Job Description (What the job involves)
As the name implies, a skin care specialist is concerned with improving the health and appearance of the skin and providing beauty treatments via a variety of methods which include facials, peels, masks, scrubs, massage, waxing and also electrical/laser treatments.
The consultation is key to providing good skin care treatments as the client can communicate how they are finding their skin at present, whether it’s very dry and dehydrated or oily and prone to acne and in general what specific concerns they have that need addressing. A good consultation may further include evaluation of the client’s skin condition by use of skin imaging technology, magnifying lamps or visors. This can show up skin damage such as hidden age spots and premature ageing perhaps through habits like smoking or continuous UV exposure.
After the consultation and evaluation has taken place the skin care specialist will devise an effective skin treatment plan to address their client’s concerns and in general improve the condition of their skin so post treatment it looks both healthy and radiant.
If delivering a facial, the skin care specialist will use the most appropriate skin care products their clinic or company stocks to cleanse the skin, remove dead skin cells and then enhance the skin’s appearance. Treatment plans are becoming increasingly more advanced though and demand is growing for advanced skin procedures like chemical peels and microdermabrasion to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The demand for beauty electrical treatments is also growing and many skin care specialists will now use IPL laser and electrolysis for effective hair removal as well as non surgical equipment for body contouring and facial toning, lifting and tightening.
With this growth in demand for advanced skin and electrical treatments together with advances in science it’s important that skin care specialists keep up to date with skin care advances and if necessary be prepared to undergo further training in new treatments and procedures.
Predominantly skin care specialists are concerned with carrying out beauty skin treatments and whilst it’s true they can assist in treating minor skin conditions they will will be trained to spot potentially more serious skin diseases and ailments outside of their scope that should be referred to medical professionals such as a dermatologist.
In addition to delivering treatments the skin care specialist will be expected to educate customers as to the products they represent, making them aware of the benefits they bring and recommending specific products the customer can purchase as part of a home care plan to maintain their enhanced skin appearance. It is vital therefore that a skin care specialist has excellent knowledge of their products but also an awareness of the effect that our daily lifestyles; what we eat and drink and how we live has an effect on our skin. And thus be able to further advise on nutrition and holistic approaches to good skin care.
In being experts of the skin care ranges they represent and recommend, be under no illusion that the role of a skin care specialist is very much geared towards achieving retail sales and service targets and engaging in promotional activity in support of this.
Hours and Working Environment
Skin care specialists can find work in skin care and aesthetic clinics, beauty salons and also department stores working on behalf of retail skincare brands such as dermalogica, Elemis or Clarins.
Work environments are generally very hygienic, with good ventilation should chemicals be used and bright lighting to ensure adequate conditions for skin analysis.
Hours are typically on a part time or full time basis and will typically involves weekend and /or evening hours.
Upsides and Downsides
- Enjoyment in boosting a client’s self confidence whether it be removing embarrassing facial hair, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or helping reduce the appearance of skin conditions like acne.
- Growth industry with advances in skin science meaning exciting new products and developments
- Product discounts and allowances
- Working with amazing products
- Can be very sales target oriented which some may find challenging. Pressure can exist when reaching for retail sales targets especially when in a quiet store
Skills and Personal Qualities
- Passion for skincare and the beauty industry
- Confident with sales and retailing
- Well-spoken and articulate
- Well-groomed/Pride in appearance
- Up to date with industry trends
- Approachable and friendly
- Discreet and adept at keeping their client’s confidentiality
- Organised; keeping client records in check
- Well organised with treatment times and schedules
Skincare specialists at the very minimum need NVQ level 2 in beauty therapy or equivalent. However with the increasing requirement for laser treatment it is more common for NVQ level 3 in beauty or equivalent including electrical facials to be required.
Opportunities and Progression
The industry and demand for skin care specialists is strong. People living with skin complaints such as acne or rosacea will out of necessity seek the services of a skin specialist. And of course people are living longer and therefore have a real desire to look younger for longer.
The beauty industry is continuously seeing advances in science and development in beauty electricals. To earn more and progress in the beauty industry now often involve embracing this culture and working with non surgical facial and body treatments such as supplied by CACI ad gaining extra skills in treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
Skincare specialists can undergo further training to become a dermatologist physician that specialise in identifying and treating diseases of the skin, scalp, hair or nails. Or they may decide to branch more into aesthetics and work in a aesthetic clinic.
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Potential Salary and Benefits
Salary can vary widely depending on the company type and location. But you can expect a salary to range between £16K and £23K per annum plus commission on retail sales