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Skincare Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Provides skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Sterilizes equipment and cleans work areas.
  • Examines clients' skin, using magnifying lamps or visors when necessary, to evaluate skin condition and appearance.
  • Cleanses clients' skin with water, creams, or lotions.
  • Demonstrates how to clean and care for skin properly and recommends skin-care regimens.
  • Selects and applies cosmetic products such as creams, lotions, and tonics.
  • Performs simple extractions to remove blackheads.
  • Stays abreast of latest industry trends, products, research, and treatments.
  • Determines which products or colors will improve clients' skin quality and appearance.
  • Treats the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products, such as peels and masks.
  • Refers clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cosmetologist -- Provides beauty services for customers.
  • Electrolysist -- Permanently removes unwanted hair from customers’ faces and bodies, typically for cosmetic reasons.
  • Make-Up Artist -- Applies make-up to performers for television and motion picture productions, news broadcasts, theatre and stage productions, and other live and recorded productions.
  • Nail Technician -- Applies and decorates false nails and nail extensions, whilst consulting on the general health and well being of the client's hands and feet.
  • Spa Technician --