welcome clients 
  • Accompany clients to and from treatment rooms
  • Interview clients to obtain information about contraindications
  • Examines skin to evaluate the suitability of treatments
  • Advises clients on skincare


Here are the duties of a Cosmetologist

  • Cuts, styles and colours hair and do scalp treatments
  • Applies makeup 
  • Perform massages, skin beauty treatments, body hair removals and manicure/pedicure
  • Applies and sells cosmetics and other beauty products
  • Schedules appointments
  • Maintain equipment and order material when appropriate
  • Complies with health and safety standards

Here are the 5 basics of skincare:

  • Cleansers – Remove excess oil, makeup, dirt, and dead skin cells, and maintain hydration 
  • Exfoliants – Removes the outer layers of dead skin cells, helping to brighten and smooth the face
  • Retinoids – Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A compounds that have shown to be effective at treating acne
  • Moisturisers – help draw and seal moisture into the skin
  • Sunscreen – helps protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays, which may cause skin cancer and signs of ageing

Your Next Step Is To Get Your Facial Skincare Certificate Course

After completing the Facial Skincare: Short Course, your next step will be to study for the Facial Skincare: Certificate Course.

Dermatology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the hair, skin and nails. To be a dermatologist, you must first become a Medical Doctor and then specialise in Dermatology.

A hydra facial is a treatment process that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection that removes dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. 

The word “hydra” in Hydra facial refers to the hydrating effect. The procedure itself is fast and efficient, only taking about 30 minutes to complete. The results are instantly noticeable.

Here are the 4 types of salons:

  • Hair Salon – The hair salon is the most popular type of salon. It encompasses all things related to hair, from cutting to styling to colouring.
  • Spa Salons – A spa, or day spa, is a place where your clients can get a total body experience
  • Nail Salon – Offers manicures and pedicures. This is in addition to painting the nails, and skincare for the hands and feet.
  • Tanning Salons – These salons offer skincare lotions to help provide protection during the tanning process. There are also self-tanning creams.

Here are the main beauty treatments offered by salons:

  • Hair-cutting, colouring and styling
  • Waxing and other forms of hair removal
  • Nail treatments
  • Facials and skincare treatments
  • Tanning
  • Massages
  • Complementary care, for example, aromatherapy

Step 1: Cleanse – The idea is to start with a clean slate

Step 2: Exfoliate – Helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin

Step 3: Steam –  Heats up the internal temperature of the skin and slightly dilates the pores

Step 4: Extract – Extract blackheads.  It is important to do it correctly to prevent damage to your skin and pores.

Step 5: Mask – You can use gel or clay masks

Step 6: Treat – Serums are great for treatments of specific skin concerns, like wrinkles and pigmentation

Step 7: Moisturise – apply a good layer of your favourite moisturiser

Step 8: Massage – Massaging into your facial helps to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage

Here is what characterises coarse skin:

  • Uneven tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Lack of skin radiance

Rough and bumpy skin is medically referred to as keratosis. Here is how you can minimise the roughness of your skin: 

  • Use a moisturising lotion to soothe your skin
  • Exfoliate your skin. Use a rough wash cloth to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
  • Apply skin creams that contain certain ingredients to help soften the skin and loosen dead skin cells. 
  • Use creams to reduce redness and itching

Dermatologists recommend hydrating ointments for extremely dry skin. They also recommend that you pick habits that will help your skin in the long term. Here are some habits that you can pick:

  • Do not wash your face more than twice in a day. 
  • Do not shower multiple times a day
  • Hot water contributes to the skin becoming dry
  • Pat your skin dry 
  • Do not rub your skin when drying it
  • Apply a skin moisturiser as soon as you get out of the shower. This is the right time because your skin pores will still be open and ready to absorb the moisture

Why Choose To Study With Matric College?

Here is why you should study at Matric College: 

  • You will study from home or any other environment that suits you
  • You save time and money – No need to travel and meet other associated costs 
  • You set your study schedule and study at your own pace – You will study at a pace that suits you
  • You can work while you study – Work while studying and fund your tuition fees 
  • Tutor assistance – We have tutors available to assist you with your course assessments every Monday to Friday, 08:00 am to 05:00 pm

Application Process

At Matric College, we have a simple application process that you can follow. You can do this online or through the phone. Here is how you can apply: 

  • Click here to apply for the Beauty Therapy Short Course or fill in the form below
  • Our course experts will contact you and register you for the Beauty Therapy Short Course

How Do I Study Facial Skincare Short Course?

Here is the process:

  • Within 5 – 7 days of registration, you will receive your study guides at your doorstep via courier
  • Create your study timetable
  • Attempt your first assignment and more thereafter
  • Your tutor will help you in areas that you are having challenges
  • Pass your assignments with at least 50%
  • Be awarded your short course Certificate

Where Can I Study The Facial Skincare Short Course?

You can study facial skincare short course at Matric College. Matric College is a distance learning institution. This means that you do not attend any classes. You study at home at your own pace.

When Can I Start Studying The Facial Skincare Short Course?

You can start studying Facial Skincare Short Course at any time. There is no specific registration time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is the difference between a Dermatologist and a Cosmetologist:

DefinitionProvides medical treatment related to the condition of the skin, hair and nailsConcerned with beauty treatment. Provides care for skin, hair and nails
Work as aHealth ProfessionalBeauty Expert
EducationDoctoral Degree in MedicineTrained at a Cosmetology school

Treatment of the following;

  • Skin cancer
  • Warts
  • Fungal infections
  • Dermatitis 
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Acne scar removal
  • Treatment of aged or sun-damaged skin
  • Chemical peel
  • Dermabrasion
Work locationHospital or clinicSalon or spa

Here are some of the ingredients that you can apply to your face at night:

  • Coconut oil
  • Hydrate with aloe vera gel
  • Glycerine with lemon
  • Rose water
  • Sandalwood
  • Turmeric
  • Tomato and sugar scrub

Here is what you can drink before bed to clear your skin:

  • Water therapy
  • Honey and lemon water
  • Fruit juices
  • Green tea
  • Turmeric milk

Lukewarm water is advisable for the face. However, cold water has its benefits too. Cold water tightens the skin. With cold water, your skin will look renewed and refreshed. It is also said that cold water boosts your circulation and makes your skin look healthier in its appearance.

For the best skin condition, you should sleep at least 7 – 8 hours a day.

Scientific studies have demonstrated the rejuvenating effect of coffee beans. This is because it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory action.  Caffeine effectively protects the skin from UV-induced damage.

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Author: Collin Wilbesi
Date Published: April 26, 2022
Editor: Amy Venter