What Does an Aesthetician Really Do?


You have probably heard the term “aesthetician” once or twice, or maybe seen the word printed on a spa window or, perhaps, in some kind of advertisement. If you have never been to an aesthetician, it might be difficult to guess what it is that they do.


An aesthetician is, essentially, a skin care professional. They receive training in various powerful and effective skin care procedures in order to advise and treat patients. Consultations always begin with a detailed skin evaluation to analyze the condition of your skin.  This could be followed by:

  • facial massages
  • chemical peels (which reduces age spots and fine lines)
  • skin care facials
  • extractions
  • remove facial hair and body hair (often “waxing”)
  • treatment masks
  • education on hair, cosmetic, facial, and nail care
  • demonstrations on proper skin care and cleaning
  • recommending skin care products


When you visit a medical spa you might also be able to consult about makeup artisty. Many aestheticians are also skilled in makeup because they have a fundamental understanding of skin tone, complexion, and face shape.  Makeup should help to bring out your naturally beautiful features, so an aesthetician may be just the professional to give you this advice. This might include:

  • makeup application instruction
  • “prescription” of client-tailored cosmetic product selection
  • cosmetic recommendations
  • eyelash and eyebrow tinting (to better match/complement complexion)


Some of the more experienced aestheticians may also perform medical procedures that can treat the skin. While they may have to make an outside recommendation, specifically for Mediluxe Traitement Cellulite, they collaborate with plastic surgeons and dermatologists to coordinate the best possible care for you. This can include:

  • pre- and post-op skin care
  • referring clients directly to specialized medical professionals (like surgeons and dermatologists) for more personalized treatment, as needed
  • clean and maintain and sterilize equipment
  • assist in medication and treatment administration


Finally, a professional aesthetician should also have the appropriate business skills.  After all, a spa is a business and you have to manage customers, customer files, and other aspects of running a business, including:

  • keeping client records
  • customer service
  • collecting payments
  • evaluating, regulating, tracking, and purchasing product inventory, materials, supplies, and all other related equipment
  • maintaining appointment calendar(s)
  • scheduling said appointments
  • Selling appropriately related merchandise through spa or clinic.