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What is an Aesthetician?

Also known as: Cosmetologist, Clinical Aesthetician, Esthetician, Clinical Esthetician.

An aesthetician is someone who works at a salon or spa, giving specialized skincare treatments to clients, in particular, facial skin care treatments. They may also perform body treatments such as body wraps, massages, waxing, sugaring, manicures and pedicures. Aestheticians have specialized knowledge when it comes to skincare products and can recommend an at-home skincare regime coupled with recommended products that would be appropriate for their client.

What does an Aesthetician do?

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:

  • Deep pore cleansing treatments
  • Facial exfoliation
  • Facial massage
  • Extractions and specialized acne treatments
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Light chemical peels
  • Cellulite treatments
  • Body Wraps
  • Waxing and Sugaring
  • Manicures and Pedicures

What is the workplace of an Aesthetician like?

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.

How can I become an Aesthetician?

An interest in cosmetology with a special interest in skincare 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:

  • A caring and nurturing personality
  • The ability to create a relaxing, soothing atmosphere
  • Interest and care in personal appearance
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented personality
  • Organized

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.



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Further Reading

  • Why I Love Being An Esthetician

    I began my esthetics career in 1987, just a few months after graduating from High School. I was lucky in that I always knew what I wanted to do. My grandmother was a hairdresser and owned her own beauty salon, so I truly believe the career of helping people look and feel beautiful was in my genes.

  • Esthetician: My Gig

    Leisa Askew is a senior lead esthetician at BellaPelle Skin Studio. Leisa, who lives with her partner, fourteen-year-old son, and several pets, is excited that she turned forty this year and that life is good. A typical day is controlled chaos, as she juggles tonics, facial massages, and masks. Here’s a look at her career and life.

  • How Much College Does It Take To Become An Esthetician?

    If you're passionate about skincare and would like to help people look their best, consider a career in esthetics.

  • Medical Aesthetician Career Overview - How To Become An Aesthetician

    A medical aesthetician specializes in skincare, particularly facial skincare. Therefore they are often closely associated with the field of dermatology. Aestheticians provide a variety of services, procedures, products, and consultations to help improve and maintain the appearance and health of the client's or patient's skin.

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