Most Frequently Asked Questions
What’s an Esthetician?
Estheticians, also called skin care therapists, work at salons, day spas, and medi-spas. Estheticians are trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin. They perform various cosmetic procedures including facials, body treatments, and waxing. Most estheticians offer a variety of specialty spa treatments.
All estheticians must be licensed in the state that they are working in. They complete 260 to 600 hours of training (depending on the state) and pass both a written and a practical, or hands-on, exam.
What is Exfoliation?
In terms of skin care, we Estheticians think of exfoliation as the means by deliberately
removing dead skin cells for the purpose of stimulating fresh healthy skin renewal. Our
skin naturally exfoliates itself every 28-30 days.
Why is it important to exfoliate?
It’s important to exfoliate because dead skin cells are being removed. The removal of
these cells has a significant effect on improving the appearance of many skin conditions.
How often should I exfoliate?
No more than once a week. If done more often it can cause the skin to be over exfoliated
which can result in skin irritations, tenderness, redness etc.
Why should men get exfoliated?
This will aid men with razor bumps
What is a facial?
A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin to promote clear, well-hydrated skin. A facial is the second most popular spa service after massage. It is sometimes called a "deep-cleansing facial" or or "deep-pore cleansing" facial because of extractions.
Why should I get facials?
With today’s frantic lifestyle and changing environment, our bodies are challenged by
stress, and our faces serve as a billboard for our health and well being. Maintaining our
skins maximum health not only contributes to its longevity, but improves our general
appearance. Getting facials regularly accomplishes this maintenance. Deep cleaning,
exfoliation, massage, and sun care all contribute to this process.
How Often Should I Get A Facial?
It varies from person to person. Ideally, get a facial every four to six weeks because that's how long it takes the skin to regenerate. Try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes. You may need it more frequently if you are trying to clear up a case of acne, especially at the beginning. Otherwise, once a month is plenty. You can overdo it.
If you decide to make facials a part of your skin care routine, remember you will get the best results if they are done regularly. If you decide to make facials a part of your skin care routine, remember you will get the best results if they are done regularly. Be sure to tell your esthetician about all topical and oral medications you are currently using to avoid unwanted reactions. For example, vigorous exfoliation should not be done on anyone taking Accutane(isotretinoin) or using topical retinoids like Differin or Retin A. If a dermatologist is treating your acne, it's always a good idea to talk to him or her before having any facial treatment done.
The Basic Steps of a Facial
- A facial begins with a thorough cleansing with cotton pads or sponges and a product chosen for your skin type (normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, mature.)
- Skin Analysis. The esthetician covers your eyes and looks at your skin through a brightly lit magnifying lamp that reveal various skin conditions.
Skin Care Facials
Here are some of the benefits received because of the regular facials the skin receives.
- Regular facials keep the skin deeply cleansed and exfoliated.
- Blood and lymph circulation is increased helping to remove impurities.
- The skin is toned and relaxed.
- Numerous treatments support and correct skin such conditions as; couperose,
dry, oily, alipidic (lacking oil), atonic (lacking tone), dehydrated, and acne.
- A preventative measure against premature aging skin.
Exfoliation means that skin cells are deliberately being removed off the skin to
stimulate fresh healthy skin renewal. Our skin has natural skin cell growth and goes
through a renewal cycle that causes our skin to remove naturally by itself. Yes, that’s
right, our skin actually exfoliates itself every 28-30 days. It’s very important to exfoliate;
if you don’t excessive oil will combine with the cells and stick together which will result
in excessive build-up in your pores. There are many types of exfoliants and many ways to
exfoliate your skin. A skin care specialist (Esthetician) can advise a customized regimen
especially for your skin type.
Eczema symptoms include itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. It’s most commonly found in children, although adults can get it. There are different types of eczema. The most common is called atopic dermatitis
Acne and pimples have little to do with cleanliness. Although it is very important to keep
your skin clean, acne is not caused by dirt. The main causes of acne are heredity, and
hormones. Inherited acne means if parents suffer from acne chances are that their children will
also suffer from it. This hereditary factor is called retention Hyperkeratosis, which means
that dead skin cells do not shed off and exit out of the follicles, as they do on normal skin.
Non-heredity acne is caused by a build up of cells inside the follicle, which causes
bacteria. Bacteria can’t survive in the presence of oxygen, so to treat this type of
condition the skin must be treated with a special acne treatment which will send oxygen
through the follicles which in turn will kill the bacteria that causes acne. Generally
people with oily skin are acne prone.
Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face,bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair. Another method utilizes hard wax (as opposed tostrip wax). In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin
If you decide to make WAXING a part of your skin care routine, remember you will get the best results if they are done regularly. Be sure to tell your esthetician about all topical and oral medications you are currently using to avoid unwanted reactions. For example, vigorous exfoliation should not be done on anyone taking Accutane (isotretinoin) or using topical retinoids like Differin or Retin A. If a dermatologist is treating your acne, it's always a good idea to talk to him or her before having any treatment done.
Allow the hard to reach places on your back to be cleansed and exfoliate using mineral
salt, a detoxifying mud, with a nice relaxing massage. A very relaxing one hour treatment.
Special Skin Conditions
Although most special skin conditions can require a dermatologist, there are some
conditions that an Esthetician can perform on a client while working with your
dermatologist in conjunction with your special skin care treatments. Some of the special
- Eczema: excessive dry skin.
- Acne: certain acne breakouts.
- Dark Spots: due to serious acne breakouts.
- Sun Damage: Too much sun exposure which can result in wrinkles, lack of
elasticity, and skin cancer.
- Roaesea: sensitive skin due to sun, touch, and bacteria in the follicles that
- Follicutitis: A condition common in men which causes in grown hair that
instead of growing up and out, grows slightly under the skin.
- Kenatosis Piloris: a bumpy condition on upper arm that can feel like sand
paper. This condition is generally seen in clients with asthma or nasal
Now that you have had an opportunity to read our information, take a few minutes to ask
more questions and make an appointment!