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August 24, 2020

An esthetician also called a facial specialist in Florida, is a skin care specialist who can examine the condition of the skin and perform treatments like facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Facial services include massaging and treating the face with lotions, creams, and oils. But estheticians can do more than just facials! They can work on the body as well, providing services like body waxing and back treatments.

If you have a passion for skincare and enjoy helping others feel good about themselves, you may be well-suited to this career path. You must also love meeting new people, as estheticians spend most of their time at work interacting with clients and fellow beauty professionals. To get into this industry, the first step is learning about skincare and the beauty business at an esthetics program in a Florida beauty school like Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy.

Someone in a spa getting a facial

While you attend beauty school, you can learn about: 

  • Proper sterilization and sanitation procedures
  • Customized facial treatments, peels, and masks
  • Facial massage
  • Back treatments
  • Microdermabrasion treatments
  • Hair removal techniques
  • Waxing and tweezing techniques
  • Makeup artistry
  • And more

What Do You Need To Become an Esthetician?

If you want to become a licensed esthetician, you’ll first need to obtain training at a qualified school. While each state has different requirements, the state of Florida requires you to complete at least 260 hours of training. These hours ensure that you’ll receive all of the training you need to master your craft and provide safe, effective skincare services to future clients. During your training, you will learn vital skills and knowledge in the classroom and then gain real-world practice in the student spa.* This is where you’ll truly develop your skills by providing services to real clients in a professional environment. 

In addition to learning about specific skincare services, estheticians also learn about basic anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biology, so they can safely provide services to their clients. Assessing the skin and identifying different skin conditions is important for being able to recommend the right treatments to each individual. You’ll also need to know about bone structure and facial anatomy to skillfully apply makeup and highlight your clients’ best features. 

Find out more about how you can become an esthetician in Florida!

Is a Cosmetologist an Esthetician?

The fields of cosmetology and esthetics have some overlap, but cosmetologists are different from estheticians. Estheticians specialize exclusively in skincare. They learn how to perform services such as makeup application, facials, waxing, and exfoliation. A cosmetologist can learn about skin care too, but it’s not their main focus. Cosmetologists primarily explore haircare and nail care services, and they do not typically explore the same depth of skincare knowledge as estheticians. 

If you would love to learn about hair removal techniques, facial treatments, and other ways to care for skin, check out our skin care program at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy. If you are hoping to expand your knowledge and learn more about hair and nails, check out our cosmetology program!

hands pressed against a womans face

What’s the Difference Between an Esthetician and an Aesthetician?

You may see the terms “esthetician” and “aesthetician” used to refer to skincare specialists who provide services like facials and microdermabrasion. While the spelling of the two terms differs, they mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. In most areas of the U.S., you’ll see “esthetician” favored when discussing career opportunities, educational programs, and state licensing. However, it’s always worth searching for “aesthetician” opportunities as well if you have graduated from beauty school, attained your Florida state license, and are looking for jobs.

Can Estheticians Do Nails?

Base esthetician programs in Florida typically don’t include nail training, but there is a program for those interested in learning nails. At Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy, our students have the unique opportunity of pursuing a career as a Nail Technician or as a Full Specialist. Our Full Specialist Program explores a combination of nails and skincare! It covers knowledge of nail care such as pedicures, manicures, and nail art. This program is perfect for those who want to specialize in nails and skincare, but don’t necessarily want to provide haircare services as a cosmetologist.

Where Do Estheticians Work?

Estheticians provide a range of services that help people look their best and manage skin conditions like acne, sun damage, and signs of aging. These services may be provided in many different environments, including spas, salons, and resorts. Experienced estheticians may also open up their own spas or salons, work as freelance makeup artists, or travel the world working on a cruise ship. The opportunities are nearly endless when you have the right foundation with an education in skincare from Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy. 

Get excited to pursue your future career as part of our Artistic Dreams Beauty Publication.

When you’re ready, you can meet an admissions representative and see the campus for yourself by booking a tour at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy!

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985 E. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: (863) 682 – HAIR
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Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 654-4529