Ossa Skinworks Esthetics Classes

Skin science and advanced technique for serious esthetics students

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Our esthetics classes give you a strong foundation in the whys and hows of traditional and advanced skin care services. Whether you’re preparing for your state board exams, starting your business, or a licensed professional seeking new knowledge and skills through continuing education, our classes will help you deliver science-backed skin care services with self-assurance and accuracy.

Reliable Information

As a licensed master esthetics instructor, licensed master esthetician, and former esthetics program director—and with a science background in infectious disease—Monique is singularly qualified to give you the highest quality esthetics instruction. 

One of the top comments from past students is that Monique’s classes are robust. Her students learn a lot, the information they learn is accurate and cutting-edge, and the techniques are both tested and effective. With Monique’s training, you help ensure that your clients are in capable hands.

Empowering Approach

Monique’s teaching style is relatable, generous, and holistic. She teaches in order to help you retain information, with a strong emphasis on teaching demonstrations and clear, step-by-step explanations. Her goal is for every student to grasp the material, learn how to put techniques into practice, and develop deep confidence.

The Classes

Monique offers a wide range of classes to help you build an esthetics business based on scientific observation and solid technique

Infection Control

An overview of infection control, from understanding science- and safety-based standards and practices to important safety guidelines in your esthetic practice.

At the end of this class, you will be able to: 

  • Explain the purposes and roles of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Describe the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  • Discuss autoimmune disorders caused by bloodborne pathogens.
  • Outline the principles of infection control.
  • Identify potential hazards you may encounter as an esthetician.
  • Establish and use safety guidelines for estheticians.

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Product Chemistry: Ingredients and Selection

Our most popular class, Product Chemistry is a deep dive into professional skin care products that focuses on familiarity with the properties of common ingredients and the use of these products in your esthetic practice.

At the end of this class you will:

  • Understand components used in formulating products.
  • Understand FDA regulations regarding cosmetic claims and product safety.
  • Recognize the most common cosmetic ingredients and their benefits.
  • List and describe the main categories of professional skin care products.
  • Explain how basic products are used in facials.
  • Understand product formulations for different skin types.
  • Explain the benefits of numerous skin care products.
  • Know how to safely use a variety of salon products.
  • Be able to recommend home care for different skin types and conditions.

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Anatomy and Physiology: Heart and Lymphatic Systems

The cardiovascular and lymphatic systems make up the whole circulatory system of our body. Understanding how these systems work is key to providing exceptional services and passing the state board exam. At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the cardiovascular system.
  • Explain the components and function of the blood.
  • Describe the function of the heart. 
  • List the diseases and disorders of the heart.
  • Recognize the components, function, and disorders of the venous system.
  • Identify the components and function of the lymphatic system.

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The Physiology and Histology of the Skin

The foundation of your work as estheticians is a deep understanding of the skin. In this class, you’ll get  a complete overview of  its structure, chemical composition, function, and more.

During this class, you will:

  • Learn about the integumentary system.
  • Study the functions of the skin, including protection, sensation, heat regulation, excretion, secretion, and absorption.
  • Understand how the major cells of the epidermis and dermis function.
  • Understand the effects of esthetic services and products on different layers of the skin and their respective cells.

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Chemistry and Biochemistry for Estheticians

The more you understand chemistry and biochemistry, the better prepared you will be to determine potential product effectiveness and enhance your professional success. This class gives you a solid foundation in these sciences as they apply to esthetic care.

At the the end of this class, you will:

  • Understand the chemical composition, structure, and properties of matter and how matter changes under different conditions.
  • Understand how organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry apply to esthetics.
  • Understand the difference between physical and chemical changes to matter.
  • Understand pH and its role in the treatment room.
  • Learn the chemical structure of products estheticians use and recommend: solutions, suspensions, emulsions, and surfactants.

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Chemical Peels: a Primer for Estheticians

Chemical peels are deeply tied to pH and skin type. Understanding them is crucial for any esthetician who offers this service.

At the end of this class you will:

  • Understand the acids used in chemical peels.
  • Be able to select acids that will yield the best client outcomes.
  • Understand how peel pH and concentration affect safe performance in the treatment room.
  • Understand terms such as free acid, neutralization, and partial neutralization.
  • Understand irritation in relation to pH and concentration and learn how to select peels that give clients the best outcome with the least number of side effects.
  • Be able to review common peel formulations and identify which skin types and conditions they benefit most.

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Basics of Electricity for Estheticians

Electrotherapy is now a standard tool for the esthetician. To use it safely, it’s crucial to understand electricity and how it works so you can offer these services safely.

At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Define the nature of electricity and the two types of electric currents.
  • Define electrical measurements.
  • Understand the principles of electrical equipment safety.
  • Describe the types of electrotherapy and their uses.
  • Understand contraindications for electrical modalities.

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Skin Analysis: The Secret to Success!

Careful analysis of the skin is foundational to a successful, effective esthetic practice. This class walks you through the basics, from skin types and specific skin conditions to full skin analysis. 

At the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify skin types.
  • Identify a variety of skin conditions.
  • Explain the causes of these skin conditions.
  • Understand how UV radiation affects the skin.
  • Explain healthy habits for the skin.
  • Determine treatment contraindications.
  • Conduct client consultations.
  • Fill out skin analysis charts.
  • Perform a skin analysis.

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Advanced Understanding of the Skin in Distress

A deep understanding of skin damage and distress is a critical skill for the successful esthetician. In this class, we walk you through some of the most common skin issues and teach you to identify and understand them.

At the end of this class, you will:

  • Understand the inflammation cascade.
  • Understand how you can deliver exceptional outcomes by harnessing the inflammation cascade.
  • Understand wound healing and its role in treatment outcomes.
  • Be able to identify injuries from LASER and other treatment therapies.
  • Recognize short-term and long-term photo damage.
  • Be able to describe the factors that influence acne.
  • Better understand rosacea.

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Pharmacology for Estheticians

Pharmacology plays a particular role in the esthetician’s practice. In this class, we walk you through the composition and therapeutic uses for medications that are commonly prescribed for skin conditions. 

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the drug approval process.
  • Identify common skin conditions and the medications used to treat them.
  • Name frequently used medications and describe the effects of these medications on the skin.
  • Discuss why estheticians need to be knowledgeable about the side effects of medications.
  • Define what is and is not within the esthetician’s scope of practice, as far as medications and their side effects.

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LASERs and Light Energy for Estheticians

LASERs and light energy are a big part of an esthetician’s practice. Learning the basics behind LASER– and light energy-based therapies prepares you to be a more informed and effective esthetician. 

At the end of this class, you will:

  • Understand the role of LASERS and light energy in esthetics.
  • Understand light and its electromagnetic qualities.
  • Be able to describe the difference between Intense Pulse Light and LASERS.
  • Be able to define terms such as photothermolysis, TRT, chromophore, and phototherapy.

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