7 Specialty Skincare Techniques: An Esthetician’s Guide

Esthetician performing specialty skincare techniques.

There are many at home options to keep your skin looking bright and youthful. These skincare techniques include cleansing and moisturizing routines, exfoliating. In addition, several different products can help keep your skin clear blemish-free. Some products and methods can even help slow and reverse the signs of aging. Keeping your skin firm and clear is more important than just appearances (although that is certainly important). It is also about making sure that you’re healthy. The epidermis is your first line of defense against disease and infection. Making sure that your skin is firm increases the integrity of that barrier.

Esthetician Specialization

An esthetician’s job varies a great deal. Some can provide extensive skin techniques, others prefer holistic methods. Even when it comes to acne and anti-aging treatments, settings can vary service offerings. If you are looking for rapid results, you may consider medical options. If you prefer low-risk, steady change then a general esthetician can help. Let’s look at some of the more specialized skincare techniques.

Skincare Technique #1: Personalized Esthetics

An esthetician offers plans for appointments and aftercare, specific to the client’s needs. Having a trained eye care for your skin is much different than at-home treatments. An esthetician will also ask you questions about skincare techniques, hygiene, products and dietary habits that contribute to certain conditions.

Once the analysis is complete, your esthetician recommends a skincare plan that incorporates changes in your routine or more invasive techniques. The plan can include frequent follow visits with your esthetician or a recommendation to see a dermatologist.

How A Personalized Plan Works

Customized plans allow you to blend clinic, spa and at-home solutions for skincare success. These professional dynamics also allow your esthetician to have a better, more clear idea about what your what your ideal outcome is. It is crucial that a trained professional performs this technique, as contact is more frequent and more detailed.

Skincare Technique #2: Chemical Peel

Peels use chemicals to strip the top layers of skin to remove damage. In a casual spas or salons, you may have a range of peels to choose from. Dermatologist or a medically licensed estheticians can offer deeper peels than salons.

How Chemical Peels Work

Chemically removing most damaged layers of your skin can have a number of effects. It helps clear acne, reverses signs of aging, removes sun-damage, reduces scarring and evens skin tone. Depending on the depth of the peel, some recovery time may be needed. Lighter peels can have little to no down time after the treatment. More extensive peels may require anywhere from hours to days of recovery.

Skincare Technique #3: Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion exfoliates dead and damaged skin cells using topical friction. Where you might use a brush, stone or special cloth to exfoliate at home, microdermabrasion uses tools for a more precise effect. Typically, this is done with a wand covered with fine, abrasive material. There is also a technique that involves spraying crystals onto the skin’s surface. Those crystals exfoliate the skin and are then suctioned off.

How Microdermabrasion Works

This intense exfoliation method smooths skin. As a result, fine lines, age spots, acne scars and wrinkles see benefits with this treatment. By taking away the obstruction of those layers, your skin is more receptive to treatments.

Skicare Technique #4: Laser Skin Treatments

There are a couple of different options in terms of what lasers can do for your skincare and your overall appearance.

How Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

First of all, resurfacing removes damaged layers of skin. This is an extensive procedure that requires advanced equipment and the supervision of a trained physician. This procedure is currently used on the face and neck areas.

Laser Rejuvenation

Furthermore, laser rejuvenation uses a specific kind of light to stimulate collagen growth beneath the surface of the skin. Added collagen production increases elasticity to your skin and its strength and integrity.
The light smooths out fine lines and wrinkles by firming and tightening the appearance of your skin.

Why Laser Skin Treatment Techniques

Deep wrinkles that do not respond to other techniques may be receptive to resurfacing. As a result, trying other methods before using resurfacing is a good idea. Recovery time lasts a few days to a few weeks. In contrast, laser rejuvenation doesn’t require pain medication or recovery time.

Skincare Technique #5: Acne Blue Light Therapy

Rather than using a method, product or tool to treat the surface of the skin, blue light therapy uses a light to target the cause of the acne. Acne occurs when a build-up of bacteria and oils clog the pores of your skin. When you eliminate the bacteria, you eliminate the acne.

Why Acne Blue Light Therapy Works

This treatment’s use is for acne treatment. It is a method reserved for cases where blemishes are not responsive to changes in hygiene, products and treatments. Acne blue light therapy is a treatment technique that rarely causes side effects and doesn’t damage the skin itself. As a result, there is no recovery time required for acne blue light therapy.

Skincare Technique #6: Thermage

Much like a laser rejuvenation, this method produces a higher rate of collagen production. However, instead of using light waves thermage uses radio waves to penetrate beneath the surface of the skin. The tip of a specialized radio frequency device is put in contact with the face. Afterwards, the device passes across the skin and stimulates the skin and helps produce collagen.

Why Thermage Techniques

Increased collagen gives the look and feel of toned, smooth skin. Thermage treats all skin types and doesn’t require recovery. Results are typically seen quickly.

Skincare Technique #7: Cosmetic Injection Treatments

Cosmetic injection treatments should be supervised and consulted by a trained medical professional. There are a couple of different approaches to injections. You will want to discuss all of your options and medical history before making a decision about a semi-invasive cosmetic procedure.


Botox reduces tension in the skin, which relaxes the muscle beneath the skin and improves the appearance.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers increase the volume beneath the skin to provide a smoother texture. Because of this, fillers help many different areas of the body, including face, neck, lips, chin and hands. For example, common fillers used are hyaluronic acid, synthetic wrinkle fillers and collagen.

Why Cosmetic Injection Treatment Techniques

Injection treatments tighten and lift the skin to provide a more youthful look. While these injections provide results, they can also be risky. They are more expensive than services in a spa or salon. They also require multiple visits. As a result, there are many side effects that can result from injections and fillers. Side effects range from the uncomfortable to the dangerous. These skincare techniques can be done by estheticians with certain certifications, depending on where you live.

Start With Non-Invasive Techniques

Even if you researched skincare products before you purchased them and perfected all of your hygiene, there are times where it is necessary to call in professional help. Start with your least invasive and abrasive techniques before the more invasive skincare techniques. Opting for a less aggressive remedy may prevent skin damage, money, time and discomfort another procedure might cause.

Want to Learn More?

Did learning about skincare techniques? If you have a passion for skincare, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming an esthetician and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

*Completion time for this program is defined by 35 hours per week.

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