August 3, 2013
A certified or licensed esthetician is a person who specializes in skin care; is qualified and trained to assess skin conditions and treat it accordingly to keep the skin healthy. Estheticians work in salons, beauty spas, or even at the medical centers, providing exceptional care for the skin.
The Duties of an Esthetician
The Main duties of an esthetician include, but are not limited to, skin assessment, cleansing, treatment, consultation and teaching. Let’s take a look at these daily duties of an esthetician in detail:
The quality or condition of skin is a vital aspect that determines the nature and extent of skin care or treatment. An esthetician’s main duty is to analyze the skin before going ahead with the treatment. They use various tests and techniques, ranging from simple visible examination and evaluation of medical history, daily routines, diet and lifestyle, etc. to test for hydration, pigmentation, elasticity, lipid flow, pH of the skin, inflammation, sunburn and host of other skin ailments and conditions to assess the skin, apart from spectrophotometric analysis of the skin to study any deep-seated problems in the skin.
Estheticians often adopt simple or deep cleansing formulations to suitably remedy the skin condition. Treatments include a range of services such as face massage, facials, masks, bleaching, exfoliation, deep cleansing using lotions and peels, etc. Treatment may be limited to the affected area or the entire body, as the case may demand. Estheticians may also refer suitable skin specialists if the skin condition needs expert attention. Hair and blackhead removal may also form a part of the treatment routine. The tools and techniques used could differ based on the expertise of the esthetician.
Being experts in their field, estheticians also represent cosmetic brands, manufacturers or retailers at trade shows, helping to procure or market beauty products, or even offer consultation services.
Conducting formal classes for beautician or cosmetology courses or, even offering private coaching for those interested in pursuing esthetics as a career, is another way of making extra money as an esthetician.
The duties of medical estheticians involve use of medical equipment to treat skin problems. They, in fact, specialize in caring for patients affected in road, fire or lab accidents, acid attacks, or those faced with genetic skin problems. They are usually qualified and trained in using laser equipment for treating the skin, apart from sterilizing and maintaining the tools in good shape.
Estheticians are expected to hold valid licenses to provide professional skin care services to clients. Licensing requires them to undergo formal training in skin care, sterilization and equipment maintenance and other skills as dictated by state regulations. They should clear an exam to prove that they are capable of handling the daily duties of an esthetician.