Magazine article Techniques

Aesthetician

Magazine article Techniques

Aesthetician

Article excerpt

AESTHETICIANS (OR ESTHETICIANS) SPECIALIZE IN THE STUDY

of skin care, including facial treatments, body wraps, salt glows, waxing as a form of hair removal, and cosmetic make-up services. They evaluate clients' skin and advise them on treatments and products to improve it. According to the Aesthetics International Association, aestheticians who work with dermatologists are able to offer additional services, including laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing and many types of chemical peels. Those who own their own salons have business and management duties, and since they often sell skincare products, they may have sales and marketing responsibilities as well.

The Workplace

Aestheticians may work in hair and beauty salons, in health or beauty spas, or in the offices of medical professionals such as dermatologists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 37 percent are self-employed.

Educational Requirements

Aestheticians must complete a stateapproved cosmetology program. Some high schools have cosmetology programs; however, most skin care specialists study at two-year career and technical schools or community colleges. After completing the program, they must pass a written and practical state exam for licensure, which all states (except Connecticut) require, according to the U. …

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