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Differences Between Esthetician and Skin Care Specialty Courses

Differences Between Esthetician and Skin Care Speciality Courses at Jolie Academy

At Jolie Academy, some students studying for a career in skin care take an esthetician school course, while others enroll in a skin care specialty course.

So what’s the difference?

The answer stems not so much from a difference in course content, but in how the cosmetology boards in each state refer to the program. So, while Jolie Academy students in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania go to esthetician school to earn an esthetician license, students in New Jersey go to a skin care school to earn a skin care specialty license. In the field, both of these licenses function similarly, giving the licensees the ability to work on clients’ skin in salons or spas.

The Skin Care School Curriculum

Whether enrolled in a skin care or esthetician school, Jolie Academy students will engage in a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses all areas of skin care, makeup and hair removal. From facial application techniques to eyebrow shaping to microdermabrasion, students are well-trained for a career in the skin care industry. Specific areas of study include:

  • Skin analysis
  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Color perception
  • Coordinating makeup with hair color, facial shape, etc.
  • Chemical peels
  • Pore extraction
  • Waxing techniques

This coursework is presented through a combination of classroom and hands-on experience, with students spending many program hours working in the student clinic under the expert eye of an instructor. Here, students will get ample opportunities to practice what they’ve learned throughout their skin care school program, reinforcing what they’ve learned in class and enhancing their overall skill level.

Starting a Skin Care Career

After completing the skin care or esthetician school program, Jolie Academy graduates are eligible to take the licensing exam in the state where they wish to work. Licensing exams vary by state, but are generally comprised of both a written and a practical component. Once licensed, esthetics or skin care professionals will work in salons, day spas or medical offices, where they’ll give skin consultations and treatments to patients. Skin care professionals may also apply makeup, give detoxifying body wraps or remove unwanted body hair.

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