What an Esthetician Can Do for Your Skin
An esthetician is a person who specializes in the beautification of the skin. Estheticians are not medical doctors; instead, they perform cosmetic skin treatments such as facials, superficial chemical peels, body treatments, and waxing.Here’s why you may want to pay a visit to this skin care professional, and how to become an esthetician yourself, if you’re so inclined.
What Is an Esthetician ?
Estheticians, also called skin care therapists, specialize in cosmetic treatments of the skin. If you have ever wondered about your skin type, or if you have trouble deciding which skin care product to buy, a visit to an esthetician will be helpfulThis skin care professional can teach you all you need to know about the proper care of your skin. Estheticians (sometimes spelled aestheticians) can help you create a daily skin care routine and suggest skin care products that are appropriate for your skin type. In short, estheticians can help you maintain healthy skin.
Estheticians put in many hours of training before they’re able to place their hands on your skin. All estheticians must be trained and licensed in the state in which they are working.
Most estheticians work at salons, day spas or skin spas, and medi spas. They offer various cosmetic procedures like facials, body treatments, and waxing.The salon is not the only place you’ll find an esthetician. Some estheticians work closely with dermatologists, either in the dermatology office or through a referral system. Your dermatologist may even have one on staff. They can also work in medical practices, where they perform procedures complementary to your dermatologist’s treatments.
Services Offered by an Esthetician
Although many estheticians specialize in certain areas, and every spa will have different offerings on their menu, here are some of the fundamental treatments estheticians provide.
It’s an esthetician’s signature treatment: the facial. The basic facial consists of a deep cleansing, exfoliating treatment, mask and facial steam, finished off with a moisturizing product. You may also be treated to a facial massage, arm and shoulder massage, and application of specialty products. Facials are tailored to suit your skin’s needs and your preferences. Every esthetician has her own unique method as well
Also a part of most facial treatments are blemish extractions. Your esthetician manually removes non-inflamed breakouts, like blackheads, and cleanses blockages of dead skin cells and oil from your pores. This makes an immediate improvement in the look and feel of the skin, and can help prevent inflamed blemishes from developing in the future.
Regular treatments by an esthetician may help clear acne breakouts. Exfoliating procedures, along with extractions and over-the-counter acne products, can often clear up mild acne and blackheads. Moderate acne to severe acne, on the other hand, should really be treated by a dermatologist. But you can still utilize the skills of an esthetician for treatments that work along with the prescription acne medications. She can also help you choose skin care products that help combat acne treatment side effects, like extra dry skin (all providing your doctor gives the OK, of course).
Superficial Chemical Peels (AKA “Lunchtime Peels”)
Body Wraps, Masks, and Scrubs
Waxing and Hair Removal
Estheticians vs. Dermatologists
Estheticians are limited to performing treatments that work on the superficial layers of the skin. They can’t give any types of injectables like Botox or facial fillers, nor do deep chemical peels. Any and all invasive procedures must be done by a medical doctor, not an esthetician.Got an unidentified rash or odd-looking mole? Need help with a skin problem like eczema or psoriasis? Have a boil or large cystic breakoutthat needs to be lanced? Pay a visit to a dermatologist instead.
How to Choose an Esthetician
To get results you’re happy with, and enjoy your time in the treatment bed, you’ll need to find the right esthetician for you. When choosing an esthetician, keep these points in mind
- Look for someone who is knowledgeable in the area that’s most important to you (i.e. acne treatment, anti-aging procedures, chemicals peels, etc.) Before booking your appointment, ask the esthetician if she has any specialties or which treatment she does most often. If you’re looking for anti-aging treatments but the esthetician spends the bulk of her day doing body treatments, she may not have the experience to help you get the best results.
- Find someone you feel comfortable with. Nearly every spa treatment requires some level of undress. You should feel at ease with your esthetician, and she should place your comfort level first and foremost.
- Consider the salon’s hours. Are they open during times that are convenient for you? Also ask when the esthetician is available, since many are self-employed and set their own hours independent of salon hours.
- Ask friends and family for referrals and recommendations.
Do you think the skin is an interesting organ, and that working in a spa sounds divine? A career in esthetics may be for you.Estheticians are required to be licensed in 49 states, with the exception of Connecticut. You will first have to complete 260 to 600 hours of training, depending on your state’s requirements, at an accredited beauty school. After your training is complete you will also need to pass both a written and a practical, or hands-on, exam. Estheticians are licensed through the state board of cosmetology or department of health.Receiving a license is just the first step. A good esthetician also completes many hours of post-graduate education and strives to stay abreast of the latest developments in skin care. A few states recognize master estheticians, those who have completed advanced training.An esthetics job is not all just serene spa music and fragrant skin care products. You must also love working with people, and providing physical touch through your treatments, while making your clients feel comfortable and at ease. You’ll be happiest in this career if you sincerely enjoy caring for and helping people.
As an esthetician you’ll be expected to provide treatments that bring you into close and personal contact with a stranger’s body—extracting blackheads, providing bikini and Brazilian waxes, and body treatments that require some level of nudity on the client’s part. If any of this makes you feel uncomfortable or squeamish, you may want to rethink this as your career path.To earn a salary on the higher end of the pay scale, you’ll also need to be a skilled salesperson. Guiding clients through their skin care choices and selling products is another key part of the job. Even if you’re not interested in pushing products, you’ll need to upsell treatments and re-book clients to build your business. A steady clientele means a steady paycheck for you.The average salary for estheticians, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, is just over $30,000 a year. This isn’t including tips, though, which can add 10 percent to 20 percent (or more) to your annual salary. The highest-earning estheticians can make up to $100,000 per year. For this type of salary, you’ll need to work in a large, and affluent, metropolitan area and be in demand with a steady clientele.
A Word From Verywell
While salon treatments by an esthetician aren’t a necessity, they’re a nice way to pamper yourself. When utilized correctly, they can also help your skin look brighter and healthier. make sure you let your esthetician know of your skin care goals. This will help your customize a treatment plan for you. Also remember that you’ll need to commit to a series of treatments, done at regular intervals, to get a noticeable improvement of your skin.To get more info on how to become an esthetician in your state, contact a local beauty college or cosmetology school.