Esthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin’s epidermal layer. In other words, esthetics is all about healthy skin. Some of the techniques used by estheticians—or skin care professionals—include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction, and chemical peels.
Professionals give personal guidance on the latest in skin care maintenance and excel at helping clients apply makeup skillfully to conceal scars and imperfections. Central to this specialty is the use of creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs. Some technicians may also utilize machines to help deliver high-tech services.
Esthetic practice is different from dermatology in that it specifically excludes diagnosis, prescription, or any other service, procedure, or therapy that requires a medical license. If you’re being treated by a dermatologist,
your esthetician will provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, estheticians are trained and licensed to recognize early signs of
many medical conditions, including skin cancer, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.