The esthetician is a specialist in skin care and is responsible for performing a variety of facial and body treatments designed to increase, improve or maintain the health and appearance of the skin.
Depending on the job context, estheticians may perform a wide range of services, from simple facials, exfoliation, and waxing to laser therapy, microdermabrasion, wraps, manicures, pedicures, massages, and even all types of skin application and make-up.
In shops where estheticians work alongside barbers and stylists, they are often responsible for plucking eyebrows, facials, and cleaning pores.
In a spa they can do everything from seaweed wraps and aromatherapy treatments, to head and scalp massages and body scrubs. Until reaching more specialized services, such as laser therapy, microneedling and microdermabrasion.
Beautician, professional qualifications
In order to work, the beautician must obtain a Qualification. To obtain this qualification it is necessary to complete a Beautician Course of variable duration depending on the country.
Requirements and skills
- Have a friendly and outgoing personality and good interpersonal and communication skills
- To be courteous and well groomed,
- Previous work experience in a spa or salon is a plus
- Being able to quickly and skillfully assess the needs and willing of the customers
- Have excellent time management and multitasking skills
- Work well both alone and in a team
- Have the physical stamina to stand for long time during the day
- Always maintain professionalism, tact and discretion. Be able to maintain client confidentiality
- Be able to provide professional services and treatments in accordance with established salon protocols
- Take care of salon equipment and instruments
- Ensure safety, sterilization and hygiene procedures for instruments and equipment
- Participate to professional training and updating
Welcome clients, suggest appropriate procedures, and recommend treatments related to their individual needs.
Perform a skin assessment to identify problems and the advice right treatments.
Perform professional-quality facial and body treatments, based on the individual needs of the client: facial treatments. Massages of the face and other parts of the body. Hair removal with wax, chemicals or other methods. Apply makeup, make facial masks, wraps, scrubs, etc.
In addition to the use of lotions, oils, masks, creams, and ointments, estheticians may also use mechanical and electrical equipment and devices to perform procedures. (Microdermabrasion machines, facial steamers, LED phototherapy machines, electrotherapy machines, etc.)
Promote health and wellness benefits in a general sense and communicate any product promotions to customers.
Actively pursue beauty product sales goals and offer additional skin care services based on customer needs.
Assist in cleaning the place, (treatment rooms and common areas) and the equipment.
In southern European countries, the average salary of a beautician is around €1,000 per month. Her salary can range from a minimum salary of €700-800 per month to €1,500 and more. Trainees earn the minimum, while beauticians working on cruise ships earn the most.
In Northern European countries, salaries are higher and can even double.
The average beautician salary in Canada is $3,500 per mounth while in the United states the wage is around $3,000 per mounth.