Traits That Make a Good Esthetician

More than most industries out there, personality traits are an important part of determining whether a career as an esthetician might be right for you. The demands of an esthetician are very particular, and certain types of people are most predisposed to these kinds of qualities.

At Skin Science Institute, we’ll help you take the steps needed to get your esthetician license. Let’s look at some broad personality traits that a good esthetician needs, plus highlight a few specific areas that are of particular importance.

Personality Traits

Here is a basic list of traits a good esthetician needs:

  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Good listener
  • A “people person”
  • Patience
  • Professional behavior and attitude
  • Genuine
  • Thick-skinned
  • Positivity
  • Open-minded

Our next three sections will highlight the particular importance of a few of these areas.

Good Listening

As an esthetician, clients will open up to you – not just about their skin, but about their lives in general. The best estheticians are the ones who listen well, then turn what they hear into actionable services provided to the client. You have to consider their requests seriously while also offering your own expertise and advice in the proper places.

Open-Mindedness and Thick Skin

You’ll deal with clients from all backgrounds and with all ranges of views as an esthetician, and you need to keep an open mind and a thick skin. Set boundaries here of course, and learn how to respond to any abusive behavior. In general, we recommend avoiding hot-button issues like politics or religion unless the client brings them up, as they’re just very personal and sensitive for many people.

Knowledge Base

Finally, a great esthetician has to be able to draw on a wide body of knowledge to serve their clients properly. The field is always changing and morphing, and you have to stay on top of changing trends at all times. If you aren’t into learning new things, this might not be the right field for you.

For more on the qualities that make a great esthetician, or to learn about any of our esthetician school programs, speak to the educators at Skin Science Institute today.

Tips for Manicure and Pedicure Preparation

At the Skin Science Institute, we’re proud to provide you with all the training you’ll need to become a professional esthetician. Our beauty school is the perfect place for professional skincare specialist training, with detailed programs and an entire dedicated student spa.

Some of the most popular services offered in the spa are manicures and pedicures, and these double as some of the most common skincare areas you’ll be handling as a professional in the field. With that in mind, here are a few tips for preparing for a manicure or pedicure.

Flip Flops or Sandals

These are items that are often offered in a given spa situation, but many prefer to bring their own if they regularly have manicures and pedicures. These are great if you’re in a hurry and on the go, and many people simply feel more comfortable wearing their own items when they’re in a public place.


Another item that’s generally supplied by the spa is polish, but there are a couple reasons why bringing you own from home might be a better idea if you’re having polish services done. For one, if a chip or imperfection takes place later, you’ll have the ability to fix it with the proper color without having to go back to the spa. For another, you have full control over the quality of polish and the ingredients used.


In general, avoid wearing anything that has suppers or buttons in the bottoms. These items can be tough to remove if you need to use the bathroom, and they can damage your fresh nails if you mess around with them.


Always prepare to have a proper tip ready. This isn’t technically required, but it will be appreciated by your stylist and will go a long way toward supporting someone’s career in the long run.


Be sure to allot the proper time for a manicure or pedicure – there’s nothing worse than having to rush one. Pedicures tend to take around an hour, while manicures take about 45 minutes. Also consider time to let your nails dry. Make sure you’re always on time for appointments, as being late might inconvenience other customers and their schedules.

For more on manicures and pedicures, or to find out about any of our beauty school programs, speak to the educators at Skin Science Institute today.

Your Amazing Skin

Skin Layers

Did you know?

  • We lose 1% of collagen per year after the age of 29.
  • Collagen is broken down daily by the sun and free-radical damage.
  • Young skin sheds cells about every 30 days and older skin sheds every 60 days.
  • Moisturizers attract water molecules plumping up dehydrated skin and making wrinkles less noticeable.
  • The needs of your skin, including hydration and moisturizing, will change from time to time and as you age.
  • Skincare products and cosmetics don’t last forever. Check expiration dates and keep out of sunlight.
  • Despite popular belief, dry skin does not cause wrinkles, though it can make all lines and wrinkles appear worse.
  • Moisturizers are only a temporary fix. Gravity, aging, and sun exposure will do their damage anyway.
  • Exfoliating with pits and crushed seeds is not the answer. If the substance is too rough it will create micro-tears in your skin.
  • How you sleep affects your age. Sleeping on your back is the best way to minimize wrinkling on your face and neck.
  • New research suggests that we accumulate 10% of sun damage with each passing decade.
  • The sun does penetrate window glass, so keep sunscreen handy all year round. Make reapplying your sunscreen a ritual.
  • Taking two aspirin immediately after sun exposure will help prevent a sunburn from developing.
  • Acne plagues the average sufferer for seven years and adult women often for 20 years or more.
  • Approximately 40% of people from the age of 20 to 60 suffer from adult blemishes, breakouts, and acne.
  • A pimple is weeks in the making; the pimple you see today cannot be a direct result of the chocolate you ate yesterday.
  • If you have facial redness, rosacea, or broken capillaries, saunas, steam baths, coffee, wind, and alcohol will only irritate the skin further.