How to become a medical esthetician

Were you one of those people who gathered all your friends and family to play beauty shop when you were younger? Are you someone who can be found wandering in the beauty aisles of a drug store for hours and never get bored? Do you enjoy testing and trying out new beauty products? Are you interested in working in a spa or a beauty shop? If so, you should consider a career path as an aesthetician.
Aestheticians are also known as skincare specialists who help enhance people’s appearances through non-medical skincare treatments. They work in a number of establishments, including spas and day spas, hotels, cruise ships and resorts. Aesthetics is considered to be a trade and while a formal undergraduate degree is not required to become an aesthetician, students who wish to pursue a career in this area are required to go through some training at a college or beauty institute.
Some of essential skills required for an aesthetician include:
• Customer service: Skincare is a huge business in the US. With increasing emphasis on youth and beauty, especially in the media, people are flocking to spas and beauty institutes as a way to maintain their skin and preserve their youth. As a result, there are many spas across the country and aestheticians need to be great at customer service in order to attract new customers as well as retain existing ones. This is one field where quality is a top priority. If you aren’t able to deliver at a quality level which customers expect, they can easily go to your competitor for the same service.
• Communication: Communications is important, not just with customers, but also with each other. Some customers come into the spa for more than one service and sometimes more than one aesthetician may look after the customer during a single visit, so it is important that aestheticians communicate with each other to make sure that the customer is getting the right treatment at the right time. In addition, aestheticians need to be able to communicate on their customers’ skin conditions and recommend products and treatments to gain their customers’ trust and confidence in the service they provide.
• Product knowledge: Product sales is a huge part of an aesthetician’s job, to encourage customers to keep up with their routine in between visits. In addition, they need to know the product well enough to use it on their customers without creating any harm to their skin. They also need to know how the products work with the tools in order to effectively deliver the treatment to add value to their customers’ visit.
• Willingness to learn: The beauty industry is ever evolving, as extensive research and development is invested to improve existing products and design new ones that target a wider array of skin concerns. As a result, aestheticians are required to constantly undergo training to understand new products to a level where they can promote them with their clients as well as incorporate them into treatments.
For more information on a career path as an aesthetician, please contact your high school counsellor.

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