Course: Introduction to Integrative Esthetics
Introduction to Integrative Esthetics
Aliesh Pierce, LE +2

Welcome to LearnSkin's Integrative Esthetician Certificate Program

You are now part of a select group of estheticians in one of the fastest growing areas of skincare: integrative esthetics. Increasingly clients are seeking estheticians with knowledge of integrative approaches, which is why we developed this program.
If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to reach out to us! There's a discussion board for our group in this course. Please be sure to list the name of a course or faculty member you'd like to direct a question to, so we can be most helpful in our response.
We look forward to seeing you at the monthly calls! 
A calendar invite has been shared with the Zoom link(s) and will also be provided by email closer to the event dates.
For any logistical or administrative questions, the LearnSkin team is available to help at .
We look forward to embarking on this educational journey with you!
Aliesh, Apple, Peter, and Raja

Introduction to Integrative Esthetics and the IECP

Integrative esthetics takes account of the whole person and uses all available therapeutic modalities using an evidence-based approach. In this course you will learn about what integrative esthetics encompasses and what to expect from the subsequent five modules of the IECP program.
After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Define integrative esthetics
  2. Distinguish the differences between conventional and integrative esthetics
  3. Review the IECP course and resources to follow along

What Is an Integrative Esthetician?

This lesson introduces students to the concept of integrative esthetics. It is meant to inspire students to develop an inside-out and outside-in approach to skincare.
After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the importance of treating the whole person
  2. Learn about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  3. Understand how these various approaches can work together

Practical Approaches to Integrative Esthetics

This lesson provides guidelines to understand what it means to take an integrative approach. A practical way to adapt eastern and western approaches will be discussed. 
After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Recall the core philosophy of integrative approaches
  2. Summarize the various approaches to skin analysis
  3. Develop an integrative philosophy

The Client Consultation Process

Conducting a proper consultation is the key to determining the best protocol for each client. An integrative consultation goes beyond questions about nutrition, medications, and skincare products, to include questions that point to well-being. Without diagnosing, the goal is to educate the client on lifestyle changes that may improve their skin as well as their overall health.
After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Restate which questions to ask during an integrative consultation
  2. Assess clients using various wellness modalities
  3. Identify client’s skin health goals
  4. Categorize when to refer to a dermatologist, TCM, or Ayurvedic practitioner


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Aliesh Pierce

Aliesh Pierce, LE is the author of Milady’s Aesthetics Series: Treating Diverse Pigmentation, a textbook educating estheticians about multi-ethnic protocols. She began her career in the beauty industry as a makeup artist in Milan. Moving back to the states, she attracted celebrity clients like Queen Latifah, India. Arie, Ming Na Wen, and the Obama family. However, when she wanted to get to the core of her client’s concerns, she turned to skincare and has been a licensed esthetician for 17 years.


Her aesthetics career includes holding positions as the Director of Education for DMK Skin Revision and Veria Ayurvedic Skincare, the Marketing Manager for R&E Cosmetics Labs, and the Product Training Specialist for Vitality Institute. She also had a hand in formulating products for Daily Concepts and the new Viola Rouge cosmetics line.


Aliesh has been the keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States, as well as Switzerland, Italy, and China.


She currently divides her time working as an independent consultant, creating courses for her e-learning platform AskAliesh.com, and offering transformative skincare services at her skin treatment studio in Philadelphia, PA.

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Richard Merrill

Richard Merrill is a results-driven Spa Business Consultant who specializes in mentoring and guiding spa businesses across the U.S on branding, marketing, sales, strategic planning and management systems. With over 15 years of experience working in the spa and beauty industry, Richard understands firsthand the nuances of building and operating a successful spa business, and focuses intensely on guiding spa professionals to accelerate success and grow their vision. Richard is a licensed esthetician, make-up artist, published author, educator and certified holistic health coach. In 2019, he founded Richard Merrill Consulting, LLC which provides business consulting, marketing services, digital media and printing solutions as a practical one-stop resource helping spa professionals build more profitable businesses. Richard lives in Washington State with his Maltipoo Coconut. They can be found traveling the US in their RV visiting a city near you!

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Raja Sivamani

Dr. Raja Sivamani is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis and Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit.He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento and an Associate Professor of Dermatology at California Northstate University, College of Medicine.He engages in clinical practice as well as both clinical and translational research that integrates bioengineering, nutrition, cosmetics, and skin biology. With training in both Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine, he takes an integrative approach to his patients and in his research.He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research manuscripts, 10 textbook chapters, and a textbook entitled Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics, 3rd Edition with a passion for expanding the evidence and boundaries of integrative medicine for skin care.

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