What Does an Esthetician Do?

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What Does an Esthetician Do?

Are you a skin care enthusiast who is always trying to learn new ways to achieve better skin? Do you love makeup and beauty products? Here at Aveda Institute Madison, we have seen passions flourish into amazing skill sets! Before you get started, it’s important to know what exactly an esthetician does.

What is an Esthetician?

The term esthetics refers to applying various techniques to the skin. Esthetics includes techniques like chemical peels, facials, and pore cleansing. An esthetician is a state licensed skin care professional. Estheticians are experts in skin physiology and microbiology and should also have a thorough knowledge of muscles, bones, nerves and other systems of the body. An esthetician can also perform treatments like eyelash extension application and brow tints with additional licensure.

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What Does an Esthetician Do?

A licensed esthetician applies treatments to the skin to maintain its health, improve general appearance, and counter the effects of sun exposure and aging. Some of the treatments an esthetician can provide are:

  • Hair removal
  • Facial peel
  • Lip renewing treatment
  • Facials
  • Eyelash application
  • Lash and brow tint
  • Makeup application


How Do I Become an Esthetician?

To become an esthetician in the state of Wisconsin, you must:

  • Graduate from high school or attain a high school equivalency.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete a course of at least 450 hours in no less than 11 weeks and no more than 30 weeks.
  • Complete those hours under the supervision of a licensed esthetics instructor,


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What Equipment Does an Esthetician Use?

An esthetician often uses electrical devices. These can include microdermabrasion machines, brushing machines, electric pulverizers, atomizers, facial steamers, and magnifying lamps. Non-electrical equipment includes products like lotions, creams, and astringents, as well as masks and sterilizing equipment.

What Can I Do With an Esthetician License?

A licensed esthetician may have the opportunity to work in a variety of career fields like:

  • Makeup artistry
  • Medical spa
  • Dermatology
  • Day spa or salon
  • Esthetics spa
  • Freelance work for fashion, film, or theater


Learn More About Our Esthiology Program!

Like what you read about being an esthetician? Learn more about our thorough esthiology program at Aveda Institute Madison. If you have any questions about the program or esthiology in general, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us now to get started!


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