A beauty therapist, otherwise known as an esthetician or esthetician therapist, is a skin care expert. These professionals work in salons, spas and health resorts where they provide a range of services aimed at improving the health and appearance of their clients’ skin.
Training for a Career as a Beauty Therapist
Preparing for a career as a beauty therapist requires a beauty school education. In beauty school, you’ll take coursework in skin anatomy, physiology, skin disorders, cosmetic chemistry, health and nutrition to provide you with the necessary background for diagnosing skin conditions and developing appropriate treatment plans. In addition to this fundamental beauty school curriculum, you’ll also receive hands-on instruction in the skin care procedures that you’ll perform on the job.
At the completion of beauty school, you’ll need to earn licensure in the state you wish to work in. Earning an esthetician’s license proves that you have the experience necessary to work in the field and is a requirement to begin working as a beauty therapist. To earn a license, you’ll need to prove that you graduated from a licensed beauty school and then pass a career-specific exam.
Working as a Beauty Therapist
Licensed beauty therapists are eligible to work in a variety of health and beauty clinics. On the job, you’ll meet with clients, analyze their skin, listen to their skin-specific concerns and develop a treatment plan aimed at improving the health and appearance of their skin. The skin treatments typically performed by beauty therapists include facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, massage and hair removal. Treatments may be performed on the face or the body, depending on the desires of the client. Additionally, many treatments require multiple applications over the course of several weeks or months. These include hair removal procedures and microdermabrasion, specifically. How often a client needs to return for treatment will depend on the client’s goals and treatment method.