When considering a career in the beauty field, it is important to understand the choices and the differences between training programs. First and foremost, there is no difference between cosmetology school and beauty school. It’s just a matter of how a school wants to brand itself. However, there is a difference between Cosmetology School and Esthetician School.
A licensed cosmetologist is sometimes an esthetician in very general sense, but an esthetician is not usually a cosmetologist. Cosmetology is a broad term that can encompass a number of different beauty services. It most often refers to the study and application of beauty treatments for hair, skin, nails and make-up. A cosmetologist will be trained to give facials and apply topical products, but usually not more than that. A cosmetologist might then specialize and become a hairstylist, colorist, manicurist or make-up artist.
A licensed esthetician has a more narrowed focus, specializing in everything related to skincare. An esthetican will be skilled at giving facials, analyzing skin and providing suggestions on daily care, make-up artistry, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, body wraps and facial massage. This training is more advanced than what you would receive at cosmetology school as far as skin care goes. Once this training is completed, a licensed esthetician can pursue more advanced training to work in the medical field.
The Esthetician program at the School of Botanical Aesthestics also teaches students to make your own natural products that can be tailored to client’s skin type.