Aesthetics is the application of various treatments to the skin, to maintain its health and vitality. Aestheticians are trained in skin wellness, helping their clients balance oil and moisture content and achieve a healthy, youthful complexion. As well as various facial treatments, they also offer hair removal techniques such as waxing or threading, and hand/foot treatments to rejuvenate the skin.
A variety of treatments and products are used to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and a dull, uneven skin tone. Aestheticians are also skilled in managing conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and dry skin, to name just a few. And finally, skin care treatments are wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating. If smooth, healthy skin is your goal, visiting a skin care professional can benefit you.
Dermatology is a branch of the medical profession, practiced by licensed physicians who specialize in disorders of the skin. Aesthetic practice 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 Aesthetician can provide complementary and support therapies. In addition, Aestheticians are trained to recognize early signs of many medical conditions affecting the skin, and will refer you to a dermatologist in such a case.
Cosmetology is the study of beauty treatments including nail care, hair care and styling, makeup application, skin care and more. Aesthetics is one branch of cosmetology; some Aestheticians work in other branches of cosmetology in addition to their skin care practice.
Techniques used by Aestheticians can include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction, and chemical peels. Creams, lotions, wraps, clay or gel masks, and salt scrubs are used. Machines, such as Skin Classic, Rezenerate, Ultrasound and Microcurrent may also be used to help deliver high-tech results..
Some common therapies:
It is always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment prior to your first treatment, especially if you are new to aesthetic treatments. This gives you and your therapist a chance to discuss your skincare goals and expectations for the first visit, and long term goals for the future. During a consultation, your therapist will go over an extensive intake form, and most likely do a cleansing of the skin followed by a detailed skin analysis. This will give your aesthetician the information she/he needs to create an individualized facial treatment plan, both for a series of professional treatments and recommendations for products you can use at home.
Most Definately!! Much of the success of maintaining a visible improvement after treatment depends on consistent, correct home care. Your Aesthetician is trained to select the products that will most benefit your skin, and to advise you on how to maintain your professional results between visits. Like medical or dental care, following the right daily regimen at home is essential if you are to get the most out of your visits to a professional.
Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained licensed Aesthetician. They should also always require that you fill out an extensive intake form, go over it with you and should wear gloves at all times during your treatments. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care Aesthetician about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your aesthetician is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Our members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.