June 4, 2013

What Are the Requirements for Becoming an Esthetician?

You might have considered a career in skin care, but what do you need to be an esthetician? Estheticians specialize in skin care, and this is a growing area in the beauty industry. You will need to be licensed by the state to be able to work as an esthetician, and every state has its own requirements for licensing.

What You need to Do to Become an Esthetician

There are some basic requirements to consider before you decide to train as an esthetician:

  • You should be able to work with different types of people, as you are often working with people on a one-to-one setting.
  • You should be able to talk to people about their skin and the best products and treatments for their skin problems.
  • You should be good with your hands, and happy to work with a variety of skin types.

Avalon School of Cosmetology can advice you on the license requirements for estheticians in your area. We can also give you detailed information about the requirements for joining our esthetics program, about the various options for training, the curriculum and the costs of training with us.

What Estheticians Do and Where They Work

Estheticians can work in beauty salons, spas and health resorts. When working in salons and spas, they offer beauty treatments (such facials, manicures and pedicures, or waxing) but also spa treatments such as body wraps or exfoliating treatments.  Estheticians are also professionals in makeup artistry, skin analysis and consultation.

Training to Become an Esthetician

Everyone starts with a basic “level 1” course that covers all the main areas of skin care. We have the latest equipment and we keep up with the latest treatments and therapies on the market. Areas we cover include facials, manicures and pedicures, makeup, skin analysis, waxing, and other beauty treatments. The second phase goes deeper into all these areas, but also includes spa treatments, body wraps and detox treatments, microdermabrasion and European skin care techniques. At the end of your course you will have to take the state’s licensing exam.

Further Training Options

Some estheticians go into further training and work with dermatologists or assist in plastic surgery. A medical esthetician’s license involves further training in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, skin pathology (infections, hygiene and bacteriology) and other medical areas. The requirements for becoming a medical esthetician vary between different states, too.

State Requirements

Each state has its own requirements for the minimum hours of training you need to do to become licensed. If you are going to transfer your license to another state at any point in your life, find out about the transferring requirements and the individual licensing requirements in each state. The licensing department in your state can help with detailed inquiries about the skills you need to become an esthetician.

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