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In 2018, there were over $18.3 billion in revenue made from spas in the United States. That number seems to be growing as more and more people enjoy the benefits that come with spa treatments.
An esthetician is just one of many health and wellness workers that provide services in spa-like settings. And if you’re interested in becoming an esthetician, then you may just be working in a spa yourself.
Below is a short detailed guide on estheticians and what they do. Keep reading to find out more!
What Is an Esthetician?
Estheticians are skin care professionals and are licensed by the state in which they reside in. They perform treatments on patients’ skin in order to help boost their health, appearance, and beauty.
What Does an Esthetician Do?
An esthetician practices esthetics. Esthetics is the administration of specific techniques to the epidermal layer that covers the human body—or rather, the skin.
The various techniques used in esthetics include things like steaming, extraction, waxing, pore cleansing, and chemical peels. Other services provided by trained estheticians include:
- laser resurfacing
- laser skin rejuvenation
- light therapy
- face/body masks/wraps
- makeup application
- body scrubs
- acne treatments
- scalp massage/treatments
They can also perform things like lash lifts using a lash lift kit.
Estheticians will meet with their clients and go over any concerns or goals they may have with their skin. After inspecting their patient’s skin, they will come up with a treatment plan.
They may perform an in-clinic skincare treatment they believe will help with their patient’s skin problems. They may also recommend a skincare routine for the patient to follow at home.
Because they’re not doctors, estheticians cannot diagnose or give treatment to serious skin diseases. For this reason, they will often refer clients who need medical help to a licensed doctor.
Where Do Estheticians Work?
It’s very common for estheticians to work in beauty salons or in spas. However, they sometimes work in medical offices alongside doctors as well.
How Much Do Estheticians Make?
Estheticians’ pay varies greatly depending on years of experience, type of treatments specialized in, and place of employment. In Florida, the base an esthetician can expect to get paid is $18.70 per hour. On the higher end of things, an experienced esthetician might expect around $60 per hour.
How to Become an Esthetician
Becoming a licensed esthetician requires taking an educational program that’s state-approved. The Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) estimates that aspiring estheticians will spend around 300 & 1,500 hours in the classroom before becoming licensed.
Florida, for example, requires you to take 260 hours of training and a written exam. Estheticians also have to renew their licenses in Florida every other year.
Connecticut, on the other hand, requires 1,500 hours of training. What state you live in will determine which programs you’ll need to take in order to obtain your license.
If you enjoy helping people and have a passion for beauty, then becoming a licensed health and wellness professional might be the path for you. As an esthetician, you’ll provide skincare services that promote health and beauty and make people feel great.
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