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Esthetics Skin Care Consultant

Esthetics/Skin Care

A career as an esthetician could be very rewarding for someone who is passionate about the beauty and health of the skin. Estheticians consult with clients to determine their skincare needs, discuss a skin analysis, and recommend possible product regimens or treatment options. The esthetician recommends appropriate products for various skin types.

State License Requirements: 750 Hours

To become an Illinois licensed esthetician, students must complete a skincare course lasting at least 18 weeks and containing 750 hours of study. Unlike some other states, Illinois does not allow apprenticeship to qualify for licensing. Skincare specialists in this state also take 10 hours of continuing education during each 2-year licensure period to keep current in the industry and be able to renew their licenses. Esthetician training teaches students to perform various facial treatments, skin analysis, chemical peels, spa treatments for hair removal or waxing, spray tanning, makeup application including spray-on cosmetics, and microdermabrasion therapy. Students learn about ethics, salon practices, hygiene, and safety. After graduating and passing their license exam, students will receive their esthetician license from the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology.

10 License Renewal Hours &
License Renewal Period of 2 years

A licensing fee is required every 2 years to keep the license valid in the state of Illinois.

$29,800 Salary, 4% Job Outlook Increase
(Between 2016 – 2026)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates esthetics will grow as a profession by 4 percent nationwide by 2026. Skin care experts in Illinois earn a statewide average annual salary of $29,800 before tips. The Chicago metropolitan area has the third highest employment level for estheticians among all cities in the US. Keys to increasing income as a skin care specialist include building a stable client base and providing excellent customer service. Estheticians can obtain additional training in specialty services, which will also improve their employment and salary outlook.

Working As An Esthetician

They may find work in spas, salons, hotels, department stores, or in other settings where skin care and beauty are highly desired. They may also provide spray-tanning services at a tanning salon, or eventually operate their own salon. Licensed estheticians in Illinois work in salon and spa settings, in hotels and at resorts where guests seek relaxation and beauty care. They may also work in the cosmetics and skin care departments of retail stores, or they may become product representatives for manufacturers of skin care products. Licensed estheticians in spas also provide anti-aging treatments, waxing, and body wraps. Some esthetics school graduates in Illinois work in medical spas or in doctors’ offices alongside dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
Spray-Tanning Services


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