Skin Deep: Skincare Courses For Success

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Do you watch endless hours of beauty YouTube videos and want to work in the beauty business? Perhaps you are already working in the industry and have ambitions to one day open your own salon or launch your own skincare brand. Take a look at what a course in skin care can offer you.


Many beauty professionals acquire formal training in skincare by completing a certificate or diploma in beauty therapy. A full-time beauty therapy course is one that is accredited by the following authorities; CIDESCO, CIBTAC, ITEC, BABTAC AND VTCT.

Additionally, there are a number of beauty schools and post leaving certificate colleges who offer a range of part-time and short skincare courses including advanced skin consultation, babtac facial electrotherapy and advanced skincare.

Furthermore, there are online diploma courses available in organic skincare. These courses are designed for beauty professionals who are interested in developing their own organic skincare brand or wish to add an all natural range to their current salon. 

What will you study?

You will study all aspects of skin care through a diploma in beauty therapy. Students learn about the anatomy and physiology of the skin and how external factors contribute to the skin’s condition and health. They study how age affects the skin and how to treat problem skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Furthermore, students learn about the health implications of using toxic skin care products.

For beauty professionals who want to study advanced skincare, courses in skincare delve into how to effectively diagnose and treat skin conditions. They will be qualified to recommend appropriate skin treatments and produce treatment plans. Specifically, treatments such as electrotherapy, microdermabrasion, skin needling, fillers, chemical peels and botox.

Organic skincare courses

A diploma in skincare teaches students how to formulate their own products using all natural and certified organic ingredients. Students first study skin science and similar to the above and learn about the structure and physiology of the skin. There is a focus on how organic ingredients play an important role in holistic skin health and how to care for the skin from a holistic perspective. Then students learn how to formulate an organic skin product from scratch. This includes facial and body toners, cleansers and moisturisers.

Finally, the course looks at how to brand and market your new skincare product range. For instance, it examines how to create a brand name and brand attributes, how to carry out market research, segment the market and target the most profitable segment. It also provides information on how to select and obtain the right organic certification for your product and gives advice on how to overcome challenges relating to purchasing organic ingredients.


In addition to the skills mentioned above, therapists learn administrative tasks such as basic accounting and staff management. They acquire interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to customer service and sales skills. Therapists are expected to be personable, approachable and friendly in the workplace.  They may also be required to promote a particular brand in-house and need to know how to sell products and treatments to customers.


The training at diploma level in beauty therapy prepares therapists to work directly in the workplace. They will not require any further training upon successful completion of the qualification.

Skincare therapists work in diverse environments including small and large salons within the leisure, hospitality and health-related organisations. Some therapists choose to set up their own salon and become self-employed. Others may decide to launch their own skincare brand and work with retailers and distributors. Some therapists work for cosmetic and skincare companies as buyers and sales reps.

Find skin care courses near you in’s national courses database.

Laura Molloy

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  1. maryjo murphy 12/07/2019 at 21:50

    I would love to get a qualification in facials massages / body massages…. I should have done this years ago but age should not be a reason to give up on my dream ,, kind regards maryjo

    1. Gemma Creagh 26/08/2019 at 09:30

      Hello Mary Jo,

      Yes, and think of how popular you’ll be with your friends and family! So we have a few online at the moment in both fields:

      But you should also check in with your local Solas office. They run accredited training courses that you might even be able to do for free.

      Best of luck and glad you’re following your dreams.

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