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Apply knowledge of skin biology to beauty treatments
|Unit Descriptor||This unit describes the knowledge required to apply the principles of skin biology to beauty treatments. This competency will apply to a range of beauty treatments and roles in the workplace.|
|1 . Apply knowledge of skin structure and function to beauty treatments||
|2 . Apply knowledge of the structure and function of hair to beauty treatments||
|3 . Promote skin health and care||
|Key Competency||Examples of Application||Performance|
|How can information be collected, analysed and organised?||Evaluating treatment and advising on future treatments will require the communication of ideas and information.||2|
|How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?||Identifying client needs and characteristics will require information to be collected, analysed and organised.||2|
|How are activities planned and organised?||Performing a range of beauty treatments providing aftercare service and advice according to client requirements, manufacturer's instructions, health and hygiene requirements and workplace procedures will require activities to be planned and organised.||2|
|How are problem solving skills applied?||Maintaining knowledge of workplace procedures and relevant legislation will require reporting to other staff members.||2|
|How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?||Safe use of products and equipment according to manufacturer's recommendations will require the use of mathematical ideas and techniques.||1|
|How is use of technology applied?||Recognising and responding to unsafe situations and applying preventative measures will require problem solving skills||2|
|How is team work used within this competency?||Recording relevant outcomes and reporting problems may require the use of technology.||1|
Relevant legislation may include but is not limited to:
Federal, State and local health and hygiene regulations
Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
Workplace policies and procedures may include but are not limited to:
health and hygiene
comfort and privacy
designated time frames for the completion of the service.
The main functions and role of the skin may include:
the integumentary system
relevant skin surface anatomy
major epidermal appendages and dermal structures
major cells of the epidermis
role of vascular, connective and nervous tissue in the dermis.
The structure, function, distribution and development of the glands of the skin may include:
the structure, function, distribution and development of skin glands
production, composition and possible functions of sebum
production, composition and functions of eccrine and apocrine sweat fluids
control of sweat and sebaceous gland activity.
Skin colour and reaction to light may include:
main factors contributing to skin colour
origin, structure and location of melanocytes and keratinocytes
optical properties of skin in relation to reflection, transmission and absorption
relationship between skin type, minimal erythermal dose, skin protection factor and sunscreen use
normal responses of keratinocytes to ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB)
normal responses of melanocytes to ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB).
Homeostasis and thermoregulation may include:
methods of heat production.
The role of skin as a sense organ may include:
stimuli and receptors
process of nerve conduction
types of receptors
systems and pathways of sensory and motor neuronal conduction
variations in sensory perception and their importance in a range of beauty treatments.
The main functions and role of hair may include:
The gross structural features of the pilobaceous unit may include:
structural and cellular features of a hair follicle
arector pili muscle.
The structural and cellular features of hair and hair follicles may include:
layers of the hair
hair root and follicle.
The process of hair growth and the hair growth cycle may include:
the process of hair growth
hair growth cycle
anagen (growth phase)
catagen (transitional stage)
telogen (resting phase)
influences on hair growth rate.
The effects of beauty treatments may include:
effects on hair and skin.
Provision of aftercare service and advice may include but are not limited to:
effects of nutrition on skin and hair
advice on further services.
Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Knowledge and consistent application of relevant workplace policies and procedures.
Knowledge and consistent application of Federal, State and local health and hygiene requirements/regulations and skin penetration legislation.
Knowledge and consistent application of safe work practices and the safe use of products and equipment including the use of preventative measures, according to manufacturer safety manuals and Occupational Health and Safety regulations/requirements.
Knowledge and consistent application of the principles of skin biology as they apply to beauty treatments, including:
main functions and role of the skin
structure, function, distribution and development of the glands of the skin
skin colour and its implications to the beauty industry
role of the skin in homeostasis and thermoregulation
role of skin as a sense organ
main functions and role of hair
gross structural features of the pilobaceous unit
structural and cellular features of hair and hair follicles
process of hair growth and the hair growth cycle
effects of beauty treatments on hair and skin
provision of aftercare service and advice.
Knowledge and skill in the application of a variety of beauty treatments, using a variety of techniques/procedures involving skin care.
Accurately and legibly recording relevant data.
Context of assessment
For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, competency should be consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor and/or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor. The technical expert may include the beauty therapist and/or a skin biology specialist and may be in a simulated environment.
Competency should be demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace. For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to page 32 of the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.
Relationship to other units
This unit is a co-requisite for a range of beauty units. It requires an assessment outcome which includes evidence of the application of knowledge of skin biology to the performance of one or more beauty treatments.
This unit must therefore be assessed in conjunction with one or more of the following related units:
WRBBS407B Provide body treatments
WRBBS509A Plan the spa program
WRBBS510A Provide the spa program
WRBBS511A Apply aromatic plant oil chemistry to beauty treatments
WRBBS512A Blend a range of aromatic plant oils for beauty treatments
WRBBS513A Use reflexology relaxation techniques in beauty treatments
WRBFS305B Provide lash and brow treatments
WRBFS406B Provide facial treatments
WRBFS407B Provide advanced facial treatments
WRBSS302B Provide temporary epilation and bleaching treatments
WRBSS503B Provide permanent epilation
WRBSS504B Perform diathermy service
WRBSS505B Design and perform cosmetic tattooing/micropigmentation procedures
WRBSS506A Provide upper body piercing
Method of assessment
The following assessment methods are suggested:
observation of the learner performing a range of tasks in an actual or simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate his/her handling of a range of contingencies. Tasks may include:
identifying the principles of skin biology and developing and maintaining safe work practices
performance of a variety of treatment processes according to client and safety requirements.
written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding of beauty treatments using electrical equipment, including aftercare advice and relevant legislation.
completing workplace documentation relevant to beauty treatments.
third party reports from experienced beauty professionals in the workplace.
completion of self-paced learning materials, including personal reflection and feedback from trainer/coach/supervisor.
Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance
For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.
It can be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone, through an integrated assessment activity or through a combination of both.
Evidence should be gathered as part of the learning process.
Required skills and knowledge to achieve the performance criteria
Responding to possible skin damage situations.
Identifying client characteristics and recommending and performing a service, including:
preparation of the service area
preparation of products and equipment
preparation of the client.
Communication techniques, including:
using open and/or closed questions
speaking clearly and concisely
using appropriate language
Language, literacy and numeracy skills relevant to the role and workplace requirements.
The provisions of relevant health and hygiene regulations/requirements and skin penetration legislation.
The provisions of relevant Occupational Health and Safety regulations/requirements.
Knowledge of the principles of skin biology as they relate to beauty treatments.
Workplace policies and procedures in regard to the performance of beauty treatments.
Knowledge of skin biology in relation to beauty treatments/procedures.
The workplace product, treatment and equipment range and manufacturer instructions/data sheets.
Specific resources required for assessment
Relevant documentation, such as:
workplace policy and procedures manuals.
Access to a range of clients with different requirements.
A range of equipment and products appropriate to the beauty workplace.
Product labels and sources of product information.
A qualified workplace assessor or assessment team.