An aesthetician is a skin care specialist who does not have a medical background, but a cosmetic one in the beauty industry. It is a specialized branch of cosmetology and is typically pursued by a cosmetologist with a special interest in skin care.
Aestheticians work at salons and spas and perform specialized skin treatments on clients. Most often, treatments are focused on the face but they may also perform body treatments such as body wraps, massages, waxing, sugaring, manicures and pedicures. Therapists also have specialized knowledge of skin care products and can recommend an at-home skin care regime coupled with recommended skin care products that would be appropriate.
An aesthetician performs skin treatments that are non-medical. In some cases, they may work along with dermatologists at their offices, but typically are found in spa-like settings.
Skin therapies may be used as a relaxing treatment, or to address a skin problem such as acne, eczema, or dry skin. Relaxing skin therapies may include facials and massages, and these can be enjoyed by anyone simply seeking some personal time.
More targeted therapies such as anti-aging treatments have a specific audience, generally those concerned about the signs of aging beginning to show on their faces. These kinds of therapies might include microdermabrasion treatments, or gentle acid peels, and aim to eliminate wrinkles and create younger looking skin. Medical anti-aging treatments such as Botox must be carried out by a medical doctor and cannot be performed in a spa.
Aestheticians may treat previously diagnosed skin conditions, such as acne or eczema but they are not allowed to diagnose unknown conditions and must refer clients to a medical specialist, such as a dermatologist. Generally, an aesthetician aims to give a client a soothing and enjoyable treatment, which will address any skin problems the client may have and improve the quality and appearance of their skin.
Treatments given may include:
An interest in cosmetology with a special interest in skin care is needed to be in this profession. There are specific aesthetics courses which are required in order to practice, which typically take one year to complete.
Personal attributes helpful for the job include:
Someone interested in aesthetics pursues their career path with a goal of helping people. They are caring people and take a special interest in each and every one of their clients. Forming good personal relationships will help build a good relationship, even a friendship, between therapist and client and will help build and maintain a good client base. These abilities and attributes will help create a good therapist and will ensure that the treatments performed are personal, carefully selected and tailored for each individual client.
Aestheticians will usually find work in a salon or spa-type environment which should be a very pleasant environment to work in. These places are usually quiet and aim to be soothing and tranquil, designed to add to the relaxing experience of the treatments for the client. As there are many salons and spas in most towns and cities, it should not be necessary to travel too far to find a suitable position.