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What Is an Esthetician?

An esthetician is a licensed skin care therapists who have completed upwards of 600 hours of educational classes. Most states require that an esthetician complete so many hours of continuing education each year to keep their license current. The purpose of continuing educational classes are to instruct skin care therapists in new techniques and products and keep them up to date with changes that may take place within the industry.

As a skin care therapists, estheticians evaluate the condition of a person’s skin and help them uncover solutions to problems they may be having such as blackheads, acne and extremely oily skin. They can perform various treatments to beautify and tone a person’s skin as well as remove unwanted facial hair and utilize body wraps.


Skin Rejuvenation

An esthetician cannot diagnose or treat medical conditions, but they can offer alternative therapies that can rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. Facial massage and cleansing techniques that remove blemishes and blackheads also remove tone the skin and remove excess oil that can clog pores and cause acne. With massage and skin toning exercises and treatments they can slow down the aging process and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

Hair Removal

Estheticians can also remove unwanted hair from the face and other parts of the body using various techniques and treatments. New laser technology removes hair from almost anywhere on the body. Wax kits are also available for the face and bikini areas and provide long lasting results. Small and large areas of the body can be waxed or lasered, depending on the personal choice of the client.

Body Wraps

Herbal body wraps can be used to tighten and tone skin as well as improve its elasticity and resilience. Depending on the herbs included in the wrap itself, many things can be accomplished. Different types of body wraps can be used for detoxification, rejuvenation and skin toning herbal combinations. Some wraps are designed to aid in weight loss and help to tighten the skin during the weight loss process.


Estheticians can also perform manicures and pedicures to keep your finger and toe nails neatly groomed and trimmed. Soaking the hands in feet in solutions designed to remove toxins and moisturize skin can be extremely relaxing and helps to prevent cramping and joint pain. Massaging of the hands and feet soothes the muscles and can strengthen and support structures in the hands and feet that are stressed from constant movement.

Miscellaneous Services

A licensed skin care therapist or technician can perform various different procedures that involve caring for the skin and treating specific skin problems. Many of the techniques used are designed to improve and hydrate the skin and keep the aging process at bay. Estheticians are trained to help maintain skin, keeping it supple and elastic, even in the worst environmental conditions. They can also help to revitalize skin with nutrients and vitamins lost through exposure to sunlight, chemicals or unhealthy environmental conditions.