I have been an esthetician for more than 38 years. Early in my career when I was in my 20s, I thought it was ridiculous to even consider having a face lift. I thought, “I am going to take care of my skin with all these wonderful products, and I won’t need a face lift. Who would do that?” As time went on, the professional skin care industry evolved with new ingredients, processes and procedures to be able to treat the signs of aging. I jumped on every bandwagon, and used everything I could get my hands on to keep my skin and my clients’ skin healthy and beautiful. And then I turned 50. Although I had beautiful skin, the signs of aging were starting to appear. I was like any other normal woman and decided to look into my options. In my pursuit to find the fountain of youth, not only did I realize that more invasive treatments work wonders, I also learned how to guide my clients in their quest for youthfulness.
The role of an esthetician
As estheticians, you take on many roles with your clients. You educate them, advise them, relax them and guide them with their skin care decisions. If you build the relationship correctly, there is a huge amount of trust that exists between you and your client. They depend on you for up-to-date information about all of the new treatments, ingredients and procedures that become available in this ever-changing industry. It is important for you to stay educated in all aspects of your industry, as well as dermatology and plastic surgery, so you can help advise them and answer their questions with unbiased honesty.
At some point in your career, you will most likely be asked about Botox, fillers, lasers and the ultimate question: “Do I need a face lift?” There is a lot of fear, concern and trepidation around these procedures. There is an societal expectation that women should age gracefully, yet remain beautiful and youthful. Therefore, many who decide to have these treatments or procedures do it alone. They hide behind closed doors until they have completely healed and keep it a secret because they are embarrassed. It is your role to help support them in their decisions, refer them to the proper professional and give them solid advice.