I hear many people ask, What is an Esthetician? In a nut shell we are skin care therapists.
Here is a good definition from the Urban Dictionary:
Estheticians specialize in beautifying the skin. They perform cosmetic skin treatments including hair removal (waxing, threading), massage, body wraps, skin care, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, permanent make up, and make-up application. Estheticians may also specialize with machine treatments such as non surgical “face lifts” and faradic muscle tone. The specialist may undergo special training for treatments such as laser hair removal and electrolysis. Estheticians must be licensed in the state they are working in. In order to become one they must complete 260 to 1500 hours of training and pass both a written and hands-on exam. Estheticians usually work under a dermatologist’s supervision and usually treat cases of acne, hyper pigmentation, maturing, and dehydrated skin conditions.
While many estheticians work in a spa or a Medi-spa, some of us chose to practice on our own. Others receive their license to be able to sell professional products or to teach. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
I have chosen to practice on my own. This gives me the opportunity to give my clients the best that I can offer with individualized treatments. Everyone is individual and so is their skin, therefore their treatments will be different as well. There is no, one-size-fits-all, in skin care. I have also chosen to practice holistic skin care which in my opinion works with every skin condition, targeting specific needs from a whole body perspective, taking lifestyle into consideration.