What does an Esthetician Do?
An Esthetician is a skin care specialist that assess the condition of your skin and performs such treatments as facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Facial services include massaging and treating the face with lotions, creams, and oils. Estheticians not only work on the face but the body as well, including waxing, body wraps, and sugaring.
Esthetician vs. Aesthetician
We see the word Esthetician and Aesthetician used to refer to skin care specialists. So what is the difference between an esthetician and an aesthetician? The two terms are interchangeable (link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmetology#Esthetician”).
The word Aesthetician started, and is used, mostly in Europe, whereas Esthetician is the Americanized version of the word. You will see salons and spas use Aesthetician for branding purposes, usually to elicit a sense of “European Luxury”.
What Do You Need to Become an Esthetician?
Estheticians are required to obtain training at a qualified school. Each state has different requirements. In the state of Florida it takes about 9 – 15 weeks to complete, depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time.
Skin care education includes studying and obtaining knowledge about skin analysis, facial treatments, waxing, and makeup techniques. Esthetician students also need practical experience, that is, they need hands-on experience working on real clients.
Is A Cosmetologist An Esthetician?
A cosmetologist can perform hair, nail, and skin care services. With a cosmetology license the beautician can do everything an esthetician does. A cosmetology license encompasses skin care. A person interested in skin care could choose to become a cosmetologist to give themselves and the flexibility to change their specialization in the future.
- Advanced Skin Care Education
- An esthetician has many opportunities for career advancement. Besides stepping into a management position at a spa or salon, estheticians can focus on other areas of service to become specialists.
- Advanced education or techniques include:
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser and Light Therapies, such as LED & Microcurrent for fighting wrinkles.
- Special Effects Makeup Artist
- Permanent Makeup
- Eyelash Extensions
- Medical Esthetics
Is A Career As A Skin Care Specialist Right For You?
If you have been considering a career as a skin care specialist the best way to determine if it is a good fit for you is to do two things.
First, interview someone who already works in the field and ask them questions related to their daily schedules, what they like best, what they like least, and what advice would they have for someone entering the field.
Second, go in and speak with a school representative. Take a tour, ask questions directly related to what is expected of you as a student, and see if you like the environment in which the skin care education takes place.