Skin care specialists work at health spas, beauty parlors, salons, and similar facilities to create customized skin care plans for each customer. They must educate their clients on how to take care of their skin and may also sell skin care products and recommend plans based on customers' needs.
Employers generally require skin care specialists to be familiar with laser technology and relevant skin care instruments, and they must always ensure that their work area is clean. Because they work directly with customers, excellent customer service and communication skills are essential for this position, and they must be able to stand for long periods of time. Flexibility is also important, as they may work on weekends and/or rotating shifts. They must be able to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment.
Some states require beauticians and skin care specialists to have proper licenses, and they must adhere to local and state licensing laws, rules, and regulations and their employer’s procedures and guidelines. A high school diploma or equivalent may be a minimum requirement for this position, and attending a reputable beauty school may also be required. Skin care specialists should keep themselves up-to-date with various skin products and skin care techniques by reading relevant journals and may also attend workshops and training to improve their own skills. Some may also be required to train new skin care specialists.
Skin Care Specialist Tasks
Evaluate and treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products such as peels and masks.
Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly, and recommend skin-care regimens, colors or products for treatment.
Keep records of client needs and preferences, and the services provided.
Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.