Skin care therapists work in spas, salons, and doctors offices handling tasks such as massage and treatment of the skin for either health or beauty purposes. An individual interested in becoming a skin care therapist can take advantage of a variety of training programs. A skin care therapist is also known as an esthetician or facialist.
- A skin care therapist handles many different skin treatments, including chemical peels, facials, hand and foot treatments, and exfoliation of the skin and hair removal. She helps clients treat skin disorders including rosacea, sun damage, wrinkles, acne and dehydration. After evaluating a client’s skin, the therapist helps the client prepare a skin care regimen and select products such as cleansers and face and body creams. She may also keep records of her clients’ preferences and results from treatments so that she can provide personalized service to her clients on subsequent visits.
- You may find a skincare therapist working in a salon, spa, physicians’ offices or skin care clinics. Some large salons and spas may employ a team of skincare therapists. These therapists usually perform services in a private room. State requirements usually stipulate that these treatment rooms meet strict requirement for cleanliness. A skin care therapist may work alone, or in large spas, she may be one of many therapists who specialize in particular facets of skin care such as waxing or makeup.
- The location a skin care therapist works in will determine her weekly schedule. In general, she should have a flexible schedule in order to accommodate her clientele. Many clients work during the day and prefer to visit a skincare therapist in the evening or on the weekends. Her work load depends on whether she has a front office staff that helps with her bookkeeping and appointment making or if she has to do it on her own. A therapist who works at doctors’ office, salon or spa, may have a set hourly schedule each week.
- Skin care therapists can take training programs at a variety of places, including technical schools and community colleges. Most professionals have a one or two year degree in esthetic skin care, cosmetology or other similar studies. After completing studies, she should be ready to pass an exam to receive a state license to practice the care of skin. Therapists learn about the science of skin care, anatomy and physiology related to the treatments they will perform, sterilization techniques, and some basic business practices Being a skilled therapist includes taking continuing education courses on new procedures and techniques.
- Most skin care therapists earn between $10 and $19 an hour, depending on where area they live. Therapists who work at high-end spas and salons may earn more. The average yearly income for a skin care specialist starts at around $23,300 and can be as high as $50,000. The amount of experience and training a person has will affect how much they can earn annually. A person with one year of experience can hope to earn as much as $40,000, but having 10 or 15 years experience can bring in $50,000 potentially.