The word esthetician can sometimes be unclear since most people may use the term interchangeably with the word cosmetologist. It gets even more confusing since the term is defined as: “a person who is knowledgeable about the nature and appreciation of beauty.” But a lot of occupations, and people in general, fit this description. Hair stylists, plastic surgeons, wardrobe stylists are all knowledgeable and appreciative of the physical elements that makes someone beautiful. Even your average fashionista teenager fits this definition. So the question then becomes: what is an esthetician and what exactly do they do?
Estheticians, also called skin care therapists, are licensed professionals that specialize in the cosmetic treatment of the skin. They are required to be familiar with various things like the treatment of skin conditions, infection control procedures, and the microanatomy of the skin. They must also pass a specialized exam to attain licensure. They differ from cosmetologists in that estheticians focus primarily on caring for the skin while cosmetologists may perform a broader array of services that usually focus on hair and nail care.
Estheticians, in essence, are our skin beauty experts. They work in salons, spas, and sometimes even in dermatology offices, and their work consists mainly of caring for the skin by providing a variety of skin enhancing services. These services include cleansing and exfoliating, waxing, laser therapy, moisturizing, and applying make-up. While most focus on treatments for the skin on the face, many also offer full body treatments in order to keep all of your skin looking its best.
An appointment with an esthetician will usually begin with a superficial assessment of the condition of your skin. Here, she will simply look at the skin on your face and will examine it for details that can easily be seen; breakouts, oiliness, reddened or sensitive areas, and aging and wrinkling skin, for example. The next step is to perform a closer assessment by using a large magnifying glass. This allows the esthetician to make a more detailed observation of what is going on in your skin. The observations made during these assessments will help the esthetician to determine your skin type while also identifying the presence of any skin conditions. She will also be able to advise you if there is anything present on the skin that should be further assessed by a dermatologist.
Recommendations will then be made as to what can be done to improve the quality of your skin and to enhance your overall appearance. The esthetician and you will likely also discuss what your skin care goals are or should be. Then, a plan to reach those goals will be made. This may include helping to create a personalized daily skin care routine and suggesting skin care products that are appropriate for your particular skin type. She may also suggest services, like facials or chemical peels for example, that will help in the effort to achieve these discussed goals.
If you are seeking to improve the health and overall look of your skin, seek out the right beauty professional: an esthetician. Find one in your area and make an appointment as soon as possible. Your skincare goals can easily be attained with the help of these trained, licensed professionals.