I am not sure how common it is in your home country to visit an aesthetician (aka “beauticians”) to help you deal with your skin problems or even deeply cleanse your skin on monthly basis. Aestheticians are not dermatologists but they are trained to understand the basics of skincare, various skin conditions as well as the products they carry in their shops. In Singapore, there are many aestheticians who also branched into providing spa treatments and massages to their patrons. I visit my aesthetician once every month to deeply cleanse my skin and to unclog my pores (esp those that are deeply seated due to my oily t-zone). It is a lot cheaper than to have to go through painful lasers, IPLs, and pixel treatments.
So how do you choose a good aesthetician for yourself?
1) Know what are your key skin concerns
It is important for you to know you key skin concerns before shopping for an aestheticians. Expensive aestheticians may not mean that they are most able to address your skin concerns. Typically, if you trust word of mouth recommendations, it would be because the person who’d shared with you had certain skin concerns and it has been addressed effectively.
2) Do you have any specific expectations of your chosen aesthetician?
For me, I will turn away from aestheticians whom try to peddle their products after my consultation. I have been to several aestheticians before and they tend to want to sell me their house products or try to have me purchase the products they carry. Personally, I am aware that I am sensitive to certain products, so I am selective about the products that I use. Some parlours went to the extent of insisting you buy from them, or that you take up session packages (e.g. S$x for y number of sessions). I am the type of customer who do not want to be tied down to one aesthetician so packages are out for me.
3) Research for aestheticians who are known to be able to address your skin concerns
Talk to people and ask them about their aestheticians! I still find word of mouth the best form of feedback because you will be able to speak with people who have first hand experience receiving treatment from the aestheticians. Find out what are your friends’ key concerns and whether they think their aestheticians have addressed their skin concerns. Of course, its also important to find out if the price fits into the size of your pocket. If all else seems to be palatable, you can try to arrange for 1 session with the aesthetician to find out if her skills and knowledge are suitable for you. You may end up trying a few aestheticians, but do make sure you give each aestheticians a fair assessment so that you can carry out a fair comparison after your trials. Sometimes, you may find that the aestheticians are more approachable, or the aesthetician likes to impose her views on you. A good aesthetician is one who will listen to your problems and work with you to resolve them.
As the customer / client, it is of course, important that you have the right mindset before you walk into a parlour. This is to ensure you are fair to yourself as well as the service provider.
1) Have the right mindset
As patrons, we need to have the right mindset when we are finding a good aesthetician to provide regular skincare treatment to our skin. Aestheticians can only provide one-off treatments when we visit them, so we are still responsible for taking good care of our skin on daily basis by eating well, sleeping well, and following the regime that is provided to us by our aesthetician. We should view aestheticians as providing that extra skincare step to and not attribute all problems to them without first reviewing if we have contributed to the skincare problem.
2) Aestheticians are not clinically certified doctors
Please be forewarned that your aesthetician should not be prescribing you controlled drugs such as antibiotics or roaccutane (if you are in Singapore). Some aestheticians may think that just because they manage to bring in the drugs, they can dispense to you. This is illegal and dangerous. Walk out that salon door if you are prescribed such drugs and report to the authorities in your country, such as Ministry of Health or Food and Drugs Administration.
I have stayed with my current aesthetician, Face Essensuals, for the last 8 years. Do share with me how it has been with yours!