1.28.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician?

*NOTE*
this post contains things I've been learning in class. It may be boring to some of you. But if you're at all interested in skin care, beauty, and or history, this post may interest you! :)

Well, today is the last day of my first week in my Esthetics course. Long way to go still but I feel like I've already learned so much! My classes are 5 days a week from 8am-5pm. That's a full time job! I am tired, already, but I'm loving what I'm learning. Suuuuure, there are and will be those things that won't be too fun, but so far? It's a blast! Here are some things I've learned...

-Esthetician and Aesthetician are both correct. Aesthetician is more often used in the medical realm and is in reference to the original Greek word aesthetikos. While Esthetician relates more to the newer spa culture and is a more modern term. Sorry if that was boring to you. It was something I had wondered so I was happy when I finally learned the difference.

-I can't quite get over some of the beauty rituals from the Renaissance. They used to shave their eyebrows and pluck their hairline to give themselves a larger forehead. They thought it gave them a greater look of intelligence... YIKES! I seriously have to touch my hairline every time I think about this to make sure it's still where it's supposed to be. It hurts to think about. haha!

-When Queen Elizabeth I was... well, queen, men and women would adorn themselves with lead and arsenic powder... because it was the trend. I'm SO glad we don't have trends like that these days... do we? I guess tanning could fall into that "dangerously trendy" category. But lead and arsenic powder right on your skin? Can't be good, right?

-During Marie Antoinette's time, women would use small silk patches to conceal blemishes. We didn't really expound on this in class and I really wanted to, so I looked it up. Thanks to Wikipedia my questions were answered: "Tiny pieces of fabric, known as patches, in the shapes of dots, hearts, stars, etc. were applied to the face with adhesive. The fashion is thought to have originated as a way of disguising pox scars and other blemishes, but gradually developed coded meanings. A patch near the mouth signified flirtatiousness; one on the right cheek denoted marriage; one on the left cheek announced engagement; one at the corner of the eye signified a mistress."

and thanks to ANTM I think I've found the closest thing I can to an example. So glad I remember things like this... haha!

-I've learned how to give a bunch of treatments so far and have already learned how to tint eyebrows and eyelashes! We have to receive every treatment we learn to give, so that means I've had my brows and lashes tinted too. My eyes didn't like the lash tinting so much... But I'm sure I'll be doing it again and just have to deal with it. haha!

-I've had a facial basically every day this week and can already see the evidence. You would THINK that getting a bunch of facials would help your skin... well it does... but it also either stimulates your skin and/ or brings all of the gross stuff underneath to the surface. Apparently we're supposed to just expect major breakouts... awesome.

Well, I hope this wasn't too boring for you. I just wanted to share things that I find super interesting in hopes that some of you may too. It's also a good way for me to share that info with my family without having to try sharing it over the phone only to have them say "ya, not that interested". haha!

Have a great Saturday!

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29 comments:

Kate said...

I really liked reading this! Some of the things people have done over the course of history are so bizarre. Thanks for sharing, glad you're enjoying your classes!

Teaka said...

I love history like this! So enjoyed reading this post! My favorite classes during in my fashion design semesters were any of the history classes where we learn really interesting items people wore, what they were made of and why. Crazy what was done for "beauty!"

Alyx said...

I've wondered which was right as far as aesthetician or esthetician. Thanks for clearing that up!

karajean said...

I'm not even that into beauty type stuff, but I love history and found this very interesting! It's also {almost} making me miss school!

GingerPeachT said...

Yeah I agree that was super interesting!!
I like the beauty patches from bavk then. Didn't realize the placement was important. Lol lets bring that back I'm sure it will catch on. ;-)
I'm just started a new acne set and it warns that for two weeks my skin will purge. :-/ but after that it should be awesome! Lol

Morgan said...

this is a very cool post!
i think you should talk about school every week!

Nicole said...

That is so awesome! Sounds like you're enjoying it, which is GREAT! And believe it or not, I actually do find this stuff interesting. So keep posting about it :)

Jamie said...

Are you going to beauty school? I went a few years ago and it was so great! My face wasn't the same for a while after all those facial though.

Charlotte Pahline said...

Love all this skin care history, keep sharing please! :-)

m(elanie) said...

Wow I've never heard of a lot of this stuff!! Thanks for sharing! Your classes sound FUN : )

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stephanie said...

this is SO interesting! i seriously read this whole thing. i love this kind of stuff. i'm so intrigued by the whole patches on the face thing. if we brought that back i would have patches ALL over my face haha! glad you're enjoying school!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

thanks for clarifying Gentri! even though i love all things beautirific i was kinda confused by those meanings too. and dude, beauty rituals can be harsh hey? i read that Marilyn Monroe used to have her hairline waxed so it formed the perfect widows peak and widened her forehead out. wild! loved the lessons, you're obviously learning a lot! not boring in the least, i was a hairstylist before (since "retired") and a ton of my friends are estheticians. happy weekend!!! ♥

Emmett Katherine said...

G, don't apologize because this isn't boring at ALL!! I always want to know the secret of estheticians because they always look so polished and beautiful in a natural way. My "lady" is almost 60 and she looks about 40. So keep up these types of posts, lol.

The history is really interesting, the thing that made me laugh was the large forehead thing. so crazy!

I'm so glad you're liking school :)

~ Em K

Elisabeth said...

all of that history stuff is so interesting! thats really neat that you're learning all of that along with how to do modern techniques!

Che said...

That was actually really interesting, I'd never heard any of these terms before. Thanks for educating me!

Elisha(: said...

so interesting!!

Liz Brown said...

I've thought about taking an esthetician course, just to have the knowledge, and use it for myself and my family and friends. The history I guess is a fun little bonus :) I always did wonder what the little patches were for in Marie Antoinette and movies like that.

Lauren said...

This is awesome! It's so great that you're enjoying your decision! :) Can't wait for more fascinating updates!

Drama Queen said...

This was so interesting! I love make-up and such! And yes! My saturday was fantastic!!!!

Katherine said...

Thanks for sharing, Gentri! That stuff was really interesting. You shouldn't apologise for talking about things that interest you on your own blog, though!! Just a thought ;) Please keep sharing. Kx

mrs. dtf said...

haha i've always been afraid of getting a facial for that exact reason. super interesting post! & i'm glad to see you are enjoying school!

love,
mrs. dtf

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Gentri! This was really interesting to read! I'm such a sucker for History...so I especially enjoyed the part about the history of esthetics. ;) WHOA those Renaissance women were scary!

Glad you like your school!!! YAY!

Courtney B said...

You have gorgeous skin, I bet you don't have to worry about the breakouts as much as I would! I loved it when I was in hair school and we practiced on each other. The scalp massages were my favorite. We even learned how to give a basic facial!

Christina Marie said...

goodness im so glad that trend is over too!
thanks for stopping by, i left you a reply under your comment :p

Christina Marie said...

goodness im so glad that trend is over too!
thanks for stopping by, i left you a reply under your comment :p

Janette said...

Lets bring the face patches back Gentri! Lead the way girl! I want one.. I don't want to pluck my forehead though.. Why? Cause I don't need to.. I would be considered a stellar genius if I lived then.. I have thee largest forehead everrrrrrr!
Loved learning all these tidbits no doubt!

Janette the Jongleur

diary of this girl - megan said...

gentri, i just found your blog, and it is amazing! i love the layout :) this post is awesome, too. i could use one of those little hearts on my chin right now haha. and thank goodness shaving our eyebrows is no longer a trend. creepy!

-megan

Shalyn said...

I am happy for you that you are enjoying what you are learning (for the most part:-))

Troy & Amy said...

Hey, I recognized that pic! I studied esthetics out of the same Milady book! :-). Hope you are by now enjoying your career as an Aesthetician or should I say Esthetician? Lol