A Dream Career Working in Skin Care & Being a Facialist
The Skin Care Industry Offers Rewarding Careers
So, you know how when you first meet someone you immediately judge them based on one thing? And don’t lie and pretend you don’t know what I am talking about because we all do it! Our first impressions may be completely wrong or exactly spot on but we all, whether consciously or unconsciously, judge others based on some physical characteristic of theirs. For some people, they look at a person’s hair first. Others check out their teeth, their body shape, their eyes, the way they talk, etc. Unfortunately, there are a million ways to judge a person. When you first meet someone, do you find yourself constantly checking out their skin? If the answer is yes, then you are destined for a career in skin care and our facial school is a great place to start.
There are a few different skin care jobs you can look into such as a facialist, esthetician, dermatologist, or work in the retail side of skin care. With these jobs you will either be working in a spa, store or in a medical office. If you aren’t quite sure on which path you want to take yet, that’s okay because these jobs all have the same overall goal: to help people achieve better skin. You should focus your choice based on how much time and money you want to invest.
First let’s start by examining a career as a facialist. This job allows you to provide skin care treatment to help enhance an individual’s appearance. First you will examine the client’s skin using a magnifying lamp. Then as you cleanse the client’s face, you speak with them about products that they should and should not be using when they clean themselves. You will have to assess what each client needs for their specific skin and help treat their condition and appearance. Many times you will give masks and peels as well as extract blackheads, waxing, provide facial and body massages, instruct individuals on types of makeup they should be using and correct applications. In some cases, you must be able to refer individuals to a doctor for a medical treatment for a skin problem. Salary for a facialist is usually around $28,000 a year.
If you want to delve deeper into helping people with their skin care, instead of just giving a few tips during a facial appointment, you can consider becoming an esthetician or dermatologist. Both these jobs require schooling, certifications and licensures but they are pretty different from one another. Estheticians need schooling for usually 1-2 years and generally work in spas or salons. They have similar duties that a facialist has with more focus on treatment and knowledge. They specialize in treating skin care problems by focusing on individual’s skin care routines and recommending different ingredients and products to remedy the problem. Salary is usually around $34,000 a year depending on experience.
Dermatology may be what your calling is, but just know that it is a high cost and high time commitment of medical school. If that is too much, you can always become a dermatologist assistant which requires less schooling depending on where you are licensed. This work focuses more in a medical setting helping with office work or medical procedures. You would help treat skin conditions using medication but would not do much in depth recommendation of skin care routines like the other jobs would do. The average salary for a dermatologist physician assistant is about $86,000 a year.
If these jobs seem too daunting and you simply wish to be around the makeup and skin care world, you can work an entry level position at a beauty supply store. There, you will build up your knowledge of the products and industry and learn how to speak with people about their skin care problems in a less serious environment.