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I'm interested in the field of cosmetology. But what exactly does an esthetician do?

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Answer

Estheticians work with individual clients to provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance the physical appearance of their clients.

In general, they:

  • assess each client's skin condition, appearance and other characteristics
  • advise clients about skin care in general and how to care for problem areas in particular
  • demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly
  • provide facial and other skin treatments using specialized products and techniques (for example, peels and masks)
  • advise clients and sell skin care products.

They also may:

  • advise clients about colours and types of make-up 
  • teach clients how to apply make-up
  • clean, shape and polish fingernails and toenails
  • apply artificial nails and nail art
  • tint eyelashes and eyebrows
  • provide specialized treatments for hands and feet
  • perform relaxation massages (for example, hot stone massages)
  • remove body and facial hair by applying wax
  • provide other specialized services such as aromatherapy, body wrapping, airbrushing or microdermabrasion.

When not working directly with clients, estheticians:

  • keep their equipment and work stations clean
  • keep records of client needs and preferences and services provided
  • track inventory and order supplies.

They also may be responsible for booking client appointments.

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