Every once in a while it’s important to take time for yourself. Pampering yourself with a facial or skin-rejuvenating treatment can help you do just that. If you find yourself wanting to treat yourself to a spa day, you’ll likely be in the hands of a skin care professional known as an esthetician. Thanks to certified esthetician Christine Walsh, we’re able to provide you with the 411 on these specialists—from their qualifications to where they work and the services they provide.
An esthetician is a professional skin specialist, trained to assess and enhance the skin through various treatments and services. For example, Christine, certified esthetician at Dermstore Spa & Salon, explains that in the state of California where she works, estheticians are held to very high standards. A certified (licensed) esthetician in the state will have completed 600 hours of training, a state-approved course/test and a State Board Exam with written and practical components. Requirements vary by state, and you can see what your state requires at Estheticianedu.org if you’re curious.
During their training, estheticians learn about how to care for and improve the skin through a comprehensive course load. According to EstheticianEDU, classes typically cover the following topics: reflexology, cosmetic sciences, human anatomy and physiology, safety and sanitation, hair removal, skin conditions and disorders and more.
Depending on their interests and preferred services, estheticians may be found in “salons and beauty spas, day spas, nail salons, fitness studios/gyms and beauty supply stores,” says Christine. Additionally, some estheticians work under the supervision of dermatologists or cosmetic surgeons, offering services in a medical setting.
Each salon or medical facility is different and each offers a variety of different services. Christine notes that the services offered by an esthetician in a salon or spa vary and depend on the certification that the esthetician holds. Costs of services may vary based on location and certification as well. Some of the most common services, listed with average pricing, include:
The most commonly requested facial, this treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, steam and massage.
Created to address your specific skin concerns, these may consist of active ingredients, serums, masques, toners, moisturizers and other treatments.
Uses a combination of exfoliation and suction to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover for healthy, younger-looking skin.
Designed to target skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, collagen loss and dehydration, chemical peels help resurface your skin for a healthy glow.
In-depth pore extractions, ideal for de-clogging problematic or acne-prone skin.
Long-lasting false eyelashes that are individually applied to each of your existing lashes.
Customized makeup application by a trained professional for special occasions.
Anti-aging, fatigue-fighting eye treatments for brighter, tighter and well-rested eyes.
Removes hair from desired body parts; costs vary based on what you want waxed.
Both are trained, licensed skin specialists, and you might go visit each of them for similar reasons and skin concerns. However, a dermatologist is a medical doctor, trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin-related diseases. Estheticians are limited to services that don’t puncture the skin’s surface. Dermatologists, on the other hand, may prescribe medication and treat skin concerns through surgery or cosmetic procedures (each of these requires a state-issued medical license).
As an alternative to visiting an esthetician or to pamper yourself in between services, take a look at some of the spa-worthy product recommendations below.