Esthetics—or aesthetics—is more than a concept we ascribe to beauty or art. It is also a relatively young branch of the beauty industry that provides health and beauty treatments for the skin. Estheticians are experiencing rapid growth in this industry since many people are becoming more and more interested in skincare and beauty treatments.
There are a myriad of things that estheticians can do for patients, but in general terms, an esthetician’s job is to apply a variety of techniques, cleansers and products for the health and beautification of the skin. This takes many different forms. Some estheticians do facials, scrubs, body wraps, eyebrow shaping, waxing, chemical or laser treatments, acne and eczema treatments, scalp massage and treatment and more. The goal is beautifying the skin, taking care of dryness or oiliness, sun damage, age spots and wrinkles and overall rejuvenation of the skin’s health and youth (EstheticianEDU).
Estheticians are taught various techniques such as microblading, dermaplaning and facial massage. They learn the best products for different skin types and desired outcomes and how to apply them. They also receive training in recognizing underlying health conditions that might be leading to problems with the skin, though they aren’t able to diagnose or prescribe anything, so they may recommend a patient to a dermatologist for more serious issues.
I talked to Brooke Dozier, a Colorado resident and esthetician-in-training at the School of Medical and Botanical Aesthetics about what estheticians do, why she wanted to become one and what the process looks like. She said she first learned about the field of esthetics when her sister went to England Esthetics and recommended Brooke check it out as well. “I never really wanted to go to college,” Brooke told me. “It’s not for everyone. At the time I was looking to explore my options, and when I went to the esthetician and loved it, I thought that might be something I could do instead.”
In July, Brooke started the process of becoming a licensed esthetician. It requires two hundred hours of class time, where they learn processes and gain product knowledge, with an additional four hundred hours of practical application. “Usually you can bring in friends or clients to practice on to get your hours, but because of COVID, right now we just practice on each other, the other students,” Brooke said.
Once you have all your required hours, there’s a two-part exam in order to get your license to practice. “First you have to pass a written test, then there’s an observational part where you have to do everything,” Brooke informed me. “Well, you don’t have to do it all, but you have to walk through it so they can see you know how to do it.”
After being licensed, estheticians are free to practice. Some states license master estheticians who have to do advanced treatments, according to Very Well, though Brooke mentioned she is more interested in the holistic side of esthetics, dealing more in topical applications than more advanced or technological treatments. EstheticianEDU says that many estheticians practice in a spa or other beauty or medical treatment facility, some have private practices, and others create dedicated esthetic spas. As of now, Brooke wants to go into a private practice, potentially with someone who does something related to but different from esthetics, such as a massage therapist or cosmetologist. “That way,” she said, “you can increase your clientele, share space, and bounce off each other.”
Becoming a licensed esthetician takes a lot of hours, but people like Brooke really enjoy it! For her, being able to help people look their best and get their skin feeling beautiful and healthy is incredibly rewarding and well worth the time. Maybe your next self care day can include a trip to the esthetician!