Non-medical estheticians, commonly known as beauty estheticians, are prominent in the beauty care industry and specialize in skin care with the goal of improving skin health and conditioning. Some specialize in particular areas and skin treatments, while others generalize and work with a wide range of skin-related issues.
Most estheticians work in salons, spas, beauty parlors, and medical offices (treating non-medical conditions), and some oversee their own independent operations. On the job, they typically inspect the skin of clients to assess their needs and make recommendations for treatment. They may provide facials, peels, or masks, and wax facial hair or use laser hair-removal devices, and some perform facial massages and utilize full-body treatments like wraps. They also provide advice to clients regarding ongoing skin care, as well as makeup and related products, and some may sell skin care products and treatments for home use.
Aspiring non-medical estheticians should complete an accredited program in cosmetology or esthetics and pass state-run written and practical exams, and at least 600 hours of training may also be required to become licensed in the field. Those in this position must have communication skills, awareness of safety concerns related to chemicals used in treatments, the ability to operate and maintain professional equipment, and the ability to stand for long periods of time while working with clients.
Esthetician (Non-Medical) Tasks
Check clients in and out, accept payment, update schedules and maintain front desk.
Perform beauty and health services such as waxing, nail care, hair care, and facial peels.
Engage potential and scheduled customers to describe and sell services.
Keep a hygienic and pleasing workspace and maintain equipment.