What Is an Esthetician?
If you are new to having your face done it is only normal that you have some questions about who and how will perform the procedure on you.
This article will give you helpful advice on what to expect from your skin care professional and your first facial.
You will learn how to prepare for procedure, what to expect out of it, how to cure about your skin after, and how to know what skin care professional is good and which one is bad.
WHO ARE ESTHETICIANS?
Estheticians are experts in skincare. Not just any beauty salon will offer you to have work done by an esthetician. They are specialists who have gone to school to learn how to treat your skin according to its type and the issues you could have with it.
And they have gone through a certain amount of hours learning about microbiology, physiology, bone structure, muscle structure and muscle tone for the face, neck and shoulder muscles. Depending on their license, they could also know a lot more about the body systems – if they have been preparing to perform body treatments.
More often than not they will have gone through written and practical tests before they have received their license.
You can trust that your esthetician has basic knowledge about both of the traditional and the cutting edge technology improving on the esthetics of the skin. They will have expansive knowledge about products that can be used in skincare, their chemistry, the brands that provide the best skincare lines.
They are not medical professionals, however, a medical esthetician could be trained as a paramedic and work in the dermatologist office.
WHAT DOES AN ESTHETICIAN DO?
Normally, you can go to your esthetician for a facial, or a body treatment (such as cellulite therapy), spray tanning, rejuvenation treatments, chemical peeling, hair removal, laser therapy, scar treatment, and others. Basically, for any skin treatment you want to be done by a professional.
The service they provide could vary based on the location they work in – whether they work for a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon or a beauty salon – their work could have more of a medical element in it (for example care for skin burns or plastic surgery recovery) or it could have more of an aesthetics element in it (for example a new sort of treatment against aged skin).
Additionally to doing treatment to your skin on-site, your esthetician can prepare a skin care routine for your after care and continuous well-being of your skin.
SHOULD I VISIT AN ESTHETICIAN?
You might want to visit an esthetician if you have continuous issues with one or many of the following skin conditions:
- Pigmented spots
- Oily spots/skin
- Black heads
- Dark circles
- Redness or inflammation
- Skin aging (fine lines, sagging)
HOW TO TALK TO MY ESTHETICIAN?
Estheticians are just normal people. You can obviously discuss with them openly concerns about your skin and your face.
However, if you want to be concise and understood well so that you immediately get exactly what you need out of your esthetician, you might want to prepare a bunch of information to start your conversation with.
It is better that you have a general idea of what exact service you want – what professional facial wards your skin benefit from them most?
Shortly after you turn twenty, the regeneration of your skin slows down. Tissue starts to age. Your skin loses the ability to get rid of old cells and substitute them with new cells in a healthy way. Toxins and waste are not so easy to get rid of any more and your pores become clogged with junk. Your blood circulation is not sufficient enough any more to feed your face with the needed nutrients.
You will start to see damage to your skin. Fine lines, deep wrinkles, sagginess and discoloration. Your poor diet and skin damage have taken away a lot from your skin.
Skin care professionals can help you return your skin back to health – to fight visible and invisible signs of ageing, bad diet, poor health and hormonal issues.
Pay attention. You will need a professional facial if you experience discoloration or pigmentation spots, redness, puffiness, acne, excess sebum production, oily T-zone, fine of deep lines, an excess amount of blackheads, dark circles around your eyes, textured skin, or loose and saggy skin.
If you notice one or more of those symptoms, Express your concerns to your esthetician. You need to be cognizant of how often you have experienced this issue, is it influenced by any food or drinks you’re having, could it be related to your menstrual cycle or the lack thereof? Meet corporate and detailed in your accounts to the esthetician.
Generally, you should be prepared to get one of those treatments:
- Calming and relaxing facial to remove redness. Redness is usually caused by enlarged capillaries. A relaxation facial will soothe your circulatory system so your skin looks fresh and matted instead of inflamed and angry.
- Lifting and firming facial. This type of facial treatment is reserved for more mature women – aged 40 or 50. The sagging of the skin is often contributed to the limited amounts of collagen after a certain age. A collagen rich facial will improve the state of your skin and make you look younger.
- Brightening therapy. Brightening treatment will be offered to you if your main source of concern are the dark spots under your eyes or all over your skin.
- Against a rough texture, you’ll be offered a chemical peel. The chemical peel will get rid of some fine lines and wrinkles as well as your hyper pigmentation.
- For a discolored skin that needs some energizing you will be offered a facial with minerals and environments.
- A clearing treatment will be offered to those who have issues with acne.
- Detoxifying treatment will be offered to those who feel that their skin has aged prematurely.
Now back to your discussion with your esthetician. An experienced skincare specialist will listen carefully to your history of skin related issues. Then they will have a hard look at your skin. It is not uncommon that people’s face has different tissue and even different problems in its separate areas – around the eyes, around the nose, around the mouth, the lips themselves, upper and lower forehead. Apart from the various areas of the face, you might also have patches – patches of dry skin, oily skin, congested skin, patches of skin where are you often breakout, and so on.
Additionally to your skin’s current condition, be prepared to share with your skincare specialist other important information such as: any hormonal issues, medications you are taking, health conditions, allergies, food and sleep habits, history of procedures, bad reactions in the past, as well as your current priorities for your skin – which issue would you like to concentrate on now.
Make sure you discuss all those questions in detail so that your esthetician has the big picture of your skin condition. You will know that your work with a true skin care professional, if they ask you about all of those things even if you forget to share the information yourself.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A VISIT TO THE ESTHETICIAN?
If you have never undergone treatment it is only normal that you have some questions about your first procedure.
For example, dress code. What should you wear to your first visit to your esthetician? First of all it’s a good idea to wear something that will not scrub your face if you put it off after the procedure. Avoid anything tight. Another helpful tip is to wears something comfy.
Most facial procedures feel relaxing to the client, and in order to support this feeling you must feel okay in the clothes that you’re wearing. Third, avoid wearing anything that will make you sweat. If you have any chances of getting an allergic reaction, you will multiply those chances if you feel hot and bothered at all. Feeling a little on the colder side will make you feel more refreshed in the end. Finally if you’re in for a massage make sure you wear clothing that is easy to remove in areas that will be treated.
Another common question from clients is if they should do anything to their face before the procedure. And the answer is no. Don’t worry about coming to your estheticians with a clean face – you do not need to do any cleansing, you do not even have to remove your makeup. Your esthetician will do it for you. Just make sure you come on time for your appointment, so the skincare professional has enough time to go through all the steps. If you’re coming for a massage, make sure you take a bath beforehand and where comfortable, not too revealing underwear.
It is a good idea to skip on any at-home facial treatments, a week or two before you visit your esthetician. The reason is that they should have an adequate idea how your skin is doing when it is untreated so that they choose the best therapy for you.
We advise against exposing your skin to the sun for prolonged periods of time, against using self tanning products, or any other procedures or actions that can make your skin feel damaged or more sensitive.
It is a good idea to prepare a list of all brands and products you are using every day in your home to take care of your skin, include information about medication you are taking that may have an effect on the skin, as well as some medical history.
If you have any important event in your life coming up make sure you talk to your esthetician about that – your skincare specialist will avoid some types of treatment if they know an event is coming up. Some types of treatments could change the state of the skin temporarily – if they could change its color or make it look irritated, or just not presentable before the treatments take its final form and full effect.
Do not perform any hair removal treatments 48 hours before your skin therapy appointment. Hair removal more often than not leaves the follicles of the skin open. Those areas will be more susceptible to irritation and even allergic reactions.
Always know your priorities. For example, it is perfectly possible that your skin both lacks nutrients and is acne prone. And while such treatments might be able to combine effects that remedy both of those conditions, if you concentrate on one rather than another, you might hear more success. You need to choose – do you want to fight both fronts.
Last but not least, come mentally prepared for your appointment.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A VISIT TO THE ESTHETICIAN?
- Cleanse. Before your treatment begins, your esthetician will prepare your skin for the chemicals, serums and other products that will be used on it. For that purpose your skin must be clean and calm. The esthetician will thoroughly remove your makeup and examine your skin for its sensitivity levels. They may apply a product to soothe the skin and reduce the chance of any allergic reaction. This step is happening regardless of whether you are wearing makeup or not.
- Skin consultation. This is the moment where you should share all of the possible information about your skin. Now that your makeup is off, your esthetician will have the access to examine your bare skin for any discoloration, signs of aging, oily or dry spots, patches of underperforming skin, comedones, acne or acne scarring. You are encouraged to talk during this process if you have not had the chance to do it before, or unless your esthetician verbally or non-verbally informs you they prefer you to be quiet. Do not think they are just being rude if they do. After all, your mouth is on your face – moving it might hinder their work.
- Steam cleaning. Prepping your face by directing a gentle flow of steam towards it will heat up the upper levels of the skin and open up your pores. This process prepares the skin for maximum penetration and absorption of the products it is about to be treated with. Steam with active ingredients will improve your circulation, stimulate cell regeneration after more invasive therapy and help remove dead skin cells.
- Chemical peal. Before proceeding with the chemical peel your esthetician will ask you about the sensitivity of your skin. They will only choose the right method of exfoliation after a consultation with you. Don’t be surprised if the chemical peel involves a steam treatment once again. Heating up and moisturizing the top level of the skin will help get rid of dead or old skin cells – after this process your skin will look more hydrated, fresher, more energetic, and less wrinkled.
- Black head removal + prep. After that your esthetician will start preparing your skin to remove your black heads. The first step in this process is to calm the skin down. Removing blackheads is quite invasive and if you’re not prepped right, you might leave the salon with scars. And therefore you should not try doing this at home. Your esthetician will use a completely sterile environment and instruments to manipulate your skin in order to release the blackheads. This process involves a lot of pressure on your tissue.
- Massage. The next step is more soothing. Your esthetician will select a blend of some essential oils and vitamins and minerals to rub directly and gently into your skin. The purpose of this step is to soothe your skin after it has been dug into for the blackheads, and to relax it in order to improve their recovery time.
- Serum treatment. Your esthetician will now, after your skin has been relaxed, go for a little bit more powerful serum blend to treat your skin for your higher-priority skin concerns. They will target oily spots, visible blood vessels and redness, puffiness, scarring or signs of aging such as sagginess or wrinkles. This part of your treatment will largely depend on the conversation you had before your procedure started.
- Finishing steps. The skin care specialist will now clean up your face from the excess product and apply moisturizer and/or sunscreen depending on your location and the time of day. They will probably ask you for feedback while your skin is absorbing the final products in.
Now is the time to request some helpful advice about how to care for your skin after the treatment.
HOW TO COMPLEMENT THE WORK OF THE ESTHETICIAN?
The best after-care treatment regime for your skin will be given to you by your skin care specialist after your facial was done. But in case you forgot, or they did not have the time to spend in a detail discussion, here is the just:
- Attempt to remember as much about the procedure as possible. Each treatment has its take-care-after strategy, which is easily accessible for a reference on the Internet.
- Always wear a high-factor SPF facial cream. Do not forget to protect the tricky areas – the neck, the ears, the hairline. And you need a special cream for the area around your eyes.
- Do not hit the gym directly after a facial. Yes, a workout is almost always a healthy choice, however, about 24 hours after your facial, your skin will be too sensitive. Sweat on your face may have detrimental effects because of your skin being overly stimulated, and your pores being unprotected.
- Do not exfoliate. Especially if you have undergone a chemical peal, exfoliations can have very bad consequences for the upper layers of your skin. Avoid applying any harsh products on your face about 48 hours after your facial.
- Up to a week after your facial be careful how you touch your skin. You might overdo it with skin care or applying makeup with harsh brushes.
- Makeup lovers must be particularly diligent about washing their brushes soon after a facial has been performed. The peeling has revealed younger skin which is more sensitive to the bacteria your favorite brushes may host.
Clients often ask the question if they should buy products from the salon where the facial was performed. The reality is estheticians are not banned from pushing products. They could be both estheticians and sales representatives or distributers for particular brands and cosmetic lines. In fact, you might be safer purchasing a product from a health care professional with a professional license than from just any seller.
However, if you are uncomfortable spending extra money at the same salon, let them know you are interested to know about other product lines with the same effects. A good esthetician, because of their knowledge of chemistry and the cosmetics industry should not hesitate to give you alternatives.
After you are done with your appointment make sure you thank the skin care professional who worked with you. Ask them when is a good idea to come back and for what treatment.
THE WORST AND BEST ESTHETICIANS
- They don’t ask questions. In fact and they get annoyed when you share too much information. They’re ‘not blind’ – they will tell you.
- They do not give you a regime to follow after you come back home from your facial.
- They are distracted. If you’re esthetician is busy talking to their colleague instead of being completely focused on your face and your skin and the products there are applying on it, this is a huge red flag. Not only can they make a lot of mistakes – they could actually injure an scar you for a life.
- They do asks you a lot of questions. The take your considerations in the account. They confirm or deny your questions about the type of your skin and the type of treatment you think you need.
- They will never treat you as if you are the same as everyone else. We‘re not talking about personal relationships here. We are talking about personalized custom treatment – one that will address your problem areas according to your priority for your skin.
- Their office is completely spotless. Cleanliness and hygiene should be a huge factor when you are choosing wear to have your face done.
- And they will not hurt you. Whilst some face treatment may cause tingling or itching, feeling actual pain should not happen at the salon. That would mean something is terribly wrong.
- They talk to you about taking care of your skin in multiple ways – about food, about nutrition, about topical creams and sunscreen, about continuous therapy.
Trusting an esthetician over another type of skin care professional is a good idea because they are licensed, which means they have spent a particular amount of hours learning about the product that they will actually apply on your face and body.
Your first time procedure at the spa or a salon may seem intimidating at first – you have to share a lot about your lifetime concerns about your skin.
We hope the information in this article has given you enough confidence that you know what to expect from your visit to the spa and you will be able to trust the specialist to improve the way you’ll look and the way you feel.