Halloween Skin Care by Vanessa Oakley

Autumn is here, the days and nights are getting colder, drier and harsher. Usually around this time we start thinking about what we are going to be and do for Halloween. I want to prepare you for the season. As the climate shifts, so should our skincare. For a lot of my clients I recommend that a person switch to using a richer moisturizer than you use in the summer months.  I also think that exfoliating at least once a week is great if you are noticing that your skin is starting to look a little dull. If you are ever unsure what your skin is telling you, please make an appointment to see your skin therapist! After a facial she will have a wealth of knowledge for you on your skin’s particular needs. Some people tend to forget about sun protection as we move closer to the winter months. Please remember that it is always time to protect your skin from the sun.


Here’s some of my theatrical makeup (I love Ben Nye)

Now that we have dealt with the drying effects of October in Canada, we are ready to get into some Halloween Makeup!! Always look into the types of makeup or face paint you might choose to buy this year. There are so many different kinds to choose from like latex, creams, wax, adhesive appliances, oil based, cheap-o dollar store and professional brands that are becoming more readily available. If you can, always go for quality.


I did this makeup for a photo shoot where we were playing witches

Another thing to consider with your Halloween makeup is, to actually remember to remove it at the end of the night. Not all makeup and removers are created equally, some will need different products to get it off and some can’t be done with just soap and water. Depending on type and brand, you might find yourself needing cold cream, coconut oil, baby oil or even good old fashioned makeup remover to look like yourself again. Especially for the little ones, you want to remove the face paint easily. This could effect what you choose to buy.


Fantasy makeup by our Professional Esthetics class

So…on the big day, wash off all of the debris from your day. Whether it be school or work or whatever your normal day throws at you. Gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin so that you are super clean and refreshed. Moisturizing your face will prevent your face paint from flaking off during the night’s adventures. If you are going out before the sun goes down please make sure not to miss the sunscreen. My favorite is the Physical Fusion from SkinCeuticals. (For the little trick-or-treater’s, simply wash, moisturize and SPF.) Once this has fully absorbed you are ready for your ghoulish design!!!


Skull makeup I did for Halloween a couple of years ago


I hope that you have so much fun and don’t eat too much candy!!

Happy Halloween




Vanessa Oakley is an internationally certified Esthetician and an instructor at Delmar College. In her past career experience she worked in the theater industry, and has a love of theatrical makeup and costuming.

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September at Delmar: a Recap

September is synonymous with back to school, fall leaves, and that faint hint of pumpkin spice lingering everywhere you go.

We welcomed lots of new classes this September, and said goodbye to some amazing graduates too.

Congratulations to our May Clinical Esthetics grads. All the best to Ashley, Ryley, Jessica, Julia, Chelsey, and Ezel. We wish you nothing but success!


Congratulations to our November Hair Design grads. Lauren, Morgan, Melissa, Kat, Dakota, Kayley, Nicole, Stephanie, Delaynie, Lyndsey, Ashleigh, and Ashley, we wish you all the success in the world.


Welcome to our new September Hair Design students…


September Nail Technology students…


…September Clinical Esthetics students…


…and our September Hair Styling Pre-Employment students!


We started our very first Advanced Make Up 102 class, and we’ve been following them on their journey with us.

Our September Lash Extension class started too!


We gave away a huge make up haul and a $500 scholarship to our final #gotodelmar contest winners.

Shared more of our student’s work that they put on social media. (Don’t forget to use #delmarlifeYYC on your posts so we can share your stuff)

And we featured more work from our last student photo shoot. Thank you all for all of your hard work and creativity, and a huge thank you to Brandon at Analog Dog Creative for some amazing images.

Esthetics student Lindsey W. wrote a blog for us (click here to see it)…


…and so did Hair Design instructor Brittany (click here to see it)


We made a really exciting announcement in our Esthetics department, and blogged about it too (click here to see it). Delmar now offers our full Professional Esthetics program in an evening and weekend format.


AND as an introductory offer we are including our Laser/IPL Technician program in our October 2016 Esthetics class ON US.


Our April and June Esthetics classes came together and took part in a fun team challenge. This team challenge had the theme of Diva on a Dollar. They were broken into a few different teams, were then given a sealed box full of clothing and jewelry, and had to create a full look that included make up, nails, and some basic hair styling based on the items they received. It was so much fun! Congrats to our winners, Brenda, Nicole, Taya, and Cheyanne!


What an awesome month it was! We can’t wait to see what October brings…


Audrey Brown

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Student Perspective: How I came to Delmar by Lindsey W.

I haven’t always known what I wanted to do. I wasn’t born to do esthetics. It didn’t even come naturally to me at first. I awkwardly stumbled into this industry not knowing what to expect, and have grown a love and passion for it that I never could have imagined.


Working on my consultation skills in the student spa

I worked in various retail and administrative positions after finishing high school. I received my Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate from Bow Valley College when I was 20 years old. I usually worked 2 jobs and was always unsatisfied. I’d get bored after I’d been at a job more than 6 months, as there was nothing left to learn. My performance would start to suffer and I would start looking for a new job. I wanted something that challenged me, and let my creative side shine. I’d sit on my phone at lunch hours looking at career changes. “Nail Tech? No – not talented enough for that” “Photographer? When would I find time to take the course and make the change?” “Florist? They probably don’t make enough money” I came up with every excuse in the book to not take the plunge and find something that would make me happy. So I stayed in jobs I hated. For 8 years.


My Instagram post on my first day at Delmar!

Now to December 2015. “I’m 25 years old and what have I done with my life?” I thought on a daily basis. Over Christmas, my dad came to Saskatchewan, where I was living at the time, and could see how unhappy I was. He said “why don’t you come home and take a break and figure out what you want to do?” So I handed in my resignation at work, and told all my friends I was leaving. Three weeks later I was back in Calgary. “Now what?” I thought. So I took a 2 month break from life. I lived with my parents. I connected with some old friends, and the breathing room was much needed and enjoyed. Then came time to make a decision. I knew I couldn’t go back to pushing paper behind a desk. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. I refused! So it was time to take the leap of faith and go back to school; get a new skill set under my belt. But what? Makeup! I like makeup, right? Sure. Okay, let’s do this for a while until I figure out what I really want to do.


Fantasy makeup I did on my classmate Anjali

I had done research on a couple of schools, and I interviewed at another college. During that admissions interview I was asked: “Would you ever be interested in the esthetics program?” Now I really had to think. I’d never been particularly “girly”. I think I’d had 2 pedicures in my life – set foot in a real spa ONE time. What would I do with esthetics?? It wasn’t me. But the thoughts nagged at me. It sounded fun. And I could learn to love this, right? But was waxing, and painting nails REALLY what I wanted to do? Was this going to be satisfying? Or would I get bored working at a makeup counter all day just like I got sick of spreadsheets and Word documents? “What have I got to lose?” was the main thought going through my head.


A manicure I did in the Delmar purple…

So I’d decided on esthetics as a new path, and had enrolled in a program at another school. Then It was suggested to me that I check out Delmar before making any final decisions. Linda was so kind and welcoming, and I could tell this was a caring learning environment. Linda finished the tour with her famous question that she asks after every tour: “can you see yourself kicking around here in the spa?” YES. I could absolutely see myself here. Linda sent me away with a hug and I knew that this was the place for me.


Here I am in the spa with some of my classmates and my instructor Angela

In my 5 months at Delmar I have fallen in love with skin care and the beauty industry. Smoothing down a heel and seeing a set of pretty toenails make me happier than I could have imagined. And making someone so comfortable and at ease that they fall asleep during a facial is the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. Remember that fear of being bored I had? Boy, was I wrong! There is a whole world of esthetics out there! I’m already planning my next upgrade courses. There’s a lash extension course offered at Delmar that I am dying to take. I also want to get my IPL certificate for laser hair removal, in case I ever want to go into a more Clinical Esthetician role. There’s also makeup artistry, microblading, threading, sugaring, nail tech, and so much more. I was asked where I see myself in 5 years, and you know what? I have no idea! In this profession, the sky is the limit! I can work in a medi-spa, a hotel, on a cruise ship or from home. I can also become an esthetics instructor, open my own spa, or who knows – maybe invent my own skin care line! No chances of being bored here!


Practicing micro-current

I still have days where I doubt myself. Some days I just want to go hide behind a desk and a phone. But as my instructor, Rae, says: “a bad day at the spa is still better than a good day at the office”. She could not be more right. Just because I have a comfort zone, doesn’t mean I need to stay there. I have to be reminded by my instructors constantly that I am a beginner and it’s okay for me to make mistakes. They build up my confidence and assure me that I am making the right decision. My instructors have been by my side every step of the way and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for me. My classmates and I are always there for one another and help each other through anything. They make afternoons in the spa feel like we are just girlfriends hanging out. It doesn’t feel like work or school at all! I can honestly say I’ve made wonderful friends in my classmates and my instructors; I hope to remain friends with them for a long time.


My mom as my pedicure model. Thank you to my family for all of their support!

For anyone considering the beauty industry, I say: GO FOR IT! Take the plunge! Leap that leap of faith! You have NOTHING to lose, and EVERYTHING to gain. You will gain a knowledge you didn’t know you wanted, and skills you didn’t know you needed (like how to properly hold a nail polish bottle!) I am sure you will fall in love with skin care, the smell of nail polish, the feeling of wax running off a wax stick and spa life like I did.



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Karim Haddad Photography

What is Esthetics?

Esthetician can mean many different things. Especially in this day and age, the word seems to change definitions on a regular basis, with the advent of new procedures and products.

This also means that every school is going to offer a slightly different program. Of course each has the desire to be cutting edge, and has their own reasoning behind how and why they offer what they do.

So what can we offer the potential future esthetician?

Our Esthetician program is a fast-paced and comprehensive program that gets you ready for a career in the beauty industry. You will not spend days just sitting in the classroom because, we get it, you want to get to doing services, so we break your days up. Our goal is that you get as many hands on client experiences as possible.


A couple of our happy graduates!

The services you will be trained in include: skin analysis, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, gel polish, waxing, tinting, basic makeup, body treatments, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, LED light therapy, and dental grade teeth whitening.


Gel nail polish application

Like most people, we think germs are bad and aim not to spread them around to others. That is why each of our students must attend, and pass, our Infection Prevention Control certification class. From day one of your program you are taught how to maintain a sanitary working area. We believe in it so strongly that we also train you to use an autoclave for all of your metal implements, and we use one onsite in our student spa.


We believe in hospital-grade disinfection and sterilization in the student spa (and always).

Our aim is to offer you the best that we can. So we stock the student spa with tons of great skin and body products from professional lines, such as: SkinCeuticals, YUM Gourmet Skincare, Skeyndor, Natural Concepts, MAXeffects Naturals, and Katrine Marso. This means that you get all of your hands on experience with products that perform.


Our Esthetics program is delivered over 864 hours, and can be taken over four, full-time days per week for 27 weeks; or, can be taken in an evening and Saturday format for 36 weeks. Our evening and weekend program is one of the few Esthetics diploma programs in Alberta that is delivered this way. What does that mean for you? You don’t need to quit your day job while you go to school. Both delivery formats are eligible for student loan funding.

Oh, and you get some awesome scrubs to wear to school too. Along with a kit full of all the implements and things you will need to be successful.


Our June Esthetics class sporting their new scrubs.

Who will be teaching you?

All of our Esthetics instructors are internationally certified Estheticians and Beauty Therapists. They come from diverse backgrounds and specializations in the beauty industry, offering you a wealth of experience and knowledge.


Raelyn McKay, ITEC certified Level 2 Beauty Therapist, and our theory instructor.


Angela Wildgust, City & Guilds certified Level 3 Beauty Therapist, certified Level 5 Beauty Therapy lecturer (England), A1 Assessor Award (England), and our practical/spa instructor.


Vanessa Oakley, ITEC certified Level 2 Beauty Therapist, Lash Extension instructor, and our evening and weekend Esthetics instructor.

Have questions? Maybe you want to sign up?

Contact Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics, at 403-264-8055 or at lindav@delmarcollege.com for more information.

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How I Came to Love Hair: A Guest Blog by Brittany Connors

Not all of us are born knowing what we want to do with our life. Sometimes it takes trying a few different things before we find what we like. There are so many choices out there now and it can be overwhelming. We tend to blog a lot about our students and staff that had this innate passion for the beauty industry. They just knew. But that’s not everyone who comes to our school or works with us. Today we are talking with instructor Brittany to get a different perspective on going into the industry and becoming a hair stylist.


“Is this for me? Am I doing the right thing?”

At one point in everyone’s education these thoughts come to mind.

I call them the “OH SNAP” moments in our lives. These moments consist of times when we have started something that we are either unsure of but do anyways, a backup plan, time killer, or for a hobby.


Which ever is your push, we all take that first step at joining hair school. Now I didn’t attend hair school because I had a love of hair; as some may, but I wasn’t so lucky. I had a criminal justice background, and had no interest in the family business. My mother, Susan Dean, owns the largest cosmetology school in the east coast. When I had nowhere to go, but knew I needed to pay some bills, I enrolled in hair styling at her school as a backup. (my push), while I “thought of something I really wanted to do”.


Brittany with her most recent Hair Styling grads


My “OH SNAP” moment was when I was almost completed my course and my mother asked if I would want to compete in a hair show. Now up to that point hair wasn’t so difficult for me. I found I picked up practical work fairly quickly, and theory was, well, just book work.  I found that growing up around the school really aided in me understanding a lot of the aspects of the job. So as I figured “WHAT THE HECK” I began training for that competition. Finding a model, and working on that model took place over 4 weeks. In this time I quickly found out that even with competitions being in my blood, as I competed horses all over North America, I WAS SCARED!


First competition! Placed third in Men’s Avante Garde

What if I fail? Is this really for me? WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING?


Third place Women’s Trend

I think that sometimes when you are scared that you are going to fail that’s when you need to see if you do or if you succeed.  Fear can sometimes hinder some decision making. For me, it’s more of a drive to do it. Prove yourself wrong!

Over 5 years of competing I’ve taken third place – Men’s Avante Garde, third place – Ladies Trend, second place – Ladies Trend, and tried out for the Canadian world team.


Second place Ladies Trend winner – Edmonton ABA

No one can ever stop you from trying. Sometimes I find for myself you can only fail yourself by not trying. It takes amazing courage and confidence to get up in front of your peers to show your work. Not every time you get on the stage is it a “WINNER”. However, that is what makes placing so special. Without losing, no one wins. No one will learn. I believe that hair competitions birth a different type of individual. Competition molds stylists into their path.  Competitions create passionate, professional stylists. Stylist’s that gain confidence, and grow their networks all around the world. Ones that push the boundaries trying new things.


Onstage at the Edmonton ABA

After one has been in the career for a few years, you will find that your ‘professional individuality’ evolves. I found that even though I really didn’t want to start in this profession, I ended up loving every minute of it. I started out by wanting nothing to do with the cosmetology schools, and now I am a hair instructor, following in my mother’s footsteps. I thank hair competitions for all that passion.


Getting her hands dirty while teaching men’s grooming

You never know where life will take you. One really needs to just enjoy the ride and believe that things do happen for a reason. If you think that you will not be successful, start thinking the opposite and see what can happen.

We love a success story! Thank you to Brittany for sharing with us. It doesn’t matter how or why you enter into something, all that matters is what you do with your time while you are doing that thing.


Audrey Brown

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August at Delmar: a Recap

August was another busy month here at Delmar. Lets see what we got up to…

We launched our #gotodelmar contest in August, and have given away some great prizes.

We still have one more to give away this Saturday, a scholarship of $500. Head to our Instagram page to find out how to enter.


We love giving stuff away, so stay tuned for more contests to come!

Our October 2015 Professional Hair Styling class had their final photo shoot with Brandon from Analog Dog Creative


By Hair Styling student Jessica


By Hair Styling student Sadia


By Hair Styling student Shazia


By Hair Styling student Sara


By Hair Styling student Mariah


By Hair Styling student Sisko

…and they graduated! Congratulations to you all!


We blogged about a bunch of our programs

Clinical Esthetics (click here to read about it)


Nail Technology (click here to read about it)


Hairstyling Pre-Employment (click here to read about it)


We featured some awesome student work

Our Professional Esthetics students completed a workshop on fantasy makeup. Here’s a couple pics of their work:

We made a really exciting class announcement! You can now take our Professional Esthetics program in an evening and weekend format. Contact Linda Villeneuve at 403-264-8055 or by email at lindav@delmarcollege.com for details.


Overall it was another great month here at the college! September means lots of new students, and lots of new student work to post about, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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What is Nail Technology?

With the increase in popularity of really different, creative nails out there a lot of people are thinking about getting into the nail business.

But what does it take to be a successful nail technician?

Many things would go into that equation. Lots of practice, having a teacher and mentor that is highly skilled, offering services that are safe and sanitary. Those are just a few things on the road to success.


One of our very talented instructors, Leslie Ann, doing a demonstration of a classic pink and white gel nail

The first thing you would probably look at is where you can take a nail course. There are a lot out there, but not all are the same. You need to do your research when it comes to finding the course that is right for you. Really break it down and ask a lot of questions in regard to what exactly will be covered in each course, will you need to do additional courses, and how will the educator support you once you are done. Because these Instagram nail guru’s were not born over a weekend, or a month. They spend hours upon hours honing their craft.


Pedicure and nail art by NT student Cassie

Delmar College likes to do things a little differently than most. When we were developing our Nail Technician program we did a lot of industry research, because only a working tech would know whats going on in the world of nails. Also, because we wanted our program to be eligible for student loan funding. This means a lot of work has gone into the development of, what we think is, the most comprehensive Nail Technician program in the province.


We have two campuses! Here are some of the daytime NT students working hard at our Modern Beauty location

Like we mentioned earlier, our program is eligible for student loan funding. It is also a regulated program under Private Vocational Training (PVT). That means that everything we offer you has been approved by the provincial government. It also means that we must report to them in many ways. We are graded on your success.

Above images by NT student Debra

The Nail Technician program is offered over a 7 month period, with a total amount of 432 hours. We can offer our students two different class options:

Two days per week: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


Four evenings per week: Monday to Thursday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This gives our students a lot more options when it comes to work and child care. So what kind of stuff do you learn?


Image courtesy of NT student Cassie. You can check out more of her work on Instagram @esthetics.by.cassie

You will learn about pedicures, manicures, gels, acrylics, gel polish, back-fills, nail drill purchasing, implement and supply purchasing, LOTS of nail art, and 7-months to establish a loyal clientele list! Because we are all about YOU working on real people, so you get lots of time to do that in a supportive, educator-led environment.

We realize our program is longer than other courses you may have seen. But we stand behind that amount of time. We want you to become the next big thing. You need time to do that.


Image courtesy of NT student Cassie

Interested? Have questions? We would love to answer them for you. You can contact our Director of Esthetics, Linda Villeneuve, at 403-264-8055 or by email at lindav@delmarcollege.com. Our next class starts in September!

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Featured image courtesy of NT student Cassie 


What is Hairstyling Pre-Employment?

Hairstyling, in Alberta, is a licensed trade. There are a number of different ways to get your license. One of those ways is by entering into a Hairstyling Pre-Employment program.


The Delmar Hairstyling Pre-Employment program is a 500 hour program designed for the person who wants to keep their Monday to Friday job, or has child care commitments during the day, but wants to explore the career of hairstyling.

Karim Haddad Photography

Karim Haddad Photography

Training in the Pre-Employment program is equivalent to the first period technical training portion of the regular apprenticeship program.  Students are eligible for student financing.  The program covers theory and practical sessions in the study of:

  • Government exam procedures
  • Women’s and Men’s Design Haircutting
  • Hairstyling Wet and Dry
  • Long Hairstyling/Up styles
  • Texture Services/ Basic and Design
  • Hair Coloring/ Basic and Design

This program starts September 28, 2016 and is offered Wednesday –Friday 5:00-9:00 and Saturdays 8:30-6:30 for a total of 23 weeks.

Karim Haddad Photography

Karim Haddad Photography

In our Pre- Employment Program, students receive basic training in all the aspects of hair design necessary for employment in a hair salon and gets you on track to starting your apprenticeship.


At Delmar College we understand that the more options we can give students the better. This program is just one of the many options we offer. For more details you can contact Shauna De Freitas at 403-264-8055 or by email at shaunad@delmarcollege.com.

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Karim Haddad Photography

What is Clinical Esthetics?

Several years ago we started to see some big changes in the esthetics industry here in Canada. More and more doctors and nurses were getting into the world of injectables and  laser. With that came a focus on more advanced skin care techniques and the use of product lines that contained ingredients that made really visible changes in the clients skin.


LED Light Therapy

There was now the need for more and more estheticians. The doctor and the nurse could focus on the medical-type cosmetic procedures, while someone needed to be focused on the skin care needs of the client. Thus was born the clinical esthetician, a.k.a. “medical esthetician”.



Depending on the clinic you worked at, the position of clinical esthetician could mean a variety of things. You could be trained in laser or IPL hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, body contouring, skin tightening, advanced facials, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, chemical peels, and advanced product knowledge.


Raelyn and Genalin attending a SkinCeuticals product knowledge class

If you were interested in becoming a clinical esthetician at that time, you would first have to complete an esthetics program and then you would need to find a clinic that would take you on and train you in these advanced services.

Karim Haddad Photography

Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion (Image: Karim Haddad Photography)

There are a lot of success stories from that time, and a lot of highly trained estheticians who spent years training under a doctor or a nurse. Unfortunately though, there are also the opposite, and because Alberta is not regulated in the esthetics field, anyone could buy some advanced equipment and start their own medi spa. In fact, you may have noticed that in the past ten years, medi spa’s seem to be popping up everywhere. With that growth there has also been a growth in the amount of negative experiences we often hear about from our friends and in the media.


LED light therapy being used in an advanced facial treatment

This all comes down to the level of knowledge the person offering the service has. You don’t know what you don’t know, and if you aren’t given a set of guidelines around what you should know it can get very confusing. Something may go wrong and you may not understand why that happened or what to do once it has happened.


A student using a hand-held ultrasonic cleansing device in her skin treatment

This is why promoting the education of the service provider is so important. Anyone can be trained to push certain buttons and follow a procedure. Having an understanding of what happens when the button is pushed and why the procedure is as it is, is the vital key.


Bio-Therapeutic microcurrent and galvanic machine

So in response to the need for more specialized education, and because some clinics found it daunting to go through the hiring and training process with an esthetician that maybe didn’t have the foundation of skin science, came the creation of Advanced Esthetics or Clinical Esthetics programs at colleges across the country.

Clinical Esth

Two of our past Clinical Esthetics students getting ready to do some IPL treatments

These programs really vary from province to province. Some require you to have a one year esthetics diploma before being considered for enrollment, and some are geared towards the beginner who is looking to have a sole focus and is not interested in learning about traditional esthetic procedures like manicures and pedicures.


Our Clinical Esthetics students receive a professional Clarisonic for face and body use

Clinical Esthetics at Delmar College is geared towards the person who fits in the latter group, but is not limited to someone who may already have some education and experience in the esthetics industry. Our program is four months in length and is focused on the skin and the science behind laser, IPL, and advanced facial technologies.


Silhouet-Tone Derma Pod machine offers both diamond tip and crystal microdermabrasion, as well as LED light pod treatments

We partner with some of the biggest and best distributors to give our students an amazing kit and hands on experience with a wide variety of cosmeceutical and advanced products. There is also a heavy focus on hands on experience with procedures that involve IPL, including hair removal and skin rejuvenation. We do this because laser and IPL should not be left to learn in a week, it should be done continuously, so the student leaves with a higher level of confidence in this service.


We instruct our students in hospital grade disinfection and sterilization methods, and use an autoclave in our student spa

Currently we offer the following in our Clinical Esthetics program:

  • Infection Control Certification
  • Skin Sciences
  • Laser and IPL
  • Skin Analysis
  • European Facial Treatments
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion (diamond tip and crystals)
  • Microcurrent and Galvanic
  • LED Light Therapy
  • Business Planning and Practices

Just a sampling of the different chemical and enzyme peel options our students get to train with

Our students get a kit full of hand-held, advanced devices from Bio-Therapeutic and Clarisonic, and work with professional lines like SkinCeuticals, PCA, Katrine Marso, YUM, and Skeyndor. We have an IPL machine by Active Crystal onsite, and at our students disposal, as well as some pretty amazing advanced treatment equipment from Bio-Therapeutic, Silhouet-Tone, and more.


Some of the hand-held items our Clinical Esthetics students receive in their kit

If you are interested in learning more about the Clinical Esthetics program at Delmar College please contact Linda Villeneuve, Director of Esthetics, at 403-264-8055 or by email at lindav@delmarcollege.com.


Audrey Brown

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Why you need antioxidants in your life, like now

What is an antioxidant?
According to SkinCeuticals.com:
“An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.
Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons. Five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against cellular damage are: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants work by different mechanisms to stop or neutralize damage. Out of the five antioxidants found in the body only vitamins C and E have been proven to get into skin. Additionally, there are a few plant antioxidants known to work in skin.”
Why do you need antioxidants in your life?
Simply put, to offset the damage your skin and body undergo from free radicals.
What is a free radical you ask?
According to SkinCeuticals.com, a free radical can be described as:
“Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive.
These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.”
So, free radicals are super oxidizers. Antioxidants inhibit oxidation.
Boom. (I just dropped the mic there)
We often get so focused on sun protection that we forget how many other environmental aggressors our skin is exposed to on a daily basis. I remember sitting in a skin training session years ago and the presenter telling us how every time a smoker brings their cigarette to their mouth to inhale, trillions of free radicals enter their skin. Trillions. Every. Single. Time. 
Let’s say you aren’t a smoker. Good. You have a made a very healthy life choice and I congratulate you for it. But you probably go outside and walk around the world right?
It would be negligent to think that in this day and age, if you live in an urban area, that you are not exposed to pollutants on a regular basis. The fact that the Government of Canada has a whole department focused on reporting air quality stats for most cities in the country should be a strong indicator that this is a big issue.
Environment and Climate Change Canada describes what it does and where their information comes from on their Air Quality page. To quote them, it says this:

“Air quality describes the concentration of air pollutants in the air that we breathe. Air pollutants can become dangerous to human health if concentrations become elevated, especially for people who are sensitive to air pollution, such as the elderly, individual with respiratory illnesses and young children, or are exposed to pollutants for extended periods. To reduce risks, people need to know when pollutants are present and in what concentrations.

Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists assess air quality by collecting and analyzing samples taken from near ground level. Pollutant levels are affected by such factors as emissions sources, weather conditions and topography. Building on their expertise in weather prediction, Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists have developed complex computer models that now provide air quality forecasts for major centres in Canada.

This section provides daily and long-term forecasts of air quality, including levels of smog and ground-level ozone.”

The information collected and reported is centered more around how air quality impacts the health of individuals who have respiratory and cardiovascular concerns. But since our skin breathes the same air as our lungs do, whatever is going into our airway is also touching our skin.

Are you ready to live in a bubble yet?

While we cannot guarantee that we are 100% removing pollutants from our lives, we can take steps to help minimize their impact on our skin health.

If your next question is, can’t I just eat better and drink more water? the answer is no. When it comes to your skin health, it is not that simple.


Vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, so eat often and enjoy. But please don’t rub them on your skin! It’s just not the same thing as using a serum or cream.

The skin on your body is your largest organ. It is also the last organ to get any kind of benefit from what you ingest. All your internal systems will get the antioxidants you eat and drink. And that is a good thing! So please do eat more fruit and veg and drink lots of water. Just don’t treat your skin through ingestion alone.

Put it on. When it comes to our skin the direct approach is best.

Are you ready to start adding antioxidants into your skin regime?

If you are thinking yes, then you are probably wondering how to get them in there. Let me save you from standing in one of the many skincare aisles that you find in most major retailers. Go get a facial or have a skin consultation at one of the many amazing spa’s and clinic’s that are probably all around you. Better yet, come see one of our Clinical Esthetician’s in training in our student spa. We would love to help you, and it helps us too! Our students always need to be practicing their skills.


Our Clinical students offer a variety of skin treatments that always include a skin analysis

Wherever you go, just do a little research on the product lines that the spa or clinic carry. There are a ton of really great lines in this world, but not every single one focuses on antioxidants. Also, especially when it comes to vitamin C, how an antioxidant is produced and sourced will either make it your skin’s new best friend, or do absolutely nothing for it.


That’s because vitamin C is unstable. It must be made under certain conditions and packaged in a way that light and oxygen cannot break it down before it gets into your skin.

Here at the college we stand behind the antioxidant powers of the SkinCeuticals brand. When it comes to vitamin C, they know their stuff. And how could they not, since the line was founded by “Dr Vitamin C” himself, Dr Sheldon Pinnell.

In 1997, SkinCeuticals changed the face of skincare with the introduction of Serum 10 and Serum 15, the company’s first stabilized, pure L-ascorbic acid topical antioxidants
SkinCeuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell conducted research about antioxidant formulation and discovered specific formulation factors, now known as the Duke Antioxidant patent. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these standards.”
Happy antioxidant-ing!
Audrey Brown
no gimmicks. just great education