The aging population of baby boomers, the importance of image and the boom of medical aesthetics have spurred the growth of spas, skincare clinics and aesthetic centers in hospitals. These have created the demand for aestheticians, licensed professionals who keep the skin in its best condition. To help improve the standards in the local industry, American-licensed aesthetician Sylvia Cancio founded the country’s first professional school, La Manille School of Esthetics and Wellness. She studied at Atelier Esthetique in New York, a school recognized by the International Therapy Exam Council in London (Itec). The nod from Itec affirms that its program provides uncompromising standards in aesthetics. La Manille’s three-month course covers anatomy, with focus on the muscular and nervous system, physiology, electricity and lights, facial massages, botanicals, aromatherapy and business.  They learn everything, from writing a resumé to watching the bottom-line. To get a license, students need to pass written exams and practical exams on how to apply a European facial and Repechage, a French facial for mature skin. Further, the hands-on exams include making a model of a head with the s...