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Esthetician Careers

What is an esthetician?

Estheticians (also known as aestheticians) are non-medical, skin care specialists trained to perform cosmetic skin treatments. An Esthetician is specialized sub segment of the cosmetology career path.

Today, an esthetician career is a great career choice. Estheticians, skin care and waxing professionals enjoy high earning potential, rewarding personal interaction and flexible hours.

Estheticians provide the following skin care services:

  • hair removal (including waxing)
  • facial treatments (facials)
  • chemical peels
  • acne prevention
  • treat specific skin diseases
  • hydrotherapy treatments
  • aroma therapy
  • deep pore cleansing
  • exfoliation treatments
  • full body skin treatments
  • body wraps
  • manicures and pedicures
  • reflexology

Paramedical Esthetician or Medical Esthetician

If you want to align yourself more with the medical field you could become a Paramedical Esthetician. Paramedical Estheticians specialize in pre and post operative skin work, such as treatments to minimize scarring, as well as preparing skin for surgery.

Where do estheticians find employment?

Typically, estheticians are employed by day spas, beauty salons and dermatologists. However, the growing popularity of waxing centers, has created a great demand for estheticians, and it is predicted by 2016 wax centers will be the number one employer of estheticians.

What qualities do I need to become an esthetician?

As an esthetician you must be able to work with your hands and be personable and be able to relate to and relax clients. It is important to realize you are in a people business. You will also need to become educated in skin care needs, skin care products and skin care processes.

What training and licensing is required to become an esthetician?

Typically, estheticians are trained at cosmetology schools and beauty schools. Individual states issue esthetician licenses to practice. Every state's esthetician licensing and certification process is different. Typically, the state's health department and/or their consumer affairs division for licensing processes and requirements. To understand your state's licensing requirements, view the individual state esthetician licensing requirements

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