Melanoma Awareness

As some of the only professionals to closely examine the skin on a regular basis, Stylists, Estheticians and Nail technicians, we are in a position to spot melanoma on a client before anyone. It is important to know we are not doctoring and do not diagnose but you can help with referring your client to a dermatologist and also with prevention. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer but if caught early enough it is almost always curable, so it is important to stay informed! In 2020 the American Cancer Society predicts 100,350 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed and about 6,850 people are expected to die of melanoma. The average age of being diagnosed is 65. With that being said Melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults, especially women 30 years of age and younger. In the US the percentage of people diagnosed with melanoma has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Higher risk factors for Melanoma include having green or blue eyes, blonde or red hair and fair or freckled skin. Also, Tanning beds are believed to have an impact on the increasing number over the years. It is not to say that doing or having any of the attributes means you will be diagnosed with skin cancer, but it is always good to be cautious. 10% of people diagnosed with Melanoma have a history of melanoma in their family, so it is very important to get regular checkups by your dermatologist. There is no 100% way of preventing skin cancer but there are plenty of good precautions to take! Number one Precaution is to stay out of the sun, obviously, that is not always obtainable so the next best thing is… Sunscreen!

 In the beauty industry it is important to be informed and keep your clients informed how important sunscreen is. Sun screen should be used EVERYDAY not just during the summer or when you’re outside. UV rays can come through windows in your house, office or car and still be damaging to your skin. You should find a sunscreen that works best for your skin type and wear it everyday after washing your face and before applying any makeup. Sunscreen on your skin that is not being covered by clothing should be reapplied every two hours no matter what SPF you’re using. One of the most common mistakes the population makes with sunscreens is thinking the higher the SPF the longer it last, that is false. Anything over SPF 50 is misleading and people tend to use the higher SPF bottles improperly. Rather you’re using 80, 50 or 15 SPF you should still apply every two hours even on cloudy days, after swimming or sweating. Also, the type of sunscreens you use matter! Spray sunscreen are popular because they are easy to apply and they are fast, but with spray sun screen you increase your chances of missing areas of your body to be exposed, you should never use spray sun screen on your face inhaling some sun screen ingredients may cause or trigger health risks. The FDA has not determined the health risks of inhaling sunscreen but recently advised not use them near your face, Better safe than sorry.


One last friendly recommendation, always wear sunglasses. Rather you’re outside at the beach, at a sporting event or in your car. Ocular melanoma, most people aren’t aware it exists. Ocular melanoma is a type of cancer that develops in the cells that produce pigment. Pigment gives color to your skin, hair and eyes. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin you can develop it inside your eye or on the conjunctiva. The only prevention of ocular melanoma are regular eye exams and sunglasses. Your chances of ocular melanoma aren’t as high as regular melanoma but unfortunately there is no cure for ocular melanoma just yet. Some pictures in the blog are of product we use here at PIC with SPF for sun protection.



Ms. Tiffany took a few minutes to chat with us about her Esthetics career and how she started on her exciting teaching journey.  Ms. Tiffany is an alumnus from our school, and we are excited that she came back to inspire our future Estheticians. She is an important part of our Esthetics Program and we are so lucky she chose to come to Palomar Institute of Cosmetology!

PIC: What license do you have, and how long have you been licensed?

Ms. Tiffany: I have an Esthetician License and I have been licensed since 2006.

PIC: How and why did you choose a career in the beauty industry?

Ms. Tiffany: Having acne growing up, I wanted to learn the truth about skin care. After I went to school, I realized that I love helping others in their skin care routine and with their skin problems.

PIC: What was your beauty school experience like?

Ms. Tiffany: I absolutely loved school. I remember calling my mom every day at lunch to talk about everything I learned that day. It was such a positive experience for me.

PIC: What subject was hard for you in beauty school?

Ms. Tiffany: I would say Anatomy, it was hard to remember all of the bones and muscles of the face.

PIC: Can you tell me more about your beauty school experience. Did you ever make a mistake on a client?

Ms. Tiffany: I remember one time I was waxing a client’s eyebrows and I somehow waxed a hole in her eyebrows. I was absolutely mortified!

PIC: Tell me about a teacher who has inspired you.

Ms. Tiffany: I’ve had a couple instructors who inspire me, they have so much heart and truly care about their students’ future.

PIC: Tell me about your professional journey after beauty school and before you started teaching?

Ms. Tiffany: After school, I took a lot of advanced classes on my own. I wanted to truly love what I did and found that in working with acne. I went on to be a lead Esthetician at a full-service spa and eventually owning my own business in Point Loma.

PIC: What inspired you to teach?

Ms. Tiffany: I have always loved teaching. I wanted to be able to inspire students with my knowledge and help them with their path in skin care.

PIC: What classes do you teach at PIC?

Ms. Tiffany: I teach the Freshman training, Senior Theory, and I teach on the clinic floor as well.

PIC: Tell me about your teaching style. What are your classes like?

Ms. Tiffany: I strive to be engaging in my classes. I want my students to really understand the topics that I am teaching, so I utilize different teaching techniques.

PIC: Have you watched students come through this school and be successful?

Ms. Tiffany: I have absolutely seen students become successful. I am beyond proud of them. Knowing that I had a part in that makes me extremely happy to be teaching.

PIC: Tell me more about success. What is your definition of success in the beauty industry?

Ms. Tiffany: To me, success is to be able to connect with your clients, but also able to be professional. When I think of success, I think of someone who is driven and motivated.

PIC: What is your number one piece of advice for someone considering going to beauty school?

Ms. Tiffany: I would say come with an open mind. Some students come thinking that they only want to do one thing but actually end up loving different aspects of the program.

PIC: What type of advanced classes do you attend to keep up with the beauty industry trends?

Ms. Tiffany: I am constantly taking classes on different aspects of the beauty industry, whether it be lash classes or hyperpigmentation classes. My love for Esthetics is always growing.

PIC: Do you ever have students that struggle to learn a new technique?

Ms. Tiffany: Yes absolutely. I will often have students who have a hard picking up certain things. I actually love when that happens because it helps me grow as an instructor. I either adjust my teaching methods or I am able to spend some one on one time with the student.

PIC: When you work on the clinic floor, what do you do when one of your students makes a mistake on a client?

Ms. Tiffany: Well it is always a learning experience. So, I will pull them aside and talk about the mistake to them privately. Honsetly I don’t feel like there are many “mistakes,” just learning opportunities

PIC: Tell us a little bit about what you do outside of school. What are your favorite things to do during your time off?

Ms. Tiffany: I love spending time with my fiancé and our 2 dogs. We go to different dog parks and hiking spots throughout the year. I also spend a lot of time gardening and watching movies. I’m a homebody.

PIC: Where would you go on your dream vacation?

Ms. Tiffany: Hmm…that is a hard one. I have always wanted to go to Alaska and watch the northern lights.

PIC: If you could only take one beauty product on that vacation, what would it be?

Ms. Tiffany: EYE CREAM!!!!!!!

PIC: What is one thing about you that most students probably do not know?

Ms. Tiffany: Probably that I come from a big family, which I think has given me a lot of patience and helped me learn different personalities. Also, that I was really bad in school, until I came to school to be an Esthetician!

PIC: Thank you, Ms. Tiffany, for everything you do and for being an inspiration to our students! It was a pleasure getting to know you more.

Do you want to know more about our instructors? Do you have questions for them? Come meet them! Call today to schedule a tour of our school and meet some of our talented staff and instructors. Call 760-744-7900. Select Option 5. 

Mother Daughter Team Graduates

“We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to study together at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology. This adventure began as a long-awaited desire by mom and a fresh surge of interest by daughter. We tackled every challenge with a sense of independent accomplishment as well as sharing moments of combined celebrations, such as our “Summer Goddess Competition” win. Through perseverance during some of life’s surprises, such as a big move, a surgery for mom, and other unplanned events we remained focused and flexible having graduated about a month apart, both so proud of one another and excited for what the future holds. We left with many unforgettable moments, some of which were equally as character building as they were industry eye opening. What a beautiful journey it’s been!”

-Audrie and Chloe Metoyer

Color matching your eyes

Some have said our eyes are the window to our soul. In makeup we say our eyes are the point of focus in makeup design. Eye makeup accentuates, contours and allows the eyes to stand out. Depending on your eye color there are specific colors that will enhance your eyes.

Blue eyed beauties

Orange on the color wheel is a complementary color to blue.  Because orange contains elements of yellow and red, makeup shadow with these colors will enhance the blue in your eyes. So you want to choose gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauves and plum, and neutrals like taupe or camel. These are the best colors to complement your gorgeous blue eyes.

Green eyed goddesses

Red is a complementary color to green on the color wheel. We obviously don’t want to put red eye shadow on our eyes as they will look blood shoot and tired. You do however want to choose colors that are brown–based reds or other colors close to red on the color wheel. Colors like cooper, rust and violet.

Brown eyed girls

Let your colors run wild with this eye color. Because brown is a neutral color your eyes become a palate for any eye shadow.