A Beauty Therapist is trained in therapeutic facial and body care and has an in-depth understanding of massage, skin chemistry and cosmetic processes. Using this knowledge they customise and perform a wide range of non-medical remedies to meet their clients’ needs; providing skin and hair care, makeup application and advice, and relaxation treatments.
Beauty Therapists use a wide variety of products and techniques, like tanning products, hot wax and electrolysis, and must be skilled in their proper usage in order to safely carry out these treatments. They can also provide other cosmetic services like hair colouring, extensions and perms, as well as recommending and providing products for maintenance and after-care. While able to provide therapies to alleviate particular problems such as eczema or acne, Beauty Therapists are not trained to diagnose these conditions.
Typically working in a spa or salon and reporting to a manager, many Beauty Therapists elect to specialise in one distinct treatment, like hair removal or relaxation therapy. In these cases, they will often be working alongside other specialists such as nail technicians, makeup artists and massage therapists.