Beauty Therapist job description

What does a Beauty Therapist do?

Beauty Therapists are experts in therapeutic facial and body care, with a strong understanding of key body systems, skin biology, anatomy and cosmetic chemistry. Using this knowledge, Beauty Therapists provide a range of non-medical face, body and relaxation treatments customised to a client’s needs, and recommend appropriate products and after-care. While Beauty Therapists can perform therapies to address specific conditions such as acne or eczema, they do not diagnose these conditions.

A Beauty Therapist will work with a range of equipment and products, such as performing microdermabrasion or using hot wax, and must be trained in their correct usage and handling to perform these treatments safely. Some Beauty Therapists choose to specialise in a particular stream of treatments, such as spa therapy or permanent hair removal.

Most Beauty Therapists report to a salon or spa manager, who oversees the day to day operations of the business. Beauty Therapists may also work with nail technicians, massage therapists, and make up artists.

Other job opportunities for Beauty Therapists include working for large cosmetic companies in a retail or department store environment, or self-employment operating a private salon or mobile service.

Daily tasks for a Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapists may perform a variety of different tasks in the course of a working day, including:

  • Conducting skin analysis and advising clients on skin and body care.
  • Performing facial or body massage and treatments, including spa therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
  • Removing facial or body hair through waxing or electrolysis.
  • Lash and brow treatments.
  • Applying make-up and advising clients on make-up application techniques.
  • Performing manicures and pedicures.
  • Making appointments, maintaining client records and handling financial transactions.
  • Selling and providing advice on cosmetic and skin care products.

To learn about the skills, traits and qualifications you’ll need as a Beauty Therapist, read our tips on how to become a Beauty Therapist.

Working hours of a Beauty Therapist

As a Beauty Therapist, your daily working hours will depend on where you work. In a salon, spa or retail environment you may be required to work evenings and weekends to accommodate client appointments or shopping hours. If you’re a self-employed Beauty Therapist, you will have more flexibility in your working hours but will need to be available at times that suit your clients, which are often outside usual business hours. 

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