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Everyone loves being pampered. From mud baths to facial treatments, from a simple scalp massage to an elegant manicure, any visit to a beauty salon or day spa makes one feel more attractive and better groomed than they did before going in. An esthetician knows this, and a good one does their best to ensure that each client, no matter what they have done, leaves the spa feeling like a million bucks.

Estheticians are trained in many areas of beauty care, and do one, some, or all of these duties: They give facials and body wraps; manicures and pedicures; neck and scalp massages; cosmetics consultation; and wax off unwanted hair. They are trained in a number of different areas, with the aim to calm, soothe, and improve the daily lives and health of each and every client. They focus on treating both the outer beauty of the client's skin, as well as the clients' inner stresses and tension.

They consult with each client to discuss the desired treatment. And a good esthetician listens and gives unobtrusive advice about possible treatments.

Estheticians often act as confidants and friends. The relationship that develops between the esthetician and the customer can be intimate, as the client feels relaxed and safe under the esthetician's capable hands. Therefore, estheticians must be sure they are patient, gentle, and talkative people, who are excellent listeners when necessary.

Regardless of whether or not they work at high-class overnight resort spas that provide massages, oil treatments, and intensive skin therapy or at inexpensive salons that just do the basics, estheticians must be professional, creative, and dedicated workers. They have a lot of stamina, and good attention spans. They know that each treatment is as important as the last, and do their best to leave their clients satisfied, relaxed, and ultimately, happy.
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Estheticians must be patient, gentle, and calm, and be able to instill a sense of trust in their patients. They need good eyesight, steady hands, and a well-groomed appearance. They need a good sense of color, a creative flair, and should be interested in natural health and beauty care. They should be skilled listeners who can follow instructions. They should be thorough people who pay attention to details. They should enjoy working with and helping others, and be open to people of all backgrounds and cultures. They may need some management skills.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Assess each client's skin and nails
  • Advise clients about skin care
  • Provide skin treatments using specialized products and techniques
  • Assist clients in choosing and applying cosmetics
  • Clean, shape and polish fingernails and toenails
  • Apply artificial nails
  • Remove body and facial hair by applying wax
  • Maintain equipment and work stations
  • Perform administrative duties
  • A typical day for an esthetician will involve meeting with a number of clients to provide one of many services, from facials to make-up consultations to hair removal. They may also spend time updating records, answering phone calls, booking appointments, and re-ordering supplies. An esthetician doesn't get much chance for travel or for outdoor work.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Estheticians work in private clinics, salons, and spas. They can work on cruise ships, in hotels, or at resorts. They have clean and quiet indoor offices, which they share with other beauty specialists. They may work full-time or part-time, and often work on the weekends or in the evenings, depending on their place of employment.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Estheticians are often retraining in order to better serve their clients. They learn massage techniques, electrolysis techniques, and makeup artistry, as well as study nutrition's role in appearance. They can find work with an exclusive spa, or open their own beauty clinic. They can even go on to teach aspiring estheticians. They can get into product sales, become fashion consultants, beauty writers, or branch into any other career field that deals with beauty and health care. They can also branch out into product development, marketing, and sales.

  Educational Paths  
Those interested in a career as an esthetician will need some training. There are no standards for training, so it is important to consult with a reputable salon about good schools. Some esthetician students choose to attend apprenticeship programs or get a community college diploma.

Additional courses to take at college or university would be in business administration, art, chemistry, psychology, biology, physiology, or anatomy. Some regions require estheticians become licensed through a professional association. Check with other estheticians to learn about the requirements of specific regions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002,

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