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What is an esthetician? Do you really need one?

What is an esthetician?  Do you really need one?

What is an esthetician? What is a facialist? What do estheticians do? For those who are new to the skin care world, figuring out how to achieve the skin you want can be a daunting task. Estheticians are one of your greatest assets in the journey to better skin, but many people don't really understand what they do or how they can help. Read this guide to answer your questions and see why we can't live without our trusted estheticians.

What is an esthetician?

First things first, what is an esthetician?

An esthetician is a licensed skin care professional that has gone through a specified number of hours of training, depending on which state she lives in. The simple definition: estheticians, sometimes known as facialists, are experts in skin and skin care.

There are different levels of certification, but estheticians are prepared for a career where she/he is an expert in skin physiology, microbiology, intimate knowledge of the muscles, bones, nerves and other systems of the face, neck and shoulders, and even the entire body if they are to perform body treatments.

In order for an esthetician to achieve a license, they have to pass tests via the state board of education in the field that they have chosen and in the state that they want to practice in. This includes both written and practical testing, which are assessed by a certified instructor.

"During their training, estheticians learn practical knowledge on how to perform facials and other treatments, including the many different types and modalities of exfoliation." –Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education

In school they are taught how to use new and traditional technologies in conjunction with skin care. Estheticians have in-depth knowledge of product lines and their formulas – particularly the line they trained with while in school.

But, what is a medical esthetician? A medical esthetician, sometimes known as a paramedical esthetician, is an esthetician that works for a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Sometimes they work in a hospital setting. Depending on the state and the clinical field they end up in, their training may vary from a regular esthetician.


"An esthetician is literally a personal trainer for your skin."


What does an esthetician do?

Estheticians perform facials, body treatments, wraps, rejuvenation therapies, chemical peels (depending which state they reside in), spray tanning, hair removal, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and so much more.

 "What does an esthetician do? What don't they do! An esthetician is literally a personal trainer for your skin. With her skill and expertise, she assesses your skin and works with you one-on-one to craft a program that involves professional treatments and at home care– to help you achieve both your short term and long term goals." –Stenzel  

What a medical esthetician does varies depending on the office they work in and the training and education they have received. They can provide pre- and post-operative care to different types of patients, perform medical chemical peels, implement laser therapy, work with burn victims, use various techniques to minimize scarring and more depending on what sort of clinical setting they work in.

An esthetician is essential in your journey to good skin, but at the end of the day, you have a huge role to play in the success of your treatments. To continue the results you see in the treatment room, you need to follow your esthetician's customized skin care routine. They know your skin well and will make monitor your skin's progress over time and make adjustments when needed.

Estheticians can be skin care retailers as well, but not all retailers are estheticians. A skin care retailer requires no license to sell their product or apply product to the skin. They may receive a training program by the retailer they work for, but this can include training by other retailers and managers that are also not licensed. They are not required to know anything about the face, the skin, how it works or the body. Choose an esthetician over a retailer for professional skin care advice.


Should I get a facial?

Whether you want to tackle wrinkles and age signs, dry skin, acne and more the answer is almost always yes. If you need convincing, here are 32 reasons you should receive a facial.

Learn how to find a good esthetician and how to spot a bad one before you book yourself a treatment at your local spa.


Want to learn about facials?

Estheticians are sometimes called facialists for a reason! Facials are one of the most important treatments you can receive from your esthetician. If you want to learn more, check out our blog series "The Facial Encyclopedia".

This series covers absolutely everything you need to know about facials, whether it's your first time getting one or your hundredth:

Part 1: Types of facials, what to tell your esthetician

Part 2: What to wear to a facial and how to prepare

Part 3: What happens during a facial

Part 4: What to do after a facial and how much to tip


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