Esthetics and You
Esthetics (or aesthetics if you prefer the British spelling) is the practice of keeping your skin healthy and happy. People who are trained in esthetics are called ‘estheticians.’ When you want to have rosy cheeks, get rid of your acne, or manage your existing skin condition, an esthetician has the skills to help you. An esthetician can also make it possible for you to look and feel fresh through relaxing skin care treatments.
If you don’t know much about esthetics, you may not know what estheticians do that dermatologists and cosmetologists do not. Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!
What makes an esthetician different from a dermatologist and cosmetologist?
This is one question that you’re probably asking. After all, dermatologists and cosmetologists are both involved somewhat in skin care and skin health. The first difference between these two professions and that of an esthetician is that an esthetician is not a medical doctor, unlike a dermatologist. This means an esthetician isn’t authorized to prescribe medicines or to conduct operation procedures or therapies that require a licensed medical doctor such as a dermatologist. Estheticians can’t make diagnoses of skin diseases. Nevertheless, estheticians can refer you to a dermatologist if the cause of your skin problems is more medical than aesthetic.
While estheticians concern themselves with one branch of cosmetology which focuses on the skin, cosmetologists have a more comprehensive scope as they can deal with your hair, nails, and makeup. Some estheticians are also cosmetologists at the same time.
What techniques and products do estheticians use?
One common technique that estheticians employ is exfoliation. It basically involves the use of strong chemicals or scrubs, brushes, and micro-abrasives to peel off the top portion of aged, sunburnt, scarred, or dull-looking skin to reveal the healthy living skin beneath. Estheticians use chemical peel methods to deal with shallow skin problems. When the skin problem involves deeper skin peels, however, a dermatologist is needed to step in.
Estheticians deal with blocked pores through pore cleansing. They use their hands, blades, and specific tools designed to help unblock your clogged pores. When your clogged pores have already experienced infection, however, your esthetician will refer you to a dermatologist.
Facials are the most widely-known skincare therapy that estheticians perform. The esthetician may apply chemical peels or mechanical exfoliation techniques on a client’s face to remove the unsightly skin and let the living, glowing skin beneath come to the surface. The esthetician may also use treatment masks, moisturizers, and facial massage to bring out the client’s desired effect. Having facials once every month is enough for most people, although the frequency of that may vary depending on the individual needs of their clients.
If you have unwanted hair, especially on the legs, estheticians can do waxing to have these hairs uprooted. While trimming or shaving unwanted hair will lead to the hair growing back, waxing will prevent regrowth for a longer amount of time. The kind of wax your esthetician will use depends on the area you want the hair removed. For large areas such as the legs, chest, hips, or back, warm wax is usually used. The esthetician will apply warm wax and a strip of cloth before suddenly stripping it away from your skin surface. For the unwanted hair in your underarm and facial areas, your esthetician will use a milder waxing technique that is not as painful as the strip-cloth method. For a quicker healing process to skin redness or inflammation after a waxing process, the esthetician will apply a skincare solution that will cool and calm your skin after any skincare process which caused inflamation.
What is the difference between licensed and certified estheticians?
Someone who is certified has typically taken some classes or courses in the field of esthetics and received a certificate from that teaching organization. Someone who is licensed has also received training through classes or courses, but it is usually through a professionally recognized organization that entails more education, more hands on practical experience and also includes both written and practical exams. As a result, it is harder to become a licensed esthetician than it is to become a certified esthetician.
Usually, those that are licensed are more likely to have a greater competence when it comes to dealing with and treating skincare issues, but like any industry, having more education or experience does not necessarily always help you be a better esthetician. It is up to the customer to do some research and look at any available reviews and previous client feedback to make their own opinion. When you do find someone that really does a professional job, let all your friends know!