As an esthetician, it’s important to keep up with the ever-evolving skin care industry trends and be prepared to offer your clients new experiences. Whether you’re a new skin care professional or well established, consciously staying updated on the latest trends will drive growth and draw in clients looking for targeted treatments. However, while following the latest trends is important to stay relevant, don’t discredit those services that are tried and true. These treatments offer flexibility to a service menu and offer unique alternatives to the standard esthetician licensing requirements. Here are some skin care treatments that can be incorporated into your treatment menu and why they stand the test of time.
Modern day eyelash extensions became popular in the early 2000's. The low maintenance and natural appearance have had women of all ages hooked ever since. It is not unusual for women to equate getting their lashes done with getting their hair done and everyone has their go-to lash artist. This is such a popular, specialized service and the statistics don’t lie1:
- 37% of eyelash artists focus on the classic application of extensions and have opportunities to increase their income by offering new services (Glad Lash).
- 74% of the eyelash artists operating in the United States right now are either a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician (Glad Lash).
- The total sales volume for eyelashes in the United States in 2019 hit $270 million, which means the industry has more than doubled in just four years (Statista).
- 75% of eyelash artists in the United States earn up to $50,000 per year for the work that they do in this thriving industry (ABC News).
Do you perform eyelash extensions in your practice? It is vital to protect yourself and your business from costly legal issues with insurance for eyelash technicians.
Lash lifting, unlike lash extensions, enhance the lashes a person already has. This procedure is essentially a perm for your lashes. Lash lifting is nothing like the old lash perms that previously existed-- Some skin professionals may remember that lash perms were even banned in some states. This treatment has been updated and uses improved formulas and different tools 2. This treatment can easily be taught in one day and has very low overhead costs to the esthetician.
Brow lamination, a lot like lash lifting, is a perm for the eyebrows. Some industry experts state this trend may be replacing microblading as the skin care industry shifts towards natural and clean beauty. Where microblading mimics hair color, texture, and growth, brow lamination is a more natural approach that can be used to brush hairs into position to cover sparse areas and tame unruly hairs3.
Brow lamination is a low-maintenance process that will flatten and smooth overly curly or unruly eyebrow hair without the use of gels or creams and it lasts up to 2 months!
Consider adding this service with lash lifting and/or lash extensions on your clinic menu.
Ombré Powder Brows
Ombré powder brows is a shading technique that deposits pigment using a single needle and permanent makeup device. This technique gives a powdery, soft appearance that is similar to the look of makeup. Although some skin professionals do not view ombré powder brows as a permanent makeup procedure, most regulating agencies will classify it that way 4.
For the esthetician who wants to focus their career on makeup or eyebrows, permanent makeup is a perfect addition to lash extensions, brow lamination, and lash lifting. Consider offering à la carte treatments or a package deal.
Fibroblast Skin Tightening
Fibroblast skin tightening is a skin care procedure generating a lot of buzz. It would be an oversight for us not to mention it. This is a medical treatment that delivers tiny arcs of plasma created by the electrical charge of a handheld pen to the skin. The electric arc singes the surface of the skin, tightening the underlying tissue. Unfortunately, this treatment is not covered by ASCP's esthetician insurance 5.
Medical-grade salt facials are new to the market and are a response to the tried-and-true HydraFacial and diamond microdermabrasion. The name may be a bit misleading, but it is a three-step process involving a sea salt microdermabrasion followed by ultrasound to tone and tighten the skin. It finishes with high-powered LED to rejuvenate the skin 6.
On their own, microdermabrasion, LED, and ultrasound are nothing new. However, skin care professionals are seeing more advanced procedures emerge that are a combination of modalities intended to target aging.
Be sure to have your business personal property, including LED devices, insured to protect against loss!
Gua Sha dates back centuries and is an incredibly relaxing therapy that can be incorporated into any facial treatment or sold as a standalone treatment. Advanced training is essential for estheticians who truly want to hone their craft, add to their service menu, and increase their bottom line. Consider taking a course on lymphatic drainage, Chi or energy, and the benefits of Gua Sha, which include releasing and clearing stagnant lymph, clearing acne, and improving dark circles.