What is the best way to find a good Esthetician or Skin Therapist?

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 6:02am

This is a good question. In most provinces and states, Estheticians, also Medical Estheticians, also sometimes called Facial Specialist, Skin Care Specialist, or Skin Therapist, are regulated by the State Board of Cosmetology. In Canada, only Nova Scotia has Licensed Estheticians, the rest of the country is unregulated and education is not required. Many States have websites so consumers can check to make sure their specialist is licensed. Sadly, Canada has nothing like this.

The education level of Estheticians and the amount of education required for licensure or certification varies from State to State and even Province to Province. Most Estheticians who have additional certifications from skin care associations or additional degrees are generally better choices.

There are also Estheticians that concentrate more on pampering and relaxation, and Medical Estheticians who specialize in corrective skin care. These Medical Estheticians focus more on skin problems and programs to achieve real change in the skin's appearance.

Experience certainly counts, and skin care salons or clinics that have been in business for many years are generally good choices. Check with your local Better Business Bureau. They will have success and complaint records of registered skin care facilities.

Probably the best way to find a good Esthetician or Medical Esthetician is by word of mouth or reputation. Ask neighbours, friends, or your physician or dermatologist.

It is certaintly acceptable to visit a salon or clinic for a tour. Look for cleanliness, accreditations, and professionalism in the staff. It is also a good idea to schedule a Consultation before starting a treatment program. You may have to pay for a consultation, but you can get the opinion of the therapist and decide for yourself if he or she is the right choice.

 

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