When I'm asked what I do for a living, nine times out of ten I get asked "What is a Licensed Esthetician?" I'll be honest, I didn't even know what it was until a few years ago when I had just started looking into beauty school. To put it simply, an Esthetician is a licensed skin care professional that is trained in all things skin.
Do you have to go to school? Yes, you need to go to school. Not just any school, but a beauty school with an accredited Esthetics program. You'll learn about skin physiology, biology, and chemistry. You'll also learn about safety and sanitation, product ingredients, different modalities used in treatments, and how to perform facials and other skincare treatments. The state of Wisconsin currently requires 450 hours of education to become licensed, but most Wisconsin Esthetics programs require 600 hours to graduate.
How do you become licensed? After graduating from an accredited school, you need to take state board tests to obtain your license. The state board test has both a theory portion and a practical portion. For the practical portion, you need to demonstrate how to properly sanitize your tools and work area, prevent cross contamination between clients, perform a skin analysis, perform a facial, and perform a wax service. The practical portion was the most nerve wracking for me! You need to pass both the theory and practical portion to become licensed, and you need to renew your license every two years.
What is your job like? My license allows me to perform skincare treatments like facials, advanced exfoliation, dermaplaning, chemical peels, waxing, and more. There are specific state regulations to follow for certain treatments (for example, chemical peels can only be 30% or less in strength), but for the most part my license allows me to perform a variety of treatments. Each day and each client is different, and I customize all of my treatments to best address their skin's needs and concerns.
It's been such a blessing to turn my passion for this profession into my career. I love helping clients achieve results with their skin, whether that means clearing up acne, getting rid of peach fuzz, or minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Just remember, passion can't be taught in school. What are you truly passionate about?