It sounds easy enough in theory, but how do you know if your esthetician is knowledgeable and proficient in his/her work? Or better yet, are you being provided with a quality treatment, both in and out of the chair?
This goes well beyond a nice demeanor and great smelling products, by the way!
6 Telltale Signs of A Fabulous Esthetician-
1. S/he is professional, well groomed, and exudes cleanliness. The establishment and work area reflects this as well. This is self explanatory. Your esthetician should look professional, well groomed, neat, and clean. Hair should be neat- preferably pulled back. Makeup should be fresh and simple. Things to look out for: high doses of fragrance (could be covering something up); not groomed/unclean fingernails.
2. S/he takes the time to find out about your goals and concerns while putting an action plan together to address them. This is the key to any accurate skin care treatment. In the industry we call it “the consultation”. If you are asked to fill out paperwork (even if its a pain in your butt) its a good thing! Its the equivalent of a doctor’s visit but way more pleasant. It is nearly impossible to get the most out of a treatment if the person behind the chair doesn’t have a clear picture of your history, concerns, and expectations. So if the pre-show to the event takes a bit longer than you expected, be happy.
3. S/he uses terms that are specific to the industry, without losing you, and continually asks if you are understanding and/or have questions along the way. There is something to be said for proper industry lingo- regardless of the industry. It has nothing to do with sounding smart- and everything to do with addressing conditions by their proper industry term- Its called “street cred”. You can have casual conversation about your ‘zit’ with your girlfriend- but your esthetician should refer to it by its proper name- a pustule. This provides you, the client, with the confidence that s/he is knowledgeable and well versed in their craft.
4. S/he is interested in your current regimen and addresses what you love or hate about it. What is working and what is not. It is unrealistic to expect your skin care professional to be familiar with every line on the market, however, s/he should be able to give you an idea on why certain products may or may not be working for you- just based on basic ingredient knowledge. Tip: take what you are currently using at home with you to your treatment.
5. S/he educates you on the importance of home care without giving you a sales pitch. You feel more confident after each visit and learn something new each time. Skin care treatments provide great benefits to the health of the skin- no doubt about it! But if you are not educated on the importance of home care, you are essentially wasting your time and money. The care of your skin doesn’t end when you walk out of the treatment room. In essence, it is merely beginning. By using products that are less than favorable on your skin you are essentially undoing the great benefits you acquired during treatment.
6. S/he has a comfortable touch and good technique. I’m not just talking about the massage portion of the facial either. I am speaking in terms of the treatment as a whole. Some people possess a natural and comfortable touch. Others have to work at it. Either way, your estheticians ‘touch’ should be gentle and flow like a dance on your skin. It should make you feel at ease and relaxed. If you get a finger full of product in the mouth or in the nose, let’s face it- it may be nearly impossible for you to enjoy your treatment. In addition, particularly where clinical products are concerned, it can be dangerous if your esthetician is sloppy with product application and gets it on sensitive areas- like around the eyes.