What Are Estheticians?

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Cosmetology draws people from all different backgrounds. Whether you’re interested in making general cosmetology your full-time career, or you’re interested in branching out into a related specialty, there are plenty of reasons to consider a cosmetology degree.

Esthetics is closely related to cosmetology, and a degree in esthetics can help you become an esthetician. While you may know the basics of esthetics, the industry actually covers a wide variety of specialties. After you read this primer on esthetics, you’ll know everything you need to know.

How Does Esthetics Differ from Cosmetology?

Cosmetology and esthetics actually have a lot in common. Both are focused on making sure you look your best. That means they provide specialized training to give professionals the knowledge they need to help you achieve your best look. Both are focused on making you look and feel good. However, that doesn’t mean they’re the same thing.

While cosmetology tends to focus on the products you put on your face, esthetics focuses more on your skin, making sure you shine even without makeup. It’s crucial to have both estheticians and cosmetologists available. They may have different specialties, but those specialties are complementary.

At the end of the day, there’s a simple difference. Estheticians learn the best ways to enhance your makeup-free beauty, while cosmetologists learn how to use makeup to enhance your natural beauty.

What’s the Difference Between an Esthetician and a Dermatologist?

Although they both work to help your skin, an esthetician isn’t the same as a dermatologist.

A dermatologist has very specific medical training. That training lets them diagnose skin conditions and prescribe medications to deal with those conditions. Because of this, dermatologists are highly focused on the medical side of things.

On the other hand, an esthetician is trained in natural ways to enhance your skin. This specialty is largely focused on beauty, so estheticians aren’t trained to handle skin conditions.

There’s no reason you can’t use both an esthetician and a dermatologist. In fact, once you clear up medical skin problems, your esthetician can help you the rest of the way!

What Types of Treatments Can Estheticians Perform?

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Estheticians are extensively trained to provide a number of different skin treatments. Many of these treatments provide a great foundation for cosmetologists to work their magic.

An esthetician can provide hair removal, including both laser options and waxing options, body treatments, wraps, various rejuvenation therapies, microdermabrasion, and plenty more. Even better, a well-trained esthetician can give you personalized advice to help you deal with your own skin care issues.

Some estheticians sell skin care items, but many don’t. However, all of them can point you toward items that’ll help you achieve beautiful skin.

Should I Become an Esthetician?

Different people enjoy different specialties, and becoming an esthetician is incredibly fulfilling for a wide variety of people.

One of the best parts of being an esthetician is that it allows you to make an impact on people’s day-to-day lives. Think about it: your skin, and especially your face, is on display at all times. If you’re able to help reduce wrinkles, fix redness, revive dull overtones, and generally create a whole new look, your clients will feel those effects every day.

A career in esthetics also provides substantial job security. After all, people are always going to need extra skin care, and if you’re able to provide that, you’ll be in demand.

How Do I Become an Esthetician?

If you’ve decided that you want to get started on an esthetics degree, congratulations! You’re on your way to a fulfilling, exciting career.

To be certified as an esthetician, you’ll need to complete an accredited program. Once you’ve successfully passed your classes, you can start to look for careers in esthetics.

The Ogle School esthetics program is a great option for anyone who wants a flexible, knowledgeable program. You can complete the program full time in as little as six months, or part time in as little as 11 months. There are career services, scholarships, grants, and more available. Request information today to get started on your degree!

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.