Certificate in Skin Care and Beauty Therapy for the Older Person

This three-part course leading to a Certificate in Skin Care and Beauty Therapy for the Older Person is designed to upskill professional beauty therapists in common aging conditions and equip them with the knowledge and skills to meet the particular skin and beauty therapy needs of an older client.

Twenty percent of the world’s population is classified as aged and due to improved lifestyles and medical advances this proportion continues to increase. Provision of age-specific skin and beauty therapy care requires specialist knowledge and skills. This is a neglected and not widely understood area and older clients’ concerns are not being adequately met. 

In addition to the three specialist courses on The Facial; Care of Hands and Feet; and Rehabilitation, Positioning and Hair Care this course introduces participants to the untapped Business opportunities that exist. Graduates of the course will be positioned to take advantage of the opportunity to extend their sphere of clients, establish a specialist work force and make a meaningful contribution to the Aged Care sector.

Students can attend one or all three sessions. However, attendance at all three is required to be awarded the Certificate

NB: These are non-credit courses and are NOT approved by NZQA. 

Duration: Each session is 6 hours


Session One: The Facial – An introduction to skin care and beauty therapy for the older client

This session provides in-depth instruction on physical changes that take place for an older person and practical instruction on how to give a facial that takes account of the impact of those changes, providing an optimal experience and result for the client. The changes, skills and knowledge included in this session are: 

  •  Facial Structure 
    • The ageing process in relation to changes in face muscles, and facial, bone and skin structures. 
    • Main skin care features in relation to the older client. 
  • Cells and Organs
    • The effects of ageing on the cells and organs of the various body systems including Bones and Joints, Brain and Nervous System, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Endocrine and Immune Systems. 
    • An overview of common conditions of ageing and the impact on providing beauty care.
  • Co-existing Conditions
    • Common skin diseases including psoriasis and skin cancers. “This does not certify the learner to diagnose or treat skin cancers or skin lesions in any way.”
    • Contra-indications for care.
  • Facial Techniques and Products
    • The differing needs presented by age and individual conditions of both female and male clients and how to apply appropriate facial techniques that meet those needs. 
    • Product lines and ingredients, consistency and penetration and exposure on the skin in different conditions.
    • Understand how to provide an appropriate environment for the client using such techniques such as aromatherapy and lighting.


Session Two: Care of Hands and Feet 

This session explores cognitive changes in the older adult, the issues surrounding effective communication and provides an insight into changes in behaviour and how the therapist can respond. The clinical session pertains to the care of the hands and feet, providing opportunity to explore the application of a hand/foot massage. 

The changes, skills and knowledge included in this session are:

  • Personalities and Health Issues
    • The impact that common drugs and cognitive changes including Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Depression may have on the behaviour of a client.
    • Understand appropriate responses to an adverse behavioural reaction from the client 
  • Communication and Behaviour
    • Common difficulties like hearing, sight and speech and options available to enable effective communication with the client.
    • Understand the importance of informed client consent, their preferences and adaptation to health conditions.
    • Understand how to work collaboratively in an aged care setting, ensuring the optimal outcome for the client.
    • Understand expectations for appropriate client behaviour.
  • Cultural Differences
    • The impact of culture and cultural diversity including customs, beliefs and traditions on providing appropriate care for the older client. 
    • Different characteristics of skin and possible considerations for different ethnic groups.
    • Understand the Fitzpatrick skin type classification.
  • Hand and Foot Care
    • Common hand and foot conditions such as arthritis, bunions, ingrown nails and fungal infections and common procedures appropriate for their care.
    • Contra-indications such as diabetes, heart failure and insufficient circulation and possible solutions for care.

Session Three: Rehabilitation, Positioning and Hair Care 

This session examines the special care required by people who are living with conditions that require rehabilitation and careful positioning. It explores how the therapist can work collaboratively with other health care providers, delivering optimum care for the older person. Hair care and hair removal are often of major concern to this demographic and it is this area of care that is the main focus of the clinical practice.

  • Care Plans
    • Understand conditions such as Stroke, Congestive Heart Failure, Emphysema, Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis and the special care and positioning required for clients with these conditions. 
    • Care plans, Personal-history cards and the implications on providing care.
    • Collaboration with a healthcare-team to provide optimal care.
  • Care Options
    • Possible care and conditions that can be provided to those recovering from serious illness.
    • Understanding the body’s need for recuperation, quiet and calm.
    • Application of warmth, gentle touch and appropriate products like lip balm, hand cream, body oil etc.
  • Positioning
    • Understand positioning for various clients’ needs and different procedures.
    • Support and timing of the procedures and the possible effect on the client.
  • Hair Care and Hair Removal
    • Hair types, structure and growth cycles and the effects of ageing.
    • Hair care techniques and procedures suitable for the client.
    • Understand contraindications of various methods of hair removal and how to apply appropriate safe methods that benefit the client.
  • Business Opportunities
    • Demographics and projections for growth of the older population.
    • Understanding the consumer needs of the older client and the opportunities for a therapist to meet those needs and extend the scope of their business.
    • Knowledge to work within an aged care facility and with older clients.



Tutor: Nataliya Slesarenko

Auckland Institute of Studies: 2017 - 2019 MBA Marketing

Saratov State Medical University, Russia:  2000 – 2002 Masters’ Degree Dermatology Residency Programme

Saratov State Medical University, Russia: 1993-2000 Doctor of Medicine, MD, Paediatrics

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