October 21, 2016
How To Find The Best Esthetician For You
5 Steps to Professional Skincare ServicesHaving a good skincare professional you trust is just as important as having a reputable hairdresser, and arguably a good doctor or therapist. After all, an esthetician is dealing with one of your most visible features – your face! But how do you go about finding the best esthetician for you, one that you can trust, especially if you are new to town or have never visited an esthetician before? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! An esthetician, or aesthetician, is a licensed skincare professional that improves and maintains the appearance of your skin. There are two subsets of estheticians – a general esthetician and a medical esthetician. A general esthetician performs minimally invasive treatments such as facials, light peels, extractions and waxing. A medical esthetician works under the supervision of a dermatologist and performs more invasive procedures such as chemical peels. Both hold the same esthetic license. However, finding the right esthetician for you will require more than just a Yelp search (though that is a good place to start).
1. Know What You WantIn order to find the best esthetician for you, you have to first know what you want to get out of their services. Here are some good questions to ask yourself before you ever pick up the phone to make a facial appointment:
- What are my skin concerns? Are you seeing more wrinkles, deep creases, dark spots, sun spots, loss of elasticity or a combination of some or all of those? You’ll need to communicate your most pressing skin concerns to your esthetician to ensure the right strategy, and outcome, from your service.
- How sensitive is my skin? Do most products burn, irritate or make your skin itchy or blotchy? Again, you’ll need to communicate this to your practitioner to ensure the right products are selected for use on your skin.
- What am I looking to get out of a visit to the esthetician? Do you want to see a more even skin tone, firmer skin, more voluminous skin or clearer pores? Again, make sure you’re clear before you go so you’re sure to get what it is you want.
- Am I open to more invasive procedures like chemical peels? Not sure? Do your research before you go. There’s some downtime involved with more invasive procedures so best to know what you’re in for and how well it works with your lifestyle.
- What is my budget? There are so many different types of facials – everything from a basic facial (30-45 mins), to a more targeted facial (60 minutes), and even facials that can last 2 hours or more, so it makes sense that the costs would vary greatly. Get clear on your budget and how much you want to spend before you walk in.