There are many personal and career orientated benefits to working for yourself within the aesthetics industry. Many delegates express that they feel working for themselves has many benefits and can work hand in hand with the aesthetic industry or even around their current medical career.

One main benefit of being self-employed in the aesthetics industry is that your working hours are more suitable as you can set them yourself while adapting them to fit your lifestyle. It gives you the flexibility to work when it is appropriate for you.

An additional benefit of working for yourself is that you can offer a higher level of care that matches what you feel you should offer to your clients. This allows you time to connect with your clients and a greater focus on meeting their needs. You can also have more involvement with the treatments chosen and control over the amount of time spent writing up notes and administering the procedure.

Time is always critical for our delegates, not only for the time with clients but also for the time spent away from work in their personal lives. Being self-employed in this industry allows the individual to have more control over their personal time and other commitments. Many of our delegates have mentioned that these combined factors have given them a better lifestyle.

Although there are many benefits to working for yourself within the aesthetic industry there are also a few drawbacks. If you are self-employed, there is no guaranteed income per month as it depends on how much work you have. You will also not be entitled to sick or holiday pay, which does need to be taken into consideration.

However some feel that this can be outweighed by benefits of working for yourself in the aesthetic industry. Not only will you have more control over working hours and the conditions you work under but you can also decide how much money you want to make.

If you have great skills, excellent patient care and are driven to succeed then a self-employed career in aesthetics could give you the quality of life you are looking for.

If you are interested in a career in the aesthetics industry, find out more about our aesthetic training courses by contacting us on 0845 230 4110 or emailing [email protected]

As Cosmetic Courses get ready to unveil their brand new Combined Agera Chemical Skin Peel & Microdermbarasion Training Courses, Medical Aesthetician and Trainer Fleur Nichols provides an overview of these exciting skin treatments:

Agera Chemical Skin Peels (in Partnership with Eden Aesthetics)


“Everybody can benefit from having a skin peel as Agera peels are at a basic level to exfoliate, decongest, remove dryness and help neutralize any little breakouts!

The Agera peels are effective, non-aggressive peels developed by leading scientists and Doctors. Using a combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid and l-ascorbic acid, we can treat different skin types and conditions.

Due to the low PH levels of these peels, we are able to treat the skin from the lower epidermal levels and up which basically means we can minimize irritation, redness and down time!

A course of Agera peels can gain fantastic results for those suffering from acne, congested problematic skin, fine lines and open pores plus help reduce pigmentation and sun-damage.”

Medical Microdermabrasion


“Microdermabrasion is a very popular non-surgical resurfacing procedure. It is safe, painless, effective and results can been seen after just one treatment!

Using a controlled flow of medical grade crytals and a vacuum, we remove the outer dead layer of skin cells which, if allowed to build up, make our skin look dry, congested and dull. The vacuum stimulates and invigorates the blood circulation to brighten your complexion.

At Cosmetic Courses, we have the unique option to combine Microdermabrasion and Agera Chemical Skin Peel training into one session to really enhance the results you can provide.”

For more information on Chemical Skin Peel with Microdermabrasion training at Cosmetic Courses, or to become a model for us and experience one of these fantastic treatments at a reduced price training rate, please contact 0845 230 4110 or [email protected]

There was a really interesting LinkedIn Aesthetics & Beauty Group thread recently about how best to deal with clients with rosacea.

We thought this discussion could be of benefit to our delegates at Cosmetic Courses as it is a relatively common ailment presented in clinic and quite tricky to deal with. As a potential contraindication, rosacea impacts upon many skincare / medical aesthetic treatments which you are offering.

Interestingly, one LinkedIn user opened the discussion by wondering how often “Rosacea” is actually misdiagnosed. True rosacea is estimated to effect about 1 in 10 people. It is characterised by:

  • episodes of flushing
  • outbreaks of spots
  • persistent redness of the skin
  • Visibility of small blood vessels
  •  Thickening and enlarging (especially around the nose area), but this is in more severe cases

It is counted as a chronic, long-term condition which is made worse by a number of trigger factors including extreme weather exposure, stress, certain food/drink.

Because there are so many different aspects to these symptoms, Broken Capillaries on the face are often wrongly diagnosed as Rosacea…so are papular / pustular acne break outs with a large degree of redness and even tendencies to flushing may be labelled Rosacea too! On the other extreme, some patients may have been given an official rosacea diagnosis by their GP but hide telling you for fear you won’t treat them or due to the connotations with stress / alcohol consumption.

It is good practise (as agreed on the LinkedIn thread) that, when dealing with rosacea only a doctor or dermatologist should make an official diagnosis. If you do have suspicions that your patient is suffering from this condition, you could gently try and persuade them to make an appointment. However, you should never share your own diagnosis with the patient.

Where does that leave you, with treating a potential Rosacea patient?

Lovely as it would be to “fix” every patient’s skin problems, as one LinkedIn thread user admits, it just isn’t possible. Rosacea is a long-term problem without a known cure and certain treatments are actually proven to aggravate and make the condition worse.

If the rosacea presents with active acne, for example, then you should react as with any other active acne case and avoid treatments like Genuine Dermaroller Therapy, botox to the area and microdermabrasion which could spread the acne or cause infection. You will not need to mention rosacea to your patient: you can just cite the active acne as your reason for being unable to pursue this course of treatment and this is an ideal excuse to refer them to their GP who may identify the rosacea at the same time.

For rosacea patients with particularly irritated, red skin and blood vessels very close to the surface, treatments like abrasive peels and microdermabrasion should be avoided.

However, your rosacea patient may still be able to have some treatment. If no active acne is present, use your experience to decide whether a gentle L-absorbic acid type peel might be suitable (for example) and Genuine Dermaroller, too, is fine on non-irritated areas. It is all about really getting to know your patient, doing a very thorough skin history assessment with them and using your professional discretion. If in any doubt, refer to a GP first and remember you are within your right to gently suggest it would be better not to treat – rosacea is a recognised contraindication.

We hope this has been helpful to you. For more advice, please do not hesitate to contact Cosmetic Courses on 0845 230 4110.