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Reflections: The Making of an Esthetician

By: Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: May 28, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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What really helped me was talking with my boyfriend who suggested going for esthetics and specializing in one area and becoming the “best” at what I learned. The more I thought about it, the more I knew that’s what I wanted. Skin care to me is so much more than a facial. It’s about treating someone’s concerns, and making them feel and look even more beautiful than they did when they walked in. It’s an experience that you and your client share; a time for you to really look beyond yourself and care for someone else for an hour or two. It makes you feel really good about yourself knowing you made someone else feel better. I know from experience, when your skin is in its best condition possible, you are in the best mood possible. Guaranteed.

Since I was about 15, I have been a huge product junkie—mostly makeup and skin care products. And I could hardly ever walk out of a bookstore without buying a book about cosmetics. Do you see what this is all leading up to? Esthetic school. That’s right. On Sept. 11, 2007, I began my adventure at yet another school. But this time, I felt like, by the time graduation rolled around, I would have a sense of direction. I would know where I was going. There is nothing I love more than spending a day at a spa or salon and being pampered, so I know I would love to work in a spa or open up one of my own. Although these are just dreams for now, every day, I think of ways about how I can get closer to making this dream a reality.

So please make a point to log on and read “The Making of an Esthetician,” share it with your colleagues and peers, and leave your comments, thoughts and advice. Remember your days of yearning for advice and a bit of insight into this industry, and then pay it forward.

Until Next Time,

Melinda Taschetta-Millane