What does a Skincare Specialist do?

Median Pay $30,080
Growth Rate 14%
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A skincare specialist gives facials and skin treatments by cleansing and beautifying skin using scrubs, peels, or masks that remove dead skin and improve a client’s looks and skin health. They may also use waxing or laser treatments to remove undesired hair by their clients. Some skincare specialist provide products for their clients to purchase.

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To become a skincare specialist you must be trained. You would usually attend a postsecondary or vocational school to receive this training. Training includes courses in skin care, beauty regimens, theory, and treatment techniques. You receive courses in both hands on experience and traditional classroom teaching.

Most states require a state-approved course in esthetician or cosmetology in addition to passing an exam for a license to be able to work in this career field. Contact your state board for licensing requirements.

Job Description of a Skincare Specialist

A skincare specialist is professionally responsible for cleansing and beautifying the skin to improve the health and appearance of a client. They begin with the evaluation of the skin’s appearance and condition. They then design an appropriate treatment for their client to achieve optimal results. They also remove the areas of unwanted hair by using laser, wax or other methods. They thoroughly clean the skin and educate the client in the best products to use for maintenance such as lotions, creams and cleansers.

A skincare specialist works in saloons, spas, and occasionally in medical offices. They typically work full time and many work overtime especially if they are self-employed. A skin care specialist spends long hours standing on their feet and work evening or weekends to accommodate their clients schedules. Due to the focus on healthy living and reducing an aging appearance there is a faster than average growth in this occupational career field.

They may also advise a person on how to properly apply make-up or provide head/neck massages to enhance the health and appearance of their client’s skin. In some cases, they may give a referral to a advanced skin care professional to treat a more serious skin problem.

Skincare Specialist Career Video Transcript

Their clients could be taking a day to treat themselves at a spa, or fighting a case of acne, but no matter what, skincare specialists take the business of beauty very seriously. Skincare specialists give facials, full-body treatments, and head and neck massages to improve the health and appearance of the skin. Some may provide additional skin care treatments, such as peels, masks, and scrubs, to remove dead or dry skin. They may also recommend skincare products to clients, perform hair removal procedures, or teach clients about skin care techniques. They finish by cleaning and disinfecting any equipment as well as their work area.

Most skincare specialists work in salons or health spas, but some work in medical offices and other settings. Generally, skincare specialists work full-time and may work evenings and weekends. It is common to work more than 40 hours a week. Depending on the chemicals they use in their practice, skincare specialists may require protective clothing and a well ventilated workspace. Having to stand for extended periods is often necessary. Skincare specialists must complete a state-approved training program and then pass a state licensure exam, which all states except Connecticut require. Although some high schools offer technical training, most people receive their training from a trade or technical school.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Skincare Specialists.

National Center for O*NET Development. 39-5094.00. O*NET OnLine.

The career video is in the public domain from the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.